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Johnstown Veterans Day Tournament - Day One

Written by: David Nicoletti

The 2nd Annual Johnstown Veterans Day Ice Hockey Tournament got underway this Friday with a set of five games on the schedule to kick it all off.

Pittsburgh Warriors [1-0] vs. Johnstown Generals (White) [0-1]

To kick things off, we got the Pittsburgh Warriors (Black) taking on the Johnstown Generals (White) for a 10:10 a.m. contest. The first period kicked off in the right way for the Generals. Two goals in the games’ first frame to put Johnstown up 2-0.

Frame number two saw Pittsburgh responding with their first goal of the game off of the stick of Mack. Mike Murphy responded for the Gens moments later, however Warriors captain Evan Wawrykow scored for Pittsburgh to make it a 3-2 Johnstown game heading into the final period. With Generals goaltender Jess Mullen standing tall in net, Johnstown looked to put away the game early, scoring an insurance goal to make it 4-2.

However, Pittsburgh’s Boyko and Adam Rosenwald replied with two unanswered goals to tie the game up at 4-4 midway through. The Generals would then later seek on a power-play opportunity, from there Murphy registered his second of the game to have Johnstown take a 5-4 lead over Pittsburgh. Looking like Johnstown would take away the game, Pittsburgh scored a late power-play goal, as well as a goal 30 seconds remaining in the game, taking it 6-5.

Ashburn Veterans [1-0] vs. Pittsburgh Warriors [1-1]

Up next was a 12:30 p.m. contest between the Ashburn Veterans and the Pittsburgh Warriors. The first frame was all Asburn throughout the majority, as Alex Fitzpatrick (2), and Brandyn McMahan would combine to score three goals for the Veterans. Adam Rosenwald soon scored a power-play goal late for Pittsburgh, as it was 3-1 Ashburn after one period.

Pittsburgh goaltender Steve Penn had to be replaced with 3:51 left in the second, as he left with an injury. Aidan Kitching took control between the pipes for the rest of the game. The Vets then went on to score two more goals as it was 5-1 heading into the final frame. Matt Kortz registered one for Pittsburgh late into the contest, as well as Aaron Trudel for the Veterans. Ashburn took this one at a final score of 6-2.

Ashburn Veterans [2-0] vs. Johnstown Generals (White) [0-2]

Next up, a 2:50 p.m. contest between the Ashburn Veterans, and Johnstown Generals (White). Ashburn took full control of the first period, scoring four goals in the game’s first set of seventeen. Add that with a Vets power-play goal, an even strength goal, and a Generals goal off the stick of John Kerr, it was 6-1 Ashburn heading into frame number three.

Zach Dabbs would attempt to start the rally with a Johnstown goal early in the third. But it wouldn’t stop the Veterans from adding two more onto the total, making it a 8-2 final score at the buzzer.

DC Armed Forces [1-0] vs. Johnstown Generals (Green) [0-1]

Coming up was a 4 p.m. game between two new teams. As we would see the DC Armed Forces, taking on Johnstown Generals (Green). After a majority of the first period being scoreless, it all came to an end with DC Armed Forces up 1-0 after scoring a late one.

DC added one more late in the second to extend their lead 2-0 heading into the final period. DC added one more, which the Generals responded minutes later to break the shutout, making it 3-1. DC then went on to add another, as the final buzzer sounded with the Armed Forces taking it 4-1.

DC Armed Forces [2-0] vs. Johnstown Generals (White) [0-3]

To wrap things up for day one, we would have a late 10:20 p.m. start after the conclusion of the Tomahawks game between DC Armed Forces, and Johnstown Generals (White). The first period and all of the game was nothing but DC, taking a monster 9-0 lead after one period of play. Adding five more in the second to make it 14-0. Wrapping the game up with four in the third to make the final score 18-0 DC.

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