Maryland Black Bears Defeat Johnstown Tomahawks With Rare Weekend Sweep
Written by: David Nicoletti
The Johnstown Tomahawks were back home at 1ST SUMMIT ARENA this past weekend for a two-game series against the Maryland Black Bears.
The first period of game one on Friday would see the Tomahawks up on the board first. Alternate captain Anthony Mastromonica would score his 15th goal of the year short-handed, Holt Oliphant would get the lone assist, as it would be a 1-0 Tomahawks game after 20 minutes.
After a scoreless second period, the Black Bears would strike early in the third to tie it 1-1. Forward Grady Friedman would score his fourth of the year, with the lone assist going to Maryland forward and captain, Luke Mountain.
John Gelatt would capitalize for the Tomahawks on the power-play to take the lead 2-1 midway through the third. Will Margel and Holt Oliphant would get the assists.
However, it wouldn’t stop the Black Bears from tying the game back up minutes later. Forward Jude Kurtas would get his ninth of the year, assists would go to Philip Törnqvist, and Luke Mountain.
The game would then head to overtime. There would be solid chances from each team but a shootout would later be needed as five extra minutes wouldn’t be enough.
After four rounds with no goals, it would all come down to the fifth round. Maryland forward Conor Cole would get the goal for the Black Bears, leaning it all on William Persson to keep things going. But goaltender Hannes Kollén would stay strong and have Maryland walk out with the extra point, defeating the Tomahawks in game one 3-2.
Final shots on goal would be 28-27 for the Black Bears. Kollén would get the win for Maryland, as he would stop 25/27. Josh Graziano would get the shootout loss for Johnstown, going on to stop 25/27 as well.
Holt Oliphant (third star - two assists), and John Gelatt (second star - one goal) would be name two of the third stars. The first star would be Maryland’s Conor Cole, after scoring the game winning in the shootout for the Black Bears.
Maryland would take control of the first half of game two on Saturday. Scoring three unanswered goals in the first 21:35 of the game. Garrett Szydlowski, Philip Törnqvist, and Tanner Rowe would get the goals for the Black Bears. Jude Kurtas, Luke Mountain, Daniel Colabufo, Philip Törnqvist, and Josh Nixon would get the assists.
The Tomahawks would then attempt the comeback by scoring two unanswered goals between the last half of the second going into the third. Daniel Tkac and TJ Koufis would record the goals. Assists would be handed out to Reed Stark (2), Ethan Webb, and Daniel Tkac.
However it wouldn’t be enough for the Tomahawks, as the Maryland Black Bears would sweep the series and take game two over Johnstown at a final score of 3-2. Final shots on goal would be 41-15 for Johnstown.
Michael Morelli would get the win for the Black Bears, stopping 39/41 shots. Sam Evola would receive the loss for Johnstown, stopping 12/15. Daniel Tkac would be named the third star of the game for his one goal and assist effort. While Michael Morelli (second) and Philip Törnqvist (first) would be named the top two stars from the Black Bears.
Johnstown remains in first place in the East after this weekend. Holding a record of 30-8-2-3 with 65 points. Maryland also remains in their spot in fourth after this weekend. They now hold a record of 18-18-5-2 with 43 points.
The Tomahawks will now look to respond next weekend, as they will be back at home to play a two-game series against the New Jersey Titans. Stay tuned right here on hawks-daily.com for a series preview, getting you ready for the games.