Chiefs storm past Cyclones
JOHNSTOWN, Pa. - Friday the 13th wasn't an unlucky night for the Johnstown Chiefs as they picked up a 5-2 win over the Cincinnati Cyclones.
The win improved Johnstown's record to 34-24-3 which propelled the Chiefs into a first place tie with Cincinnati atop the North Division. Johnstown holds the tiebreaker with one more win than the Cyclones.
Shots, and scoring chances, were hard to come by for half of the first period. Goaltenders Sebastian Dahm and Ryan Nie were dueling to a scoreless tie until Petr Pohl converted for Johnstown on the power play with 12:59 gone by. Pohl took a pass at the left point, carried through the slot, and wristed home his 27th goal of the season for a 1-0 Johnstown lead that stood up through the first. Blair Yaworski and Andy Contois picked up the assists. Johnstown's Ryan Del Monte missed a chance to extend the lead with a penalty shot at 17:20 of the first.
Matt Syroczynski quickly tied the game 45 seconds into the second period, but an Andrew Sarauer power play goal at 4:09 re-upped Johnstown's lead. Del Monte gave Johnstown a two-goal advantage when he one-timed a shot past Nie from the low right wing. Andrew Sarauer and Wes Clark assisted on the rookie's 14th of the campaign. A redirected shot from the point by Dustin Sproat skirted by Dahm with just 45 seconds left in the frame to get the Cyclones back within one.
Cincinnati got two power plays in the first five minute of the third period, but found no room to operate against the Chiefs' kill. With momentum back on their side, the Chiefs went to work on the attack. Sarauer and Clark teamed up to spring Del Monte on a breakaway and, this time, he converted for his second of the game. Andy Contois provided more insurance with his 10th goal of the season on a wrist shot that five-holed Nie.
Johnstown skaters Del Monte (2G), Clark (2A), Sarauer (1G, 2A), and Contois (1G, 1A) had multi-point games. Dahm, meanwhile, picked up his third win of the season by stopping 28 shots, and the Chiefs went 2-for-5 on the power play.
Mark your calendars! The Chiefs are back on home ice on Saturday, March 14th when they host the Wheeling Nailers at 7:05 p.m. ET. UniFirst Corporation is sponsoring a Chiefs t-shirt giveaway to the first 500 fans, and the Chiefs will be wearing St. Patrick's Day-themed jerseys that will be auctioned off after the game. Good seats are available, but going quickly! Act fast and be sure to get your seat by calling 814-539-1799 or 814-536-5156.
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