Johnstown and Chippewa win on final day of regular season
Danbury 4 @ Johnstown 5 - The Johnstown Tomahawks defeated the Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks 5-4 Sunday afternoon in their final game of the regular season. Rookie David Matousek opened the scoring, netting his first NAHL goal to give the Tomahawks the first goal of the game for the first time this weekend. Then, with just 44 seconds remaining in the period, Jay Ahearn found the back of the net for the 30th time this season, giving the Tomahawks a 2-0 lead heading into the 2nd period. The 2-0 lead didn’t last long though as Valentino Passarelli showed his dominance over the Tomahawks again, scoring twice 42 seconds in an 9:31 into the 2nd period to tie the game up for Danbury at 2-2. A minute after the game-tying goal, Holt Oliphant got the job done on the power play to get the lead back for the Tomahawks 11:25 into the middle frame. 2:20 later, Matousek netted his second of the game to make it 4-2 Hawks. Three minutes later, Ahearn nets his second goal of the game also to make it 5-2 Hawks to start the 3rd. The 3rd started with Passarelli scoring again to get the hat trick and make it 5-3. Then two and a half minutes later, Gabe Dombrowski scored shorthanded to make it a one-goal game. The Tomahawks held on though to win by a final score of 5-4. Liam Gross made 28 saves in the win, while Andrew Pichora made 24 saves in the loss.
Chippewa 4 @ Janesville 3 – In both team’s regular season finale, the Steel got goals from four different players in a 4-3 win on Sunday. Chippewa jumped out to a 1-0 lead just over four minutes into the game as Jordan Cormier scored his 4th goal of the season. That was answered by a goal from the Jets’ Landon Fleming, who scored his first career NAHL goal. The Steel regained their one-goal lead in the final minute of the period as James Miller scored. In the 2nd period, the Steel made it 3-1 on a goal from Braden Lindstrom. The Jets responded as Blake Dangos netted his second goal of the season to make it 3-2. Chippewa regained their two-goal edge with a power play goal from Jack Brown to make it 4-2. Late in the period, the Jets closed to within 4-3 as Dominik Bartecko scored his 8th goal of the year, which would complete the scoring after a scoreless 3rd period. Steel goalie Berk Berkeliev made 21 saves in the win, while Owen Millward made 22 saves in the loss. Karsten Bourgoine came into the game in the 3rd period and stopped all 14 shots he faced.