• David Nicoletti

Johnstown Tomahawks vs. Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks - Series Preview (4/15-4/16)

Updated: Apr 15



Ladies and gentlemen, the time of the year has already arrived. Fan appreciation weekend, as well as the conclusion to what has been a crazy 2021-22 season for your Johnstown Tomahawks. With playoffs at stake, along with possible home ice advantage, the Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks are all that stand in the way for the Tomahawks. As they come into 1ST SUMMIT ARENA for both teams' final two games of the year.


Game One Puck Drop: 7:30 p.m. | Game Two Puck Drop: 7 p.m.


For Danbury, they come into this series looking to avoid finishing as the leagues worst team. With a record of 12-41-4-1 (29 pts), teams that stand in their way of a possible last place situation are the El Paso Rhinos (14-40-2-2 | 32 pts), and the Kenai River Brown Bears (14-41-3-2 | 33 pts), who recently just finished their NAHL season. It may be difficult, but anything can still happen, as former Hawk Carson Galin and El Paso will take on the 2021 Robertson Cup Champion Shreveport Mudbugs in the teams' final two games.


The Jr. Hat Tricks are 2-6-1-1 in their last 10 games, winless out of their last four. Their last two-gamer last weekend at home verses Jamestown ended up seeing Danbury take 7-6, and 3-2 losses. A recent contest this past Wednesday against the Maine Nordiques saw the Jr. Hat Tricks lose a 2-0 lead, as they fell in a shootout to Maine 3-2. Now, looking into this series, Danbury will be playing for pride as they hope to maybe shock a few heading into the final weekend of the season.


As for Johnstown, they are 5-4-1 in their last 10 games. Against Danbury in 2021-22, they are 8-1-1. When it comes to playoffs, simply put, a Maryland loss, or a win and in. When it comes to a possible home-ice advantage through the first round, Johnstown will need a bit of help. With them being three points behind Jamestown (35-21-2-1 | 73 pts), and Maryland being two points behind Johnstown (28-19-6-6 | 68 pts). The Black Bears would have to win against the Rebels in regulation, and the Tomahawks would have to sweep the Jr. Hat Tricks to gain home ice.


Simply put, it's a battle, but Johnstown has never backed down from any. Their last two-gamer last weekend in Maine ended up in a split. Johnstown would lose a 3-1 lead on the Nordiques to take a game one 8-3 loss. But followed up in game two by taking home a 6-4 win over Maine. Now, looking into this series, Johnstown's only focus is just to win. As a lot is on the line for not just them, but for many teams as well heading into the weekend.


Tomahawks have plenty to play for during NAHL's final week - via Mike Mastovich of The Tribune Democrat



HEAD TO HEAD



JOHNSTOWN


East Division Rank: 3rd

Record: 32-20-4-2

Points: 70


Leading Goal Scorer: Jake Black (41 Goals)

Leading Assists Scorer: Jacob Badal (39 Assists)

Leading Points Scorer: Jake Black (75 Points)

Leading +/-: Jake Black (+21)

Top Goalie: Matthew O’Donnell (17-9-5-1, 2.79 GAA, 0.900 SV%, 1 SO, 2019 MIN)



DANBURY


East Division Rank: 7th

Record: 12-41-4-1

Points: 29


Leading Goal Scorer: Gabe Dombrowski (24 Goals)

Leading Assists Scorer: Boris Skalos (24 Assists)

Leading Points Scorer: Gabe Dombrowski (47 Points)

Leading +/-: Owen Simmons & Matthew Danziger (+2)

Top Goalie: Adam Johnson (4-12-2-1, 3.79 GAA, 0.896 SV%, 1157 MIN)


NAHL SKATER STATS

NAHL GOALIE STATS


NAHL TEAM STATS



TEAM UPDATE


POINT STREAKS:


Jacob Badal: Two Game Goals Streak - (3G) - since 2022-04-08


Jake Black: Two Game Points Streak - (1G, 2A) - since 2022-04-08


Ethan Perrault: Two Game Points Streak - (1G, 2A) - since 2022-04-08



LEAGUE RECOGNITION:


No Hawks may have received the top two honors, but it didn't stop forwards Jacob Badal, and Zach Murray from receiving Honorable Mentions. For Badal, the left-handed shot lit the lamp three times in the Hawks two-gamer last weekend, once in game one, and twice in game two. For Murray, the native of Arlington, Virginia tallied three assists in game two, as well as put on six shots on net, three in each game. Congrats to both!


Stars of the Week | Week of April 11, 2022



EAST DIVISION PLAYOFF RACE + AROUND THE DIVISION SCHEDULE:


New Jersey Titans: y-Clinched Division

Jamestown Rebels: x-Clinched Playoff Position



Friday, April 15th: Jamestown Rebels vs. Maryland Black Bears (12:00 p.m) New Jersey Titans vs. Northeast Generals (7:00 p.m.)



Saturday, April 16th:


New Jersey Titans vs. Northeast Generals (7:00 p.m.)



Sunday, April 17th:


Maine Nordiques vs. Northeast Generals (4:00 p.m.)

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