JAMESTOWN, N.Y. —
Chris Truehl had a 22-save shutout and the Johnstown Tomahawks won their penultimate game of the regular season, 5-0, on Friday night.
The Tomahawks head into tonight’s season finale with 66 points, the same total as Port Huron, a 4-0 winner over Michigan on Friday. But Port Huron has four more wins than Johnstown and would take the tiebreaker should each team win its respective finale tonight.
Johnstown (27-20-12) has a rematch at Jamestown (36-19-4). Port Huron (31-24-4) faces visiting Michigan (19-31-9) again.
Currently, the Tomahawks sit in the No. 5 spot in the North Division. Port Huron is No. 4.
The top two squads, Soo and Jamestown, each have first-round byes. The fourth seed will host No. 5 twice in a best-of-3 series, and No. 3 will hold home-ice advantage against No. 6 in another best-of-3.
Johnstown and Port Huron already know they will face each other for the play-in series. The team possessing home-ice advantage will be determined tonight.
The Tomahawks did their part on Friday, as five different players scored goals.
Cobi Smith-Mass and Brandon Reinholz each netted first-period markers to get the visitors on the right track. The Tomahawks added three third-period goals to make it a five-goal margin. Mitch Hall, Connor Wright and Jordan Watt each scored.
Reinholz and Wright each finished with a goal, two assists and a plus-4 rating.
Truehl faced 10 first-period shots and eight more in the second, turning all 18 aside.
The Tomahawks had an 8-4 shots advantage in the final period.
The Tomahawks were 0-for-5 on the power play. Johnstown’s penalty kill was perfect during four Ironmen power-play opportunities.
Johnstown has a 14-9-6 road record and is 4-2-0 in its past six games.
The Ironmen are 19-8-2 at home and 3-3-0 in their last six.
The Tomahawks have won five of seven games in the series against the second-place Ironmen this season.
Johnstown has 23 goals and 215 shots against the Ironmen while Jamestown has 10 goals and 192 shots against the Tomahawks.