Johnstown Tomahawks vs. Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks Series Preview (10/22-10/23)
Written by: David Nicoletti
After gaining their first sweep in 2021-22, the Tomahawks are back on the road. This weekend, the Hawks travel to Danbury Ice Arena in Danbury, Connecticut for a two-game series against the Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks.
Last weekend, Danbury took an off week to recharge. Their last set of games were back on October 8th-9th, where the Jr. Tricks took a series split at home against the Jamestown Rebels. Game one ended with Danbury taking a 2-1 win over Jamestown. Forward Gabe Dombrowski walked out with two points (one goal, one assist). While winning, goaltender Josh Seeley stopped 29/30.
Danbury then lost game two in overtime 4-3, as the Rebels forced the split. Dombrowski scored all Danbury’s goals, recording the hat-trick. Forward Fredrik Schlyter tallied two assists, and Seeley would stop 27/30 with 61:10 in net.
Danbury’s last game took place Wednesday night at home against the New Jersey Titans. New Jersey got on the board first, scoring three goals in the first. Another one came but Danbury’s Dombrowski would respond to make it 4-1 after two periods. New Jersey then added one more in the third, taking the game at a final score of 5-1. Josh Seeley would stop 36/41 in the losing performance.
Johnstown comes into this series after gaining their first sweep of the year at home against the Maine Nordiques. Game one on Friday would end in a 6-3 win for the Tomahawks. Forward Jake Black walked out with two goals and an assist. Forwards Stephen Kyrkostas (one goal, one assist), T.J. Koufis (two assists), Sean Ramsay (two assists), and defensemen Mack Oliphant (two assists), all recorded two points.
Goaltender Tommy Heaney stopped 24/27 in his NAHL debut, earning the win in net.
Game two started off slow for Johnstown, but they eventually found their way back and took a 5-2 win, sweeping the series. Jake Black recorded another two goal night, while Ramsay and forward Jacob Badal tallied two assists. Sam Evola would get the win in net, stopping 31/33.
HEAD TO HEAD - all stats as of 10/21/2021
East Division Rank: 4th
Leading Goal Scorer: Jake Black (11 Goals) [NAHL Rank: T-2nd]
Leading Assists Scorer: Sean Ramsay (9 Assists)
Leading Points Scorer: Jake Black (17 Points) [NAHL Rank: T-2nd]
Leading +/-: Jake Black (+8)
Top Goalie: Sam Evola (5-3-0-0, 2.67 GAA, 0.923 SV%, 450 MIN)
[NAHL Rank: T-5th in W]
East Division Rank: 7th
Leading Goal Scorer: Gabe Dombrowski (6 Goals)
Leading Assists Scorer: Gabe Dombrowski & Mike Salandra (4 Assists)
Leading Points Scorer: Gabe Dombrowski (10 Points)
Leading +/-: Hunter Young (+5)
Top Goalie: Adam Johnson (1-2-0-0, 2.40 GAA, 0.933 SV%, 200 MIN)
[NAHL Rank: 4th in SV%]
Jacob Badal: Two Game Points Streak (one goal, two assists) since 2021-10-15
Jake Black: 10 Game Points Streak (11 goals, six assists) since 2021-09-16
[NAHL Rank: 1st in Goals & Points]
Dusty Geregach: Three Game Points Streak (one goal, two assists) since 2021-10-09
T.J. Koufis: Two Game Assists Streak (three assists) since 2021-10-15
Zachary Murray: Two Game Points Streak (one goal, one assist) since 2021-10-15
Sean Ramsay: Three Game Assists Streak (five assists) since 2021-10-09
Tomahawks forward Jake Black was named East Division Star of the Week by the North American Hockey League in this week's edition of Bauer’s Stars of the Week. Black last weekend recorded five points in Johnstown’s series sweep against Maine. Scoring two goals both games, and recording an assist in game one. His point streak has now extended to 10 games, a league ranking first in that category, as well as first in goal streaks.
Forward Jacob Badal was named as an Honorable Mention for his three point (one goal, two assists) performance last weekend.