Chiefs Fall In Reading
READING, Pa. - Johnstown had run off 13 consecutive wins against Reading going back to Feb. 1, 2008, but that streak was put to rest on Sunday evening as the Chiefs sustained a 2-1 loss at the Sovereign Center.
Johnstown's record fell to 37-28-4, but with a Wheeling loss earlier in Elmira, the Chiefs remained in the fourth, and final, playoff spot in the North Division.
The fans that came out to the Sovereign Center might have been wondering if they were watching the same teams that they saw on Friday night. Two nights ago Johnstown and Reading traded two goals a side in a back-and-forth first period, but on Sunday it was a goaltender's duel between Kris Mayotte and Beau Erickson. Neither team could produce a goal but opportunities were there on both ends as Mayotte turned aside 13 shots while Erickson had 11 saves.
Johnstown got into some penalty trouble early in the second period and Reading took advantage by building an 8-2 shot advantage over the first five minutes of the period. Among those eight shots was one by Danick Bouchard that found its way behind Mayotte. Tyler Doing took a shot from parallel to the goal line, and Mayotte was unable to keep the puck between his pads. In his first game with Reading since being released by Florida, Bouchard slid it home for his 19th goal of the season.
The Chiefs fought back to tie it with a Petr Pohl goal 5:40 into the third period. Pohl's marker was his team leading 31st of the season and third in as many games this week. Andrew Sarauer and Trevor Hendrikx teamed up to set Pohl up in the high slot for the wrister that beat Erickson. Dan Rudisuela would pot the eventual game-winner, though, with 9:54 left in regulation. Johnstown pulled Mayotte for the extra attacker with about a minute left in regulation, got a few good scoring chances, but could not find the back of the net.
Mayotte sustained his 11th loss of the season, but turned in a strong performance with 29 saves. Johnstown's power play ended the night 0-for-2.
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