The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

Tomahawks

September 30, 2012

VIDEO | Tomahawks drop home opener in a shootout

JOHNSTOWN — Pryotechnics, flaming blue lines, a packed house and hockey legend Mario Lemieux.

All that was missing from the NAHL’s debut Saturday night at Cambria County War Memorial Arena was a Johnstown Tomahawks win.

Despite a 3-2 shootout loss to the Michigan Warriors, the Tomahawks (1-3-3) treated a crowd of 3,721 to a dazzling home debut filled with all of the elements sure to please most hockey fans in the region.

It will take a little more to please the team’s coach.

“The guys worked really hard,” Tomahawks coach Jason Spence said. “But we killed ourselves with turnovers. Every chance (Michigan) had was a turnover. We take care of the puck a little better, that’s our two points.”

Michigan (2-4-0) took home the win after topping Johnstown 3-0 in the shootout. A.J. Marcinek, Brock Labelle and Zack Szajner each sent pucks past Johnstown’s Chris Truehl during the shootout.

Warriors goaltender Michael Pesendorfer turned away all three shots he faced in the shootout, while stopping 23 shots in 65 minutes.

It wasn’t the best first impression made by the team, but the experience of playing in a packed house possibly eased the pain of getting just one point for Cody Boyd, a Johnstown native and son of former Chiefs bruiser Rick Boyd – the club’s general manager.

“It felt great except for the fact that we lost,” Cody Boyd said.

“Coming out to our screaming fans and hearing everybody I hadn’t heard in five years. It was a great time, just wish it went the other way.”

Johnstown’s Brandon Reinholz tallied the team’s first goal on home ice at 10:24 of the second with help from defenseman Cody Bentzel.

Reinholz further endeared himself to the Johnstown faithful later in the second when he dropped the gloves with Michigan’s Garrett Prochazka, dropping the Warriors forward with a single punch.

Reinholz then skated toward the penalty box while receiving one of the night’s loudest cheers.

“Beginner’s luck, it felt good,” Reinholz said of the fight. “It was nice to get the fans into it and get a little momentum going our way.”

Michigan equalized at 15:14 of the second when Jake Hopfner poked a rebound underneath Truehl. Colin Larkin and Luke Rendino notched assists on Hopfner’s first.

Johnstown quickly regained the lead at 17:27 on Cobi Smith-Mass’ second goal of the season. Bentzel – a 6-foot-3, 225-pound defenseman, tallied his second assist of the night.

Smith-Mass appeared to put the game away around eight minutes into the third when he redirected a puck past Pesendorfer. The goal was quickly waved off by referee Jonathon Paradise due to Johnstown contact with Pesendorfer in the crease.

“I didn’t see the goal that was disallowed,” Spence said.

“I asked the referee, ‘What happened?’ He said that we interfered with the goaltender. I want to see it on tape.”

Connor Lyons, with help from Hopfner, pushed across the Warriors’ second game-tying goal at 16:51 of the third.

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
Tomahawks
  • Intense camp ends for Tomahawks

    July 28, 2014

  • Tomahawks Camp - Eckenrod Local players in camp with Tomahawks

    July 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • Mike Letizia Tomahawks hand reins to former assistant

    Introductions? Orientations? Neither was necessary when the Johnstown Tomahawks named their new head coach on Tuesday morning.
    The new guy in charge handled the job for the past month and has been part of the organization since the North American Hockey League team moved to Johnstown in 2012.

    June 3, 2014 1 Photo

  • NAHL coming to Connellsville

    The North American Hockey League (NAHL) has announced that the Port Huron Fighting Falcons are reactivating and relocating their membership to Connellsville.
    The team will be renamed the Keystone Ice Miners and will start play next season.

    May 10, 2014

  • spence Tomahawks decide not to renew coach’s contract

    Rick Boyd didn’t look forward to his conversation with Jason Spence on Monday.
    The Johnstown Tomahawks general manager and the NAHL organization had made a difficult and potentially unpopular decision to not renew Spence’s contract as the Tomahawks coach.

    April 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • Spence, Jason Tomahawks won't renew Spence's contract

    The Johnstown Tomahawks will not renew head coach Jason Spence’s contract for the 2014-15 NAHL season, the team announced on Tuesday.

    April 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • ‘Hawks already building toward next season

    Jason Spence used up his cell phone’s battery on a trip from Johnstown to his parents’ home in Nova Scotia, Canada.
    Once the Johnstown Tomahawks coach got to his destination, Spence had to get creative to secure cell service across the border.

    April 16, 2014

  • horizontal hawks Fighting Falcons win playoff series against Tomahawks

    The third period of Game 3 of the NAHL North Division semifinal served as a quick primer of the Johnstown Tomahawks’ playoff fortunes against top-seeded Port Huron.
    Trailing by two goals going into the third, the Tomahawks ramped up the intensity, producing a goal early and a multitude of chances at an equalizer until the game’s final moments when goaltender Max Milosek stopped Jordan Watt’s breakaway try as the Cambria County War Memorial Arena’s horn sounded.

    April 12, 2014 2 Photos

  • ’Hawks need a win to survive

    At the moment, it’s not about advancing through the postseason for the Johnstown Tomahawks. It’s simply a case of surviving to play another day.

    April 11, 2014

  • Falcons clip Tomahawks in overtime

    The Johnstown Tomahawks squandered a pair of two-goal leads and fell 4-3 in overtime to Port Huron in Game 2 of the North Division semifinals on Friday night.
    Johnstown trails the best-of-5 series 2-0 and will try to avoid elimination when the series moves to Cambria County War Memorial Arena on Friday.

    April 5, 2014

Poll

Do you think pet obituaries should be included with death notices?

Yes, my pet is considered a member of the family.
No, pet obituaries are inappropriate.
Pet obituaries should be placed on a different page in the newspaper.
     View Results
Order Photos


Photo Slideshow

House Ads