The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

October 13, 2013

Tomahawks hand Warriors first home loss

From staff reports
sports@tribdem.com

Flint, Mich. — The Johnstown Tomahawks will bring some momentum into their monthlong homestand.

The Tomahawks beat the Michigan Warriors 4-3 in a shootout to hand the Flint team its first home loss of the season.

Omar Mullan, Shane Bednard and Zach Wallace scored in the shootout. That was enough for Tomahawks goalie Alex Okicki, who allowed a goal to Zack Szajner before keeping Cole Larkin, Jake Faiella and Cam Jorgensen from scoring.

The Tomahawks fell behind 3 ½ minutes into the game, as Szanjer scored a power-play goal when his shot deflected off a Tomahawk and trickled past Okicki. Joshua Shellman and Sean Campbell picked up assists on the play.

Johnstown scored 30 seconds into the second period to tie it at 1. Joe Drabin's shot was blocked by a Michigan defender and served as a drop pass to Matt Meier. Michigan goalie Trevor Gorsuch got a piece of Meier's shot but couldn't stop it.

The Tomahawks went ahead 17 minutes later, as Michigan native Alex Jaeckle found Gorsuch's five-hole for a power-play goal. Brandon Reinholz and Drabin assisted on the goal, which came with 2:13 left in the period.

Michigan came back to tie it at 2 on a nice individual effort by Jon Farkas. The Michigan forward went past two Tomahawks defensemen, skated across the goal mouth and beat Okicki at 18:01 of the third. Jorgensen, who was in Johnstown's camp last year, assisted on the play, as did A.J. Marcinek.

Ryan McNeely put the Tomahawks ahead again with a goal from Josh Bowes and Colin Finkhouse, but the Warriors tied it again when Connor Lyons scored with 1:23 left in the third.

Michigan, which outshot Johnstown 36-25 for the game, dominated the overtime period but only put two shots on net and Okicki turned both away.

Reinholz and Jordan Watt failed to score on Johnstown's first two attempts in the shootout while Szajner did to put Michigan up 1-0. But Mullan, Bednard and Wallace each found the net while Michigan was denied three consecutive opportunities.

Okicki made 33 saves in the victory while Gorsuch stopped 21 shots in the loss.

Johnstown was 1 for 7 on the power play. Michigan was 1 for 5 with the man advantage.

The Tomahawks, who play their next 11 games at home, now have 15 points – good for second in the NAHL North Division, three behind Port Huron. Michigan is in third place with 12 points.