Evola and Tomahawks Capture Back-to-Back Shutouts Over Northeast Generals
Written by: David Nicoletti
Last week for the first time in team history, the Johnstown Tomahawks played their annual New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day series at 1ST SUMMIT ARENA with no fan in attendance. Due to the new covid restrictions put in place a few weeks ago from PA Governor Tom Wolf. Since there was no attendance allowed, fans could watch both games between the Tomahawks and Generals via HockeyTV. But throughout all the trouble, there was still hockey to be played. So let’s get into the series recap, starting with Thursday’s New Year's Eve contest.
The Tomahawks would come out for game one in their white jerseys while the Northeast Generals would rep their navy blue sweaters. The starting lineup for the Tomahawks out front would be Andrew Murphy, Jared Gerger, and Holt Oliphant. On the blue line would be Ryan Poorman and newly committed Robert Morris defenseman and newly appointed alternate captain, Caden Lewandoski. In goal for the Hawks for game one is Sam Evola.
For the Generals, at forward is Liam McCanney, Dylan Schuett, and Jonathan Young. On the blue line is Tyler Varin and Alexander Tertyshny, and in goal for the Gens in game one is Hugo Hass. Puck drop took place at 3:02 pm, and we were underway on New Year’s Eve.
Only a minute and five seconds into the game, and we would have our first power play. It would be awarded to the Tomahawks as Northeast forward Ricky Boysen would be called for hooking. Northeast would, however, go on and kill off the game's first penalty.
Minutes later, at 6:02, Brendan Clark for Johnstown would be penalized for elbowing; this would put the Generals on their first power play of the game. However, Johnstown would remain strong and kill off the penalty, keeping the game scoreless.
Fast forward to the 14:28 mark of period number one, and we have our first goal of the game. Johnstown’s John Gelatt would put one past goaltender Hugo Hass to put the Hawks on the board first 1-0. The assists off of the Gelatt goal would go to Dusty Geregach and Jay Ahearn.
Nearing the end of the first period and just like that, Jay Ahearn would put the Hawks up 2-0 at the 18:35 mark of the first period. The goal would be unassisted, and another goal would shortly be added 40 seconds later by Johnstown’s Andrew Murphy, assists went to John Gelatt, Brendan Clark.
Four seconds later, Northeast forward Jonathan Young would be called for a four-minute high sticking penalty. The first period would then come to a close with Johnstown up 3-0. Shots on goal after 20 minutes were 10-6 for the Tomahawks. The second period was underway, and the Tomahawks would remain upon the man advantage for the first 3:19 of the period.
Another penalty would be given to Northeast just 42 seconds into the second period. Dylan Schuett would be the one sent to the box, as he would be called for cross-checking, this would put the Hawks on a 5-on-3 man advantage. They would take advantage as Jay Ahearn would get his second goal of the game on the power play to put the Hawks up 4-0 early in the second. The goal would be scored at the 1:18 mark of the second with the assists going to Caden Lewandowski and John Gelatt. The Tomahawks would remain on the power play for the next two minutes and one.
Shortly later, at 2:22, Andrew Murphy would be sent to the box for slashing, losing the Tomahawks man advantage. However, seconds later, at 2:52, a scary hit would ensue as Ricky Boysen would be escorted off the ice after boarding Hawks forward Reed Stark. Boysen would get a five minute penalty and a game misconduct. This would put the Tomahawks up on a 4-on-3 man advantage.
Moving on to 6:58 of the second period and Northeast forward, Dylan Schuett would be sent to the box once again for a slash. The Hawks would take advantage once again as John Gelatt would score his second goal of the game on the power play at 7:28 of the second period. Assists would go to Jay Ahearn and Caden Lewandoski. All the penalties would come to an end, and it would be a Tomahawks 5-0 lead.
Seconds later, at 8:14, David Paluch would score his first goal of the season unassisted, putting Johnstown up 6-0 over the Generals. Tomahawks defenseman Liam Whitehouse would then be sent to the box at 12:07 for hooking. It wouldn’t stop Johnstown from scoring on the penalty kill as captain Alex Gritz would score unassisted to make it a 7-0 Tomahawks game at 12:17 of the second. The Tomahawks would then kill off the penalty.
The second period would come close as the score would remain 7-0 for the Johnstown Tomahawks. Shots on goal after 40 minutes were 27-16 for Johnstown. The third period was now officially getting underway as the Hawks held a tremendous and very comfortable lead on the Generals.
Halfway through the period at 10:21, Sam Evola would make an excellent save on General's defenseman Alexander Tertyshny to keep the score 7-0 Tomahawks. Keeping the Rochester, Michigan natives’ shutout intact for the moment.
Seconds later, at 10:31 of the third, the Tomahawks would be on the man down as Liam Whitehouse would be sent to the box once again, this time for a slash. The Hawks would then go on to kill off the penalty.
Another Tomahawks goal would be scored at 13:14 of the third period. Dominic Schimizzi would score his second of the year unassisted, as the Hawks were now up on the Generals 8-0.
Before the game came to a close, Alexander Tertyshny from Northeast would get a high sticking penalty at 18:20. This would put the Hawks on the power play for the remainder of the game.
The game would then come to a close as the Tomahawks would take game one over the Generals at a final score of 8-0. Finals shots on goal were 47-24 for the Tomahawks. The final buzzer would sound at 5:23 pm to end the game.
Sam Evola gets the shutout win, stopping all 24 shots faced in game one. Hugo Hass will get the loss as he would kill 38 out of 47 shots faced.
The three stars of the game would all come from your Johnstown Tomahawks. At number three with the shutout performance is Sam Evola. At number two with two goals and two assists is Jay Ahearn. Finally, at number one with two goals and two assists is John Gelatt.
Game one was now officially in the books as the Tomahawks would now look into New Year’s Day to sweep the series against Northeast.
For game two of this contest, the following day on New Year’s Day, both teams would come out wearing their same uniforms from the night before. Johnstown with their whites, and Northeast with their navy blues.
Starting lineups for game two, first for Johnstown, at forward, will be Jay Ahearn, Brendan Clark, and John Gelatt. On defense will be Ryan Poorman and Caden Lewandowski. In net for the Tomahawks once again will be Sam Evola.
For the Generals, at forward will be Jonathan Young, Ryan Gordon, and Tyler Cooper. On defense is Matthew Sutter and Adam Smith, with Boston University commit goaltender Anton Castro taking over the net for the Generals in game two. Puck drop took place at 1:02 pm as we were underway on New Year’s Day.
Ninety seconds into the game, the Tomahawks, just like yesterday, would be heading to the game's first power play. Northeast forward Liam McCanney would be sent to the box for roughing. Northeast would then go on and kill off the game’s early penalty.
Shortly after the penalty at 4:15, a Tomahawks Holt Oliphant goal had to be waved off, even though it looked like the puck crossed the net. But regardless, it was still a scoreless game early. The play was then stopped due to issues with the Northeast net's moorings.
But the Tomahawks at 7:21 would end up getting the game's first goal after all, as Jay Ahearn puts home his seventh of the year. The assist would go to Caden Lewandoski as Johnstown, just like the previous day is on the board first 1-0.
Shortly after the goal at 8:55, Generals forward Killian Rowelee would be sent to the box for boarding. This would put the Tomahawks up on the man advantage once again. They would take advantage as Jay Ahearn would score his second goal of the game on the power play at 9:59 of the first period. Ryan Poorman would get the lone assist as the Tomahawks were now up 2-0.
Moving forward to 15:17 of the first period and we would be seeing some 4-on-4 action. Liam McCanney from Northeast would be called for holding, and Max Neill from Johnstown would be called for slashing.
Before the period would come to a close, at 19:31 of the period, Johnstown’s Max Neill would be sent to the box for tripping. The first period would then come to a close with your Johnstown Tomahawks leading over the Northeast Generals 2-0. Shots on goal after 20 minutes were 17-7 for the Tomahawks.
The Generals would start the second period with a minute and twenty-nine seconds on the power play. However, Johnstown would remain strong to start off the second period, and the score would remain 2-0 for the Tomahawks.
Goaltender Sam Evola halfway through the game, would make three amazing saves to keep his shutout alive and the Hawks out front.
Two scrums would take place seconds apart from each other, but the second one would cause both teams to go 4-on-4 for the next two minutes at 11:29 of the second. Dusty Geregach for Johnstown and Ryan Gordon for Northeast would get roughing penalties.
But the 4-on-4 wouldn’t last long at Johnstown captain Alex Gritz would be penalized at 12:01 for tripping. This would put the Generals on a 4-on-3 man advantage. The penalties would come to a close, and Johnstown would still hold their 2-0 lead on the Gens.
Shortly after the penalties were killed, at 14:30, the Generals would be called for too many men on the ice. Generals forward Killian Rowelee would serve the penalty. The Generals would then find themselves in some more penalty trouble seconds later at 15:11, defenseman Hayden Clark would be called for tripping. They were putting the Tomahawks on a 5-on-3 man advantage.
The penalties would be killed, and the second period would come to a close, with the score remaining 2-0 for the Johnstown Tomahawks. Shots on goal after 40 minutes were 25-19 for the Tomahawks. The third period was now upon for the final game of this two-game series.
Holt Oliphant would get his goal after all at the 6:49 mark of the third period, putting the Tomahawks up 3-0. The assists would go to Max Neill, but they didn’t stop there.
Thirteen seconds later, Jay Ahearn gets his hat tricks and puts the Tomahawks up 4-0. The lone assist would go to John Gelatt.
Speaking of John Gelatt, 42 seconds later, at 7:44, Gelatt would score and put the Tomahawks up 5-0. Brendan Clark would get the lone assist off of the goal.
After all those goals were scored in those 55 seconds, the Tomahawks would be heading back to the power play. Jonathan Young for Northeast would be sent off for boarding at 7:55 of the third period. The Generals would, however, kill off the penalty, and the score would remain 5-0 Tomahawks.
It would then be a 6-0 Tomahawks game as newly acquired Tomahawk Will Margel would net his first goal as a Hawk at 12:38 of the third period. David Paluch was the lone assist off of the Margel goal.
A penalty was soon to come afterward at 13:08 of the third, and the Hawks were back on the power play as Hayden Clark would be called for holding. Then a cross-checking penalty from Northeast’s Liam McCanney at 13:36 would put the Hawks once again upon the 5-on-3 man advantage.
The Generals would call a timeout shortly after, with over five minutes remaining. The penalties would be killed, and the score would remain 6-0 Tomahawks.
Max Neill would get sent off for a roughing penalty with nine seconds remaining in the game. That’s how the game would closeout, as at 3:34 pm, the final buzzer would sound, and the Tomahawks would complete the sweep on the Generals on New Year’s Day with a 6-0 win. Final shots on goal after 60 minutes were 50-24 for Johnstown.
Sam Evola gets his second shutout win in a row, stopping all 24 shots he faced all game. Anton Castro gets the loss for Northeast, stopping 18 out of 24 shots faced all game.
Like game one, the three stars of the game would all come from your Johnstown Tomahawks. At number three, with his debut goal as a Hawk was Will Margel. At number two with his shutout performance was Sam Evola. Finally, at number one with his hat trick performance was Jay Ahearn.
So after out-scoring their opponents 14-0, the Tomahawks capture their 10th win of the season and move into first place in the East Division standings over the Maine Nordiques with a 10-3-2-1 record and 23 points. As for the Northeast Generals, they will remain in fifth place in the East Division with a 6-13-1-0 record and 13 points.
The Tomahawks will now look to extend that four-game winning streak next weekend, as they will welcome the Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks at 1ST SUMMIT ARENA for the first time in team history and 1ST SUMMIT ARENA history on January 8th at 7:30 pm and January 9th at 7 pm. We will have a series preview getting you ready for the games right here on hawks-daily.com real soon, so stay tuned for that.
Happy New Year, everybody! Let's Go, Hawks!!