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March 7, 2010

Chiefs suffer OT loss

This ending might have been almost unbelievable in any other season.

But this is a season in which what can go wrong will go wrong for the Johnstown Chiefs. So, nothing should surprise the team or the core base of fans that have stood by their guys despite the Chiefs’ impending move to Greenville, S.C.

Elmira’s 5-4 overtime win over the Chiefs included the Jackals’ game-tying goal with 49 seconds left in regulation and the game-winner on a rebound shot 46 seconds into overtime Sunday afternoon at Cambria County War Memorial Arena.

Just like that, what appeared to be a rare home win for the last-place Chiefs turned into an overtime setback in front of an announced crowd of 2,052.

One point instead of two. A celebration for the East Division-leading Jackals instead of the Chiefs, who only have six home wins, with six dates remaining at the War Memorial.

“In the end, it came down to a few fluke bounces, one for us early on and there at the end we didn’t put things together and it fell through,” said Chiefs goaltender John Murray, who had 39 saves. “It slipped out of our hands.”

The Chiefs led 4-3 in the final minute. The Jackals had a face-off in their offensive zone.

Justin Donati won the face-off to Chris Korchinski, who sent the puck back to him.

Donati netted his 34th goal at 19:11 with former Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Andy Chiodo pulled for an extra attacker.

In overtime, Jackals defenseman Brennan Turner knocked in his own rebound for the game-winner at 46 seconds.

“We’ve just got to bear down at the end of the game,” said Johnstown forward Sean Berkstresser, who had a goal and an assist. “We were short on bodies. A couple guys got hurt. A lot of guys are injured. But when push comes to shove, in the last minute we’re up 4-3. You’ve just got to bear down.

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