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Tomahawks Have A Perfect 3-0 Weekend Vs Northeast

Written by: David Nicoletti

Your Tomahawks were back at home on the ice for this weekend's three-game series against the Northeast Generals.

Game one would be upon us Friday evening, as your Tomahawks would come out wearing their white sweaters with Northeast coming out in their navy blues.

It was a cool sight to see NAHL veteran defenseman Ryan Reid making his season debut for the Johnstown Tomahawks, donning the number 21 sweater.

The Tomahawks would get the game going with three unanswered goals to start the first 20:49 of the game. John Gelatt would tally his 15th of the season only 18 seconds into the game. While Will Margel and Brendan Clark would add the next two Hawks goals on the power-play advantage.

Assists off of the goals would go to Brendan Clark, Alex Gritz, David Paluch, Jay Ahearn, and John Gelatt.

Northeast forward Liam McCanney would then snap the shutout nearing halfway through the second period to make it a 3-1 Tomahawks game.

Hawks forward Will Margel would shortly respond 24 seconds later to score his second of the game, extending the Hawks lead 4-1.

Jared Gerger, minutes later for the Hawks, would make it a 5-1 lead for Johnstown going into the third period. Scoring the Hawks goal short-handed, with the assist going to Max Neill.

McCanney would score once again for the Gens to make it a 5-2 game.

But it wouldn’t be enough, as Jay Ahearn would score late in the game for the Hawks, taking game one over the Northeast Generals 6-2.

Assists off of the Ahearn goal would go to Gelatt and Clark.

The final shots on goal were 32-31 for Johnstown.

Goaltender Peyton Grainer would earn his second straight win for the Hawks, stopping 29/31.

Northeast’s Anton Castro would get the loss for the Gens, stopping 26/32.

The three stars of the game were all from your Tomahawks. At number three with a goal and two assists were John Gelatt. At number two with a goal and two assists as well, Brendan Clark. Rounding out with the number one star, with two goals on the game, Will Margel.

Saturday would see the Hawks come out in their red jerseys with Northeast in their whites.

Johnstown would get the game started with a 2-0 lead after the first 20 minutes of play. Jay Ahearn would score the game's first goal shorthanded, switching it up with Alex Gritz scoring on the power-play shortly after. Assists off the goals would go to Ryan Poorman, Peyton Grainer, David Paluch, and Holt Oliphant.

Forward Brent Keefer from Northeast would start the second period scoring a power-play goal to bring the Gens within one goal on the Tomahawks. Alexander Tertyshny and Kyle Schroeder would get the assists off the goal.

The Tomahawks would then respond with two unanswered goals to make it a 4-1 game after two periods. Anthony Mastromonica and John Gelatt would score the goals, as the assists were given to Ryan Poorman, Will Margel, Brendan Clark, and Jay Ahearn.

Northeast would score two more goals in the third period to decrease the Hawks lead to one once again. Forwards Jonathan Young and Tyler Cooper would score the goals, Cooper’s goal would be scored on the power-play. Assists were given to forwards Ricky Boysen, Brent Keefer, Jonathan Young, and Dylan Schuett.

It wouldn’t be enough for the Generals as the game would come close, with Johnstown taking game two at a final score of 4-3. The final shots on goal were 46-38 for Johnstown.

Peyton Grainer would receive his third straight win in the net, stopping 35/38. Goaltender Hugo Hass would be given the loss, stopping 18/22 in 35 minutes in net. Anton Castro would play the final half of the game, stopping all 24 shots he faced all game.

The three stars of the game would once again all come from your Johnstown Tomahawks. At number three was Ryan Poorman with two assists on the game. At number two was Jay Ahearn with a goal and assisted on the game. Finally, at number one was John Gelatt with one goal on the day.

The final game of the series on Sunday would see both teams going back to their Friday uniforms.

It would be all Tomahawks in the first 20 minutes, as birthday boy Max Neill and forward Jay Ahearn would score goals to make it 2-0 after one. Assists would be given to Jared Gerger, Holt Oliphant, Brendan Clark, and John Gelatt.

It would be all Johnstown during the next 20 minutes of play, as Reed Stark would extender the Hawks lead 3-0 after two periods of the game. Forward and University of Wisconsin commit TJ Koufis, and defenseman Ryan Poorman would earn assists off the goal.

Northeast would break goaltender Evola’s shutout past halfway of the third period. Forward Tyler Cooper would be awarded with a penalty shot, wherefrom there, he would be successful.

A fight would break-out nearing the end of the game, which would involve Johnstown’s TJ Koufis and Northeast defenseman Jayden Jensen. Both would be given fighting majors and game misconducts.

The game would then come close as the final score would be 3-1 for your Johnstown Tomahawks. The Hawks earned their second straight weekend sweep as the final shots on goal were 32-30 for Johnstown.

Sam Evola would get the win, stopping 29/30. While Anton Castro would get the loss for Northeast, stopping 29/32.

The three stars of the game, once again, all from your Tomahawks. At number three with the game-winning goal was Jay Ahearn. At number two would be goaltender Sam Evola. Finally, at number one, no other than the birthday boy himself, with a goal Max Neill.

The Tomahawks now improve their win streak to six games and jump in front of the Maine Nordiques for first place in the East Division, holding a 16-4-2-1 record and 35 points.

For the Generals, they remain fifth place in the East Division standings, holding a record of 8-17-3-0 with 19 points.

Next for the Tomahawks will be a one-game visit to Middletown Ice Arena on Thursday to take on the New Jersey Titans for a 7 pm puck drop. Stay tuned right here on hawks-daily.com for a preview of

the game, getting you ready for puck drop.

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