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Tomahawks Charity Classic sells out in 7 minutes

January 5, 2013
The Altoona Mirror

From Mirror reports

JOHNSTOWN - Johnstown Tomahawks Director of Business Operations Jean Desrochers announced Friday that tickets for the Tomahawks Charity Classic, presented by Esmark and Atlantic Broadband, sold out just 7 minutes after they went on sale at 10 a.m.

The game, benefiting Pittsburgh Kids Foundation-Haiti and the Johnstown Tomahawks Foundation, will take place at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Cambria County War Memorial Arena and feature National Hockey League and Tomahawks players.

"We are absolutely thrilled by the response from our fans and from the community," Desrochers said. "They're not just excited to see some of their favorite National Hockey League players and their own Tomahawks take the ice together right here in Johnstown, but also honored to contribute to two great causes."

Fans began lining up late Thursday night in anticipation of the sellout after Cambria County War Memorial General Manager Tom Grenell offered to open the doors to fans overnight. By 8 a.m., more than 300 fans were camped out in the lobby. Grenell said he wanted everyone's experience to be a pleasant one and did not want anyone to have to endure the cold outdoor temperatures.

All proceeds from the $25 tickets will benefit the Pittsburgh Kids Foundation-Haiti and the Johnstown Tomahawks Foundation.

"While we're extremely excited about the community's anticipation for this game, we're not entirely surprised," Desrochers said. "This kind of support is typical of Johnstown and surrounding areas: our fan base has continually proven itself to care about helping others."

On Friday night, the game between the Michigan Warriors and the Tomahawks in Flint, Mich., was tight through all 60 minutes, but in the end Michigan emerged with a 4-2 win.

Neither team gained more than a two-goal lead, and AJ Marcinek's goal in the third period proved to be the difference maker.

The Warriors were sparked by Marcinek, who registered one goal. Johnstown was helped by goals from Mitch Kontny and Brandon Reinholz.

 
 

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