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Tomahawks Lose Back-and-Forth Battle

Written by: David Nicoletti

A rescheduled one game visit to Middletown Ice Arena was the scene for the Johnstown Tomahawks Thursday evening. As they would play the New Jersey Titans for the clubs only game of the week.

It was a battle of the 30s in net, as Peyton Grainer and Berk Berkeliev would start in goal for their respective teams.

New Jersey would get the game started with two unanswered goals throughout the first nine minutes of play. Goals would come from forwards Nick Seitz and Anthony Calafiore. Assists would be handed out to Cade Penney, Connor Pelc, and Jack Ring.

The Hawks would respond after those two goals with a power-play goal. Defenseman Caden Lewandowski would take advantage of the Jake Suede cross-check call and score his third of the year on the man-advantage. Anthony Mastromonica and Jay Ahearn would be given the assists off the Lewie PP goal.

The score would be 2-1 Titans after 20 minutes of play.

New Jersey would get the second period started with a goal from defenseman Tyler Nasca, making it now a 3-1 Titans game. Both Ring and Pelc would register their second assist of the game off of the goal.

Johnstown later in the period would make it a 3-2 game, scoring a goal and looking to start a comeback midway through the game. The goal would be given to Brendan Clark with the assists going to John Gelatt and Jay Ahearn. The comeback was on!

The Hawks would then go on to score two unanswered goals, taking the lead and making it a 4-3 game to end the second period. Caden Lewandowski and Brendan Clark would score their second goals of the game. Assists would be given out to Daniel Tkac, Andrew Murphy, David Paluch, and Jay Ahearn.

Like the second period, New Jersey would start the third period with a goal, this time this goal would tie the game back up. Forward Blake Humphrey would score his third of the year with the assists going to Jake LaRusso and Levente Keresztes. It’s now a 4-4 game early in the third.

It’s wouldn’t stay tied for long, as Johnstown’s Daniel Tkac would score his third goal of the year, putting the Tomahawks back in front 5-4. Defense partners Ryan Poorman and Caden Lewandowski would get the assists off of the goal.

However the lead wouldn’t last long, as Jake LaRusso for New Jersey would tie the game once again. Levente Keresztes and Blake Humphrey would get the assists, as it was now 5-5 with 10 minutes left in the third period.

It looks like we would see OT action, but with seconds remaining in regulation, Jake Suede for New Jersey would score the game-winning-goal for the Titans. Johnstown’s winning streak would be snapped as they would walk out of New Jersey falling to the Titans 6-5.

Final shots on goal were 30-20 for Johnstown. Peyton Grainer would get the loss for Johnstown, stopping 14/20. Berk Berkeliev for New Jersey would earn his fourth straight win, stopping 25/30.

Caden Lewandowski would be your third star of the game with two goals and one assist on the game. The second (Jake Suede - one goal) and first star (Jake LaRusso - one goal, one assist) would come from New Jersey.

The Hawks will remain first place following the loss. Holding a record of 16-5-2-1 with 35 points. New Jersey will also remain in fourth place following the win. Holding a record of 11-10-1-4 with 27 points, trailing third place Maryland by only two points.

Next up for the Hawks will be a two-game series at 1ST SUMMIT ARENA on February 12th-13th against the Maryland Black Bears. We will have a series preview right here on hawks-daily.com real soon, getting you ready for the games. Let’s Go Hawks!!

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