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March 30, 2013

Loss drops Johnstown to fifth seed in playoffs

JAMESTOWN, N.Y. — The Johnstown Tomahawks fell 2-1 to the Jamestown Ironmen and finished in the No. 5 spot in the NAHL’s North Division on Saturday.

Johnstown entered the game tied in points with fourth-place Port Huron, but the Fighting Falcons held the tiebreaker with four more regular-season wins than the Tomahawks entering Saturday’s action.

Port Huron played its finale in Michigan in a game that started later than the Tomahawks meeting with the Ironmen in front of 686 fans at Jamestown Savings Bank Arena. The result of that contest didn’t matter after the Tomahawks’ setback.

The Tomahawks finished their first regular season in the NAHL with a respectable 27-21-12 record and 66 points. Johnstown scored 179 goals while allowing opponents 177 goals.

Jamestown goaltender Joe Ballmer stopped 25 of 26 Johnstown shots to lead the Ironmen.

Johnstown was led by Jesse Kessler, who scored the team's only goal. Kessler scored on the power play 8:37 into the first period to give Johnstown a one-goal lead. The Tomahawks earned a power play opportunity when Elliot Tisdale was put in the box for delay of game. Cody Gylling provided the assist.

Jamestown was led by Daniel Cesarz, who scored on the power play 8:33 into the third period to give Jamestown its first lead. A hooking penalty on Cobi Smith-Mass put the Ironmen on the power play. Ryan Urso assisted on the tally.

Referees had their hands full with a major incident 17:06 into the first period. Five fighting penalties were dished out along with three game misconducts.

The Jamestown penalty box was a popular destination as the team totaled five minors and two majors for 40 minutes in penalty time.

Nathan Ropelewski also scored for Jamestown. In addition, Jamestown received an assist from Huba Sekesi.

Johnstown was often in penalty trouble, totaling five minors and two majors for 30 minutes in penalty time. The Tomahawks had been averaging 22.0 minutes in penalties per game.

Chris Truehl rejected 30 shots on goal for Johnstown.

The Tomahawks registered one goal on four power play opportunities. Johnstown’s Jake Fairchild was ejected from the game.

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