(Updated)Tomahawks Battle Black Bears This Weekend On Home Ice - Johnstown Makes Trade With Amarillo
Written by: David Nicoletti
After five games in two weeks on the road, the Johnstown Tomahawks are back at home at 1ST SUMMIT ARENA for the remainder of 2020. This weekend they will take the ice in a two-game series this Friday, December 11th, and Saturday, December 12th against the Maryland Black Bears. Puck drop for Friday will occur at 7:30 pm, with a 7 pm puck drop to follow on Saturday.
This will be the fifth and sixth time that the two teams will meet each other this season. So far, Maryland leads the season series over Johnstown 3-0-1-0, while the Tomahawks hold a 1-2-1-0 record against the Black Bears this year.
The last time the two teams met was two weeks ago at Ice World in Abingdon, MD. From there, the Black Bears would take the series sweep as the Tomahawks would receive their first two regulation losses of the season and be swept for the first time this year as well with a 2-1 loss on November 27th and a 4-3 loss the following day on November 28th.
The Tomahawks come into this weekend after splitting a series with the Maine Nordiques last weekend on December 3rd and 4th. The Nords would take home game one at a final score of 6-2, while the following day, with the help of a John Gelatt's hat trick, the Hawks would take home game two at a score of 4-1.
The Black Bears come into this weekend after playing a two-game series on Friday, December 4th, and Sunday, December 6th against the New Jersey Titans at home. New Jersey forwards Evan Werner, and Jack Ring would both score two goals on Friday to help lead the Titans to take game one over the Black Bears 6-1. They would respond two days later on Sunday with a game-winning goal late in the third from Maryland forward Jude Kurtas to lead Maryland over New Jersey 5-4, splitting the two-game series.
Now to get you ready, here's an in-depth look at both teams heading into Friday:
Johnstown currently sits second in the NAHL East Division with a 7-3-2-1 record and 17 points.
After an impressive four-goal week last week against Maine, John Gelatt sits on top as the leader in the Tomahawks' points and goals. So far on the year, Gelatt has put up 10 goals and 17 points for the Hawks. He currently sits fifth in the NAHL in points, first in the NAHL in goals, and is first place between all 2020-21 NAHL rookies in both categories.
Forward Jay Ahearn is currently the Tomahawks leader in assists, the Staten Island native so far on the year has tallied 10 assists and currently sits sixth in the NAHL in that category.
Goaltender Sam Evola currently sits on top as the Tomahawks' best goaltender in 2020-21. The six-foot 170-pound goaltender has a 5-1-0-1 record with a 2.32 GAA and a .910 save percentage. He so far has played a total of 491 minutes in net for the Tomahawks this year.
Maryland currently sits first in the NAHL East Division with a 8-4-1-1 record and 18 points.
Forward Hunter McCoy currently sits on top as the Black Bears leader in points with 14. He and forward Luke Mountain are also current leaders for the Black Bears in goals with six.
Forward Garrett Szydlowski is currently the Black Bears leader in assists. So far, the Western Michigan commit has tallied 10 on the year and currently sits 10th in the NAHL in the category.
Goaltender Michael Morelli currently sits on top as the Black Bears best goaltender heading into this weekend. The former East Division Star of the Week currently holds a 6-3-0-1 record with a 2.66 GAA and a .922 save percentage. He has played a total of 587 minutes in net the year for Maryland.
Jay Ahearn: 5 GAME POINT STREAK
One Goal vs Maryland 11-27-2020
One Assist vs Maryland 11-28-2020
One Assist vs New Jersey 11-29-2020
One Assist vs Maine 12-3-2020
Two Assists vs Maine 12-4-2020
John Gelatt: 2 GAME POINT STREAK
One Goal vs Maine 12-3-2020
Three Goals vs Maine 12-4-2020
Ryan Poorman: 2 GAME POINT STREAK
One Assist vs Maine 12-3-2020
One Assist vs Maine 12-4-2020
Hawks Acquire Forward
This past Sunday, December 6th, the Tomahawks have acquired forward Daniel Tkac from the Amarillo Bulls. Tkac is currently in his final year of junior eligibility and hails all the way from Presov, Slovakia but was born in Pittsburgh on December 20th, 2000.
Tkac so far has played five games this NAHL season with the Bulls but hasn’t found his way on the scoresheet just yet. He is a former member of the NAPHL’s Esmark Stars 16U AAA and was a part of the NAPHL 16U Championship team in 2016-17.
Grab Your Skates!!!
Mark your calendars for PUBLIC SKATING following the Johnstown Tomahawks games on December 11th, 12th, 18th, and 19th.
$5 Admission / $4 Skate Rentals and 60 minutes of ice skating!
Register online or walk-ups welcomed!: www.1stsummitarena.com/public-and-stick-times/