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Tomahawks Complete Second Straight Sweep of Black Bears

Written by: David Nicoletti

The Tomahawks and Black Bears series would shift from Johnstown to Odenton this past weekend starting on Saturday night.

Maryland would get the game started two minutes and thirteen seconds in with a goal to take an early 1-0 lead on the Tomahawks. The goal would be scored by forward Branden Piku, his first goal of the season.

But it wouldn’t take long as a buck and four ticks later, Reed Stark would get his fifth of the year, tying it up for both sides. Assist would be given to TJ Koufis and Alex Gritz.

Speaking of TJ Koufis, he would score the periods last goal, as we would have a 2-1 Tomahawks game after 20 minutes of play. Reed Stark would get the lone assist off of the Koufis goal.

Maryland would kick off the second period by tying the game up early, scoring a pair of goals, one would even come short-handed, making it a 3-3 game. Forwards Brad McNeil and Conor Cole would be credited with the goals. Garret Szydlowski and Grady Friedman would be given the assist off of McNeil’s goal. Conor Cole’s short-handed goal would come unassisted.

From there, it would be all Tomahawks as they would go on to score three unanswered goals to wrap up the game. Goals would come from Anthony Mastromonica to end the second. In the third, William Persson with the game winning goal, and Brendan Clark to end it out on an empty net. Assist would be given to Koufis, Spencer Evans, and Caden Lewandowski.

Game one was in the books as your Tomahawks would walk away with the 5-3 win over Maryland. Goaltender Josh Graziano would get the win for your Tomahawks while goaltender Hannes Kollén would receive the loss for the Black Bears.

We would see different goaltenders in net for both sides the following day, with Sam Evola for the Hawks and Michael Morelli for the Black Bears. Other than penalties, we wouldn’t see any goal action and would be scoreless for the first half of the game.

Then at 8:13 of the second period, we would see the games first goal. Tomahawks forward Daniel Tkac would score his fourth goal of the season for the Hawks to take the games first lead after 40 minutes at 1-0. Will Margel and Ryan Poorman would earn assist off of the goal.

The Tomahawks would get the insurance goal 5:58 into the third period, putting them up 2-0. Will Margel would net his fourth of the year with the assist going to John Gelatt.

Maryland would take a timeout late in the game and pull Morelli in hopes of a late game tie. They would respond seconds after the puck drop as Josh Nixon would snap Evola’s shutout with just over two minutes remaining. Conor Cole would get the lone assist off of the goal.

But it wouldn’t be enough for Maryland as after a physical last half of the third period, the game would come to a close as the score would take the game over Maryland 2-1. Johnstown would pick up their 20th win of the season and sweep the Black Bears once again. The Hawks win streak now extends to four games.

Goaltender Sam Evola gets the win for your Tomahawks, making big saves throughout the game. Maryland’s Michael Morelli would get the loss.

Your Hawks after this weekend remain on top of the East Division with a 20-5-2-1 record and 43 points. Maryland will remain in fourth place in the East with a 12-12-3-2 record and 29 points.

Your Tomahawks will now look to New Jersey as they will play a two game series at Middletown Ice Arena against the New Jersey Titans this upcoming weekend. Stay tuned for a series preview getting you ready for the games right here on hawks-daily.com.

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