Hawks Return Home, Look to Stay Hot Against Black Bears
Written by: David Nicoletti
After three weeks out on the road, the Tomahawks, for the first time since February 13th, are playing home hockey at 1ST SUMMIT ARENA. This Friday and Saturday, the Tomahawks will welcome back the Maryland Black Bears for a two-game series. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:30 pm on Friday, and 7 pm on Saturday.
This weekend at the War Memorial will host the 10th, and 11th matchup between the Tomahawks and Black Bears this season. The Tomahawks hold a 6-2-1-0 record against the Black Bears this season, leading the series in 2020-21. Maryland has a 3-4-2-0 record against the Hawks this season. The last time the two teams faced off was back on February 20th-21st. Johnstown would sweep the series on the road, with a pair of 5-3 and 2-1 wins against the Black Bears.
The Maryland Black Bears come into this series after being swept by the New Jersey Titans last Friday and Saturday. They would see a 5-2 loss in game one, following up with a 2-0 series sweep loss in game two. The Black Bears are currently running on a ten-game losing streak. Their last win was back on February 2nd, where the team defeated the Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks at home 3-2.
The Tomahawks come into this series after sweeping the Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks on the road. Game one would be a 4-1 win for the Tomahawks, followed up the following afternoon with a hard-fought 3-2 OT win to sweep the Jr. Hat Tricks and jump back into first place the East Division.
JOHNSTOWN - Stats as of 03/08/2021
East Division Rank: 1st
Leading Goal Scorer: John Gelatt (19-16-35) [NAHL Rank: T-1st]
Leading Points Scorer: Jay Ahearn (18-22-40) [NAHL Rank: 2nd]
Top Goalie: Sam Evola (12-3-1-1 | 2.02 GAA | 0.927 SV% | 2 SO | 1011 MIN)
[NAHL Rank: 7th in W, 2nd in GAA, 3rd in SV%, T-3rd in SO]
MARYLAND - Stats as of 03/08/2021
East Division Rank: 4th
Leading Goal Scorer: Luke Mountain (13-6-19)
Leading Assists Scorer: Garrett Szydlowski (4-14-18)
Top Goalie: Michael Morelli (8-10-2-2 | 2.83 GAA | 0.921 SV% | 1312 MIN)
[NAHL Rank: 10th in SV% 6th in MIN]
Brendan Clark - Three Game Points Streak (four assists) since 02/27/2021
John Gelatt - Three Game Points Streak (two goals & one assist) since 02/27/2021
Josh Graziano - Two-Game Winning Streak since 03/05/2021
Will Margel - Six Game Points Streak (four goals, four assists) since 02/20/2021
Ryan Poorman - Two Game Points Streak (one goal & one assist) since 03/05/2021
Max Smolinski - Two Game Points Streak (three assists) since 03/05/2021
TOMAHAWKS ALUMNI UPDATE
Former Tomahawks goaltending and assistant coach Nick Mish was named the new Head Coach of the Esmark Stars U15 AAA of the NAPHL. The Johnstown, PA native started his coaching with the Tomahawks in 2019-20. The next season he would be named an assistant coach with the Hawks. He also, in 2020-21, serves as the goaltending coach for the Esmark Stars 14U, 15U, 16U, and 18U AAA clubs.