Tomahawks Finish 2020-21 Road Schedule With Two Wins
Written by: David Nicoletti
Last weekend the Tomahawks were on the road for the final time in 2020-21, as they took on the Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks for a three-game series in Danbury Ice Arena in Danbury, Connecticut.
The first period of game one would not go the Hawks way, as they would give up two unanswered goals to the Hat Tricks, one of them would come while Danbury was shorthanded. Forwards Luke Wheeler and Jason Kleinhans would get the goals for Danbury. Assists would be given to Valentino Passarelli, Mark D’Agostino, and Adam Shuchart.
Flash forward to the third period, as we would see a scoreless second, and Danbury would be back up on the board. Mark D’Agostino would score his 12th of the year on the power-play to make it a 3-0 game for Danbury midway through the period. Forwards Alexi Van-Houtte Cachero and Joshua Burke would get the assists off of the goal.
Joshua Burke would then add another goal minutes later to make it 4-0 Danbury. The lone assist would go to defenseman Steven Spetz.
Goaltender Edvard Nördlund’s shutout would then come to an end late in the third period. As Johnstown forward Daniel Tkac would score his 10th of the year on the power-play to make it 4-1 Hat Tricks. Holt Oliphant would get the lone assist off of the goal.
Luke Wheeler would then score his second of the game shorthanded for Danbury and on an empty net. The game would then come to a close, as Danbury would take game one over Johnstown at a final score of 5-1. The final shots on goal would be 38-26 for the Tomahawks.
Nördlund would get the win for the Jr. Hat Tricks, stopping a total of 37/38. Sam Evola would get the loss for the Tomahawks, stopping 21/25.
1st - Edvard Nördlund (37/38 60:00)
2nd - Luke Wheeler (two goals)
3rd - Joshua Burke (one goal and assist)
The Hawks would kick off game two the following night scoring the game's first goal late in the first period. Jay Ahearn would score his league-leading 26th of the year with the lone assist going to Will Margel.
However, moments later, Danbury would respond with a goal of their own. Forward Porter Schachle would score his 14th of the year, making it a tied 1-1 game after 20 minutes. Assists would be awarded to forward Shea Courtmanche, and defenseman, Hank McDonough.
Passing the halfway mark of the game and Danbury would get their first lead of the game. Porter Schachle would score his second goal of the game, unassisted, after a collision with goaltender Sam Evola.
Johnstown would respond moments later after the skirmish, as Holt Oliphant would get the game-tying goal on the power-play, making it a 2-2 game after two periods of play. Ahearn and Margel would be awarded the assists.
Game two would then be heading to a 3-on-3 overtime period as the score would remain tied at two after the third period would be scoreless. But we would only need 10 seconds of that extra time, as Will Margel would use his Mar-GOAL magic to lift the Hawks over the Jr. Hat Tricks in game two at a 3-2 final score. Brendan Clark and Ethan Webb would get the assists.
The final shots on goal would be 33-29 for Danbury. Evola gets the win in net for Johnstown after stopping 31/33. Nördlund would receive the OT loss for Danbury, after stopping 26/29.
THREE STARS NOT ANNOUNCED
The final game of the series on Sunday would all go the Tomahawks' way for the first half of the game.
Four Hawks goals would be scored in the game's first 32:03. Reed Stark, Brendan Clark (2), and Jay Ahearn would score the goals for the Tomahawks. Assists of the goals would be awarded to John Gelatt, Holt Oliphant, Jay Ahearn, Will Margel (2), and Max Smolinski.
Danbury would respond however with two of their own, now making it a 4-2 game as we would be halfway through the third period. Ben Biester and Nolan Barrett would get the goals. Andrew Eberling, Shane Murphy, and Luke Wheeler would get the assists off of the goals.
No Jr. Hat Tricks come back would be in the works after that, as Johnstown would go on to score three more goals, ending the game and taking the series 2-1 over Danbury at a final score of 7-2. Jay Ahearn, TJ Koufis, and Reed Stark would get the goals. Oliphant, Margel, and Ryan Vellucci (first NAHL point in his NAHL debut) would get the assists off of the goals.
The final shots on goal would be 34-27 for Danbury. Johnstown goaltender Liam Gross in his NAHL debut would get the win in goal, stopping a total of 32/34. Danbury goalie Andrew Pichora would get the loss, he would stop a total of 20/26.
THREE STARS NOT ANNOUNCED
So after completing their 50th game following this weekend, Johnstown sits on top of the East with a 35-10-2-3 record with 75 points. Danbury will remain sixth in the East following the weekend, holding a record of 18-24-4-0 with 40 points.
This upcoming Saturday will host the only game on the weekend for the Hawks. As they will welcome the Maryland Black Bears to 1ST SUMMIT ARENA for the one-game tilt. Stay tuned right here on hawks-daily. comas we will be getting you ready for the game against these two teams.