Heroes Cup - Day Two - Johnstown Generals 2-1 On The Day
Written by: David Nicoletti
Day two of the Heroes Cup Tournament kicked off on Saturday morning with an action-packed nine games taking place. Our first game would kick off at 8 a.m., as we would see the Johnstown Generals once again kick off the day, they would be taking on the Johnstown Misfits.
The first period would see the Generals strike first off the stick of John Kovac, making it an early 1-0 game for the Gens. The Misfits would respond minutes later to tie it up at 1-1. The first 17 minutes would end with the Generals up 2-1, as Ben Urban would score the final goal of the period midway through.
Don Deneen would get the scoring started in the second for the Generals, improving their lead to 3-1. The Generals would then seek a fourth goal on a 2-0 man advantage, but Misfits goaltender Brian Kauffman would make unbelievable diving save on the Urban-Reighard attack to keep the score as it was. The fourth goal would however come, as Mike Murphy would score to make it a 4-1 game heading into the final 17 minutes of play.
Urban would score his second of the game while Sean Mullen would add one late. The Misfits would also add one more for their side in the final frame. The Generals would take this one at a final score of 6-2. Some strong goaltending play by both Kauffman and Chad Burnosky would be most of the scene for the third.
Moving onto the 9:10 a.m. contest, we would see the Johnstown FD/PD taking on the Philadelphia PD.
Johnstown would get the scoring kicked off with a goal from #22. Philadelphia would then go on to score three unanswered goals from #19, #18, and #11 to make it a 3-1 Philly game after one. A scoreless second period would be the scene for this game as we would head to the third period with the score remaining the same.
Philadelphia would break the scoreless drought by scoring two goals to kick off the third period, improving their lead to 5-1. Both teams would then alternate in scoring goals, but it would be Philadelphia coming out on top in the end 7-2.
Next up would be a 10:20 a.m. contest between the battle of Pittsburgh, as the Pittsburgh F/D would take on the Pittsburgh Warthogs.
The first period would see both teams tied up at two after the first set of seventeen. Goals would be alternated back-and-forth between the two sides. Wylie and Schreckengost would score for the Warthogs, while Sheirer and C. Candfari would score for the Fire.
One more goal would be added for both sides, as it was now 3-3 after two periods. Goal scorers would be Szczypinski (Warthogs), and C. Candfari (Fire). The Warthogs would then take full control of the third period, as Szczypinski and Decroo (2) would score three unanswered goals to lead the Warthogs over the Fire at a final score of 6-3.
Next up is the rematch from yesterday, as the Johnstown FD/PD would take on the Johnstown Misfits for a 11:30 a.m. start.
FD/PD would take control of the first period by scoring three unanswered goals to go up on the Misfits 3-0. Goals would be scored by #77, #16, and #27. The Misfits would get their first goal of the game, but it would come in between two FD/PD goals early and late in the period, added by another. This would send us to the final frame with FD/PD up 6-1.
The Misfits would score one goal from #32 to make it a 6-2 game. But the FD/PD would add one more in the final second to take it 7-2. Misfits goaltender Brian Kauffman would however end the game with two amazing glove save in a row.
Coming up is our 12:40 p.m. contest between the Philadelphia Police, and the Pittsburgh Warthogs. Philadelphia would end the first period with a bang, going up on Pittsburgh early in with a 6-0 lead.
A seventh, eighth, and ninth goal would be added to the total in the second period. A 10th would be in the third, and that all she wrote, final score, Philadelphia 10-0 over Pittsburgh.
Up next is the Johnstown Generals taking on the Pittsburgh Fire for a 1:50 p.m. start.
Pittsburgh would get the scoring started with an early second goal. But Johnstown’s Kenny Wingard, Anthony Seybold, and Ben Urban would respond for the Generals to make it a 3-1 game. Pittsburgh would score one more with seconds remaining to make it 3-2 Gens after one period of play.
Pittsburgh would take advantage of a close goal call from the Generals to tie the game up at 3-3 early in the second. But the Generals would take the lead back late in the period, as Brian Reighard would put Johnstown up 4-3 heading into the final period.
Pittsburgh would start the third period off hot, as they would score two goals to take a 5-4 lead on the Generals. But it wouldn’t last long, as John Kovac, Kenny Wingard, Jeremy Romesburg, and Matthew Fetzer (EN) would complete the comeback for the Gens, taking the game over Pittsburgh at a final score of 8-5.
Up next we would see the Johnstown FD/PD taking on the Pittsburgh Warthogs for a 3 p.m. contest.
Pittsburgh would get the game started by scoring two goals early in. Johnstown would respond with a goal of their own. This would be followed by two more goals from Pittsburgh, and a goal from Johnstown, as the score would be 4-2 Warthogs after one period of play.
Johnstown would then respond and take full control of the second, tying the game at 4-4 as we would be heading into the final frame of the game. Johnstown would then add four more goals in the third, as the game would come to a close with the FD/PD taking it over the Pittsburgh Warthogs 8-4.
JOHNSTOWN FD/PD END DAY TWO 2-1 (4-1)
PITTSBURGH WARTHOGS END DAY TWO 1-2 (2-3)
The Johnstown Generals would return to the ice for the final time against the Philadelphia PD for a 4:10 p.m. start.
The first period would end with Philadelphia putting up a 3-0 lead on the Generals. Goals would come from #10, #17, and #19. Philly would then add two more in the second to make it a 5-0 game, that would be the final result as the third period would be scoreless.
JOHNSTOWN GENERALS END DAY TWO 2-1 (3-2)
PHILADELPHIA PD END DAY TWO 3-0 (5-0)
After a break in the tourney due to the Tomahawks vs. Black Bears' second playoff game, the final game of day two would be upon us. For this one, we would see the Johnstown Misfits take to the ice against the Pittsburgh FD for a start time of 10 p.m.
Johnstown would draw the games first and only blood in first, making it a 1-0 Misfits game after 17 minutes. They would add two more to their total, followed by a late Pittsburgh goal in the second period with the score now 3-1 Johnstown heading into the third.
Pittsburgh would add one in the third but it wouldn’t be enough for the comeback. Johnstown would score the empty net and take the game over the Fire at a final score of 4-2
JOHNSTOWN MISFITS END DAY TWO 1-2 (1-4)
PITTSBURGH FD END DAY TWO 0-3 (0-5)