The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


September 10, 2012

Late letdown dooms Tomahawks

PORT HURON, Mich. — For the second straight day, the Port Huron Fighting Falcons used a third-period surge to upend the Johnstown Tomahawks.

The Falcons scored four goals in the third period Sunday to defeat the Tomahawks, 4-2, at McMorran Arena. With the loss, the Tomahawks fall to 0-2 in their inaugural season.

“Bounces didn’t go for us,” Tomahawks coach Jason Spence said. “We had chances and we just didn’t capitalize.”

All six goals in the game were scored in the third period, and Johnstown struck first when Casey Nelson scored on a 5-on-3 power play 21 seconds into the period. Jeff Bergh also scored for the Tomahawks, but that came after the Falcons had scored three consecutive goals.

Nelson’s goal was the lone bright spot for a Johnstown power play that was 1 for 10 on the day. The Falcons, meanwhile, were 2 for 4 on the power play, as the two teams totaled 31 penalty minutes – 13 minors and one major.

“They beat us in their building,” Spence said. “When you have all the penalties, your lines get mixed up and your chemistry is kind of hurt; some guys don’t play for a while.”

Cody Gylling and Brandon Brossoit each had an assist for Johnstown, while Chris Truehl stopped 26 of the 29 shots he faced.

Nico Sierra, Kody Polin, Matthew Uvodich and Alex Archibald each scored for the Falcons. Ryan Nick had two assists, while Easton Powers, Jake Goldberg, Ian Miller and Rick DeRosa each had one. Max Milosek stopped 29 shots for the victory.

“I’d like to get two periods together, then we’ll work on three,” Falcons coach Steve Shannon said. “We had a good start today. The first two shifts each line had were good, then we went back to what we were doing. We had just a mediocre second period. But just too many penalties; just way too many penalties.”

Sierra tied the game for the Falcons just over six minutes into the third period, and it stayed that way until Polin and Uvodich each scored within 33 seconds of one another to give the Falcons a two-goal edge. Bergh scored with 1:46 to play, giving Johnstown hope, but Archibald’s empty-netter put the game away with 1:03 remaining.

Next up for the Tomahawks is a trip to Blaine, Minn. for the North American Hockey League Showcase. They play Wednesday against the Brookings Blizzard in the first of four games at the showcase. The game is scheduled to start at 4:30 p.m.  

“We have all the skill in the world, but we just have to relax when we face adversity,” Spence said. “Just know that you can get that next goal and that kind of thing.”


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