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Tomahawks East Division Regular Season Champs After Split With Nordiques

Written by: David Nicoletti




The Tomahawks hosted Maine for the final time in 2020-21 this past weekend at 1ST SUMMIT ARENA. The battle of number one verses number two in the standings kicked off with game one this past Friday.

It wouldn’t be the start that the Hawks were looking for, as Maine would take control by scoring three-unanswered goals against the Tomahawks after two periods of play. Forwards Aidan Connolly and Stefan Owens (2) would get the goals for the Nordiques. Owen’s second goal would come on the power-play. Jackson Vercellono, Tristan Fasig, Isaiah Fox (2), Matt Connor, and Casper Söderling would earn assists off of the goals.

The Hawks would respond late in the third period, as Brendan Clark would cut the Nords lead to two goals. Gelatt and Poorman would get the assists, but it wouldn’t be enough for the Tomahawks.

Cannon Green moments later would score the empty net goal for the Nordiques. Isaiah Fox and Tyriq Outen would get the assists. Maine would take game one over Johnstown at a final score of 4-1. Final shots on would be 33-32 for Johnstown.

Outen would get the win for the Nordiques, stopping 32/33. Josh Graziano would get the loss in net for the Hawks. As he would go on to stop a total of 28/31.

THREE STARS:

1st - Tyriq Outen (32/33 60:00)

2nd - Stefan Owens (two goals)

3rd - Brendan Clark (one goal)



A few Maine Nordiques players join some Johnstown Tomahawks players at center ice after Friday nights game to share a prayer with each other. Usually only Tomahawks player participate in this post-game prayer but with a few Maine players joining in it created a great viral and sportsmenship moment.

Game two the following day would see a whole different story. William Persson would get the game's first goal to make it 1-0 Tomahawks after one. Daniel Tkac and Will Margel would get the assists.

After a scoreless second period, Johnstown would be back on the board early in the third, as Will Margel would score on the breakaway to make it 2-0 Hawks. Liam Whitehouse would get the lone assist off of the goal.

Not much action would be seen after that, as the score would remain and the game would come to a close with Johnstown taking game two and forcing the series to split. The final shots on goal would be 37-32 for Maine.

Sam Evola would make a statement in his return in net, making amazing saves all night and gaining his third shutout of the year. Evola would go on to stop all 37 shots faced all night. Avery Sturtz would get the loss for the Nordiques, stopping a total of 30/32.

THREE STARS:

1st - Sam Evola (37/37 60:00)

2nd - William Persson (one goal)

3rd - Will Margel (one goal, one assist)

Johnstown remains first in the East with a 33-9-2-3 record with 71 points. They have officially clinched the East Division following their 2-0 shutout win against Maine Saturday night. The Nordiques remain second in the division with a 32-19-1-0 record with 65 points.

Johnstown will now look to add more wins and points to their name next weekend, as they will hit the road for the final time in 2020-21. a three-game series against the Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks awaits them in Danbury, Connecticut. Stay tuned right here on hawks-daily.com for a series preview, getting you ready for the games.



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