Maryland Drops Fifth Straight To Johnstown

The Maryland Black Bears returned to Piney Orchard Ice Arena, the usual home rink for Maryland, for the first time in 350 days. The Black Bears looked to snap a four game losing streak after being swept by the Maine Nordiques and Johnstown Tomahawks the last two weekends. And in a rematch against the Tomahawks, it was Johnstown beating Maryland in a hard fought contest 5-3.

The scoring started less than three minutes into the game when Black Bears’ forward Branden Piku got the puck on a turnover and scored on the breakaway using his backhand to make it 1-0. Just over a minute later, Tomahawks’ forward Reed Stark tied the game 1-1 on a Maryland turnover. Johnstown then took a lead on a rebound goal late in the first by TJ Koufis to make it 2-1.

Maryland tied it early in the second on a rebound goal by forward Brad McNeil to make it 2-2. Then while shorthanded, Black Bears’ forward Connor Cole got a breakaway and converted to give Maryland a 3-2 lead. The Tomahawks were able to tie the game late in the second when a puck bounced off of the shoulder of forward Anthony Mastromonica to make it 3-3.

Johnstown took the lead in the third on a wrist shot goal by forward William Persson. Forward Brendan Clarke finished the scoring off with an empty net goal to make the final score 5-3.

Maryland and Johnstown rematch Sunday afternoon with puck drop set for noon at Piney Orchard Ice Arena. The game can be streamed on HockeyTV.

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