Tomahawks’ Titanic Offense Powers Them Past Titans
Written by: David Nicoletti
A crazy game one action at 1ST SUMMIT ARENA would be the scene for the Tomahawks and Titans last Friday.
The Tomahawks would kick off the first 1:40 of the game by scoring three unanswered goals to take an early 3-0 lead on the Titans. Goals would come from William Persson, Caden Lewandowski, and Daniel Tkac. Assists would be given out to Will Margel, John Gelatt, Brendan Clark, Reed Stark, and Alex Gritz. New Jersey would shortly call a timeout following the goal.
The timeout would be very beneficial to the Titans, as they would go one to score four unanswered goals and take a 4-3 lead on the Tomahawks during the games next 24:23. Goals would come from Jake Suede, Zach Nazzarett (PP), Evan Werner (PP), and David Posma. Assists were awarded to Posma, Brad Zona, Jake LaRusso, Anthony Calafiore, Christian Stoever, Jack Ring, and Levente Keresztes.
A fight would then take place between Johnstown’s TJ Koufis, and New Jersey’s Levente Keresztes. Some old-time hockey was back at the War Memorial. The pushing and shoving scrums would continue all night, but we would see nothing else but that.
Johnstown would then take back control of the game, taking a 5-4 lead on the Titans past the halfway mark of the game. Jay Ahearn (SH), and Dominic Schimizzi would get the two goals for the Hawks. Holt Oliphant, Ryan Poorman, and Caden Lewandowski would all earn assists.
New Jersey would shortly tie the game back up, making the score 5-5 after 40 minutes of play. Caleb Price would record the goal with the assists going to Cade Penney, and Jake LaRusso.
Johnstown would then go on to kick off the third period by scoring three unanswered goals. Improving to an 8-5 lead midway through the final frame. John Gelatt, Will Margel, and William Persson (PP) would record the goals. Assists would be given to Margel (2), and Lewandowski.
Tommy Bannister would score for New Jersey to cut the Hawks lead to 8-6. Blake Humphrey and Caleb Price would get the assists.
Johnstown would then later go on to put the icing on top, as Jared Gerger would score the game's final goal with 30 seconds remaining. Taking game one for Johnstown at a final score of 9-6. Alex Gritz would get the lone assists off of the goal.
The final shots on goal would be 38-36 for the Tomahawks. Josh Graziano would get the win in net for the Hawks after a tough back-and-forth battle. Grazi would go on to stop 30/36. Christian Stoever for the Titans would get the loss in net, stopping a total of 29/38.
1st - Will Margel (one goal, three assists)
2nd - Caden Lewandowski (one goal, two assists)
3rd - John Gelatt (one goal and assist)
Ladies and gentlemen, it is now official. With that victory over the Titans, your Johnstown Tomahawks have officially clinched a spot into the 2021 NAHL Robertson Cup Playoffs!
Game two on Saturday night would start with a tied 1-1 game after 20 minutes. Jared Gerger would score for Johnstown while Blake Humphrey (PP) would score for New Jersey. Ethan Webb (JHT), Matt McQuade (JHT), Anthony Mollica (NJ), and Nick Seitz (NJ) would all tally an assist.
A crazy second period would ensue, and Johnstown would respond with karma and score two unanswered goals to make it a 3-1 game late in the period. John Gelatt and Jay Ahearn (PP) would record the goals. Caden Lewandowski would get the only assist from the goals, as Gelatt’s 24th of the year would be unassisted.
Nick Seitz would put an unassisted one home for New Jersey to end the period with the Hawks on top 3-2.
Brendan Clark would get the third period kicked off with an insurance power-play goal to put the Hawks up 4-2. Holt Oliphant and William Persson would get the assists.
New Jersey’s Caleb Price would score on the power-play midway through the third, cutting the Hawks lead to 4-3. Jake LaRusso and Cade Penney would be awarded with the assists. It wouldn’t be enough for New Jersey, as Johnstown would take home the win, and the sweep, as a horn sounded bench brawl would take place following the contest.
Final shots on goal would be 36-32 for Johnstown. Graziano gets the win in net once again for the Tomahawks, stopping 29/32. Louden Hogg would get the loss in net for the Titans, stopping a total of 32/36.
1st - Jay Ahearn (one goal)
2nd - Brendan Clark (one goal)
3rd - John Gelatt (one goal)
So after that amazing playoff-clinching sweeping weekend, your Hawks remain in first place in the East Division with a record of 32-8-2-3 with 69 points. New Jersey remains in third place in the East, holding a record of 22-18-2-5 with 51 points.
Next weekend for the Hawks will be the wrapped up portion of their six-game home-stand, as they will take part in a two-game series against the Maine Nordiques. Stay tuned right here on hawks-daily.com for a series preview, getting you ready for the games.