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Port Huron blows out Johnstown, 5-1

Cambria County War Memorial    Sun, Sep 15, 2013

The Port Huron Fighting Falcons had a two-goal lead after two periods and cruised the rest of the way en route to a 5-1 win over the Johnstown Tomahawks.

Johnstown's 18 penalties came back to haunt it, as the Tomahawks let up four goals while on the penalty kill.

Port Huron was led by Jonathan Kopacka, who grabbed one goal and one assist. Kopacka scored on the power play 8:00 into the second period to make the score 2-1 Port Huron. The Fighting Falcons had gained a power play chance when Trevor Heuser was whistled for fighting. Reed Scahill picked up the assist.

Port Huron was often in penalty trouble, totaling eight minors and three majors for 61 minutes in penalty time. The total exceeded the 36.0 minutes per game the Fighting Falcons had been spending in the box. Port Huron excelled on the penalty kill, not giving up a single goal in four chances. The Fighting Falcons got an offensive boost from their blueliners, who contributed three goals during the game. Port Huron put 34 shots on net during the contest, more than the 27.5 it averages per game.

Port Huron additionally got points from Nick Le Sage, who also had one goal and one assist and Alex Archibald, who also racked up one goal and one assist. Port Huron also got a goal from Zach Badalamenti as well. Other players who recorded assists for Port Huron were Vito Aluia, who had one and Mitch Maloney and Nick Horne, who contributed two a piece.

Johnstown racked up the penalties in the contest, and ended with 14 minors and four majors for 58 minutes in penalty time. The Tomahawks had been averaging 40.0 minutes in penalties per game. Johnstown's offense was clicking better than usual and put 23 shots on goal during the game, better than the 20.0 shots per game it averages.

The Tomahawks were led by Collin Finkhouse, who scored the team's only goal. Finkhouse scored 4:28 into the second period to make the score 1-1. Shane Cuckovich provided the assist.

Max Milosek rejected 22 shots on goal for the Fighting Falcons. For Port Huron, Scahill was ejected from the game. Alex Okicki recorded 29 saves for Johnstown.