Johnstown Tomahawks NAHL Showcase Kickstarts the 2021-22 Regular Season
Written by: David Nicoletti
The NAHL Showcase starts Wednesday afternoon at the NSC Super Rink in Blaine, Minnesota. So you know what that means right? The 10th season of Johnstown Tomahawks hockey has arrived! The Tomahawks will start their four game campaign at 1:45 p.m. CDT / 2:45 p.m. EST against the Aberdeen Wings. Then, the next day they will take on the Kenai River Brown Bears for an 11:45 a.m. CDT / 12:45 p.m. EST.
Friday they will then take on former Hawks forwards Matt McQuade, Max Neill, William Persson, and the Minnesota Wilderness for an 11:45 a.m. CDT / 12:45 p.m. EST. Finally wrapping up the event on Saturday with a 12:30 p.m. CDT / 1:30 p.m. EST game against the newly Anchorage Wolverines.
The Tomahawks come into Blaine entering their ninth Showcase in franchise history. While playing in these games, Johnstown holds an overall record of 15-17. This includes a 2-1 record against Aberdeen, a 1-0 record against Kenai River, and a 2-0 record against the Wilderness when playing against those teams in the Showcase.
BEST SHOWCASE RECORD: 3-1 (2015, 2016)
WORST SHOWCASE RECORD: 1-3 (2012, 2017)
The Aberdeen Wings are entering their 12th Showcase in their 13th NAHL season of play. Out of the Central Division, the Wings hold an overall record of 20-20 during these Showcase games.
BEST SHOWCASE RECORD: 3-1 (2011, 2013, 2014, 2015)
WORST SHOWCASE RECORD: 0-4 (2010)
The Kenai River Brown Bears are entering their 14th Showcase in the teams’ 15th NAHL season. Out of the Midwest Division, the Brown Bears hold an overall record of 18-32 during Showcase competition.
BEST SHOWCASE RECORD: 4-0 (2013)
WORST SHOWCASE RECORD: 0-4 (2007, 2012, 2015, 2016)
The Minnesota Wilderness are entering their 8th Showcase in their 9th season in the NAHL. Out of the Midwest Division, the Wilderness hold an overall record of 14-14 in the Showcase.
BEST SHOWCASE RECORD: 3-1 (2014, 2019)
WORST SHOWCASE RECORD: 0-4 (2017)
The Anchorage Wolverines will be entering their first ever Showcase in their first ever NAHL season of play. They, like many on this list, are from the Midwest Division as well.
Johnstown Tomahawks: https://www.johnstowntomahawks.com/stats/roster/9
Aberdeen Wings: https://www.aberdeenwings.com/stats/roster/1
Kenai River Brown Bears: https://www.kenairiverbrownbears.com/stats/roster/16
Minnesota Wilderness: https://www.wildernesshockey.com/stats/roster/6
Anchorage Wolverines: https://www.anchoragewolverines.com/stats/roster/1718/241?league=1
So far out of the Tomahawks four Showcase opponents, the Kenai River Brown Bears are the only team with regular season games played under their belt already heading into Blaine. Last weekend they traveled to the Chippewa Area Ice Arena in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin to take on the Chippewa Steel for a two-game series.
They would fall to the Steel during their opening night showdown on Friday at a final score of 5-1. Brown Bears forward Max Marquette would get the teams’ lone goal out of his five shots on goal. For Chippewa, forward Joseph Grainda would score two goals, and be one of five Steel players to register four shots on goal.
Game two the following night would end in bitter disappointment for the Brown Bears. As they would be shutout and swept by the Steel at a final score of 4-0. Forward Ryan Waltman would collect points in all of the four Steel goals. Scoring a hat-trick, and tallying one assist.
Former Tomahawks tryout goaltender from last season Levi Gho would have an outstanding weekend in net for the Steel picking up his first two NAHL wins, as well as his first NAHL shutout. Stopping a total of 25/26 shots in game one, followed by a perfect 22/22 in game two.
Make sure you tune into HockeyTV (https://www.hockeytv.com/) and watch your Tomahawks when all the action goes down live during this year’s NAHL Showcase.
NAHL SHOWCASE INFORMATION: http://nahl.com/showcase/