Tyler DesRochers led the Johnstown Tomahawks to a weekend sweep of the Maine Nordiques.

The defensemen scored the tying and go-ahead goals in the Tomahawks’ 4-3 victory Saturday in an NAHL East Division contest at the 1st Summit Arena at Cambria County War Memorial in Johnstown, Pennsylvania.

The Tomahawks (15-17-2, 32 points) are now two points behind the Nordiques (16-14-2, 34 points) for the fourth and final playoff spot in the East Division.

Filip Wiberg gave the Nordiques a 3-2 lead seven minutes into the third period on the power play, with linemates Brendan Gibbons and Jonny Meiers recording the assists.

However, a little over a minute later is when DesRochers tied the game. Former Maine Nordiques Academy player Anthony Galante and Zachary Aben had the helpers.

DesRochers, a Mercyhurst commit, scored the game-winning goal with under four minutes remaining on the man-advantage.


Ryan Vellucci gave Johnstown a 1-0 lead early in the first period before Aidan Coupe responded late in the period on the power play for the Nordiques.

Maine rode the momentum early in the second period when Meiers scored, giving the Nordiques a 2-1 lead. Henrik Hallberg and Nicholas Bernardo notched the assists.

Drake Albers found the back of the net on the man-advantage, tying the game 2-2 for Johnstown with under two minutes remaining in the middle frame.

The Tomahawks were 2 for 6 on the power play, while Maine went 2 for 5.

Alec Rajalin-Scharp earned his second win of the weekend, stopping 29 shots for the Tomahawks. Kael DePape turned aside 31 shots for the Nordiques.

Maine returns to The Colisee on Friday and Saturday to take on the division-leading Maryland Black Bears.

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