The Johnstown Chiefs won a wild 8-6 game against the Dayton Bombers Friday night at the Nutter Center.

Johnstown forward J.B. Bittner scored the game-winning goal and had four assists in a five-point night. The Chiefs Joe Tallari and Randy Rowe each had two goals, and Justin Kelly netted a goal and four points.

Brad Thompson and Steve Cygan also scored for the Chiefs, whose eight goals are a season high.

Goaltender Morgan Cey had 44 saves on 50 Bombers shots to improve to 8-5-4. Cey was the Chiefs’ lone regular goaltender on the roster after Jonathan Boutin’s AHL recall to Springfield on Thursday.

The Chiefs added emergency backup netminder Craig Rehodge for the game.

Dayton outshot the Chiefs 50-19.

Johnstown established what seemed to be a comfortable advantage. The Chiefs led 3-0 after one period following goals by Thompson on the power play, Cygan and Rowe.

Coach Frank Anzalone’s squad made it 4-0 after Justin Kelly’s power-play tally 21 seconds into the second period.

But the Bombers clawed back on goals by Alex Johnstone and Paul Kelly before Tallari put the Chiefs in front 5-2 by converting a power play at 17:43.

Dayton’s Matt Herneisen pulled the hosts within 5-3 with 20 seconds left in the middle period as the Bombers outshot the Chiefs 24-7 in the second.

The Bombers tied the score at 5 after Brian Gornick and Bryan Nathe scored at 2:05 and 6:19 of the third.

Tallari’s power-play tally, Bittner’s eventual game-winner and Rowe’s second of the night put the Chiefs back on track.

Dayton closed the scoring on Paul Kelly’s goal at 17:05.

The Chiefs converted 4 of 7 power plays. Dayton was 3 of 10 with the man-advantage.

The game included 27 penalties between the two teams, including seven penalties with 2:17 left in the second period.

Johnstown is 4-0 against Dayton and has outscored the Bombers 22-13 in the past four meetings. The Chiefs lead the season series against Dayton with a 5-0-1 record.

The Chiefs travel to first-place Wheeling tonight.

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