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January 30, 2013

NAHL honors Tomahawks’ Gylling

JOHNSTOWN — Cody Gylling is hitting his stride at the right time for the Johnstown Tomahawks.

Gylling, an 18-year-old left wing, has four goals and six points in his past three games for the NAHL North Division fourth-place Tomahawks.

Put into perspective, he had gone scoreless seven consecutive games and had one goal in 13 outings prior to the recent hot streak.

“It’s nice to have things going your way,” said Gylling, who was named the North Division 2nd Star of the Week. “I don’t think we’ve really done stuff differently from early in the year. I just think sometimes you’re going to get bounces that you like.

“We hit a rough patch a couple weeks ago. We started to work harder and do things the right way.”

The Tomahawks will begin a busy stretch at home tonight against Port Huron. The 7 p.m. faceoff is part of Jack Ham bobblehead night (first 1,000 fans). Port Huron visits again on Friday, and first-place Soo is in town for a Saturday night contest.

Gylling has clicked with linemates Mitch Kontny, a center who was a North Division honorable mention pick this week, and right wing Jordan Watt.

“We’re good friends. Obviously that helps with line chemistry,” Gylling said. “We know we have to produce as a line. Jordan likes to shoot. I like to move the puck a little more. We all complement each other. Mitch does everything and plays the defense. We all kind of work off of each other.”

Tomahawks coach Jason Spence isn’t surprised by Gylling’s production: 12 goals, 33 points and a plus-2 rating in 42 games with Johnstown.

“Cody is a really skilled player,” Spence said. “He has a lot of speed and he’s got a really quick, deceptive shot. He’s a player that you don’t want to give time and space to because he’ll use it.”

Gylling played last season with the Indiana Ice in the United States Hockey League. He had a goal and two points in 16 games.

“Last year as a 17-year-old in that league was a big learning experience,” Gylling said. “I came from Midget, U16. I learned a lot last year. It helped prepare me more for this year. I can draw on things from last year.”

Kontny and Watt each spent last season with the Alaska Avalanche, the former NAHL team that moved to Johnstown.

“Gylling played some in the USHL last year, so he’s not a rookie,” Spence said.

“Watt and Kontny played last year in the NAHL. They have some chemistry. They know where each other is going to be on the ice.”

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