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.
Chiefs absorb overtime loss
The Johnstown Chiefs and division-leading Elmira Jackals traded blows most of Friday night.
In the end, the host Jackals delivered the knockout punch against the last-place Chiefs in a 5-4 overtime contest at First Arena.
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Johnstown Chiefs interim coach Neil Smith wasn’t looking for excuses after another third-period meltdown led to yet another home loss on Saturday night.
Instead, he was offering an apology following the Trenton Devils’ 6-2 win sparked by the visitors’ four-goal third period.
“I feel like apologizing to the fans, and it has nothing to do with the Greenville situation,” said Smith, who announced a week ago that the team will move to South Carolina after this season. “It’s our play at home. I feel sick to the stomach. It’s Groundhog Day. The same things happen over and over. They should have Bill Murray coaching.
“Honestly, I don't know what I can say,” he added. “The guys that we count on can’t be counted on. I’m not one to name names in the newspaper, but it’s pretty obvious if you look at the game sheet.”
Johnstown taking steps to retain ECHL records, statistics
Johnstown Chiefs minority owner Ned Nakles will not be part of the ECHL team’s relocation to Greenville, S.C., after this season.
Nakles instead has mounted an effort to preserve the Chiefs’ name, records and statistics in Johnstown.
Chiefs’ mistakes prove costly in defeat to Devils
The plot was all too familiar at Cambria County War Memorial Arena on Friday night.
The last-place Johnstown Chiefs took a couple untimely penalties resulting in a 5-on-3 goal by Trenton midway through the final period. Late in the game, the Devils capitalized on a giveaway to add an empty-net score in a 3-1 victory over the home team.
Will fans still back Chiefs?
The mood of Johnstown Chiefs fans has been mostly a somber one since the team announced it will move to Greenville, S.C.
When Trenton visits tonight, those same fans will get to see the Chiefs play for the first time since owner/interim coach Neil Smith made the announcement on Sunday. There are plenty of questions about how the fans will react tonight.
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