Tomahawks Pickup 3/4 Points During Home Opening Weekend - Plus Goalie Traded
Written by: David Nicoletti
The Johnstown Tomahawks started their two game weekend against the Maine Nordiques on Friday at 1st Summit Arena. Fun fact, the Cambria County War Memorial turned 70 years old on the Tomahawks opening night.
Opening nights are always fun to witness. Watching the team coming out player by player. Listening to the fans go crazy when their favorite players are called. Just an incredible feeling overall.
But after opening night festivities were all wrapped up, it was time to watch some Tomahawks hockey at the War Memorial for the first time at home this season.
Johnstown came out in their white home jerseys for Fridays contest. Starting off the game with their line of Max Neill-Anthony Mastromonica-Carson Grainer. Starting on defense was Ethan Webb and Liam Whitehouse. Goaltender Sam Evola who had a great weekend last week against the Maryland Black Bears would get the start in net for game one of this two game contest.
Maine came out wearing the light blue jerseys for Friday’s game. Their starting forwards consist of Caden Pattison, Tristan Fasig, and Jack Strauss. Starting on defense for Maine was Stephen Perez and captain James Philpott. Goaltender Tyriq Outen would get the nod in net for the Nordiques in game one of the contest.
Lines were ready, ice was clean, we were ready to go for opening night. The puck was dropped at 7:38 pm and we were underway. Maine would get the game started with the first shot on goal for the game.
The first event would take place at the 2:16 of the first. As Maine forward Tyler Gaulin would receive a penalty for interference. The Nordiques would go on to kill the penalty.
Both teams played some aggressive hockey from the start with a lot of scoring chances for the Hawks. But with 9:11 left in the first period, we remain scoreless.
A slashing penalty would be called at the 10:49 mark of the first. As Maine forward Jack Strauss would be the one sent to the sin bin. Johnstown would be on the power play for the second time. But the Nordiques would once again kill off the penalty.
Maine would then go on to get the first goal of the game at the 14:30 mark of the first period. Forward Reese Farrell would get the goal with the assists going to Tyler Gaulin and forward Tristan Fasig.
Couple minutes later at the 17:19 mark. A Johnstown penalty would be giving to forward Max Neill. He would be sent to the box for slashing.
Maine would take advantage and score a power play goal at the 19:05 mark of the first period. Goal would go to Jack Strauss with the assists going to defenseman James Philpott and forward Isaiah Fox.
The first period would then come to a close as it was a 2-0 Maine lead after 20 minutes of play. Shots on goal were 15-9 for the Johnstown Tomahawks.
The second period would begin and the Tomahawks were looking for answers. They would attempt to respond as Isaiah Fox for Maine would receive a penalty for holding with only 2:07 in the second period. Putting the Tomahawks on the power play once again. Maine would however go on and kill the penalty for the third time in the game.
However the hard work for the Hawks would pay off as the Tomahawks would score at the 7:13 mark of the second period. Forward Jay Ahearn would get the goal with the assists going to Dusty Geregach and Anthony Mastromonica. It was now a 2-1 Nordiques game.
A scrum would took place in front of both goaltenders. Both were at least 20 seconds apart from one another. However the second one would count on the Tomahawks back on the power play. Maine defenseman Matt Connor received two minutes for roughing at 9:07 of the second. Maine would go on to kill yet another penalty. Keeping the score of the game 2-1 Nordiques.
The 15:25 mark of the second period is where we would see another scrum end up in another penalty. This time for both the Nordiques and Tomahawks. Tomahawks Dominic Schimizzi would get two for roughing. While Nordiques Jack Strauss would receive two minutes for checking for behind, roughing, and a 10 minute misconduct. As a result, the Tomahawks were back on the power play once again. Maine’s forward Connor Wood would serve the Maine penalty.
Maine would go on to kill the penalty and the second period would end with the score remaining at 2-1 for the Maine Nordiques. Shots on goal after 40 minutes were 30-17 for the Tomahawks.
The third period would begin and the Tomahawks were looking to tie the game and possibly take the lead. Would they do that? Lets find out as the final 20 minutes of regulation were upon us.
At the 1:54 mark of the third period. The Tomahawks would score and tie the game up at two a piece. Dominic Schimizzi would score with Max Neill on the assist. Ladies and gentlemen, we have ourselves a hockey game!!
Moments later at the 2:37 mark, Maine forward Caden Pattison would draw a roughing penalty putting the Hawks back on the power play.
Maine would go on to kill the penalty and moments later they would go on the power play. Tomahawks forward Milan Cermak would receive a holding call at the 6:45mark of the period. Twenty-five seconds later, Maine’s Isaiah Fox and Tomahawks Max Neill would go to the box as well for roughing. The Nordiques would however stay on the power play, with Johnstown going on to kill off the penalty.
The Tomahawks would go back on the penalty kill at the 12:40 mark of the third period. Ethan Webb would be called two minutes for tripping. But the Maine power play was cut short as Isaiah Fox would be sent to the box once again. This time it would be for interference, and it was a 4-on-4 game for the time being.
Johnstown would kill the penalty as they would have 19 second of power play hockey. But Maine would go on and kill their penalty as well. We would be back to even strength. The score would remain tied at 2-2.
Johnstown would go back on the power play at the 17:12 mark of the third period. Maine defenseman Cooper Swift would be called for holding. Maine would go on to once again kill the penalty as we would have less than one minute remaining in regulation.
But after that one minute flashes by in a flash. The Tomahawks would be heading into their third straight overtime of the season. Shots after 60 minutes were 42-26 for Johnstown. Five more minutes of 3-on-3 hockey were upon us.
Not even a minute in at 52 seconds into OT. The Tomahawks would have a breakaway advantage but would end up in a save made by Outen. Maine would call a timeout following the play.
Johnstown would call a timeout at the 3:38 mark of OT following a wrap around chance for the Nordiques. Lots of action back and forth but both teams end up empty handed.
The game would remain tied at 2-2 after five minutes of overtime. Shots were now 51-31 Tomahawks. A shootout was now upon us.
Maine would shoot first as forward Stefan Owens would score the opening shootout goal past Evola. Ryan Poorman would then shoot for the Tomahawks ending up in a miss.
Round two of the shootout would feature Maine’s Tyler Gaulin shooting for Maine and missing. Brendan Clark was up for the Tomahawks but would end up no goal.
Third round of the shootout was upon us. Reese Farrell would shoot for Maine and end up empty handed. Johnstown would get one last chance to tie it and move on to another round. Matt McQuade was the shooter for Johnstown. But sadly a save would be made by Outen and Maine would go onto win 3-2.
Johnstown gets a point while Maine walks out with two points. The three stars of the game were Jay Ahearn at three, Dominic Schimizzi at two, while the first star was unknown. But if I would have to guess, me and a lot of people pointed toward Maine’s goalie Tyriq Outen. If it is, I wouldn’t be surprised. He stopped a lot of shots and played great on Friday.
Speaking of goalies and making stops. Sam Evola would get the loss in Friday’s match-up for the Hawks saving 49 of 51 shots faced. Tyriq Outen would get the win for the Nordiques stoping 28 out of 30 shots faced throughout the night.
The game lasted for about two hours and forty eight minutes as the game ended at around 10:25 pm.
After Maine took game one of this two game contest. Johnstown would be looking for game two of this contest last Saturday night to get their revenge on the Nordiques.
Maine would come out for Saturday’s game in their alternate red jerseys. While Johnstown would wear their home white jerseys once again for game two.
Johnstown starters for Saturday we’re Jay Ahearn, captain Alex Gritz, and Dominic Schimizzi at forward. Ryan Poorman and Caden Lewandowski would be on defense. Connor Strobel would get the nod in net to start for the Tomahawks for the first time this season.
Maryland’s starting line consist of Jack Strauss, Caden Pattison, and Tristan Fasig at forward. On defense would be Stephen Perez and Andrew Noel. Followed up with Tyriq Outen getting the start in net once again for the Nordiques.
After lines were announced, a tribute to a long time member in the Hawks family took place, Debbie Church, and the national anthem was sung, it was time for puck drop. At 7:07pm, that would happen, and we were underway for game two.
Johnstown would get the first shot on goal of the game but Maine would respond early with a goal with only 1:20 into the first. Forward Stefan Owens would get the goal with the assists going to Isaiah Fox and Tyler Gaulin. It was already 1-0 for the Nordiques.
It would stay like that for the entire period. No penalties, no more goals, not really much action going on. As Maine would keep their 1-0 lead after 20 minutes of play. Shots on goal were 11-10 for Johnstown.
The second period would begin and the Tomahawks were looking to make something happen to get back into the game.
They would get the opportunity at the 8:18mark of the 2nd. As captain Alex Gritz would get his first goal of the season to tie the game up at one. Assists would go to Jay Ahearn and Ryan Poorman.
We would finally get to our first penalty of the game at the 16:13 mark of the second. As Maryland forward Jackson Vercellono would get sent to the box for slashing. Giving the first power play of the game to the Tomahawks. But Maine would go on to kill it off.
Dominic Schimizzi for Johnstown and Andrew Noel for Maryland would get penalties for delay of game at the 17:17mark of the second. This would take place during the Tomahawks power play. As a result, Johnstown would stay a man up.
Thirty-one seconds remain in the second and Johnstown would go a man down for the first time in the game. John Gelatt would get called for roughing. Maine would go on the power play for the first time.
Nothing else would happen as the game would be tied 1-1 after 40 minutes of play. Shots on goal were 25-20 for Johnstown. Maine would continue to be on the power play for the first minute and 29 seconds of the third period. But as the third would begin, Johnstown would go on and kill the penalty.
Seconds later, Maine would break the tie a minute fifty-six seconds into the third. Reese Farrell would score for the Nordiques. The lone assist would go to forward Aidan Connolly. It was now a 2-1 game for the Maine Nordiques.
Johnstown would go back on the power play at the 4:36 mark of the third. Maine’s Jackson Vercellono would get sent to the box once again. This time, it would be for tripping. But Maine was strong on the man down and would kill off the penalty.
Johnstown would however catch a break as Andrew Murphy would score the Hawks second goal of the night unassisted at the 7:36 mark of the third. We have a tie game once again! Things are starting to heat up!! Johnstown would call a timeout minutes later following the tying goal.
Moments later at the 11:24 mark of the third. Johnstown’s Holt Oliphant would break the tie for the Hawks and put them in the lead 3-2. Assists went to Anthony Mastromonica and Brendan Clark. Johnstown would capture it first lead of the game!
Moments later however, Dominic Schimizzi would be sent to the box for checking from behind at the 12:13 mark of the third. Maine would go back on the power play once again. Johnstown however would stay strong on the man down and kill off the penalty.
But seconds later they would have to attempt to kill off another penalty. As Anthony Mastromonica would be sent to the box for high sticking at the 14:28 mark of the third period. Their attempt on the penalty kill was a success. As they would once again kill off another one.
Later at 17:41 in, Johnstown would extend their lead to 4-2!! Brendan Clark would score his fourth goal of the season unassisted. Maine would call a timeout moments later. We would have 1:47 left in the game.
During the timeout, Johnstown would be on the man down once again as Dusty Geregach was sent to the box for slashing. Outen would be pulled from the net making it a 6-on-4. As Johnstown would stay a man down for the rest of the game. But that wouldn’t be the case.
Maine’s Isaiah Fox and Johnstown’s Ethan Webb were both sent to the box for roughing during the penalty. But all the hard work would pay off as with 41 seconds left in the game. Johnstown’s Max Neill would score the empty net goal unassisted. Putting the Hawks up 5-2!
That’s where we would end off as Johnstown would go on to win 5-2 over the Maine Nordiques, taking game two of the series. Final shots on goal were 37-32 Johnstown. 9:35pm would be the time of the final buzzer. As the game would last two hours and 28 minutes.
Connor Strobel walks out with the win stopping 25 of 27 shots faced. While Tyriq Outen would end up with the lose for Maine. He would go on to stop 31 out of 35 shots faced.
Speaking of goaltenders, Johnstown goaltender Ryan Ullan was traded to the Wichita Falls Warriors. Most likely will be a draft pick in exchange.
Three stars of the game were at number three Connor Strobel, at number two Holt Oliphant, and at number one Brendan Clark. All from your, JOHNSTOWN TOMAHAWKS!!!!
Your Tomahawks will travel to New England Sports Village in Attleboro, Massachusetts this Thursday and Friday for a two game series against the Northeast Generals. Puck drop for both games will take place at 12pm ET. We will have a series preview for you all here on Hawks-Daily.com real soon. So stay tuned!
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