The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

August 25, 2013

Tomahawks win three at showcase

From staff reports
The Tribune-Democrat

— Rallying to win three games over the weekend, the Johnstown Tomahawks managed to impress coach Jason Spence during their three-day stay in New Jersey.

After falling to the New Jersey Hitmen of the USPHL on Friday, Johnstown claimed a 4-2 win on Saturday over the Springfield Pics – also of the USPHL – and two over the Nepean Raiders of Canada’s CCHL. Johnstown won by scores of 5-1 Saturday night and 4-2 on Sunday.

“We kept getting better and better as the weekend went on,” Spence said. “We only had four practices going in, but this is the best type of practice. To get thrown in the fire with great junior teams across the U.S. and Canada. I was very proud of the guys. We were able to use our systems and learn from our mistakes.”

Even in the loss to the Hitmen, Spence quickly noted positives.

“The boys played a good game,” Spence said. “Played well. Played hard. We couldn’t get scoring chances. We were a bit too nervous. Three of their goals deflected different ways. They had three power-play goals, all three were off multi deflections. The bounces just didn’t go our way. It was a really good matchup.”

But as the weekend progressed, so did the Tomahawks.

“Everybody loosened up,” Spence said. “They played great. In the third game they got better. In the fourth game they got better. It was a great test.”