Johnstown, Anchorage help playoff hopes with wins on Sunday
Philadelphia 3 @ Johnstown 4 - The Johnstown Tomahawks swept the Philadelphia Rebels this weekend with a 4-3 win Sunday afternoon to close out the three-game series in Johnstown. Alec Rajalin-Scharp was in net for all three Johnstown wins this weekend. Anthony Galante struck first Sunday afternoon on the power play with his 24th goal of the season. Ryan Johnson then scored his tenth of the season just 2:12 later to put the Tomahawks up 2-0 over the Rebels going into the second period. Connor Sedlak got his club on the board with a power play goal for Philadelphia coming 1:39 into the middle frame. The Tomahawks regained the two-goal lead at the 8:30 mark of the second period as Will Moore’s tenth of the season made it 3-1 Tomahawks to start the third. David Deputy scored 5:19 into the third period to bring the Rebels within one once again. Will Lawrence capped off the scoring for Johnstown with 7:16 remaining in regulation. Philadelphia made things interesting as Maxwell Marquette scored with just 46 seconds remaining in regulation. Rajalin-Scharp made 29 saves in the win, while Jakub Krbecek made 27 saves in the loss.
Springfield 3 @ Anchorage 6 - The Anchorage Wolverines beat the Springfield Jr. Blues 6-3 on Sunday evening, securing four points in the Midwest Division standings on the weekend. Tyler Hennen and Luke Anderson both scored their first Junior goals in the contest, while Wolverines’ netminder Eino Rissanen made 21 saves in the win. Much like the previous game, Anchorage started on the back foot when Springfield scored under two minutes into the 1st on a goal from Alex Fendler. The Wolverines responded quickly however, with Tyler Hennen scoring off a pass from his older brother Hayden Hennen. A powerplay goal from Jake Peterson gave the Jr. Blues the lead headed into the 2nd, as Anchorage had to resume playing from a one-goal deficit. The momentum of the game shifted in the 2nd period when the Wolverines piled four unanswered goals onto the Jr. Blues in rapid succession. Trent Powell scored to tie the game eight minutes into the period, and shortly after gave Anchorage the lead with a powerplay tally from the slot. Then it was Joe Cesario’s turn to score back-to-back goals, potting two on the same shift to put the Wolverines up by three after the 2nd. Springfield scored another powerplay goal early in the 3rd from Landry Schmuck to cut the lead to two goals early in the final period, but a strong defensive effort and good play from Rissanen meant that when Anderson scored his first junior goal on an empty net late into the period, it was over for the visitors. Anchorage won their final game of the weekend versus the Jr. Blues by a final score of 6-3. Carson Dorfman made 19 saves in the loss.