The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

Local Sports

October 25, 2013

Brennan returns home with shutout over Tomahawks

JOHNSTOWN — Colin Brennan had the first shutout in Johnstown Tomahawks history during the team’s inaugural North American Hockey League season last year.

Brennan backstopped the first NAHL shutout at Cambria County War Memorial Arena this NAHL season on Thursday night.

Unfortunately for the Tomahawks, Brennan made his 19 saves while wearing a Soo Eagles uniform as Johnstown fell 3-0 in front of 1,087 fans.

“It’s honestly pretty special,” said Brennan, who now has two shutouts at the War Memorial in as many seasons. “I had mixed emotions coming back. I was a little disappointed when I was released here. I took it to the chin.

“I love playing in this rink. I love the fans. A couple of them still remember me, which is cool.”

The Tomahawks never got in sync offensively on Thursday. When they did, Brennan was there to make the save.

“Colin played a great game,” Tomahawks coach Jason Spence said. “I know he would have been really excited to play. He stopped some good shots. We weren’t the better team tonight.”

The Tomahawks fell to 7-6-1 while Soo went over .500 at 6-5-3.

Brennan improved to 3-2-0.

“I was more concerned about just getting the win,” Brennan said when asked about recording the shutout. “I feel like our team is starting to really come together now.”

Spence faced a difficult choice in releasing Brennan on Sept. 5.

Brennan and Chris Truehl had the majority of work during the Tomahawks’ first season in 2012-13. The Chester, N.J., native went 7-8-5 with a 2.78 goals against average and .906 save percentage as a Tomahawk last season.

Brennan and his then-Johnstown teammates blanked visiting Jamestown, 5-0, on Dec. 14 for the  first shutout in Tomahawks history. His save total? 19.

This season, Johnstown added veteran goaltender Alex Okicki, who has played well with a 5-4-0 mark after Thursday.

The Hawks also had young prospects such as Brett Young, the current back-up, and Colin DeAugustine, who recently was a call up.

“It was extremely hard,” Spence said of releasing Brennan. “We had a 20-year-old goaltender who is playing really well (Okicki). We had youth backing us up for years to come. I don’t believe in keeping two 20-year-old goaltenders because you’ve got to look towards your future.”

Brennan realized the move was simply the business end of hockey at the Junior A Tier II level. He quickly adapted.

“After I got released from Johnstown I started to make some calls and send out some emails,” Brennan said. “(Soo) Coach Bruno (Bragagnolo) responded to my email 20 minutes later and gave me a call and said they were looking for another goalie.”

His Eagles teammates provided plenty of support Thursday. AJ Jarosz scored in the first period, Mike Sabatini converted a 5-on-3 in the second, and Jacob McDowell made it 3-0 in the third.

After the game, Brennan had a lengthy discussion with a college coach. He also greeted the Johnstown coaches and a few players in the hallway between the two lockerrooms.

“It’s a little different now because we’re on rival teams, but there are a lot of good guys over there,” Brennan said. “I wish them nothing but the best except against us.”

The Tomahawks weren’t at their best on Thursday.

Johnstown went 0 of 5 on the power play and was outshot 23-19.

“We couldn’t get anything going,” Spence said. “The power play was really slow. We took some bad penalties. Anytime we started getting anything going we’d get a power play and not do well with it or we’d get a penalty. We broke our momentum and got discouraged.

“There is no excuse for that. We’ve got to bounce back.”

The teams play at 7:30 tonight and again at 7 on Saturday at the War Memorial.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local Sports
  • SRU vs UPJ baseball0418 1 UPJ takes one, drops second

    John Fees’ spring baseball season accurately mirrors that of his Pitt-Johnstown team.
    Fees started slow, losing his first four decisions, but has rebounded nicely in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference West Division.

    April 18, 2014 2 Photos

  • Pirates 0418 Brewers ward off late Pirates rally bid

    Kyle Lohse pitched effectively into the seventh inning, Carlos Gomez homered and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-3 Friday night.
    Lohse (3-1) improved to 11-2 in his career against the Pirates, allowing one earned run in a win against them for the second time in six days.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Drama lacking sans Tiger

    If professional golf saw its future at Augusta National last weekend, the sight had to be worse than choking on a 5-foot putt.
    The course was there in all its splendor.

    April 18, 2014

  • Penguins 0418 Penguins are wary of spunky Blue Jackets

    Sidney Crosby is used to the attention. It comes with the territory when you’re the best hockey player in the world.
    Still, the Pittsburgh Penguins star knows the spotlight becomes more acute in the Stanley Cup playoffs.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Pirates 0417 Pirates power past Brewers

    Andrew McCutchen hit his first homer of the season and drove in three runs, Pedro Alvarez had a three-run shot and pinch-hitter Josh Harrison broke a tie with a long ball in the seventh inning as the Pittsburgh Pirates handed the Milwaukee Brewers their first road loss, 11-2 on Thursday night.
    Harrison’s two-run drive down the left field line off Rob Wooten (0-1) was the second of his career as a pinch hitter.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Penguins 0417 Jackets preparing for Game 2

    The Columbus Blue Jackets don’t feel they’re doomed after blowing a two-goal lead in a Game 1 loss of their first-round Stanley Cup playoff series against the Pittsburgh Penguins.
    “It’s not about missed chances, or feeling sorry about it,” goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky said at Thursday’s optional workout, 13 hours after falling 4-3 in Pittsburgh.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Local Sports Briefs

    April 17, 2014

  • racin 0416 Jennerstown Speedway gearing for May open

    Jennerstown Speedway released a very ambitious schedule on its website and continues to prepare for its 2014 reopening.
    The track is set to hold a practice day for drivers as well as an open house and media day on April 26.

    April 16, 2014 2 Photos

  • ‘Hawks already building toward next season

    Jason Spence used up his cell phone’s battery on a trip from Johnstown to his parents’ home in Nova Scotia, Canada.
    Once the Johnstown Tomahawks coach got to his destination, Spence had to get creative to secure cell service across the border.

    April 16, 2014

  • Pirates 0416 Dominant Cueto drops Pirates in matinee

    That playoff loss in Pittsburgh last year? Johnny Cueto never thought about it much. So getting a chance to shut out the Pirates in a rematch wasn’t any more special.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

AP Video
Captain of Sunken SKorean Ferry Arrested Raw: Fire Destroys 3 N.J. Beachfront Homes Raw: Pope Presides Over Good Friday Mass Raw: Space X Launches to Space Station Superheroes Descend on Capitol Mall Man Charged in Kansas City Highway Shootings Obama Awards Navy Football Trophy Anti-semitic Leaflets Posted in Eastern Ukraine Raw: Magnitude-7.2 Earthquake Shakes Mexico City Ceremony at MIT Remembers One of Boston's Finest Raw: Students Hurt in Colo. School Bus Crash Raw: Church Tries for Record With Chalk Jesus Raw: Faithful Celebrate Good Friday Worldwide Deadly Avalanche Sweeps Slopes of Mount Everest Police Arrest Suspect in Highway Shootings Drought Concerns May Hurt Lake Tourism Vermont Goat Meat Gives Refugees Taste of Home Calif. Investigators Re-construct Fatal Bus Cras Mayor Rob Ford Launches Re-election Campaign Appellate Court Hears Okla. Gay Marriage Case

Do you think that Jack Williams will get the 270 signatures from city residents needed in order to have a referendum placed on a municipal ballot to have the city's pressure test mandate repealed?

I'm not sure
     View Results
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide