Tomahawks Outlast Nordiques in Back-and-Forth Battle

December 9, 2022

Game #23

The Nordiques were in the middle game of a three-game set with the Johnstown Tomahawks after an offensive explosion in the third period last night the propelled them to a 5-2 victory.

Three minutes into the game, the Nordiques would fire their first shot on the net of the game which led to Laurent Trepanier finding the back of the net to give his team a 1-0 advantage. The Nordiques would then be tasked to kill off back-to-back penalties before the halfway mark of the period. They were able to kill off both and transition into a power play of their own at the end of the kill. The Nords ended up going 3/3 on the penalty kill and with just twenty-five seconds left the Nordiques in the sight line of the Tomahawks goaltender and Nick Bernardo would slide one home to make it 2-0 after one period.

The second period started with an unsuccessful Nordiques power play that the Tomahawks got good chances on. The Tomahawks came out firing forcing Tommy Heaney to make a great save. After a big hit by JP Steele, tempers would raise and we would see 4-on-4 for two minutes and then a three-minute power play for the Tomahawks, because of the five-minute major penalty. The Nordiques would kill it off but would continue to be undisciplined and give up a penalty shot. Tommy Heaney would come up big with a huge save. The Tomahawks kept pressuring and finally converted to make it 2-1 with four minutes remaining in the second. The Nordiques would head to the box once again for the fifth time in the game. The Tomahawks would convert and tie it at 2.

The third period started with a Tomahawks goal less than a minute in. The Nordiques would get a power play and Brendan Gibbons would jam one home to tie it at 3 with plenty of time left, 15:07 to go in regulation. The Nordiques would kill their momentum by skating with six players and take a “too many men on the ice” penalty. The Hawks would retake the lead 4-3. Kim Hilmerson would use his speed to draw a penalty and Henrik Hallberg would snipe the water bottle to tie it at 4. The Nordiques got another power play and some good chances but nothing to show for it. The Tomahawks would jump a Nordiques offensive zone faceoff win and convert to take a 5-4 lead with 3:09 left in the third. The Tomahawks would remain in control and seal the deal with an empty net. 6-4 final.

Game 3 is tomorrow in Johnstown at 7pm.