Tomahawks Travel to Maine for Pair of Games Tonight and Friday
Written by: David Nicoletti
After a long three-game weekend against two different opponents on the road, the Johnstown Tomahawks will be back on the road for this week's set of games. Thursday and Friday, the team is set to travel to Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston, Maine, to take on the Maine Nordiques. Puck drop for Thursday is set for 7 pm with a 1 pm puck drop time to follow on Friday.
This week will be the third and fourth time that these two teams will meet this season. The last time the two teams met each other was back during the Tomahawks home-opening weekend on October 16th and 17th at 1ST SUMMIT ARENA. The Nordiques would take home game one in that contest with a 3-2 shootout victory against the Tomahawks. Following up Saturday night with four unanswered goals in the third period for the Hawks to take home game two with a final score of 5-2.
The Tomahawks come into this week after a three-game road trip against the Maryland Black Bears last Friday and Saturday, wrapping up the weekend against the New Jersey Titans last Sunday. The Tomahawks would be swept and would receive their first two regulation losses of the season to the Black Bears with a set of one-goal losses (2-1 Friday, 4-3 Saturday).
They would go into New Jersey with former OHL goaltender Peyton Grainer making his league debut between the pipes for the Tomahawks. It would be a close game till the end, and after overtime wasn't enough to decide the fate of the game, both teams would go to a shootout. From there, Andrew Murphy would score a bar down goal past New Jersey goaltender Berk Berkeliev in the second round of the shootout, with Grainer stopping a perfect three for three as the Hawks would end the weekend with a 3-2 win over the Titans.
The Maine Nordiques come into this week after a two-week break due to COVID-19 protocols. Their last game was back on November 12th where the team traveled to New England Sports Village in Attleboro, Massachusetts, to take on the Northeast Generals. After both teams were tied up at 2-2 late in the third period, Northeast forward Kyle Schroeder would score the game-winning goal with only 20 ticks left in the game for the Gens as they would take home a 3-2 win over the Maine Nordiques.
The Johnstown Tomahawks currently sit second place in the NAHL East Division with a 6-2-2-1 record with 16 points. They trail the Maryland Black Bears, who currently sit in first place by one point.
John Gelatt is currently the Tomahawks leading scorer as he sits on top with 13 points (six goals, seven assists) on the year. He sits in eighth place and is tied with two others for seventh place in the NAHL with points.
Gelatt as well as forward Anthony Mastromonica currently leads the teams with goals as both players have six each on the year. Gelatt (sixth) and Mastromonica (10th) sit in the top ten in the NAHL with goals and are tied with nine other people for fourth.
Three players from the Tomahawks currently sit on top as team leaders in assists, Jay Ahearn, John Gelatt, and Max Neill. All players currently have seven assists to their name.
After an amazing debut performance in net this past Sunday for the Hawks against the Titans, goaltender Peyton Grainer currently sits on top as the Tomahawks best goaltender heading into the week. His winning performance against New Jersey ended up with him stopping 30 out of 32 shots faced all game. He currently has a 1.85 GAA that sits ninth in the NAHL and a .938 save percentage which sits him in at eighth in the NAHL.
The Maine Nordiques currently sit third place in the NAHL East Division with a 7-3 record with 14 points. They trail the Tomahawks for second place by only one point.
Forward Isaiah Fox currently sits on top for the Nordiques as their leader in points and goals. So far, the newly committed Long Island University standout has six goals and 12 points on the year.
Forward Tyler Gaulin currently sits on top as the Nordiques leader in assists. So far, the University of Maine product has put up seven assists on the year.
Goaltender Avery Sturtz sits on top as the Maine Nordiques' best goaltender heading into this week. The Cedar Rapids, Iowa native, so far has a 3-1 record on the year. He has stopped 128 out of 135 shots he has faced all year. His numbers stand out with a 1.72 GAA and a .948 save percentage. He sits seventh in the NAHL with his GAA and fourth in the NAHL with his save percentage.