Tomahawks Head to Danbury Looking to Get Back to Their Winning Ways
Written by David Nicoletti
The Tomahawks for the third straight weekend are heading back on the road. On Friday, March 5th, and Saturday March 6th, the Tomahawks for the first time in team history will travel to Danbury Ice Arena in Danbury, Connecticut, to face off against the Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks. Puck drop for both games is at 3:30 pm.
This will be the third and fourth time this season that the Hawks and Tricks will face off against each other. The Tomahawks so far lead the season series against Danbury with a 2-0-0-0 record, while Danbury holds a 0-2-0-0 record against Johnstown this year.
The last time these two teams played were back on January 22nd-23rd at 1ST SUMMIT ARENA. Where from there, the Tomahawks would sweep the first ever series between the two teams. On game one, a Jay Ahearn hat-trick and a Matt McQuade two-goal night would help lead Johnstown to a 5-4 win. The following day would see both Holt Oliphant and Alex Gritz earn two goals each, helping Johnstown to a 5-3 win in game two.
The Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks come into this series after sweeping the Maryland Black Bears in a two-game series last week on the 25th and 26th. Forwards Robert Hyde, Alex Krause, and goaltender Edvard Nordlund would help Danbury shutout Maryland in game one 2-0. Responding the following day by scoring three unanswered goals in the third period, two from Alex Krause, defeating the Black Bears and sweeping the series at a final score of 4-3.
Johnstown comes into this series after being swept by the New Jersey Titans in a two-game series last weekend on the 26th and 27th. Strong play from Titan forwards Evan Werner, Nick Seitz, and Jake LaRusso would help New Jersey to a 4-2 win in game one. After a last second goal by Titans forward Stephen Willey, tying the game 3-3 and forcing OT, five extra minutes wouldn’t be enough. From there, Blake Humphrey would score the only shootout goal, stealing the game and helping the Titans sweep the Hawks at a final score of 4-3.
JOHNSTOWN - Stats as of 02/28/2021
East Division Rank: 2nd
They trail the first place Maine Nordiques by one point
Leading Goal Scorer: Jay Ahearn (18-20-39) & John Gelatt (18-16-34) [NAHL Rank: T-1st]
Leading Points Scorer: Jay Ahearn (18-21-39) [NAHL Rank: T-2nd]
Top Goalie: Sam Evola (12-3-1-1 | 2.02 GAA | 0.927 SV% | 2 SO | 1011 MIN)
[NAHL Rank: 5th in W, 3rd in GAA, 4th in SV%, T-3rd in SO]
DANBURY - Stats as of 02/28/2021
East Division Rank: 6th
They trail the fifth place Northeast Generals by four points
Leading Goal Scorer: Alex Krause (10-9-19) & Porter Schachle (10-8-18)
Leading Assists Scorer: Valentino Passarelli (4-12-16)
Leading Points Scorer: Alex Krause (10-9-19)
Top Goalie: Josh Seeley (6-3-1-0 | 2.42 GAA | 0.931 SV% | 644 MIN)
[NAHL Rank: 9th in GAA, T-2nd in SV%]
John Gelatt - Two Game Points Streak (one goal & assist) since 02/26/2021
Will Margel - Four Game Points Streak (two goal, three assists) since 02/20/2021
William Persson - Two Game Points Streak (one goal & assist) since 02/26/2021
TOMAHAWKS TRANSACTIONS & ROSTER UPDATES
On February 18th, 2021, the Johnstown Tomahawks released defenseman Ryan Reid. Reid made his series debut with the Hawks on January 29th-31st versus the Northeast Generals. He took part in all three games and averages a plus two.
Jay Ahearn - Niagara University (Atlantic Hockey, D1)
Brendan Clark - Brown University (ECACHL, D1)
John Gelatt - Holy Cross (Atlantic Hockey, D1)
Carson Grainer - Chatham University (UCHC, D3)
Josh Graziano - Union College (ECACHL, D1)
T.J. Koufis - University of Wisconsin (Big 10, D1)
Caden Lewandowski - Robert Morris University (Atlantic Hockey, D1)
Will Margel - University of New Hampshire (Hockey East, D1)
David Paluch - University of Vermont (Hockey East, D1)
Max Smolinski - Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (ECACHL, D1) [2022-23]