• Jon Kohan

Tomahawks Back to Their Old Sweeping Ways

Written by David Nicoletti

The Tomahawks last Friday would start game one of two between them and the Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks at Danbury Ice Arena in Danbury, Connecticut.

The Hawks would have complete control of the first 20 minutes. Starting the game off fast, scoring three unanswered goals to kick off the contest.

The first goal would come unassisted at 1:15 into the game from Swede-sensation, William Persson. Continuing his dominance with the team, scoring his fourth goal of the year in his seventh game with the team past fellow Sweden goaltender Edvard Nordlund.

The second goal would come on a 5-on-4 power-play, as captain Alex Gritz would get the early insurance goal off the Danbury Nolan Barrett hooking call. That would be Gritz’s ninth goal of the year with the lone assist going to Will Margel.

The third goal would come from Will Margel, scoring bar-down past Nordlund and lighting up his sixth of the year. Defenseman and former Jr. Hat Trick Spencer Evans would get the assist. As well as fellow defenseman and alternate captain Liam Whitehouse.

The Jr. Hat Tricks would start the second period cutting the Hawks lead 3-1. Forward Porter Schachle would score a team-leading 11th goal of the year 37 seconds into the second. The lone assist off of the goal would go forward Mark D’Agostino.

Danbury defenseman Nolan Barrett would get sent back to the box for the second time in the game. This time it would be for a slash, adding to his team and league-leading PIM total, with his now 137th penalty minute.

The Hawks would use that time wisely and take advantage on the man-up, as defenseman Dusty Geregach would score his first goal of the season on the power-play. Jay Ahearn and William Persson would get the assists off of the goal. It was now 4-1 for the Johnstown Tomahawks as the second period would come to a close.

A Danbury Alex Krause high sticking minor, and a Porter Schachle cross-checking minor, unsportsmanlike conduct major, and an aggressor game misconduct penalty would be the only action we would see in the third period. The score would remain 4-1 as your Tomahawks would take game one over the Jr. Hat Tricks. Final shots on goal would be 32-22 for Johnstown.

Goaltender Josh Graziano would get the win for your Tomahawks, stopping a total of 21 out of 22 shots. Edvard Nordlund would get the loss for Danbury, stopping 28 out of 32 shots.

The three stars of the game were all from Johnstown. At number three with his performance in net was Josh Graziano. At number two with his first goal on the year was Dusty Geregach. Rounding out at number one with one goal and assist was Will Margel.

Saturday afternoon would see the Tomahawks off to yet another fast early start. They would score the game's first two goals in the first half of the game.

Goals would come 6:42 of the first period from Will Margel and 3:01 of the second period by John Gelatt. Assists between the goals would be given out to Max Smolinski (2) and Holt Oliphant.

Danbury would then respond with two unanswered goals of their own, ending 40 minutes of play tied at 2-2. The first goal would come at 14:51 on the power-play from forward Jason Kleinhans. The second coming at 17:29 from forward Robert Hyde. Assists would be given out to forwards Levi Stauber, Gabe Dombrowski, and defenseman Nolan Barrett (2).

Heading into the third period and 60 minutes wouldn’t be enough to declare a winner, so we would be heading to a five-minute overtime period. Shots on goal would be 35-20 for Johnstown.

Each team would have excellent chances throughout the OT period, but it would be your Johnstown Tomahawks that would take it 1:27 into the period. Ryan Poorman would score his third of the year, as well as the game-winning goal for the Tomahawks. The lone assist would go to Jay Ahearn. Final shots on goal would be 37-21 for Johnstown.

Goaltender Josh Graziano gets his second straight win in net for the Hawks, stopping 19/21 shots. Danbury’s Andrew Pichora would get the loss for the Jr. Hat Tricks, stopping 34/37 shots.

Pichora would get the number three star of the game for Danbury. While the number two star (Max Smolinski - two assists) and number one star (Ryan Poorman - game-winning goal) would come from your Johnstown Tomahawks.

So after the weekend sweep, the Tomahawks leap over the Maine Nordiques, moving back into first place in the East Division standings. Holding a record of 22-6-2-2 with 48 points. The Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks after this series will remain sixth in the East. They now hold a record of 11-10-2-0 with 24 points.

So now, after those three weeks on the road, the Tomahawks will come back home to 1ST SUMMIT ARENA for the rest of the month, starting up a seven-game home-stand. The first two games will be on March 12th and 13th, as the Tomahawks will welcome back the Maryland Black Bears for a two-game series.

Stay tuned right here on hawks-daily.comas, we will have a series preview to get you ready for the games. Let’s Go Hawks!!

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