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Tomahawks vs. Maryland Black Bears Series Preview (12/17-12/18)

Written by: David Nicoletti

After being swept on home ice in what was an emotional two-game series this past weekend, the Johnstown Tomahawks are looking to bounce back into the win column for this weekend's set of games. This Friday and Saturday, the Hawks will travel to Piney Orchard Ice Arena in Odenton, Maryland for a two-gamer against the Maryland Black Bears.

Game One Puck Drop: 7:30 p.m. | Game Two Puck Drop: 7 p.m.

The Black Bears come into this series after sweeping the Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks on the road this past weekend. Game one ended up being a close contest from start to finish, as Maryland took home the 5-4 win over Danbury. Forward Branden Piku walked away with a goal and two assists. While forwards Ryan Bottrill and Dimitry Kebreau tallied two assists. Michigan State DI commit Luca Di Pasquo stopped 23/27 to earn the win between the pipes.


Game two saw much of a low scoring affair, as Maryland escaped from Danbury with a 3-1 win over the Hat Tricks, taking the series sweep. Goaltender Michael Morelli stopped 33/34 to claim his win in net.


The Tomahawks roll into Maryland after being swept by the New Jersey Titans in a two-gamer last weekend at 1ST SUMMIT ARENA. Game one ended with New Jersey taking a 3-1 win over the Tomahawks. Defensemen David Posma tallied three assists.


Game two saw a much different result, as Johnstown clinged to a 3-0 lead midway through the first. But it wouldn’t stop New Jersey from scoring four unanswered goals to make it 4-3 halfway through regulation. The Tomahawks scored two to retake the lead, but New Jersey responded with two of its own. The Titans took the game at a final score of 6-5, sweeping the Tomahawks at 1ST SUMMIT ARENA for the second time this season.

New Jersey forward Brandon Avezov tallied two assists. Goaltender Andrew Takacs finished the weekend by earning two wins in net. Earning weekend totals of stopping 45/51 shots, a GAA of 3.00, and a SV% of 0.878


HEAD TO HEAD - all stats as of 12/14/2021


East Division Rank: 3rd

Record: 13-10-2-1

Points: 29

Leading Goal Scorer: Jake Black (18 Goals) [NAHL Rank: T-2nd]

Leading Assists Scorer: Jacob Badal (16 Assists)

Leading Points Scorer: Jake Black (33 Points) [NAHL Rank: 6th]

Leading +/-: Jake Black & Dusty Geregach (+16) [NAHL Rank: T-10th]

Top Goalie: Sam Evola (9-7-1-0, 2.86 GAA, 0.913 SV%, 987 MIN)


East Division Rank: 2nd

Record: 18-6-2-2

Points: 40

Leading Goal Scorer: Branden Piku (13 Goals)

Leading Assists Scorer: Ryan Bottrill (25 Assists) [NAHL Rank: 3rd]

Leading Points Scorer: Ryan Bottrill (33 Points) [NAHL Rank: T-6th]

Leading +/-: Branden Piku (+21) [NAHL Rank: T-3rd]

Top Goalie: Luca Di Pasquo (10-3-0-0, 2.06 GAA, 0.928 SV%, 2 SO, 788 MIN)

[NAHL Rank: 7th in W, 2nd in GAA, 4th in SV%, T-3rd in SO]



Jacob Badal: Six Game Points Streak (four goals, five assists) since 2021-11-26

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