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Tomahawks Roster Breakdown

Written by: David Nicoletti



The Johnstown Tomahawks have released their 2020-21 roster to start off their ninth season in the NAHL. Today we will introduce to you this year's team.


#1 Sam Evola - Goaltender


A one year veteran of the NAHL, Sam Evola stands at 6’0” weighing in at 170 pounds. A Rochester, Michigan native who was born on April 24th, 2001.


He spent the previous 2019-20 season in the NAHL with the Minot Minotauros and Janesville Jets. He played a total of five games and averaged 3.80 goals against average. He finished out the 2019-20 season in the NOJHL with the Soo Thunderbirds. He played in 16 games and average 2.96 GAA and a .919 save percentage.


#4 Aiden Ehresman - Defenseman


The Tomahawks picked defenseman Aiden Ehresman in the ninth round (238th overall pick) of the 2020 NAHL Entry Draft. The 6’4” 210 pounder is a Jamison, PA native born on May 17th, 2002.


Ehresman spent the 2019-20 season with the Selects Academy 18U AAA. Playing in 66 games and putting up four goals, 20 assists, and 50 penalty minutes.


#5 Andrew Murphy - Forward


An NAHL (East) Academic Achievement Award winner during the 2018-19 season. Youngstown, Ohio native Andrew Murphy stands at 6’3” and weighs in at 210 pounds. He was born October 2nd, 2000.


Murphy spent the previous 2019-20 with the Tomahawks. He played in 42 games for the Hawks scoring 11 goals, nine assists, 10 penalty minutes, and a plus eight average.


#6 Caden Lewandowski - Defenseman


Born in Port Huron, Michigan on June 2nd, 2000 and is now a native of Mars, PA. Caden Lewandowski stands at 6’3” and weighs in at 195 pounds.


He spent the previous 2019-20 season in the USHL with the Youngstown Phantoms. Playing in 35 games tailing two assists, four penalty minutes and a minus nine average.


#10 Jay Ahearn - Forward


A Staten Island, New York native born on May 25th, 2001. Jay Ahearn stands at 5’11” and weighs 180 pounds. 


He spent the previous 2019-20 season with the North Jersey Avalanche 18U AAA. Playing in 33 games scoring 29 goals, 20 assists, and 30 penalty minutes. 


#12 John Gelatt - Forward


Middletown, New Jersey native born on April 29th, 2001. John Gelatt stands at 5’11” and weighs in at 190 pounds.


He spent the 2019-20 season with the North Jersey Avalanche 18U AAA as well. Playing 29 games scoring 20 goals, 14 assists, and 16 penalty minutes. He also served as alternate captain for his high school hockey team Trinity-Pawling School. Playing in 25 games and scoring 18 goals and 24 assists. 


#14 Billy Simms - Defenseman


A one year veteran in the league, Billy Simms is a native of Plymouth, Michigan. He stands at 5’11” at 175 pounds born on April 23rd, 2001. 


He spent the 2019-20 season with the Lone Star Brahmas and Springfield Jr. Blues. Between the two teams he appeared in 39 games and scored two goals, nine assists, 28 penalty minutes and a minus 21 average. 


#15 Ryan Poorman - Defenseman


A native of Spring City and Phoenixville, PA native Ryan Poorman was born on July 3rd, 2000. He stands at 6’0” and weighs 200 pounds. 


Poorman spent his 2019-20 season appearing in 18 games in the USHL with the Muskegon Lumberjacks tailing four goals 21 penalty minutes and a minus two average before coming over to Johnstown mid-season. From there he would appear in 16 games and score a goal and four assists. Along with 10 penalty minutes and a plus four average.


#16 Jared Gerger - Forward


Drafted by the Tomahawks during the 2020 NAHL Entry Draft in round two (51st overall). Jared Gerger is a Greensburg and Jeannette, PA native who stands at 6’1”and weighs 187 pounds born on September 25th, 2000.


He spent the 2019-20 season with the Trenton Golden Hawks of the OJHL. He would play in 54 games scoring 16 goals, 17 assists, and 20 penalty minutes. Along with five playoff games in 2020 scoring three goals.


#17 Alex Gritz - Forward (CAPTAIN)



A native of Cranberry Township, PA born on September 15th, 2000. Alex Gritz stands at 6’0” and weighs in at 170 pounds. He was selected 50th overall by Johnstown in the NAHL Supplemental Draft in 2020. He will serve as your captain for this year's 2020-21 Tomahawks season.


He spent the previous 2019-20 season with the Erie Otters of the OHL for five games where he tallied one assist and a minus one average. As well as three games with the Youngstown Phantoms of the USHL where he put up the same numbers of one assist and a minus one average. Finally spending the rest of the season with the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies of the QMJHL. Where he appeared in 45 games and scored two goals, six assists, 19 penalty minutes, and a minus three average. 


#18 Dominic Schimizzi - Forward


Selected in the second round with the 49th overall by the Johnstown Tomahawks in the 2020 NAHL Entry Draft. Dominic Schimizzi was born in Greensburg, PA on March 12th, 2001. He stands at 5”10” weighing in at 165 pounds.


He spent the past 2019-20 season with Gilmour Academy of the MPHL and USHS-Prep. Playing in a total of 63 games scoring 30 goals, 28 assists, 133 penalty minutes and a plus four average.


#19 Max Neill - Forward


Max Neill is a native of Portage la Prairie, Manitoba, Canada. Born on January 31st, 2001 standing at 6’2” and weighing 190 pounds.


He spent the 2019-20 season in the MJHL with the Steinbach Pistons. Where he played in 55 games and scored 15 goals, 13 assists, and 79 penalty minutes. Along with four playoff games in 2020 tailing two assists and eight penalty minutes.


#20 Holt Oliphant - Forward


A native of Northbrook, Illinois born on May 17th, 2001. Holt Oliphant stands at 5’10” and weighs in at 185 pounds. 


He spent the 2019-20 season with the Boston Little Bruins 18U AAA of the EHF 18U Elite. Appearing in 10 games and scoring six goals and assists. As well as playing in 27 games with Lawrence Academy serving as team captain. He would go on to score 12 goals and 17 assists.


#21 Ryan Reid - Defenseman


Born in San Diego, California on February 3rd, 2000 and is now a native of Tempe, Arizona. Ryan Reid stands at 6’0” and weighs 177 pounds.


He spent the 2019-20 in the NAHL with the St. Cloud Blizzard. Appearing in only seven games and tailing one assist with four penalty minutes and a plus one average.


#22 Matt McQuade - Forward


Taken by the Tomahawks 48th overall in the 2020 NAHL Supplemental Draft. Matt McQuade is a native of Stittsville, Ontario, Canada. Born on August 27th, 2001 who stands at 6’3” and weighing in at 185 pounds.


He spent the 2019-20 season with the Nepean Raiders of the CCHL. He appeared in 60 games putting up 19 goals, 34 assists, and 20 penalty minutes.


#23 Anthony Mastromonica - Forward (ALTERNATE CAPTAIN)


The returning Kings Park, New York native stands at 6’3” weighing 215 pounds born on May 23rd, 2000. He will serve as one of the three alternate captains this season for your Tomahawks.


Mastromonica spent the 2019-20 season in the NAHL with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights (now Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks) as alternate captain for the team. He played in 44 games and scored 13 goals, 12 assists, 74 penalty minutes and a minus two average.


#24 Brendan Clark - Forward


Born on January 16th, 2002 in Morris Plains, New Jersey. Brendan Clark stands at 6’1” and weighs in at 185 pounds. He is committed to playing NCAA Division I hockey at Brown University.


He spent the 2019-20 season with the North Jersey Avalanche 18U AAA appearing in 21 games scoring four goals and six assists along with 20 penalty minutes. As well as appearing in 11 games scoring five goals and four assists with Delbarton School. 


#25 Dustin “Dusty” Geregach - Defenseman


A McKees Rocks, PA native born on November 14th, 2001. Dustin Geregach stands at 6’0” and weighs 185 pounds.


He spent the 2019-20 season with the Esmark Stars 18U AAA. Playing in a total of 78 games scoring 20 goals, 51 assists, and 94 penalty minutes. Along with five playoff games in 2020 in the NAPHL scoring three goals five assists and eight penalty minutes. He also spent the season with Montour High for 18 games scoring 28 goals and 24 assists along with 14 penalty minutes. As well as one playoff goal in one playoff game.


#26 Nathan Cox - Defenseman


A native of Orchard Park, New York born on September 17th, 2001. Nathan Cox stands at 5’11” and weighs 180 pounds. He was drafted in the sixth round (157th overall) by the Johnstown Tomahawks in the 2020 NAHL Entry Draft.


He spent the 2019-20 season with Northstar Christian Academy 18U. Playing in 66 games scoring two goals and five assists along with 74 penalty minutes. He also took part in five playoff games in the NAPHL in 2020 scoring one goal.


#27 Liam Whitehouse - Defenseman (ALTERNATE CAPTAIN)


A native of Mount Kisco, New York born on October 10th, 2001. Liam Whitehouse stands at 6’3” weighing in at 210 pounds. He will serve as one of the three alternate captains this season for your Tomahawks.


He spent the 2019-20 season with the Johnstown Tomahawks. Playing in 39 games and tailing four assists with 98 penalty minutes and a minus one average.


#28 Coleman McDonagh - Defenseman


A native of Chicago, Illinois born on April 24th, 2002. Coleman McDonagh stands 5’11” and weighs in at 175 pounds.


He spent the 2019-20 season with Team Illinois 18U AAA for 18 games. He tallied five assists and put up 34 penalty minutes.


#30 Ryan Ullan - Goaltender


A Hibbing, Minnesota native born on July 29th, 2000. Ryan Ullan stands at 6’2” and weighs 175 pounds. He is committed to playing NCAA Division I hockey at Northern Michigan University.


He spent the 2019-20 season in the NAHL with the Bismarck Bobcats. Playing in 22 games and averaging a 2.31 GAA and a .913 save percentage.


#35 Connor Strobel - Goaltender




A native of Butler, PA born on March 15th, 2002. Connor Storbel stands at 6’3” and weighs in at 170 pounds 


He spent the 2019-20 season with the Esmark Stars 18U AAA playing in 39 games and averaging a 1.64 GAA. As well as a 3.42 GAA and a .859 save percentage in four playoff games in the NAPHL in 2020. He also played in 11 games with Butler Area High. Averaging a 4.13 GAA and a .888 save percentage.


#44 Ethan Webb - Defenseman (ALTERNATE CAPTAIN)


A native of Lexington, South Carolina born on February 24th, 2000. Ethan Webb stands 6’0” tall and weighs in at 160 pounds. He will serve as one of the three alternate captains this season for your Tomahawks.


He spent the previous 2019-20 season with the Johnstown Tomahawks. Appearing in 32 games scoring one goal, eight assists, 16 penalty minutes and a plus eight average.


#48 Reed Stark - Forward


A two year veteran of the NAHL, Reed Stark is a native of Suffern, New York. He was born on April 19th, 2000 and stands at 6’2” and 180 pounds.


He spent the 2019-20 season with the Johnstown Tomahawks. Playing in 16 games scoring four goals, seven assists, 21 penalty minus and a plus seven average. He also spent time in the NAHL with the Jamestown Rebels for four games, talling just one lone assist. He also appeared in two games with the Northern Cyclones of the NCDC.


#54 Milan Cermak - Forward


A native of Trafford, PA born on September 27th, 2002. Milan Cermak stands at 6’3” and weighs in at 178 pounds.


He spent the 2019-20 season with the Pittsburgh Penguins Elite 18U. Appearing in 46 games scoring 15 goals and 22 assists. As well as 10 games in the USHL with the Tri-City Storm. Only to receive two penalty minutes and a plus one average.


#77 Mikol Sartor - Forward


A native of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Mikol Sartor stands at 5’11’ 165 pounds and was born on June 20th, 2001.


Sartor spent the 2019-20 season with the Winnipeg Blues of the MJHL. Where he appeared in 60 games and scored 35 goals, 58 assists, and 36 penalty minutes. He also appeared in four games during the 2020 MJHL Playoffs. Only tailing two assists and being given four penalty minutes.


#81 Carson Grainer - Forward 


A native of Livonia, Michigan born on May 11th, 2000. Carson Grainer stands at 6’1” and weighs in at 180 pounds.


He spent the 2019-20 season with the Johnstown Tomahawks. Appearing in 40 games and scoring six goals, 12 assists, 22 penalty minutes and a plus eight average.


To recap: 


2020-21 Johnstown Tomahawks Captains:

#17 Alex Gritz - Forward (Captain)

#23 Anthony Mastromonica - Forward (Assistant Captain)

#27 Liam Whitehouse - Defenseman (Assistant Captain)

#44 Ethan Webb - Defenseman (Assistant Captain)


2020-21 Rookies:

#4 Aiden Ehresman - Defenseman

#10 Jay Ahearn - Forward

#12 John Gelatt - Forward

#18 Dominic Schimizzi - Forward

#19 Max Neill - Forward

#20 Holt Oliphant - Forward

#22 Matt McQuade - Forward

#24 Brendan Clark - Forward

#25 Dusty Geregach - Defenseman

#26 Nathan Cox - Defenseman

#28 Coleman McDonagh - Defenseman

#35 Connor Strobel - Goaltender

#54 Milan Cermak - Forward

#77 Mikol Sartor - Forward


Returning Players

#5 Andrew Murphy - Forward

#15 Ryan Poorman - Defenseman

#27 Liam Whitehouse - Defenseman

#44 Ethan Webb - Defenseman

#48 Reed Stark - Forward

#81 Carson Grainer - Forward


2000 Birthdays (Final Year Players):

#5 Andrew Murphy - Forward

#6 Caden Lewandowski - Defenseman

#15 Ryan Poorman - Defenseman

#16 Jared Gerger - Forward

#17 Alex Gritz - Forward

#21 Ryan Reid - Defenseman

#23 Anthony Mastromonica - Forward

#30 Ryan Ullan - Goaltender

#44 Ethan Webb - Defenseman

#48 Reed Stark - Forward

#81 Carson Grainer - Forward


The Johnstown Tomahawks will kick off their 2020-21 season on the road as they will take on the Maryland Black Bears this Sunday and Monday. Puck drop for Sunday’s game will be at 7 PM ET while Monday’s game will take place at 11:30 AM ET. 


Let us know what you think about this year's 2020-21 Johnstown Tomahawks roster. Also let us know how far you think we will go this season and possibly into the playoffs. In my opinion, I am pumped and I can’t wait to see how we will do. I see some high potential for this season, but time will only tell how good we do.


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