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Tomahawks vs. Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks Series Preview (11/20-11/21)




Written by: David Nicoletti


After sweeping the Northeast Generals last weekend, the Tomahawks are back at it again at home and ready to go. Their opponents coming into town for this weekend’s two-game series will be the Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks.


Game One Puck Drop: 7 p.m. | Game Two Puck Drop: 3 p.m.


The Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks come into this series after playing this past Wednesday and Thursday at home against the New Jersey Titans. Game one saw Danbury fall to the Titans in game one 4-1. The Tricks were out-shot by New Jersey 56-25. Forward Robert Hyde scored the lone goal, assists going to forwards Wolfgang Govedaris, and Hunter Young.


https://hattricks.nahlleague.hockeytech.com/stats/game-center/32178


Game two the following afternoon saw Danbury respond to the previous meeting's loss. Forcing a split in the series by defeating the Titans 6-1. Forward Mike Salandra picked up two goals, Gabe Dombrowski (F) picked up two assists. Forward Jazz Krivtsov picked up two points (one goal, one assist) as well. Goaltender Josh Seeley stopped 44/45 in his winning effort in net.


https://hattricks.nahlleague.hockeytech.com/stats/game-center/32179


As mentioned, the Tomahawks come into this series after sweeping the Northeast Generals in a two game series at home last weekend. Game one ended up in a good contest overall, but in the end, Johnstown took it to a final of 6-4.


Forward Jacob Badal put up a four point night (one goal, three assists). Jake Black scored two goals, and also added an assist to his total as well. Goalie Tommy Heaney recorded the win, stopping 25/29, he would also record his first NAHL assist that night. Following Kyrkostas’s game tying goal midway through the second period.


https://www.johnstowntomahawks.com/stats/game-center/32314


Saturday night saw a bit of a low scoring affair, but the Hawks got it done by taking it 3-2. Forwards David Matousek (one goal, one assist), Cole Bianchin (two assists), and Johnny Ulicny (one goal, one assist) all put up two points. Sam Evola got the win in net, stopping 26/28.


https://www.johnstowntomahawks.com/stats/game-center/32315



HEAD TO HEAD - all stats as of 11/19/2021


JOHNSTOWN


East Division Rank: 4th

Record: 9-6-1-1

Points: 20


Leading Goal Scorer: Jake Black (14 Goals) [NAHL Rank: 2nd]

Leading Assists Scorer: Sean Ramsay (11 Assists)

Leading Points Scorer: Jake Black (23 Points)

Leading +/-: Dusty Geregach (+11)

Top Goalie: Sam Evola (6-4-1-0, 2.76 GAA, 0.919 SV%, 630 MIN)

[NAHL Rank: T-10th in SV%]



DANBURY


East Division Rank: 7th

Record: 4-12-3-0

Points: 11


Leading Goal Scorer: Gabe Dombrowski (8 Goals)

Leading Assists Scorer: Gabe Dombrowski (10 Assists)

Leading Points Scorer: Gabe Dombrowski (18 Points)

Leading +/-: Gabe Dombrowski (+5)

Top Goalie: Adam Johnson (2-4-1-0, 3.41 GAA, 0.912 SV%, 405 MIN)





TEAM UPDATE


POINTS STREAKS:


Braedon Ford: Two Game Assists Streak (two assists) since 2021-11-12


Stephen Kyrkostas: Two Game Goal Streak (two goals) since 2021-11-12



LEAGUE RECOGNITION:


Congratulations to Tomahawks forward Stephen Kyrkostas, who has been named East Division Star of the Week in this week's edition of NAHL’s Bauer Stars of the Week. This past weekend against Northeast, the Long Island native helped the Hawks sweep the Generals by putting up a goal in each of the two games. Adding onto his season total of seven goals and six assists.


To cap off, Tomahawks forward Jacob Badal was named as an honorable mention. After the Michigan native put up a four point game (one goal, three assists) in game one Friday night against the Gens.


http://nahl.com/news/stars/weekly.cfm



WEEKEND PROMOTION:


This Sunday afternoon, Erie, PA native and former professional hockey goaltender Ryan Zapolski will make an appearance at 1ST SUMMIT ARENA. The current Volunteer assistant coach for Mercyhurst College will stop down during the game to sign autographs for fans.


Career highlights for Zapolski include:


  • Winning the Deutschland Cup with team USA in 2013


  • Being named to the ECHL First All-Star Team in 2012-13 and that same season earned Rookie of the Year, Goaltender of the Year and Most Valuable Player.


  • Earned All-Atlantic Hockey Second Team honors in 2008-09 and 2010-11, was named to third team in 2009-10


  • And much much more


https://teamusa.usahockey.com/page/show/3858390-ryan-zapolski

https://www.eliteprospects.com/player/31225/ryan-zapolski

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