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March 30, 2014

'Hawks drop season finale at Janesville

Janesville, Wis. — The Johnstown Tomahawks closed the NAHL regular season with a 4-1 loss to the Janesville Jets in front of 650 fans at Janesville Ice Arena on Saturday night.

The Tomahawks had secured the North Division’s fourth and final playoff spot when Springfield lost at Soo on Friday night, so the game had no bearing on the playoff race.

But Johnstown finished with a 2-8-2 record in its final 12 games.

The Tomahawks snapped a seven-game losing streak with a pair of home victories over Soo last weekend, but then finished with three consecutive losses.

The Tomahawks clinched their second-straight Robertson Cup playoff berth during the last weekend of the regular season, setting up a playoff match-up between Johnstown and the North Division regular-season winning Port Huron Fighting Falcons for the second consecutive year. The Tomahawks have won the last three meetings against the Fighting Falcons at the Cambria County War Memorial Arena.

The best-of-5 series will open in Port Huron, Mich., with the first two games being played on April 3-4.

The series shifts to the War Memorial for Game 3 at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 11. If necessary, Game 4 will be played at 7 p.m. at the War Memorial on Saturday, April 12. If a decisive Game 5 is necessary, it will be played in Port Huron on April 14.

Individual playoff tickets for all Tomahawks home games go on sale Thursday at the Cambria County War Memorial box office, all Ticketmaster locations, including www.ticketmaster.com or by calling (800) 745-3000.

In Saturday’s regular-season finale, Johnstown’s Tanner Barnes scored 21 seconds into the game against Janesville goaltender Logan Halladay.

But Truman Gonzales tied the score at 1:48 of the first. Janesville’s Jordan Himley’s power-play goal at 7:28 put the Jets in front to stay.

Neither team scored in the middle period.

Janesville closed the game with Drew Callin’s power-play goal at 17:55, and an empty-netter by Gonzales with a minute left.

Tomahawks’ goaltender Brett Young stopped 22 of 25 shots he faced.

Janesville went 2-for-9 on the power play. Johnstown failed to convert on three power-play opportunities.

The Tomahawks outshot the Jets, 27-26, including a 16-7 second-period advantage.

 

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