The Nordiques we’re taking on the Johnstown Tomahawks for the first time this season to start a three-game set on the road in Johnstown.
The first period started with some good Nordiques chances and a good Tomahawks chance that was denied by Kael Depape in net. The Nordiques got a power play to work off of and put the pressure on but couldn’t find a goal. The Nordiques would then be tasked to kill off a penalty that they would be able to do and transition into another power play which was unsuccessful once again. With forty-three seconds left, Filip Wiberg got a pass from Jonny Meiers, who skated in his 100th NAHL game tonight, and fired a shot that fooled the Tomahawks goaltender finding the back of the net. 1-0 Nordiques after one period, they would start the second with another penalty kill.
The second period started with another Nordiques penalty kill but the Tomahawks would stay in the attack, gain the puck in the offensive end, and tie it at one six minutes into the period. After the game was tied, it was a back-and-forth battle with Kael Depape in net until there were six minutes left in the second period; tempers flared and the Nordiques headed back to the power play, which was short-lived when the Nordiques would take a penalty just thirty-eight seconds in. We would see 4-on-4 action which was temporary as the Nords would go to a rare 4-on-3 penalty kill. The Tomahawks would convert and go back to the attack on a turnover and get a 3-on-1 chance, but Kael Depape made a phenomenal save. 2-1 Tomahawks after two periods.
The third period started with the Nordiques firing the puck and putting on pressure to the Tomahawks. The Tomahawks goaltender made some great saves, but the Nordiques would bury one; David Helledy would rip a shot glove side just in front of the blue line to tie it at two five minutes into the period. The Nordiques went back to the attack as a second chance was put home by Evan Orloff, giving the Nordiques the lead, 3-2. A shot at the blue line by Sterling Wolters was tipped on net by Kellen Murphy and it found the twine. Three straight Nordiques goals in three minutes and thirty-two seconds to give them a 4-2 advantage with ten minutes left in regulation. The Nords would not stop there, Evan Orloff would snipe one after a great forecheck from Brendan Gibbons and a pass from Nick Bernardo. 5-2 Nordiques. Each team would take a penalty and we would see 4-on-4 once more, but just like the last time the Nordiques would take another penalty and be shortened 4-on-3 ,but the Nordiques would pull out a strong penalty kill once more. The Nordiques would end the game with a power play and power through for the 5-2 victory.
Same teams tomorrow night for game two in Johnstown at 7:30pm