Tomahawks Looking To Get Back Into Win Column With Two Gamer At Northeast (S.P. 9/23-9/24)
After walking out of the 19th annual NAHL Showcase in Blaine, Minnesota winless, the Johnstown Tomahawks are looking to get back into the win column heading into this weekend with a set of back-to-back 7 p.m. games in Attleboro, Massachusetts against the Northeast Generals.
Not only are the Tomahawks the only team to end the showcase winless, but their east division opponents for this weekend, the Northeast Generals have also went winless, ending their sixth showcase in franchise history 0-4. Losing to teams as of the Austin Bruins (3-1), Minnesota Wilderness (7-3), Chippewa Steel (5-1), and the Oklahoma Warriors (3-1). Northeast is currently off to a 1-5 start to 2022-23. Their lone win came during a two-game series against the Maine Nordiques, where the Gens took the game two, splitting the series, 4-1.
Their leading scorers consists of Swedish product and Long Island DI commit, Sixten Jennersjo, veteran returnee Jared Scott, and Providence DI commit and 04' birthyear, Ryan Schelling. All players currently lead the team with four points. Jennersjo, an 03' birthyear and second year Gens returnee leads the team in goals with three. While on the other side, the Airmont, New York native in Schelling, leads the team in assists with three tallies.
With a talented one-two duo in net with rookie Toby Hopp and NAHL vet Cullen DeYoung, it is the rookie Hopp who so far turns out to be an eye watcher early into the season. The 6'1" 185 pound 04' birthyear from Maple Grove, Minnesota has so far put on a showing in goal. Recording a 2.00 GAA, along with a 0.920 save percentage. Stopping 46/50 shots with 120 minutes in net and holding a record of 1-1.
For the Tomahawks, they start off their 2022-23 campaign with a 1-3 record. Just like Northeast, their lone win comes in a two-game series that lead to both them and the Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks to split the series. They went on to win that game at a final score of 2-0. 2022 sixth round pick and Stockholm, Sweden native Alec Rajalin-Scharp stopped all 20 shots to gain the win and the shutout in his NAHL debut. Their showcase losses fell in the hands of the Chippewa Steel (6-1), the USNTDP 17U (4-0), and the Corpus Christi IceRays (3-2).
When it comes to putting up points early into the year, Lockport, New York native Gabriel Lunn has so far not been able to find any problems doing just that. The six-foot 03' birthyear defensemen leads the Tomahawks in points with three, which also leads the team in assists as well. The goal lead so far is a six-way tie at one. Players include 02' birthyear James Barbour, newly acquired forward Drake Albers, 03' birthyear Ryan Panico, veteran returnees' David Matousek, Johnny Ulicny, and Tomahawks captain Ryan Vellucci.
So far Johnstown in their five games have saw three goaltenders in net. Between them all, the veteran returnee and main guy in Matt O'Donnell has shown so far to have never let the foot off the gas since last April/May. The 6'3" 180 pound 02' birth year from Rotonda West, Florida has put on solid numbers in his only game of the year on opening night (September 9th) against Danbury. Recording a 2.00 GAA, and a 0.933 save percentage. May be early in, put expect some big improvement from not only him, but Rajalin-Scharp as well.
Don't forget as a reminder to catch the action live as the series starts this Friday at 7 p.m. ET on HockeyTV.