Tomahawks Host Black Bears - Player of the Month Honors - Huntsville Tomahawks? (Weekend Preview)
Written by: David Nicoletti
The Tomahawks are back at 1ST SUMMIT ARENA to start another homestand. This weekend’s first two games will feature your Hawks taking on the Maryland Black Bears for a 7:30 pm game one puck drop, and an 8:00 pm game two puck drop.
This weekend will host the 12th and 13th meeting between both teams. The last these two teams played was back on March 12th-13th. As the Hawks would sweep the Black Bears in a hard-nosed physical old-time hockey series 5-2, and 4-3.
The Black Bears come into the War Memorial after sweeping the New Jersey Titans in a two-game series last weekend on April 2nd-3rd. Swedish goaltender Hannes Kollén and the Black Bears would shut out the Titans in game one 4-0. Responding the following day with a 5-2 victory over New Jersey.
Johnstown comes into this series after out-scoring the Maine Nordiques 15-2 last weekend on April 2nd-3rd, leading the Hawks to sweep the series. Seven different forwards would score and help Johnstown take game one 8-1, Daniel Tkac would have a two-goal night. The following night, six forwards would help the Hawks do the same thing, defeating the Nords 7-1 and taking the series, Andrew Murphy would have a two-goal night. Goaltender Josh Graziano would have a big weekend in net, making big save after big save all weekend long.
HEAD TO HEAD - all stats as of 04/06/2021
Johnstown leads season series 8-2-1-0
Maryland season series record 3-5-3-0
East Division Rank: 1st
Leading Goal Scorer: Jay Ahearn (23-26-49) [NAHL Rank: 2nd]
Leading Assists Scorer: Brendan Clark (13-30-43) [NAHL Rank: 2nd]
Leading Points Scorer: Jay Ahearn (23-26-49) [NAHL Rank: 2nd]
Top Goalie: Josh Graziano (10-3-0-2 | 1.92 GAA | 0.933 SV% | 1 SO | 935 MIN)
[NAHL Rank: 2nd in GAA, 2nd in SV%]
East Division Rank: 4th
Top Goalie: Michael Morelli (10-11-3-2 | 2.74 GAA | 0.921 SV% | 1555 MIN)
[NAHL Rank: 6th in SV%, 9th in MIN]
Jay Ahearn - Three Game Points Streak (three goals, two assists) since 03/27/2021
Brendan Clark - Two Game Points Streak (two goals and assists) since 04/02/2021
Alex Gritz - Two Game Points Streak (three assists) since 04/02/2021
Josh Graziano - Seven Game Winning Streak since 03/05/2021
Caden Lewandowski - Two Game Points Streak (three assists) since 04/02/2021
Will Margel - 15 Game Points Streak (16 goals, 10 assists) since 02/20/2021
Anthony Mastromonica - Two Game Points Streak (two goals) since 04/02/2021
Andrew Murphy - Two Game Points Streak (three goals) since 04/02/2021
William Persson - Seven Game Points Streak (two goals, seven assists) since
Daniel Tkac - Two Game Points Streak (two goals and assists) since 04/02/2021
Congratulations to Tomahawks forward Will Margel on being named NAHL’s Forward of the Month. The University of New Hampshire commit had a huge month of March, putting up 12 goals and five assists in just nine games. That would lead the Potomac, Maryland native to lead all NAHL players in points during the month of March.
Head Coach Mike Letizia stated the following:
“Will had an exceptional month for us with outstanding production. He has been a huge catalyst for our team's success. His ability to have an impact on the game has been remarkable. Additionally, he has been very clutch for us finding big goals at big times. Will is fully deserving of this league recognition, and we look forward to more to come from him.”
Will Margel stated the following:
“As I look back on March, we played with a lot of confidence we just knew that if we could play our game, the rest would take care of itself. I play on a great line and owe a lot to my teammates. They were a huge reason behind the production last month.” “Our focus now is to win the division and advance to the Robertson Cup. After that, I want to be able to be able to hit the ground running at New Hampshire and make an impact right away in NCAA hockey.”
Finally, congratulations to Tomahawks goaltender, Josh Graziano, on being named BAUER NAHL East Division’s 2nd Star of the Week. As well as forward Brendan Clark for being named as an honorable mention.
Former Tomahawks forward, and 2013-14 season points leader, Shane Bednard, has found himself a new home. The Macomb, Michigan native has recently been suiting up in the SPHL, playing for the Huntsville Havoc. So far in four games with the team, Bednard has two assists. He now becomes the third player this season, along with former Hawk forwards Andrew Romano and Josh Bowes, to suit up for the Havoc.