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Tomahawks Head to Maryland Looking for Second Straight Sweep

Written by: David Nicoletti



After a two game series between the two clubs at 1ST SUMMIT ARENA, the Johnstown Tomahawks and Maryland Black Bears are back at it again for another two-game series. This time, this series will shift both teams to the Piney Orchard Ice Arena in Odenton, Maryland. Puck drop is for Saturday, February 20th at 6:40 pm, and Sunday, February 21st at 12 pm.


This will be the eighth and ninth meeting between the two teams this season. Johnstown currently holds a 4-2-1-0 record against the Black Bears in 2020-21. Maryland this year so far holds a 3-2-2-0 record against the Tomahawks.


As mentioned earlier, both these two teams met at 1ST SUMMIT ARENA in downtown Johnstown last weekend. Game one on February 12th would see a tie game early in the second period. But it wouldn’t take long for the Hawks to score two unanswered goals from Holt Oliphant and John Gelatt for the Hawks to walk out of game one winning 3-1.


Game two would see a physical match-up between both sides. But early goals from Alex Gritz and TJ Koufis would have Johnstown sweeping the Black Bears at a 2-1 final score, remaining undefeated at 1ST SUMMIT ARENA.


JOHNSTOWN - Stats as of 02/15/2021


East Division Rank: 1st

Record: 18-5-2-1

Points: 39


Leading Goal Scorer: Jay Ahearn (17-20-37) & John Gelatt (17-15-32) [NAHL Rank: 1st]

Leading Assists Scorer: Brendan Clark (9-24-33) [NAHL Rank: 2nd]

Leading Points Scorer: Jay Ahearn (17-20-37) [NAHL Rank: T-1st]

Top Goalie: Sam Evola (11-2-1-1 | 1.98 GAA | 0.925 SV% | 2 SO | 910 MIN)

[NAHL Rank: T-5th in W, 2nd in GAA, 5th in SV%, T-2nd in SO]


MARYLAND - Stats as of 02/15/2021


East Division Rank: 4th

Record: 12-10-3-2

Points: 29


They tie the third place New Jersey Titans and trail the second place Maine Nordiques by eight points.


Leading Goal Scorer: Luke Mountain (13-6-19) [NAHL Rank: 8th]

Leading Assists Scorer: Hunter McCoy (10-12-22) & Garrett Szydlowski (4-12-16)

Leading Points Scorer: Hunter McCoy (10-12-22)

Top Goalie: Michael Morelli (8-7-2-2 | 2.86 GAA | 0.919 SV% | 1132 MIN)

[NAHL Rank: 8th in MIN]





TEAM UPDATE



TOMAHAWKS STREAKS


Jay Ahearn - Five Game Points Streak (three goals, six assists) since 01/29/2021

Sam Evola - Three Game Win Streak since 01/22/2021

TJ Koufis - Two Game Point Streak (one goal, two assists) since 02/13/2021

William Persson - Two Game Points Streak (one goal and assist) since 02/12/2021

Reed Stark - Three Game Points Streak (one goal and two assists) since 01/31/2021



TOMAHAWKS TRANSACTIONS & ROSTER UPDATES


Announced on johnstowntomahawks.com on 02/10/2021


Goaltender Peyton Grainer has been reassigned to the Flint Firebirds in the Ontario Hockey League.


Defenseman Billy Simms will be out for the remainder of the season after suffering a leg fracture in only the second game of the season.



ALUMNI UPDATE


Former Hawks forward and alternate captain Andrew Romano has a new team in the SPHL. Romano is now a part of the Macon Mayhem, as he signed a standard player contract with the team on February 12th. So far Romano has played two games with Macon and has already picked up an assist with the team.












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