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February 8, 2013

Tomahawks fall short in extra period

JANESVILLE, Wis. — The Johnstown Tomahawks came back to force overtime but fell to the Janesville Jets 4-3 in a shootout on Friday night before 884 fans at Janesville Ice Arena.

The Tomahawks have lost three in a row

(0-2-1) and face the Jets again at 7 tonight.

“We outplayed them. Literally we missed nets. We missed opportunities,” Tomahawks coach Jason Spence said. “We didn’t get a bounce. We actually played a really good hockey game. We just never put enough goals in the net.

“We had a couple breakdowns. But all in all we played a good game.”

Tomahawks forward Jordan Watt scored at 11:40 of the second period to tie the game at 3-all.

Johnstown tallied the game’s first two goals, but Janesville netted the next three markers.

Cody Gylling scored 5 minutes into the game with assists by Jesse Kessler and Watt.

Ian Spencer made it 2-0 with a power-play goal at 9;16 of the opening period. Watt and Mitch Hall had assists.

But host Janesville bounced back with first-period goals by Ryan Gotelaere and Dan Litchke, and the Jets took the lead via Todd Koritzinsky’s power-play goal 7:09 into the second.

Watt’s power-play tally tied the game at 11:40 of the second period. Casey Nelson and Kessler had assists.

Watt had Johnstown’s lone goal in the five-round shootout. The Jets had a first-round goal by Jason Ford and the winner in the final round by Jordan Himley.

The Jets went 1 for 4 on the power play. The Tomahawks converted twice in nine opportunities. Johnstown outshot Janesville 27-24.

Goaltender Colin Brennan made 20 saves. Janesville netminder Brock Kautz had 24 saves.

Johnstown remains in fourth place in the North Division with a 21-16-10 record and 52 points. Janesville is in sixth at 17-19-8, 42 points.

“We plan on coming out the same way we started the game and continue to build that momentum through the whole game (tonight),” Spence said.

The Tomahawks return to Cambria County War Memorial Arena next Friday and Feb. 16 for a pair of games against the West Division-leading Wenatchee Wild (31-7-4, 66 points).

The Tomahawks will host their first “Pucks & Paws Night” to be held during the team’s Feb. 16 game against the Wild.

Fans attending the game are invited to bring their friendly dogs, who can gain entry when their owners purchase a $5 dog ticket. All the proceeds from these tickets will benefit the Johnstown Police Department K-9 Corps.

Johnstown Police K-9 officer Sgt. Michael Plunkard and Athos, a Belgian Malinois police dog, will drop the ceremonial first puck. The evening will also feature $1 hot dogs, a fun dog zone, a dog parade on the ice, fun treats and prizes for the dogs.

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