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Regular Season Concludes This Weekend At Home With Three Games - Hawks Welcome Back Goalie

Written by: David Nicoletti





After a long and hard fought 2020-21 regular season, the Johnstown Tomahawks schedule comes down to its final three-games before the start of the 2021 NAHL Robertson Cup Playoffs. This weekend the Hawks will take on the Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks at 1ST SUMMIT ARENA for the teams’ regular season finale and fan appreciation weekend.


Game One Puck Drop: 7:30 p.m. | Game Two Puck Drop: 7 p.m. | Game Three Puck Drop: 3 p.m.


The last time these two teams scrapped off were a couple weeks ago on April 30th-May 2nd. Danbury would take game one at a 5-1 final score. The rest of the series would be all Johnstown, as they would take a 3-2 OT win in game two. Wrapping up the series by taking a 7-2 win over Danbury, coming home by taking two games to three. Jay Ahearn, Brendan Clark, and Reed Stark would all have a two goal night in the series finale.


Danbury comes into this series after sweeping the Northeast Generals earlier this week on May 10th-11th. Game one would be scoreless the whole 60 minutes, so OT would be needed. From there, forward Mark D'Agostino would get the game winning goal for the Tricks 29 seconds in to take game one 1-0. Following that up in game two with a 5-1 win over the Generals to take the series sweep. Forwards Valentino Passarelli and Gabe Dombrowski would both score two goals that game.


Johnstown comes into this series after walking away with a 4-1 victory over the Maryland Black Bears in a rescheduled one game tilt at 1ST SUMMIT ARENA last weekend on May 8th.



HEAD TO HEAD - all stats as of 05/12/2021


Johnstown leads season series 6-1-0-0

Danbury season series record 1-4-2-0



JOHNSTOWN


East Division Rank: 1st (Clinched Division)

Record: 36-10-2-3

Points: 77


Leading Goal Scorer: Jay Ahearn (29-28-56) [NAHL Rank: 1st]

Leading Assists Scorer: Brendan Clark (17-34-51) [NAHL Rank: 6th]

Leading Points Scorer: Jay Ahearn (29-28-56) [NAHL Rank: 2nd]

Top Goalie: Josh Graziano (13-4-0-3 | 2.18 GAA | 0.931 SV% | 1 SO | 1240 MIN)

[NAHL Rank: 4th in GAA, T-3rd in SV%]


DANBURY


East Division Rank: 6th

Record: 20-25-5-1

Points: 46


Leading Goal Scorer: Porter Schachle (17-12-29)

Leading Assists Scorer: Nolan Barrett (6-22-28)

Leading Points Scorer: Alex Krause (16-14-30)

Top Goalie: Edvard Nordlund (9-5-2-1 | 3.03 GAA | 0.902 SV% | 1 SO | 1030 MIN)





TEAM UPDATE


POINTS STREAKS


Jay Ahearn: Three Game Points Streak (four goals, two assists) since 05/01/2021

John Gelatt: Two Game Points Streak (three assists) since 05/02/2021

Will Margel: Three Game Points Streak (one goal, six assists) since 05/01/2021

Holt Oliphant: Four Game Points Streak (one goal, four assists) since 04/30/2021

Reed Stark: Two Game Points Streak (three goals, one assists) since 05/02/2021

Daniel Tkac: Two Game Points Streak (one goal, two assists) since 05/02/2021


LEAGUE RECOGNITION


Congratulations to Tomahawks forwards Reed Stark, and Daniel Tkac, for being honorable mentions in this week's BAUER Stars of the Week. In their only game of the series last Saturday, both Stark in Tkac put up a goal and an assist, as well as a plus one average in the Hawks 4-1 win over the Maryland Black Bears. Congrats guys!


HAWKS TRANSACTIONS


Last week before the Saturday night tilt against Maryland, the Tomahawks welcomed back goaltender Connor Strobel to the lineup. Stobel was a part of the Hawks opening roster, but was then released on December 11th. Now, he comes back to Johnstown after spending some time with the Esmark Stars 18U of the NAPHL 18U.


He posted a 2-3 record in the regular season with a 2.73 GAA and a 0.906 save percentage. He also went 2-0 posting a 1.08 GAA and a 0.964 save percentage in the 2021 NAPHL 18U Dixon Cup. Strobel will wear #30, which was previously worn by goaltender Liam Gross.





The Tomahawks also this past Wednesday added defenseman Ethan Perreault to the lineup. Ethan is a left handed shot who stands at 6’3” and weighs in at 190 pounds. Born out of Tipp City, Ohio on January 26th, 2003. He’s spent this 2020-21 season with the Ohio Blue Jackets 18U AAA. In 56 games this season, Perreault put up four goals and 10 assists in 56 games with the club. Perreault will wear #28, previously worn by defenseman Coleman McDonagh.


ROUND 1


The Johnstown Tomahawks will face off against the Maryland Black Bears in the first round of the 2021 NAHL Robertson Cup Playoffs. The Tomahawks will have home ice advantage in the first two rounds of the playoffs, hosting games one, two, and five if necessary.


ROUND 1 DATES:


Game 1: Friday, May 21 vs. Maryland – 7:30 PM

Game 2: Saturday, May 22 vs. Maryland – 7 PM

Game 3: Wednesday, May 26 @ Maryland – 6:30 PM

Game 4 (IF NECESSARY): Thursday, May 27 @ Maryland – 6:30 PM

Game 5 (IF NECESSARY): Saturday, May 29 vs. Maryland – 7 PM


Information on how to purchase tickets for games one and two will be available in the coming days.