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Tomahawks Sweep Weekend Home Series Against Black Bears

Written by: David Nicoletti

Friday the 12th was game one of the two-game series between the Tomahawks and Maryland Black Bears at 1ST SUMMIT ARENA. Tomahawks would skate out in their red jerseys, with Maryland coming out wearing black.

The first period was all Tomahawks, as newly acquired Swedish forward Willam Persson would score the game's first goal. Will Margel would earn the assist, as it was an early game 1-0 lead for the Tomahawks.

Maryland would get their first goal of the game early in the second. Forward Tanner Rowe would net his third of the season off of a Josh Waters assist. It was now a 1-1 game early into the second.

Some penalty trouble for Maryland would see the Hawks going on the power-play past halfway through the second period.

It wouldn’t take long for Holt Oliphant to respond on the man-advantage. Will Margel would tally his second assist on the night, as it would be 2-1 Tomahawks through 40 minutes of play.

Johnstown would add another tally to make it a 3-1 game only 1:42 into the third. John Gelatt would get his 17th year with the assist going to Jay Ahearn.

A scrum would take place minutes later down in the corner of Maryland’s zone at 6:11 of the period. Jay Ahearn would receive a boarding call and eventually be tossed out of the game for it. Other penalties would be given to Johnstown‘s Brendan Clark and Maryland’s Aden Bruich. Clark would receive a roughing call, while Bruich would get a cross-checking call.

Four more penalties (two for each team) would be assessed later on in the period. It wouldn’t affect the score's outcome, as the Tomahawks would walk out of game one at a final score of 3-1. The final shots on goal were 32-25 for Johnstown.

Sam Evola would get the win for the Tomahawks, stopping 24/25 shots. Maryland’s Michael Morelli would receive the Black Bears loss, stopping a total of 29/32 shots.

The three stars of the game would all come from your Johnstown Tomahawks. At number three was John Gelatt, followed by Holt Oliphant at number two, and William Persson at number one. All players would end the night with one goal.

Saturday would see the Tomahawks looking for yet another home sweep, while Maryland was looking to respond and force a split to end the series. Johnstown, this time would wear their whites whiles Maryland would stick to their blacks.

Like the previous game, the Tomahawks would respond with the game's first goal. Captain Alex Gritz would light-up his eighth goal of the year, with William Persson tallying his first as a Tomahawk. It was 1-0 Tomahawks after one period of play.

The Tomahawks looked like they would score the insurance goal on the man down 7:45 into the second period. But it would be waived back minutes later at it was tipped off the post and determined no goal.

But it wouldn’t matter as minutes later, the Hawks would respond on the Big Mac Attack to make it a 2-0 game. Wisconsin commit TJ Koufis would net his first goal as a Tomahawk unassisted.

Maryland would get a goal on the power-play with just over a minute-thirty left in the period to make it a 2-1 game. Defenseman Aidan McDowell would score his third of the year, and Sean Kilcullen would tally his eighth assist on the year. The score would remain after 40 minutes of play.

The third period would see two penalties from each side and some pushing and shoving matches going on from here to there. But it wouldn’t affect the outcome of the score as your Johnstown Tomahawks would take game two and sweep the Black Bears at a final score of 2-1. The final shots on goal were 29-21 for your Tomahawks.

Goaltender Josh Graziano in his debut game, would get the win, as he stopped a total of 20/21 shots. On the other side, taking the loss for the Black Bears would be Swedish goaltender Hannes Kollén. He would end his night, stopping 27/29 shots.

The three stars of the game would once again all come from your Johnstown Tomahawks. At number three with a goal on the game was your captain, Alex Gritz. At number two with his performance in net, Josh Graziano. Finally, at number one, scoring the game winning goal and tallying one assist, TJ Koufis.

Your Tomahawks now move back into first place in the East Division after that sweep. Holding a record of 18-5-2-1 with 39 points. For Maryland, they tie the New Jersey Titans for third and currently sit in fourth place with a 12-10-3-2 record with 29 points.

The Tomahawks and Black Bears will now both move on to next week, as the two teams will play each other once again. The two-game series will shift to Maryland this upcoming Saturday and Sunday. Stay tuned for an upcoming series preview article, getting you ready for the games. Let’s Go, Hawks!!

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