Johnstown Tomahawks vs New Jersey Titans Preview - ‘Hawks Alum Welcomes New Baby Boy With Wife
Written by: David Nicoletti
The Tomahawks are back at home for yet another two-game series at 1ST SUMMIT ARENA. For this weekend, the Tomahawks will welcome back the New Jersey Titans to the War Memorial. A 7:30 pm puck drop will take place on Friday, followed by a 7 pm puck drop on Saturday.
This weekend at the barn will host the ninth and tenth match-ups between the two teams. The last time these two teams played were back on February 26th-27th, where a two-game series took place at Middletown Ice Arena. New Jersey took game one 4-2, following the help from a two-goal night from forward Evan Werner. Game two would be a back-and-forth tilt, but it would end up going to a shootout, from there, New Jersey forward Blake Humphrey would score the only goal, helping the Titans sweep the Hawks at a final score of 4-3.
New Jersey comes into this series after taking one game out of three against the Maine Nordiques last weekend on the 19th-21st. The Titans would take game one at a 5-1 final score. From there, it would be all Maine, as they would take game two in a shootout 4-3, and end the series with Nordiques goaltender Tyriq Outen shutting the Titans out 3-0.
The Tomahawks come into this series after taking two games out of three at home against the Northeast Generals. Games one and two would be a back-and-forth contest, but Johnstown would stay strong and take game one 5-4, and game two 4-3. Johnstown would hold a 4-1 lead on Northeast in game three on Sunday, but after calling a timeout to re-strategize, the Generals would come back and defeat the Tomahawks 5-4. Snapping the Tomahawks 17 game win streak at home, as well as gaining their first regulation loss of the season.
HEAD TO HEAD - all stats as of 03/22/2021
season series tied with both teams holding a 4-3-0-1 against each other
East Division Rank: 1st
Leading Goal Scorer: Jay Ahearn (20-24-44) & John Gelatt (20-20-40) [NAHL Rank: 2nd]
Leading Points Scorer: Jay Ahearn (20-24-44) [NAHL Rank: 2nd]
Top Goalie: Sam Evola (15-4-1-1 | 2.25 GAA | 0.918 SV% | 2 SO | 1251 MIN)
[NAHL Rank: T-4th in W, 4th in GAA, 10th in SV%, T-3rd in SO]
East Division Rank: 3rd
Leading Assists Scorer: Nick Seitz (15-18-33)
Leading Points Scorer: Nick Seitz (15-18-33)
Top Goalie: Louden Hogg (6-7-0-1 | 3.12 GAA | 0.907 SV% | 1 SO | 789 MIN)
[NAHL Rank: T-10th in SO]
Josh Graziano - Three-Game Winning Streak since 03/05/2021
Will Margel - 11 Game Points Streak (11 goals, seven assists) since 02/20/2021
William Persson - Five Game Points Streak (two goals & five assists) since 03/12/2021
Reed Stark - Two Game Points Streak (one goal & assist) since 03/20/2021
NCAA FROZEN FOUR
The NCAA Men's Ice Hockey Championship is here! 16 Teams from four regionals will battle it out on the ice to see the best college hockey, team. The last four remaining will meet in the 2021 Frozen Four, which will take place at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, PA, on April 8th & 10th.
This year, we will have four of your former Johnstown Tomahawks will be taking part in these games with the following teams:
Spencer DenBeste - Lake Superior State University
Zak Galambos - American International College
Jack Leavy - University of Michigan
Samuel Solenský - Bemidji State University
The games start on Friday, March 26th; for more information as to how you can watch your favorite former Tomahawk players play, go to https://www.ncaa.com/championships/icehockey-men/d1/broadcast-info?utm_source=sfmc&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=MIH_20210322_Regionals
BAUER STAR OF THE WEEK
Congratulations to Tomahawks forward Will Margel for recently being named Bauer’s East Division Star Of The Week for the week of March 22nd.
The Potomac, Maryland native, had seven points (5 goals, two assists) in the three games. On Friday, Margel posted an assist in a 5-4 win. On Saturday, he had a hat-trick, including the game-winning goal and an assist in a 4-3 win. On Sunday, he picked up two more goals in a 5-4 loss.
Coach Mike Letizia stated the following about Margel’s magical weekend:
“Despite being disappointed that we did not pick up all six points this past weekend, Will had an outstanding three games. He was dangerous all weekend long and was a big contributor to our offense, as he has been since joining our team in late December. Will is a dynamic player that has the ability to be a scoring threat each time he touches the puck. We will need him to continue his strong play down the stretch as we battle the rest of the East Division.”
Forward William Persson was also honored as an Honorable Mention in this week's Stars of the Week. The Swedish sensation put up a five-point weekend (one goal, four assists) in last weekend's three-game series against the Northeast Generals.
A big congratulations to former Tomahawks forward Tyler Basham and his wife, Carrisa Basham, on welcoming the birth of their new baby boy, Colton Douglas Richard Basham, who was born on 3/21/2021.