Johnstown, Pa. - The Johnstown Chiefs remained in the muddled North Division playoff picture thanks to a road win in Reading last weekend, but missed a chance to distance themselves from the Wheeling Nailers who lost twice in three games. This week, the Chiefs close out their regular season schedule with three games in Cincinnati and a playoff birth hanging in the balance.
Record: 37-28-4, 78 pts., 4th place North Division
Goals - Petr Pohl: 31
Assists - Petr Pohl: 42
Points - Petr Pohl: 73
+/- - Ryan Del Monte: +21
PIMs - Alex Penner: 139
PPG - Jarrett Konkle (total): 12
Petr Pohl (team): 10
SHG - Jarrett Konkle: 3
Wins - Kris Mayotte: 20
GAA - Kris Mayotte: 2.71
SVP - Kris Mayotte: .913
4/1, 4/3 & 4/4 at Cincinnati, 7:30 p.m. - Home (2-4-0), Away (2-1-0)
The Chiefs close out the regular season schedule with its first visit to Cincinnati since a three-game set played over Dec. 5-8. Johnstown took two out of three from the Cyclones on that trip, and its win on Dec. 5 was the first in Cincinnati since a 3-1 win on March 27, 2007. The first three games in Cincinnati this season were all closely played contests with Johnstown's 3-1 win on Dec. 5 was the only game decided by more than one goal. Until two weekends ago Johnstown had won only two road games in 2009, but since then the Chiefs are 3-1-1 in their last five road contests. Over that span Johnstown is giving up an average of 2.8 goals per game while scoring at a 3.2 clip.
Day by Day:
Mon. 3/30: Practice at UPMC Health Plan Ice Rink at CCWM, 1:30 p.m.
Tues. 3/31: Travel Day
Wed. 4/1: Chiefs at Cincinnati Cyclones, 7:30 p.m.
Thurs. 4/2: Practice at U.S. Bank Arena, 12:00 noon
Fri. 4/3: Chiefs at Cincinnati Cyclones, 7:30 p.m.
Sat. 4/4: Chiefs at Cincinnati Cyclones, 7:30 p.m.
Sun. 4/5: Off
Wed. 4/1: Chiefs at Cincinnati Cyclones, 7:30 p.m. - radio and internet
Fri. 4/3: Chiefs at Cincinnati Cyclones, 7:30 p.m. - radio and internet
Sat. 4/4: Chiefs at Cincinnati Cyclones, 7:30 p.m. - radio and internet
All Chiefs radio broadcasts can be heard on 1490 AM WNTJ and AM 990 WNTW, and live streaming audio of every Chiefs game is available courtesy of B2 Networks at www.johnstownchiefs.com or www.echl.com. The Chiefs radio network is presented by Dodge.
Last Week: (1-2-0)
3/27 at Reading: W 6-4
Johnstown built its road winning streak to three games thanks to a relentless offensive attack. Petr Pohl was the main cog in the offensive machine that night with five points (1G, 4A), Mike Bartlett had the game-winning goal in his first game back from Lake Erie, and Kris Mayotte turned in 36 saves for his 20th win of the season. Trevor Hendrikx (1G, 1A), Bartlett (1G, 1A), and Andrew Sarauer had multi-point games, along with Pohl, in the win.
3/28 vs. Cincinnati: L 2-1
Pohl gave Johnstown a 1-0 lead at the absolute last second of the first period when he stuffed home a rebound for a power play goal. The goal at 19:59 of the first was the latest in a period that the Chiefs scored a goal this season. The lead held up for the second period, but goals by Barret Ehgoetz and Matt Syroczynski 1:04 apart in the third put Johnstown in the hole. Despite a late charge the Chiefs couldn't tie it and they lost their home finale.
3/29 at Reading: L 2-1
After failing to produce a goal in the final two periods against Cincinnati the previous night, Johnstown's offense took two more periods to convert against Reading last Sunday. Petr Pohl, again, found the back of the net for the Chiefs to tie the game at one at 5:40 of the third period. A determined Reading squad re-took the lead, though, with Dan Rudisuela's 21st of the season at 9:54. It was the Chiefs' first loss against Reading since Feb. 1, 2008; a span of 13 games.
- Petr Pohl; 3/27-3/29: 3 gms (3G)
- Andrew Sarauer; 3/20-3/29: 6 gms (6A)
- Trevor Hendrikx; 3/27-3/29: 3 gms (3A)
- Ray Macias; 10/30-11/2: 3 gms (4A)
- Petr Pohl; 3/27-3/29: 3 gms (3G, 4A)
- Trevor Hendrikx; 3/27-3/29: 3 gms (1G, 3A)
- Andrew Sarauer; 3/20-3/29: 6 gms (2G, 6A)
- Ray Macias; 10/30-11/2: 4 gms (1G, 4A)
- Chiefs have two three-game road winning streaks this season: 12/3-12/6 and 3/20-3/27.
- Andrew Sarauer's current six-game assist streak is the longest of the season for Johnstown.
- Johnstown's win on March 27 at Reading gave the team one more win than in 2007-08. The team has improved on its win total now in each season since 2004-05.
- Petr Pohl's 73 points are the most for Johnstown since Eric Schneider's 78 (38G, 40A) in 2001-02.
- Johnstown's 35 wins against the North Division are the most wins for any team in the ECHL against divisional opponents.
And the Nominee Is...: One Johnstown Chief turned his solid offensive output last week into a nomination for an ECHL Weekly Award. With three goals, four assists, and a plus-3 rating Petr Pohl was nominated for ECHL Player of the Week honors. With a goal in each of last week's games Pohl constructed his third three-game goal scoring streak of the season, and he had his second five-point game of the season with a goal and four assists against Reading on March 27. The right winger leads the Chiefs in goals (31), assists (42), and points (73) this season, and is two points away from setting a personal best for points in a season at the 'AA' level. Last season between Youngstown (CHL) and Dayton (ECHL) Pohl compiled 25 goals and 49 assists for 74 points.
Blue Line Special: Early in the season Jon Landry provided the biggest scoring punch from the defensive corps. With Landry spending much time with Syracuse over the second half of the season, the question became who would take over and produce in Landry's stead? The answer: Trevor Hendrikx. The third year pro, and fellow Columbus prospect, has been a steady scoring threat since mid-February. He scored in his first game in Feb. on the 13th in a 5-2 win over Reading, and followed that with 2G and 3A in four games from Feb. 20-25. As the calendar turned to March, Hendrikx's production didn't wane at all. Through 12 games the former Peterborough Pete has seven points (3G, 4A), and leads all Chiefs defensemen with nine goals on the season. Between February and March (6G, 7A) Hendrikx has more than doubled his point production over the rest of the season (3G, 7A). He has provided toughness from the blue line as well and is second on the Chiefs with 124 penalty minutes.
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