JANESVILLE, Wis. —
Chris Truehl made 32 saves to lead the Johnstown Tomahawks to a 3-1 victory over the Janesville Jets on Saturday night in front of 1,142 fans at the Janesville Ice Arena.
“Chris Truehl played well,” Tomahawks coach Jason Spence said. “He didn’t crack under the pressure. There was a lot of traffic. That didn’t rattle him at all. He was very composed.
“They were jamming and jamming and jamming the net and he held strong. He stood tall. Nothing on the crease could get through.”
The Tomahawks earned three of a possible four points in the two-game set against the Jets after going 1-0-1.
“I am proud of them. I thought they played well on Friday (a 4-3 shootout loss) but the bounces didn’t go our way,” Spence said. “Tonight, we created all those bounces and it worked out well.”
Johnstown’s JB Baker netted the eventual game-winner 6:44 into the second period to make the score 2-1 Johnstown. Jesse Kessler provided the assist.
“Baker hadn’t played in a little bit because he had taken a shot in the back and was a little sore,” Spence said. “He had a great game tonight.”
The teams had traded first-period goals. Janesville took the lead on Mike Sullivan’s tally at 2:36 of the opening frame, but Johnstown’s Mitch Hall converted on a power play at 13:41. Brandon Reinholz had an assist.
The Tomahawks excelled on the penalty kill, successfully thwarting five Jets man-advantages.
Johnstown also received an offensive boost from its blueliners, as defensemen Hall and Nelson found the net.
Nelson had an assist to finish with two points. Cody Gylling and Jordan Watt had assists on Nelson’s third-period goal.
“We were getting a lot of shots to the net,” Spence said. “We were getting shots through traffic. It makes it a lot harder on the goalie and the defense when there are two or three guys in front of the net.”
Janesville relied on a core group of players for most of its offense, as Pedlan Ruslan, Conor Lemirande and Kucerovy took 17 of the team's 33 shots.
The Jets were led by Mike Sullivan, who scored the team's only goal. Sullivan scored 2:36 into the first period to make the score 1-0 Janesville. Jack Billings picked up the assist.
The Tomahawks incurred 18 minutes in penalty time with nine minors. Austin Priebe made 24 saves for Janesville on 27 shots. The Jets incurred 14 minutes in penalty time with seven minors.