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Tomahawks Offense Explodes For 15 Goals in Last Weekend’s Pair Of Games

Written by: David Nicoletti

Johnstown and Maine took to the ice at Androscoggin Bank Colisee this past weekend for the first time since the two teams last played each other back on December 3rd-4th.

Maine would get off to an early start in game one on Friday, as forward Isaiah Fox would score his 13th goal of the season nine seconds into the contest to make it 1-0 for the Nordiques. Tyler Gaulin and Cooper Swift would get the assists off of the goal.

It wouldn’t stop the Tomahawks however from scoring two unanswered goals to wrap up the first 20 minutes of play. Jay Ahearn and Anthony Mastromonica would get the goals, while Brendan Clark, Liam Whitehouse, Reed Stark, and Alex Gritz would all be awarded with the assists.

Andrew Murphy would add another for the Tomahawks to make it 3-1 after two periods. Whitehouse and Stark would add another assist next to their name.

Five more goals would be scored by Johnstown in the last set of twenty, ending the game as the Hawks would take game one over Maine at a final score of 8-1. Brendan Clark, Reed Stark, Alex Gritz, Will Margel, and Daniel Tkac would get the goals. Assists would be given out to Jay Ahearn, Alex Gritz, Caden Lewandowski, birthday boy Max Smolinski, Will Margel, Dusty Geregach, Jared Gerger, Reed Stark, and Zachary Stoner.

Final shots on goal would be 34-33 for Johnstown. Josh Graziano would get the win for your Hawks, improving his winning streak to six games, and stopping 32/33. Maine goalie Tyriq Outen would get the loss, taking part in 44:30 of the game, and stopping 19/25. Avery Sturtz would play the games final 15:30, while going on to stop 7/9.

Jay Ahearn (third star - one goal and assist), Alex Gritz (second star - one goal, two assists), and Reed Stark (one goal, three assists) would all be named the three stars of the game, representing your Tomahawks.

So after that win, it became official ladies and gentlemen. Whatever happens in game two, in the end, your Tomahawks will still hold first place in the East Division, for yet another weekend!

Game two Saturday night would see the exact same scene as the previous night. This time, Maine forward Cannon Green would get the games first goal 15 seconds into the contest for the Nordiques. Makem Demers and Andrew Noel would get the assists, as it became yet another early 1-0 lead for Maine.

But like last night, it wouldn’t stop the Tomahawks once again from taking control. This time, they would score three unanswered goals, making it a 3-1 game after 20 minutes. Will Margel, Brendan Clark, and Andrew Murphy would get the goals. Assists would be awarded to Jay Ahearn, Holt Oliphant, Max Neill, and Liam Whitehouse.

Johnstown would add two more goals in the second set of 20 to make it a 5-1 game. Jay Ahearn and Anthony Mastromonica would get the goals, assists would go to Brendan Clark, Caden Lewandowski, and Alex Gritz.

Andrew Murphy and Holt Oliphant would add goals six and seven for the Tomahawks on the power-play in the early and midway parts of the third period. Lewandowski, Smolinski, John Gelatt, and Ryan Poorman would add assists next to their name.

The game would then come to a close, as your Tomahawks would sweep the Maine Nordiques at a final score of 7-1. Final shots on goal would be 38-31 for Johnstown.

Josh Graziano’s win streak improves to seven games. Making big saves all night long, and stopping 30/31. Tyriq Outen would once again get the loss for Maine, playing in 31 minutes of the contest, and stopping 16/21. Avery Sturtz would play the games final 29 minutes, he would go on to stop 15/17.

Caden Lewandowski (third star - two assists), Brendan Clark (second star - one goal, and assist), and Andrew Murphy (first star - two goals) would all be named three stars of the game. Once again representing your Johnstown Tomahawks.

So after yet another weekend sweep, your Tomahawks will sit in first place with a 30-7-2-2 record with 64 points. Maine will sit right behind them in second with a 28-16-1-0 record and 57 points.

Your Tomahawks will now look to continue their on ice dominance next week, as they will come back home to 1ST SUMMIT ARENA to start a six-game homestand on Friday and Saturday, welcoming in the Maryland Black Bears for a two-game series. Stay tuned right here on hawks-daily.com for a series preview, getting you ready for the games.

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