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Tomahawks Split Weekend Series Vs Titans

Written by: David Nicoletti

The Johnstown Tomahawks and New Jersey Titans took part in a two-game weekend series last weekend in Middletown Township, New Jersey.

For game one on Friday, the Tomahawks would enter Middletown Ice Arena in their red jerseys, while the home team Titans came in with their grey jerseys.

The Tomahawks would start with their top Ahearn-Clark-Gelatt line with Poorman-Lewandowski on the blue line with Sam Evola in net for the Tomahawks.

The Titans would start off with Stephen Wiley, Matthew Iasenza, and newly appointed captain Jake Suede at forward. With Anthony Mollica and Caleb Price on defense. Starting in goal for the Titans would be Berk Berkeliev.

The game was underway, and only 1:42 in, the Tomahawks would be going on the game's first power-play as checking from behind penalty was called against New Jersey.

The Tomahawks wouldn’t score on the power-play, but they still would get the game's first goal, shorthanded that is. Matt McQuade would get the game's opening goal at 5:27with the assists going to Reed Stark and Dusty Geregach.

New Jersey would however, shortly respond with a power-play goal off of the original Andrew Murphy hooking call 15 seconds after the McQuade goal. Levente Keresztes would get his third of the year off an Anthony Mollica, and Zach Nazzarett assist.

It was tied at one goal apiece after 20 minutes of play, with the shots on goal being 12-10 for New Jersey.

The second period would get started with some 4-on-4 action at 4:02as Clark for Johnstown and Suede for New Jersey would receive roughing penalties. New Jersey would add another goal midway through the second as Zach Nazzarett would get his third of the year as well with the assists from Levente Keresztes and Blake Humphrey.

The score remained 2-1 Titans after two periods with shots on goal now 29-20 for Johnstown.

The Hawks would tie it 2-2 early in the third off of McQuade’s stick once again. Caden Lewandowski and Reed Stark would tally the assist off of McQuade’s second of the game.

However, the Titans would respond with two unanswered goals in the period from Matthew Iasenzaat 5:00and Nick Seitz on an empty net at 18:42. Brad Zona and Jake Suade would get the assists off Iasenza’s goal. While Jake LaRusso and Matthew Doyle would get the assists off of Seitz’s empty netter.

The game would come to a close, and the Titans would walk away with game one at a 4-2 final score. The final shots on goal were 49-29 for Johnstown. Evola would get the loss stopping 25/28, while Berkeliev would get the win stopping 47/49.

The three stars of the game would be Levente Keresztes (one goal and assist) at number three, Matt McQuade (two goals) at number two, and Berk Berkeliev at number one.

Saturday’s game would see the Tomahawks repping their red jerseys while the Titans would wear the same grey jerseys from the night before.

The Hawks would come out in game two with their line of Matt McQuade, Reed Stark, and Daniel Tkac. With Dusty Geregach and Ethan Webb on defense. In net for Johnstown, this time around would be Peyton Grainer.

For New Jersey, Blake Humphrey, Zach Nazzarett, and Levente Keresztes out front. Nate Boak and Tyler Nasca behind on defense. Rounding out with Berk Berkeliev in net once again for the Titans.

New Jersey would get the game going early, scoring a power-play goal off of a Liam Whitehouse cross-checking penalty. The goal would be scored by Evan Werner, his 13th of the season. The assists would go to Nick Seitz and Blake Humphrey.

Johnstown would then respond during the next 25 minutes of play with four unanswered goals. Two of them were scored by Jay Ahearn, his 10th and 11th of the year. As well as two-goal scored from Max Neill, his fourth and fifth of the year. Caden Lewandowski, Brendan Clark (2), Jared Gerger, Ethan Webb, Alex Gritz, Ryan Poorman, and John Gelatt would all get assists off of the goals.

It was now a 4-1 Tomahawks game nearing the end of the second period. Between goals, there were a total of eight penalties; five for the Titans and three for the Tomahawks. Most of all of those penalties were roughing calls.

Another penalty was soon to add to the total at 18:24of the second, Titans’ Matthew Iasenza would get the gate for tripping. It wouldn’t stop the Titans, however from scoring short-handed. As Jack Ford lights up his third of the year to end the second period at a score of 4-2 Tomahawks. Stephen Willey and Caleb Price would receive the assists, and the shots on goal after 40 minutes were 25-23 for Johnstown.

The third period would kick off with a Max Neill vs. Brad Zona fight at 1:58. Neill would get penalized for instigating, fighting, and would receive unsportsmanlike conduct. Zona would get a five-minute fighting penalty, as well as a 10-minute misconduct.

The Tomahawks would then go on to score two more unanswered goals midway through the third period. Daniel Tkac and Ryan Poorman would both get their second goals of the year. Reed Stark, Holt Oliphant, and Dominic Schimizzi would all pick up assists. It was now a 6-2 Tomahawks game late in the game.

The Titans, however would add one more goal off of Connor Plec’s stick, his first of the year. Assists would go to Jack Ford and Jack Ring. The buzzer would then sound, and your Hawks would split the series, defeating the New Jersey Titans 6-3. Finals shots on goal were tied at 31-31.

Grainer would get the win stopping 28/31, while Berkeliev would get the loss stopping 25/31. Three stars of the game were all from your Tomahawks. Max Neill (two goals) at three, Brendan Clark (two assists) at two, and Jay Ahearn (two goals) at number one.

The Tomahawks will end the weekend still sitting second in the East Division with a11-4-2-1record and 25 points. Trialing the first place Maine Nordiques by only four points. For New Jersey, they remain fourth in the East with a 7-8-1-4 record and 19 points. Trailing the third-place Maryland Black Bears by five points.

Up next, if the games still go on, the Hawks will be taking a trip to Danbury Ice Arena in Danbury, Connecticut, for a two-game series on Friday and Saturday against the Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks.

We will be getting you ready for the games here on hawks-daily.com real soon with a series preview on the way. So stay tuned. Let’s Go Hawks!!

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