Johnstown Rallies Past Knights for Win

Tomahawks score three goals in 2:35 to pull off comeback victory

Coming off a week and a half of rest, the Knights looked to bounce back Friday night from a shootout loss in their prior contest against the New Jersey Titans. Instead they were served more hard knocks against the Tomahawks, a measuring stick game against one of the league’s more potent rosters.

Things started at a fast pace for the Knights when at 4:29, Curtis Carlson ladled a slick pass to Vince Marino who fired it past Johnstown goalie Drew Hotte. The Tomahawks were quick to reply, when Nick Bruce tipped a Dalton Hunter shot past Grant Valentine to tie the game at one.

At 14:44 The Knights would regain the lead when Paul Maust would crash the net and bury a rebound created by Jimmy Elser from Reed Robinson. The 2-1 lead would hold not only into the second intermission, but into the beginning of the third.

The second stanza saw the Knights open the period with a flurry of shots, with their forecheck controlling tempo. Around the 12:00 mark the Tomahawks would flip the ice and start pouring on offensive pressure and chances of their own. Both Valentine and Hotte would prove worthy adversaries to offenses building steam.

It would be the Knights forecheck that broke the scoreless stretch first. Just 56 seconds into the third, Mike Gelatt would deflect a Matt Kidney shot home to build a 3-1 Knights lead. Again the Tomahawks were quick to answer. At 2:52, with helpers coming from Rowan and Somoza, Mitchell Hale scraped a hard-fought goal off a pile in front of the net to trim the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton lead to one.

Just 35 seconds later, Logan Stork tacked on the equalizer set up by Brandon Young. The surge would continue just two minutes later when Reagan Wortz would score his first NAHL goal in his first NAHL game. The tally would also prove to be his first game-winner as the Tomahawks would hold for the game’s final 14:33 to skate away with the 4-3 win.

The loss puts the Knights record at 23-23-1-2. They’ll get their chance to bounce back tomorrow in Johnstown with puck drop set for 12:00 pm.