The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

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March 13, 2010

Johnstown fans treated to win on home ice

JOHNSTOWN — The Johnstown Chiefs finally gave their home fans something to cheer about Friday night, beating the Reading Royals 7-2 at Cambria County War Memorial Arena.

The Chiefs overcame an early two-goal, first-period deficit with a good second period and a better third to earn the team’s seventh win on home ice.

“I didn’t know we knew how to open it up,” Chiefs coach Neil Smith said. “I think that was a combination of our guys working hard and not giving up and their side getting a little frustrated.”

The Chiefs scored twice to take the two-period lead and goaltender Kris Mayotte was steady in the middle frame, stopping all 12 shots he faced.

Chiefs forward Brian Kaufman tied the game at 2 with a 5-on-3 goal 2:17 into the second.

The Chiefs took their first lead when forward Dan Gendur cut in front of Reading goalie Andrew Engelage to tip-in a Chris Chambers shot 14:29 into the second period.

“I don’t really know what else to say other than our team played a great game from the first period until the end,” Smith said. “I think our guys really want to win. They would rather have fans cheering for them than booing them or screaming at them - and that’s happened this year in this building.”

Chiefs forward Jeff Martens scored his fifth of the season to give Johnstown a 4-2 lead less than three minutes into the third. Sean Berkstresser and Jim McKenzie assisted on the insurance goal. Chambers padded the Johnstown lead with his first of the season 10:08 into the third. Gendur added his second of the game and Chanse Fitzpatrick scored his 27th of the season in the third.

“It was an embarassing game for us tonight,” Reading coach Larry Courville said. “They came out and they worked hard from the drop of the puck for the full 60 minutes. They deserved to win.”

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