If the Johnstown Tomahawks are looking to bring postseason hockey back to Cambria County War Memorial, they’ll have to at the very least forge a split of the first two games of their best-of-3 play-in series against fourth-place Port Huron.
The Fighting Falcons finished two points ahead of the Tomahawks, giving the Michigan squad home-ice advantage in the 4-5 series. The teams will meet twice in Port Huron on Thursday and Friday - both games at 7 p.m. If the series is tied after Friday, Johnstown will host the deciding third game of the series at 7 p.m. April 7. The formatting of the series opening with two games at Port Huron is because of the NAHL’s edict that teams separated by over 300 miles follow the two-and-one format for a play-in series.
The Tomahawks went 3-3-2 against the Fighting Falcons in their eight regular season meetings. The franchise’s inaugural game after relocating to Johnstown came against Port Huron on Sept. 8.
Kalamazoo faces Springfield in the battle between the third- and sixth-place squads in the North Division.