Tomahawks' To Play Three Games In Three Days vs Two Different Opponents
Written by: David Nicoletti
After gaining their first sweep of the season to the New Jersey Titans last weekend at home, the Johnstown Tomahawks will be going on their first three-game road trip of the season. Friday, November 27th and Saturday, November 28th, the Hawks will travel to Maryland to take on the Maryland Black Bears. Followed by a rescheduled visit to Middletown Ice World in Middletown, New Jersey to take on the New Jersey Titans on Sunday, November 29th. Puck drops will be for Friday at 5:45 pm, Saturday at 2 pm, and Sunday at 3:30 pm.
The Tomahawks visit Maryland after sweeping the New Jersey Titans last weekend in a two-game physical contest series. This was after the Hawks would be on a three week COVID break. They would take home a 4-2 win last Friday night, followed by a 3-1 win this past Saturday. This would lead the Tomahawks to their first sweep of the season, pushing them higher in the East Division standings.
The Maryland Black Bears come into this two-game weekend series following a two-game series against the Northeast Generals at home. Whereas the Tomahawks did, Maryland would go on to capture a weekend sweep as well, their second sweep of the season. They welcomed the Gens to Ice World last Thursday and Friday. Where from there, they would take home a 4-1 win on Thursday, and a 5-3 win on Friday.
This will be the third and fourth time that the Tomahawks and Black Bears will meet this season. The last time these two teams met each other was on their opening weekend series back on October 11th and 12th. They split the series in Maryland as the Hawks would take game one in an impressive come from behind 7-6 win in OT, followed by a 4-3 OT loss the following day after losing their lead to the Black Bears late in the third period.
For the Tomahawks and Titans, this will be the third time this season that the two teams will play each other. This will also be the first time this season that the Hawks will be on the road to take on the Titans. After the team's first two games against each other were at 1ST SUMMIT ARENA. The rest from there is history, you already know what I mean by that.
Now to get you ready for this weekend series, here’s an in-depth look at all the teams heading into Friday.
The Tomahawks come into this weekend second in the NAHL East Division standings with a 5-0-2-1 record and 13 points, one point shy of first place. As the record shows, they have not yet this season lost a game in regulation, and they are the only team in the East Division not to lose in regulation.
John Gelatt is the current team leader in points and assists for the Johnstown Tomahawks so far this season. The Middletown, New Jersey native so far has 12 points (five goals, seven assists) on the year. He came off a three-point (one goal, two assists) series last weekend against the New Jersey Titans. Being recognized as one of the three stars of the game for both games. He is currently one of four NAHL players tied for ninth in the NAHL in assists. He is also one of nine NAHL players tied for fifth place in points.
Anthony Mastromonica is currently the team leader in goals with six on the year for the Tomahawks. He as well came off a three-point (one goal, two assists) series against the Titans last weekend. He was named the number one star of the game for the Tomahawks following the team's 3-1 win last Saturday night. In case you may have forgotten, he is the one responsible for scoring the BIG MAC ATTACK goal last Saturday in the second period at 1ST SUMMIT ARENA. A goal which would be the game-winning goal for the Tomahawks that same night. He is currently one of six players tied for fourth in the NAHL in goals.
Sam Evola after coming off a strong two-game weekend currently sits on top as the Tomahawks best goaltender. The Rochester, Michigan native played all 120 minutes between the pipes for the Tomahawks last weekend. Stopping a total of 36 shots out of 39 he faced last weekend. Improving his stats for 2020-21 to a 2.22 GAA, and a .913 save percentage. He currently sits eighth in NAHL goaltenders with his GAA.
The Black Bears come into this weekend sitting tied for third place in the NAHL East Division standings. They currently hold a 5-3-1-1 record with 12 points on the year.
Forwards Hunter McCoy and Garrett Szydlowski are tied for first place as the team's leading scorers with nine points. McCoy sits with five goals and four assists on the season while Szydlowski sits with one goal and eight assists on the year. Garrett Szydlowski is also the team leading in assists as well and is currently one of four NAHL players tied for fifth place in the NAHL with assists.
Forward Luke Mountain, as well as forward Hunter McCoy, are tied for a team-leading five goals on the year. The Woodbury, Minnesota native Mountain who is a former reigning East Division Star of the Week, currently sits with five goals and three assists on the year for the Black Bears.
Goaltender Michael Morelli currently sits on top as the Maryland Black Bears' best goaltender. So far this year, the Arvada, Colorado native has a 4-2-0-1 record with a 2.53 GAA and a .927 save percentage. With a total of 427 minutes between the pipes for the Black Bears.
The Titans come into this weekend sitting tied for third place in the NAHL East Division standing. They currently hold a record of 4-5-1-3 with 12 points on the year.
Defensemen Tyler Nasca currently sits on top as the leading scorer for the Titans. He so far on the year has nine points (two goals, seven assists) to his name. With his seven assists, he is also the team's current leader in that category. He is one of four NAHL players tied for ninth place in the NAHL for assists.
Forward Evan Werner is currently the Titans team leader in goals with six. He is one of six NAHL players tied for fourth place in the NAHL for goals.
Goaltender Louden Hogg is currently the team's best goaltender heading into this Sunday. He currently sits with a 4-2-0-1 record with a 3.08 GAA and a .908 save percentage. Serving a total of 390 minutes between the pipes for the Titans.
After defeating the New Jersey Titans last Friday and Saturday in a weekend sweep, the Tomahawks are currently riding a three-game winning streak. A streak that started on October 23rd after a 6-2 win over the Northeast Generals on the road at New England Sports Village in Attleboro, Massachusetts.