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Johnstown Lose First Game At Home This Season, Still Pickup Four of Six Points on Weekend

Written by: David Nicoletti

The Tomahawks took the ice once again at 1ST SUMMIT ARENA this past weekend for a three-game series against their division rival Northeast Generals.

Game one on Friday would start with Northeast jumping to a 2-0 lead 14:03 into the game. Forwards Dylan Schuett and Tyler Cooper would get the goals for Northeast. Assists would be given out to defenseman Adam Smith (2), as well as forwards Brent Keefer and Dalton Wright.

Johnstown would then strike for the next 35 minutes of the game, scoring three unanswered goals, all coming on the power-play, and jumping to a 3-2 lead after 40 minutes. The goals would be scored by John Gelatt, Anthony Mastromonica, and Jay Ahearn. Assists were awarded to Dusty Geregach (2), William Persson (2), Will Margel, and Alex Gritz.

The Generals would then score two more goals in the first half of the third, one would be on the power-play, and they would jump to a 4-3 lead on the Hawks. Forwards Ryan Gordon and Jake Dunlap would get the goals. While assists were given to forwards Jonathan Young, Jake Dunlap, Liam McCanney, and defenseman Max Bronstine.

But it wouldn’t take long for Johnstown to come up with some late third-period magic as the Hawks would score two unanswered goals in the second half of the third, taking the lead and walking away with a 5-4 win in game one over Northeast. Jared Gerger and Alex Gritz would be the goal scorers, as David Paluch, Dusty Geregach, Max Smolinski, and John Gelatt would be awarded assists from the goals.

The final shots on goal would be 23-20 for Johnstown. Josh Graziano would get the win for the Hawks, stopping 16/20. While Hugo Hass would get the loss, stopping 18/23. Jared Gerger (Third Star - one goal), John Gelatt (Second Star - one goal and assist), and Alex Gritz (game-winning goal and one assist) would all be named the three stars of the game.

Game two on Saturday would see a back-and-forth first period, as both teams would be tied at two after 20 minutes. William Persson and Will Margel would score for Johnstown, while Dylan Schuett and Brent Keefer would score for Northeast. Assists were awarded to David Paluch, Will Margel, Max Smolinski, Reed Stark from Johnstown, and defenseman Jayden Jensen and Matthew Sutter from Northeast. We would get to see some old-time hockey in those first 20 minutes of play, as Anthony Mastromonica and Dylan Schuett would scrap-off 7:32 into the game.

Northeast’s Ryan Gordon second goal of the year with assists from Jayden Jensen and forward Hunter Olson would put the Generals up 3-2 late in the second period. But the man of the weekend, Will Margel from your Johnstown Tomahawks, would score two unanswered goals in the games last 21 minutes, completing the hat-trick and taking game two for Johnstown at a final score of 4-3. The final shots on goal were 39-38 for Johnstown.

Sam Evola would get the win, stopping 35/38, while Hugo Hass would earn yet another loss, stopping 35/39. Evola (Third Star), along with William Persson (Second Star - one goal and assist), and Will Margel (three goals and one assist), would be named the three stars of the game.

Game three on Sunday would see the Hawks looking for yet another home-sweep. Things would go well as they would take a 2-1 lead after the game's first 20 minutes. Jay Ahearn would score his 20th on the power-play with Reed Stark’s sixth to follow. Assists off the goals were awarded to Mastromonica (2), Caden Lewandowski, and Dominic Schimizzi. Jonathan Young would get the Northeast goal with the assists going to Jake Dunlap, and Ryan Gordon.

The Tomahawks would start the second period off by scoring two unanswered goals. From who, you might ask? Yup, you guessed it, Will Margel, Mar-Goal magic himself. John Gelatt (2), Max Neill, and William Persson would assist off the two Margel goals, as it was now a 4-1 Hawks game halfway through the game.

But it wouldn’t be all happy times for the Hawks for long, as Northeast would play the second half of the game in cruise control over the Tomahawks. Jonathan Young would complete the hat-trick in the second, followed by Alexander Tertyshny scoring the game's last two goals. David Andreychuk (3), Brendan Dumas (2), Jayden Jensen, Paul Minnehan, and Matthew Boczar would all gain assists off the Generals' four unanswered goals.

The game would come close, as Northeast would come back to take game three over the Hawks 5-4. That loss marks the first home loss for the Hawks since opening night on October 16th, as well as the first regulation loss at home this season and snapping a 17 game home winning streak after five long hard months.

Final shots on goal would be 30-26 for Johnstown. Hugo Hass would get the Gens' win, stopping 26/30, while Sam Evola would get the loss for the Tomahawks, stopping 21/26 shots. Will Margel would be named the game's third star with his two-goal performance. The other two stars would be from Northeast (Alexander Tertyshny - Second Star - two goals, Jonathan Young - First Star - three goals).

So after taking two games out of the three, Johnstown remains in first place in the East Division, holding a record of 26-7-2-2 with 56 points, increasing their lead from the second-place Maine Nordiques to five points. The Northeast Generals remain sixth in the East, holding a record of 13-26-3 with 29 points.

At the end of all the happiness and heartaches that may have taken place this past weekend, there are still many more hockey games to be played. Up next for your Hawks be a two-game series at 1ST SUMMIT ARENA against the New Jersey Titans. Stay tuned right here on hawks-daily.com for a series preview, getting you ready for the games. Let’s Go, Hawks!!

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