The Johnstown Chiefs put forth a big-time effort in front of a big-time crowd on New Year’s Eve.

Johnstown used a three-goal third period, some grit and another solid performance from goaltender Morgan Cey to defeat the Toledo Storm 5-2 on Sunday night in front of 4,136 fans at Cambria County War Memorial Arena.

Defenseman Doug Andress scored two goals, and Cey stopped 33 of 35 Toledo shots.

Cey has started six straight games, going 4-2-0 while stopping 224 of 236 shots for an impressive .940 save percentage in that span.

The Chiefs improved to 14-13-2-1 (31 points), while the Storm slipped to 15-12-0-1 (31).

The standing-room-only crowd was only 55 shy of the Chiefs’ all-time, single-game record (4,191) set in November 2003.

Toledo converted a Chiefs’ turnover at Johnstown’s offensive zone blue line into the game’s first goal 14:02 into the opening period as the Storm’s Paul Crosty netted his first professional goal.

The Chiefs tied the game only 22 seconds into the middle period, as Andress’ shot from the right point got past Dominic Vicari on the first shift of the frame.

Andress netted his ninth goal of the season to give Johnstown a 2-1 advantage at 7:07 of the second.

Jean Desrochers started the play in the defensive zone with a breakout pass to Dmitri Tarabrin in neutral ice.

Tarabrin skated to the net, then dropped a pass to Andress in between the circles, allowing the defenseman to beat Vicari high on the glove side.

Adam Henrich knocked in a rebound of P.J. Atherton’s shot 1:02 into the final period to make it 3-1. Grant Jacobsen stole the puck in the left-wing corner and passed to Atherton, who was alone in the slot. His shot caromed to Henrich, who had an open net on the far post.

Former Chiefs forward Mike James pulled Toledo back within a goal by scoring on the power play at 3:01 of the third.

But Johnstown’s Zbynek Hrdel put the Chiefs up by two at the 10:21 mark.

Brandon Elliott closed the scoring with this sixth goal of the year.

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