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The Johnstown Tomahawks treated a near sell-out crowd to an exciting back-and-forth regular season finale against the Soo Eagles, but failed to earn any points in what the 3,721 fans in attendance hope would not be the last NAHL hockey played in the Cambria County War Memorial this season.
A scoreless first period was highlighted by disciplined penalty killing by both Johnstown and Soo, each of whom killed a pair of penalties and survived early scoring chance from the opposing powerplay. Johnstown goaltender Brett Young, starting in place of regular starter Alex Okicki (who was injured on the game-winning final save of last night's shootout), turned away all 11 Soo shots in the first, while the Eagles' Nathan Klebe saved all 9 Johnstown shots.
Three minutes into the second period, the Eagles took a 1-0 lead when forward Denver Pierce beat Young with a one-timer close to the crease and began a scoring run that saw the Eagles spring to a 3-0 lead in the span of three minutes. The second goal came 4:05 into the period, when Chase Matson capitalized on a one-timer much like the previous Soo goal. Michael Sabatini completed the scoring run at 5:39 when he took a pass from below the goal line and beat Young with a quick shot under his blocker, making the score 3-0.
Tomahawks captian Brandon Reinholz responded quickly, stopping the bleeding at 7:54 as he crashed the net and found a pass from defenseman Shane Cuckovich that he corralled and put past Klebe for his 6th goal of the year, red to make the score 3-1. Defenseman Dakoda Menslage was also credited with an assist on the play.
Eight minutes later, the Tomahawks cut the deficit again with a power play goal from forward Trevor Recktenwald, his 10thgoal of the year. Parked in front of the net, Recktenwald slammed a series of shots into Klebe's pads, finally beating the Soo netminder on his third attempt. The goal was assisted by Menslage and Tyler Basham.
The Tomahawks tied the game at 5:53 of the third, when Matt Meier sniped a rising wrist shot into the net from near the blue line for his 21st goal of the year, assisted by Mitch Hall and Casey Linkenheld.
The Eagles, however, struck again with a late goal to chill the near-capacity crowd at 18:37, when defenseman Bradley Mueller scored off a slap shot from the point to take the lead. Soo withstood a final onslaught from the Johnstown offense with the extra attacker on in place of Young for the final minute of the game, holding on to win 4-3 and claiming their first win of the weekend's three-game series.
Johnstown goaltender Brett Young made 35 saves on 39 shots, while Soo goaltender Nathan Klebe recorded 26 saves on 29 shots.
Both teams were one of six on power-plays on Sunday afternoon.
The loss moves the Tomahawks to 28-25-5 with 61 points, while the win advances the Eagles to 24-26-8 with 56 points. The Tomahawks remain in fourth place in the North division behind Janesville, their opponent for the regular season's final two games next weekend. Springfield sits behind Johnstown in the standings with 58 points and three games remaining.