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January 26, 2014

Michigan hands home-ice loss to Tomahawks

JOHNSTOWN — The Johnstown Tomahawks hosted the Michigan Warriors for the second time this weekend looking to get retribution for Friday night's loss.

The Tomahawks fell behind but were able to battle back only to give up the lead, and the game, 4-2, in front of 3,078 fans.

Before the puck could even drop, there was a mini-brawl at center ice. While waiting for the referee to drop the puck, players begin to joust and things escalated from there.

Nick Mosher and Connor Lyons dropped the gloves for Michigan while Cody Bentzel and Zach Geiger dropped the gloves for Johnstown. All four players received fighting majors and game misconducts for the altercation.

When the puck finally dropped, and the game got underway, Michigan took control. After an initial save by Johnstown's goaltender, Jake Moore, the puck bounced out to the front of the crease where Colin Horton banged in the rebound through Moore's five-hole.

The Warriors struck again just over two minutes later. This time it was a deflection in front by Jake Hopfner to put Michigan up, 2-0.

The goal was a power play goal and the assists went to Alec Pellegrino and Sean Campbell at 6:26.

After the goal, Johnstown called a time out to refocus.

Johnstown finally found its first goal of the game late in the first period.

Joe Drabin cut across the circles in Michigan’s zone and fired a shot, beating Robbie Beydoun. The assists went to Tommy Hall and Trevor Recktenwald at 18:26.

While on the power play in the second period, Johnstown tied the game at 2. Mitch Hall fired a wrist shot from the center of the offensive blue line.  Shane Bednard assisted on the play at 4:17.

The two teams exchanged chances and the score remained tied until Colin Larkin sped down the left wing wall and ripped a shot past Moore, giving Michigan a 3-2 lead going into the second intermission.

Larkin scored his second goal of the night in the third period, giving the Warriors the insurance mark and the victory.

The Warriors picked up all four points this weekend and moved into second place in the NAHL North Division. The Soo Eagles also won on Saturday night over Springfield, 4-1, which placed them only one point behind Johnstown for third place in the division.

Moore stopped 22 of 26 shots, picking up the loss. For Michigan, Beydoun stopped 19 of 21 shots.

Johnstown has now lost three in a row and five of their past six games.

Next weekend, the Tomahawks head back on the road to play first-place Port Huron.

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