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Tomahawks Sweep Black Bears, Again, in Heated Weekend Series

Written by: David Nicoletti

A crazy, crazy game one night at 1ST SUMMIT ARENA was the sight to kick off a two-game series between the Maryland Black Bears and your Johnstown Tomahawks.

Your Tomahawks would score five unanswered goals in the games 50 minutes. Will Margel (2) [PP], Max Smolinski (first of the year) [PP], Anthony Mastromonica, and Ryan Poorman would be the goal scorer. Mastromonica, Smolinski, Holt Oliphant, John Gelatt, William Persson, Alex Gritz, Jay Ahearn, and Jared Gerger would all gain assists off of the goals.

Maryland would score two goals at the last half of the third, ending the game as the final score would be 5-2 for your Tomahawks. Final shots on goal would be 38-23 for Johnstown.

The night would end with four fights being taken place throughout the whole game. Jared Gerger verses Jack Hillman, Spencer Evans verses Luke Mountain, a battle of the 23s with Anthony Mastromonica verses Hunter McCoy, and Liam Whitehouse verses Aidan McDowell. Bringing back that Johnstown Old Time Hockey tradition. The first fight would be in the second period with the rest of the fights being taken place in the third period. An electrical night at the War Memorial Arena for game one.

Sam Evola would get the win, stopping 21/23. While Hannes Kollén would get the loss for Maryland, stopping 33/38. Smolinski (Third Star - One Goal & Assist), Margel (Second Star - Two Goals), and Evola (First Star) would all be named your three stars of the night.

Saturday night for game two would see all Maryland action for the first 20 minutes. Forward and Lake Superior State University commit Josh Nixon would get the games first goal, his fifth of the year 14:09 into the first to make it a 1-0 Black Bears game. Forward Reid Leibold would get the lone assist off of the goal.

Holt Oliphant would get the scoring started 15 seconds into the second period. Scoring his seventh of the year and tying the game at 1-1. The assists would go to Jared Gerger, and Max Neill.

Passing halfway through the game and Maryland would jump back in front once again, making it a 2-1 Maryland game. Reid Leibold would score his sixth of the year unassisted as 40 minutes of hockey have past.

It wouldn’t effect the Tomahawks in the third from pulling the magic out of their hat and making a mid period comeback. William Persson and Max Neill would get the goals for the Tomahawks to make it a 3-2 game with just over seven minutes left in the period. Jay Ahearn, Dusty Geregach, Holt Oliphant, and Caden Lewandowski would all earn assist off of the goals.

Looking like Johnstown would take control of the game, Maryland forward Garrett Szydlowski would tie the game up at 3-3 late in the third period. Hunter McCoy would get the lone assist off of the goal, and this game would be heading to overtime.

The two teams were set for overtime and it wouldn’t take long to announce a winner. Tomahawks forward Will Margel after dancing around the Maryland zone would find the back of the net, scoring the game winning goal and sending your Tomahawks home sweeping the Maryland Black Bears at a 4-3 final score. Caden Lewandowski would get the lone assist off of the goal, as final shots on goal would be 28-23 for Johnstown.

Sam Evola would get his second straight win in net, stopping 20/23. Maryland goaltender Michael Morelli would get the loss, stopping a total of 24/28 shots.

Holt Oliphant (Third Star - one goal & assist), Max Neill (Second Star - one goal & assist), and Will Margel (First Star - game winning goal) would be named the three stars of the game for your, Johnstown Tomahawks.

So after that weekend sweep, your Tomahawks remain first place in the East Division, holding a record of 24-6-2-2 with 52 points. The Maryland Black Bears remain in fourth place in the East with a 12-17-4-2 record and 30 points.

Your Tomahawks will now look to improve their four game winning streak next weekend. As they will host the Northeast Generals for a three game series at 1ST SUMMIT ARENA. Stay tuned right here on hawks-daily.com for a series preview, getting you ready for the games. Let’s Go Hawks!!

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