Danbury Visits Johnstown In Their First Game Since Early November
Written by: David Nicoletti
The Tomahawks for this weekend will be back at home at 1ST SUMMIT ARENA. For the first time in team and arena history, the Tomahawks will welcome to the ice the Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks to kick off the second half of the season. Puck drop for both Friday the 22nd and Saturday the 23rd is scheduled for 7:45 pm.
This will be the first time in Johnstown’s and Danbury’s team history that they will scrap off against one another. The Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks, who were formerly the Wilkes Barre/Scranton Knights, became an NAHL franchise on May 11th, 2020. When the North American Hockey League announced the approval of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights relocation to Danbury, Connecticut, to play as the Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks for the 2020-21 NAHL season.
So far, the Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks have only played six NAHL regular-season games this year. The team has not played a game since November 5th, 2020. In that game, the Jr. Tricks defeated the Northeast Generals at a final score of 4-2. Even though Danbury is currently sitting last in the East Division with the number of games they have played, so far the Tricks currently hold a record of 5-1 and are currently riding on a four-game winning streak. A streak that started back on October 16th, 2020.
For your Johnstown Tomahawks, they come into this weekend after traveling to New Jersey and splitting a two-game series against the Titans. They would lose game one at a final score of 4-2. Responding the following night with four unanswered goals between the first and second periods, to walk out of Middletown Ice Arena with a 6-3 win. Forwards Matt McQuade and Jay Ahearn would walk out of that series with two goals each.
Johnstown currently sits second in the East Division standings with an 11-4-2-1 record and 25 points. They trail the first-place Maine Nordiques by four points.
Forwards John Gelatt and Jay Ahearn are currently tied on top as your leading scorers in points. So far on the year, both players have registered 25 points on the year—both of them sitting fifth and sixth in the NAHL in that category. Gelatt also sits on top as the team leader in goals with 14 on the year, sitting him in first place in the NAHL.
Forward Brandon Clark currently sits as the Tomahawks leader in assists. So far on the year, Clark has tailed 18 assists out of his 24 points. He
currently sits fourth place in the NAHL in the assists category.
Goaltender Sam Evola comes into this weekend as the Hawks best net-minder. So far, Evola has a record of 8-2-1-1; he holds a 1.97 GAA, and a 0.923 save percentage. Sitting the goaltender third in the NAHL in GAA and eighth in save percentage.
As mentioned before, Danbury currently sits sixth (last) in the East Division standings with a 5-1 record and 10 points. They trail the fifth-place Northeast Generals by six points.
Forward Mark D’Agostino currently sits on top as Danbury’s leader in goals and points. The University of Connecticut commit so far has four goals and seven points out of the team's six games this season.
Forward Cody Hoban currently holds the team lead in assists. Out of his six points in six games this year, the Sacred Heart University commit has tailed five assists.
Goaltender Edward Nordlund comes into this weekend as the team's best goaltender. The Stockholm, Sweden native currently so far holds a 3-0 record with a 1.67 GAA and a 0.940 save percentage.
Dusty Geregach- Two Game Assist Streak - Two Assist Since 01/15/2021
Caden Lewandowski - Six Game Point Streak - Eight Points (one goal, seven assists) since 12/04/2020
Dominic Schimizzi - Two Game Point Streak - Three Points (one goal, two assists) since 12/31/2020
Reed Stark - Two Game Assist Streak - Three Assists since 01/15/2021