Blowout Friday - Shutout Saturday - Tomahawks Sweep Visiting Titans
Written by: David Nicoletti
The Tomahawks were back on the ice at 1ST SUMMIT ARENA this past Friday and Saturday for another two-game series against the New Jersey Titans.
Before game one on Friday, the Tomahawks would add defenseman Zachary Stoner to the roster, after singing him to a tender agreement back in early January of this year. The NAPHL All Star would take to the ice wearing number 21 for your Tomahawks.
The first period would be all Reed Stark and the Johnstown Tomahawks, as the Suffern, New York native would score the games first two goals, making it a 2-0 game after 20 minutes. Alex Gritz, Max Smolinski, Daniel Tkac, and Zachary Stoner would get assists from the goals.
Johnstown would then go on to score three more unanswered goals during the games next set of twenty. John Gelatt would score on the power-play, while Daniel Tkac and Will Margel would score the Hawks other two. Assists would be awarded to Holt Oliphant, Will Margel, Jared Gerger, Max Neill, John Gelatt, and Liam Whitehouse. New Jersey goaltender Christian Stoever would get pulled after the second Tomahawks goal, being replaced by Louden Hogg.
New Jersey forward Zach Nazzarett would score one for the Titans late in the period, making it a 5-1 Tomahawks game after two. Defenseman Brad Zona would get the lone assist off of the goal.
Johnstown would then take full control of the games third period, scoring three more goals and ending the night taking game one at an 8-1 final score. Brendan Clark, Holt Oliphant, and Will Margel would get the Hawks goals. Assists would be given out to Anthony Mastromonica, Alex Gritz, Reed Stark, and John Gelatt.
Final shots on goal would be 43-20 for the Tomahawks. Josh Graziano would get the win in net for the Hawks, stopping 19/20. Stoever would get the loss for New Jersey, stopping 20/24, while Hogg would go on to stop 15/19.
John Gelatt would get the game's third star with his one goal and two assists performance. While Will Margel (second star), and Reed Stark (first star) would get the game’s first two stars with both of their two goals and one assist performance.
The first period of game two on Saturday would see an empty score sheet for both sides. But Johnstown would get the ball rolling midway through the second period, as Jay Ahearn would score his 21st of the year to make it a 1-0 Tomahawks game. The lone assist would be awarded to Max Smolinski.
The third period would see some physicality from here to there, but Johnstown would add two more goals early and late to take home the sweep over the New Jersey Titans at a 3-0 final score. Will Margel and Max Neill (empty net, short-handed) would get the goals for Johnstown, both would be unassisted as well.
Final shots on goal would be 27-22 for Johnstown, Josh Graziano would gain his fifth straight win, with a 22/22 shutout performance, the second of his NAHL career in his 50th career NAHL game. Christian Stoever would get the loss for the New Jersey Titans, stopping 24/26.
Will Margel (third star - one goal), Jay Ahearn (second star - one goal), and Josh Graziano (shutout) would all be named the three stars of the game from your Johnstown Tomahawks.
So after that weekend sweep, your Tomahawks remain first place in the East Division, holding a 28-7-2-2 record and capturing 60 points. The New Jersey Titans after this weekend will remain third in the East Division. As they hold a record of 20-14-2-5 with 47 points.
Next week your Tomahawks will be hitting the road after completing their seven-game homestand. As they will travel to Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston, Maine to take on the Maine Nordiques for a two-game series. Stay tuned right here on hawks-daily.com for a series preview, getting you ready for the games.
Let’s Go Hawks!!