SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich —
The Johnstown Tomahawks scored a pair of goals 20 seconds apart to tie Soo in the middle period, but the Eagles converted a third-period power play to win 3-2 at Puller Stadium on Saturday night.
The Tomahawks fell to the Eagles for the second straight night.
The teams will play again at 3 p.m. today.
Soo got goals by Sandis Zolmanis and AJ Jarosz 1 minute, 14 seconds apart in the opening period to take a 2-0 lead and chase Tomahawks starting goaltender Jake Moore in the process.
The Tomahawks had two quick goals of their own in the second period.
Joe Drabin scored at 12:11, with an assist to Brandon Reinholz.
Just 20 seconds later, Shane Cuckovich scored with assists by Reinholz and Garrison Sanipass.
Jarosz netted the game-winner on the power play at 13:28 of the third, making Alex Okicki the tough-luck loser with 32 saves on 33 shots.
Second-place Johnstown lost more ground to North Division-leading Port Huron. The Fighting Falcons blanked Janesville 4-0 and have 49 points, seven more than the Tomahawks, who earlier this week had closed within three of the lead with back-to-back wins over Michigan.
Third-place Michigan shut out Springfield, and with 40 points, now is within two of Johnstown.