Tomahawks vs. Maine Nordiques Series Preview (1/21-1/22)
Updated: Jan 28
Written by: David Nicoletti
Johnstown after splitting a two-game series at home against Jamestown are now set to kickoff a three-weekend road trip. To start, they will travel to Androscoggin Bank Colisée in Lewiston, Maine for a two-gamer against the Maine Nordiques.
Game One Puck Drop: 7 p.m. | Game Two Puck Drop: 7 p.m.
The Nordiques come into this series after suffering a series sweep on the road against the New Jersey Titans last weekend. Suffering a 3-1 game one loss, and a 3-0 game two loss. Forward Tyler Gaulin scored Maine's only goal of the series.
For the Tomahawks, as mentioned, they roll into Maine after splitting a two-game series at home against the Jamestown Rebels last weekend.
Game one on Friday night saw a low scoring affair. Jamestown’s John Lundy kicked it off by scoring the game’s first goal. Then, after a scoreless second period, Hawks forward Jake Black scored a mid-period breakaway goal, sending the game to overtime. Eventually, the game saw a shootout, and from there, Jamestown’s Carter Casper scored the only goal out of four rounds. Taking the game over the Tomahawks at a final score of 2-1.
Game two Saturday night saw a different, and much better result for the Tomahawks, as they split the series with a 4-0 win over Jamestown. Captain Holt Oliphant got us started by scoring the lone goal in the first frame. Followed in the second with a goal from Cole Bianchin. Wrapping it up in the third with goals from Egan Schmitt and Braedon Ford. Goaltender Sam Evola stopped all 29 shots faced between the pipes, collecting his first shutout of the season.
HEAD TO HEAD - all stats as of 01/20/2021
East Division Rank: 3rd
Leading Goal Scorer: Jake Black (22 Goals) [NAHL Rank: 2nd]
Leading Assists Scorer: Jacob Badal & Jake Black (20 Assists)
Leading Points Scorer: Jake Black (42 Points) [NAHL Rank: 4th]
Leading +/-: Jake Black (+18) [NAHL Rank: T-8th]
Top Goalie: Matthew O'Donnell (7-4-3-1, 2.63 GAA, 0.896 SV%, 1 SO, 982 MIN)
[NAHL Rank: T-10th in SO]
East Division Rank: 6th
Leading Goal Scorer: Ignat Belov (9 Goals)
Leading Assists Scorer: Tyler Gaulin (16 Assists)
Leading Points Scorer: Ignat Belov & Tyler Gaulin (23 Points)
Leading +/-: Dom Marcinkevics (+5)
Top Goalie: Gus Holt (3-7-0-1, 3.79 GAA, 0.901 SV%, 1 SO 808 MIN)
[NAHL Rank: T-10th in SO]
LEAGUE RECOGNITION & COLLEGE COMMITMENT:
Monday evening, the league announced its Bauer's Stars of the Week, for the Week of January 17th, 2022. Although he may not have gotten first star honors, it didn’t stop Tomahawks goaltender Sam Evola from appearing as East Division’s 2nd Star.
Evola appeared in both of the Tomahawks two games against Jamestown last weekend at 1ST SUMMIT ARENA, helping claim three out of four points. In his total of 125:00 in net, he stopped 65/66, and averaged weekend totals 0.46 GAA, and 0.987 SV%. He also recorded his first shutout of the season Saturday night in the Hawks 4-0 win.
But not only did Sam Evola earn 2nd star honors, the following day, he announced his commitment to play DI hockey at Bowling Green State University. The 2021 Top Prospect from Rochester, Michigan goes to BGSU after putting up a 13-8-1-1 record, a 2.73 GAA, and a 0.917 SV% in 2021-22. Adding to his 2020-21 campaign of 18-6-1-1, a 2.18 GAA, and a 0.924 SV%.
Evola took to Instagram (@sam.evola) and Twitter (@EvolaSam) to state the following:
I am humbled and blessed to announce that I will be continuing my academic and athletic career to play division 1 hockey at Bowling Green State University. Thank you to all of my coaches, teammates, and family that have made this possible #AyZiggy
Congrats Sam, and good luck the rest of the way!