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Tomahawks Host Black Bears in 2021-22 Home Opener - Weekend Preview

Written by: David Nicoletti

After a disappointing weekend on the road against the Northeast Generals, the Johnstown Tomahawks look to get back in the win column tonight as they host the Maryland Black Bears for their 10th home opener in franchise history.

Puck Drop: 7 p.m.

Maryland comes into Johnstown after taking a quick pit stop in Middletown Township to take on the New Jersey Titans for a one game tilt last night. They’d steal a 3-2 win on the road, defensemen Philip Tornqvist, and forwards Vlad Polegoshko, and Dylan Wegner would pick up the goals for Maryland. Goaltender Michael Morelli would pick up the win.

Johnstown comes into this game after taking a two game sweep last weekend against the Northeast Generals. They’d take a 5-1 loss in game one last Friday, followed by a 6-3 loss in game two the following night. Jake Black (F) walked out of that series scoring a goal in each game. Sean Ramsey (F) walked out of Attleboro with a three-point weekend, scoring one goal and two assists.

HEAD TO HEAD - all stats as of 10/01/2021


East Division Rank: 6th

Record: 2-4-0-0

Points: 4

Leading Goal Scorer: Jake Black (4-2-6) [NAHL Rank: T-9th]

Leading Assists Scorer: Sean Ramsey (1-4-5)

Leading Points Scorer: Jake Black (4-2-6)

Top Goalie: Salvatore Evola (2-2-0-0, 3.23 GAA, 0.905 SV%, 205 MIN)


East Division Rank: 2nd

Record: 5-3-1-0

Points: 11

Leading Goal Scorer: Vlad Polegoshko & Philip Tornqvist (4-0-4)

Leading Assists Scorer: Ryan Bottrill (2-10-12) [NAHL Rank: 1st]

Leading Points Scorer: Ryan Bottrill (2-10-12) [NAHL Rank: 2nd]

Top Goalie: Michael Morelli (4-1-1-0)



Jake Black: Five Game Points Streak (four goals, two assists) since 2021-09-16

Sean Ramsey: Two Game Points Streak (one goal, two assists) since 2021-09-24


Former two-year Tomahawks defensemen Alex Jaeckle (2013-15) signed a contract with the ECHL’s Florida Everblades for the 2021-22 season. This will be Jaeckle’s third ECHL team as he heads into his second professional season. The Michigan native’s last season would be back in 2019-20, as he would miss the entire 2020-21 season due to his team at the time (the Adirondack Thunder) not playing due to COVID-19.

Alex would take part in 33 games for the Norfolk Admirals, before being traded to the Adirondack Thunder midway through the season, where Jaeckle would play 21 games. For the Admirals, he scored three goals and tallied five assists, while only tallying one assist with the Thunder.

More information on Jaeckle’s signing can be found at: https://www.floridaeverblades.com/en/news/everblades-sign-defenseman-alex-jaeckle

Former two-year Hawks forward Luke Lynch (2014-16) has signed a contract with the ECHL’s Jacksonville Icemen. Lynch enters his second season in the ECHL after spending four games in 2020-21 with the Wheeling Nailers.

More information on the signing can be found at: https://www.jacksonvilleicemen.com/en/news/september-2021/icemen-add-forward-luke-lynch-defenseman-austin-mceneny

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