‘Hawks Finish Regular Season with Three-Game Sweep of Danbury - Player Awards Announced
Written by: David Nicoletti
The Johnstown Tomahawks kicked off their final regular season series last Friday night against the Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks at 1ST SUMMIT ARENA in downtown Johnstown. This game would be the first of a three game series, also, this game would also be Parent Appreciation Night. So let’s get started with the final regular season recap article of the season shall we!
The first period of game one would see the Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks strike first blood. Gabe Dombrowski would score his 10th of the season to make it a 1-0 Danbury game after one. Forwards Valentino Passarelli and Alex Duncan would get the assists off of the goal.
After a scoreless second period, the Tomahawks would start their comeback. Starting with a Andrew Murphy goal to tie the game halfway through the third period. Ryan Vellucci would get the lone assist off the goal.
The Tomahawks would seek a power-play opportunity moments later off of a Steven Spetz tripping call. They would execute on the man advantage and take a 2-1 lead with 7:30 remaining in the game. Daniel Tkac would light the lamp for the 12th time this year. Assists would be awarded to Reed Stark, and Dusty Geregach.
That would be all she wrote for game one, as the Tomahawks would take it over Danbury with the score remaining 2-1. Final shots on goal would be 34-27 for the Jr. Hat Tricks.
Winner: Sam Evola - 33/34 - 60:00
Loser: Andrew Pichora - 25/27 - 57:58
1st - Daniel Tkac
2nd - Andrew Murphy
3rd - Sam Evola
Game two last Saturday night for Billet Appreciation Night would start off with Danbury on the board first. Valentino Passarelli would get his ninth of the season to make it a early 1-0 Hat Tricks game. Shea Courtmanche and Hunter McCurdy would get the assists off the goal.
Johnstown would then respond with two unanswered goals of their own to close out the first 20 minutes. Daniel Tkac (PP) and Brendan Clark would record the goals. Assists would be awarded to Ryan Poorman, Reed Stark, Will Margel, and Jay Ahearn.
Danbury would then go on to kick off the second period with a game-tying goal, making it 2-2. Mark D’Agostino would record his 16th of the year. Assists would go to Andrew Eberling, and Shea Courtmanche.
Holt Oliphant would make it a 3-2 Hawks game minutes later on the penalty kill. However, Danbury would end the second period by scoring two unanswered goals to make it a 4-3 game for the Jr. Tricks after 40 minutes. Shane Murphy and Alex Duncan would light the lamp. While Levi Stauber, Valentino Passarelli, and Gabe Dombrowski would earn assists.
Speaking of Dombrowski, he would get the third period started by scoring the insurance goal midway through. Alex Duncan and Hunter McCurdy would get assists.
Seconds later Johnstown would start the comeback attempt, as Will Margel would make it a one goal game with plenty of time remaining. Dusty Geregach would get the lone assist.
Then with less 2:30 remaining in the game. Daniel Tkac would score the game tying goal and send both teams to overtime. Reed Stark and Jay Ahearn would get the assists.
Overtime was upon us, and just past halfway, we would crown a winner. Your Tomahawks would take it 6-5 over the Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks, as Ethan Webb would score his first goal of the season to send the fans home happy. Tkac would get the lone assist, as final shots on goal would be tied at 43-43.
Winner: Connor Strobel - 38/43 - 59:58
Loser: Josh Seeley - 37/43 - 65:00
1st - Ethan Webb
2nd - Daniel Tkac
3rd - Will Margel
Puck and Paws would be the scene for game three, the final game of the regular season. Also before the game, we would see the 2020-21 Tomahawks Awards being handed out. Below are the awards with their respective winners:
Most Improved: Reed Stark
Unsung Hero: Holt Oliphant
Rookies of the Year: Jay Ahearn, Brendan Clark, John Gelatt
Defensive Players of the Year: Josh Graziano and Sam Evola
Forward of the Year: Will Margel
Fan Favorite: Jay Ahearn
Most Valuable Player: All of Johnstown, PA.
Congratulations to all!!
This time to kick off game three, the Hawks would end the first 20 minutes by scoring two unanswered goals to be up on the Tricks 2-0 after one. Newly acquired forward David Matousek and Jay Ahearn would score the goals. Daniel Tkac, Liam Whitehouse, Brendan Clark, and John Gelatt would earn assists.
Valentino Passarelli would score two goals in the second and tie the game 2-2 halfway through. Dombrowski (2), Matteas Derraugh, and Shane Murphy would get assists.
Johnstown would then go on to score three unanswered goals to make it a 5-2 game after 40 minutes. Matousek, Ahearn, and Holt Oliphant (PP) would get the goals. Clark (2), Ahearn, Tkac, Stark, and Gelatt would tally assists.
To the third, Passarelli (PP) and Dombrowski (SH) would score to make it a 5-4 game with over 10 minutes remaining. Shane Murphy, Joshua Burke, and Ben Biester would get the assists.
The comeback wouldn’t work out for the Tricks this time around, as the Tomahawks would sweep the series and take it 5-4. Final shots on goal would be 32-29 for Danbury.
Winner: Liam Gross - 28/32 - 60:00
Loser: Andrew Pichora - 24/29 - 58:36
1st - David Matousek
2nd - Jay Ahearn
3rd - Valentino Passarelli
So after a long and hard 54 game season. Johnstown finishes the year on top of the division, holding a record of 39-10-2-3 with 83 points. Tying the Shreveport Mudbugs of the South Division for second best in the league. Danbury ends their season in the sixth and last place spot in the East Division. Holding a record of 20-27-6-1 with 47 points, ranking them 18th in the league.