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Tomahawks Have Disappointing Weekend, Bring Only One Point Back to Johnstown.

Written by: David Nicoletti

The Tomahawks were welcomed back to Middletown Ice Arena last Friday and Saturday. As the team took part in a two-game series against the New Jersey Titans. Game one would see the Tomahawks out in their red jerseys with New Jersey in their whites.

The Titans would have control of the first two periods of the game, scoring two unanswered goals. Both goals would be scored on the power-play from Titans leading scorer, Evan Werner. Assists would be given out to forwards Jake LaRusso, Blake Humphrey, Nick Seitz, and defenseman Caleb Price.

The Tomahawks would score their first goal of the game on the power-play near the halfway mark of the third period. Alternate captain Anthony Mastromonica would net his ninth of the year, with the assists going to Will Margel and Max Smolinski. It was now a 2-1 game for New Jersey.

New Jersey however would put the exclamation point on the game late in the third period with a short-handed goal. Anthony Calafiore would score his eighth goal of the year with the assist going to Nick Seitz.

Johnstown would capitalize on the power-play seconds later from an unassisted goal by William Persson. But it wouldn’t be enough as New Jersey forward Jake Suede would score on the empty net to end the game at a 4-2 final score for the Titans. Jake LaRusso would earn the lone assist as the final shots on goal were 43-32 Johnstown.

Goaltender and Bowling Green State University commit Christian Stoever for New Jersey would get the win, stopping 41/43 shots. Goaltender Sam Evola for Johnstown would get the loss, stopping 28/32 shots.

Army commit forward Stephen Willey got the ball rolling first for New Jersey in game two. Scoring a short-handed goal to make it a 1-0 Titans game after 20 minutes. Assists would be given to defenseman David Posma, and Brad Zona. An impressive 34 shots were taken during that 1st period. Out of those 22 from Johnstown, and 12 from New Jersey.

The Titans would get on the board first in the second period. Forward Blake Humphrey would net his fifth of the year to make it a 2-0 Titans game. David Posma would get the lone assist off of the goal.

Johnstown would respond minutes later, as Will Margel would net his fifth of the year to make it a 2-1 game. Assists were given to Brendan Clark, and David Paluch.

Johnstown would be close to tying the game seconds later, but the goal would be waved off due to goaltender interference.

But it wouldn’t matter as the Tomahawks would get their game-tying-goal on the power-play moments later. Jay Ahearn would net his 18th of the year, with the assists going to Brendan Clark and William Persson.

The period would come to a close with a total of nine penalties being given out during that set of 20. Six to the Tomahawks, and three to the Titans.

Flash forward to the third period and the Tomahawks would take advantage, as John Gelatt would score his 18th goal of the year unassisted to put the Hawks up 3-2 with just over 12 minutes remaining in the game.

The Titans however would tie the game up with 10 seconds remaining in regulation, forcing OT with the 3-3 score. Stephen Willey would score his second of the game with the assists going to Levente Keresztes, and Jack Ring.

From there, another Tomahawks goal would be waived off, and OT wouldn’t be enough. A shootout was now upon us, final shots on goal after 65 minutes of play were 55-40 for the Tomahawks.

The first round of the shootout would see Johnstown’s Andrew Murphy unsuccessful, but New Jersey’s Blake Humphrey successful. Holt Oliphant and Nick Seitz would be the next shooter for both teams, both would be unsuccessful. Will Margel would be the next shooter for Johnstown, but Stoever would shutdown the five-hole and New Jersey would sweep the series, winning the game at a 4-3 final score.

Goaltender Josh Graziano for the Tomahawks would get the loss, stopping 37/40 shots. Christian Stoever for New Jersey would get the win, stopping 52/55.

Johnstown as the end of the game remains first place in the East Division with a 20-6-2-2 record and 44 points. New Jersey will remain in third place with a 15-11-1-4 record and 35 points.

The Tomahawks will now look to bounce back new weekend, as the team will travel to Danbury Ice Arena for the first time in team history. Taking part in a two game series against the Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks. Stay tuned for a series preview real soon right here on hawks-daily.com.

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