Tomahawks vs. New Jersey Titans Series Preview (10/29-10/30)
Written by: David Nicoletti
It’s a packed weekend full of Halloween and Breast Cancer Awareness nights at 1ST SUMMIT ARENA. This Friday and Saturday, the Tomahawks will welcome in the New Jersey Titans at home for the first time this season for a two game series.
Game One Puck Drop: 7:30 p.m. | Game Two Puck Drop: 7 p.m.
New Jersey rolls into Johnstown after playing a two gamer last weekend at home against the Maine Nordiques. Game one would end up being a one sided game by a large margin. As the Titans lit the lamp 12 times, taking game one 12-5.
Forwards Marcus Sang and Michael Young would score hat-tricks, forward Tommy Bannister scored two. Defensemen Blake Farrell tallied four assists, forward Rocco Testa-Basi tallied three, forward Anthony Calafiore, along with Sang, tallied two. Some of the 13 Titans players that put up points in game one.
Game two saw the Titans taking the sweep in the series. After a tie 1-1 first period, New Jersey took control of the rest, scoring three goals and taking it 4-1. Bannister and forward Brendan Dumas each tallied two assists.
Goaltender Andrew Takacs earned the win in both games that weekend. Stopping a weekend total of 62/68, averaging a 3.00 GAA, and a 0.917 save percentage throughout the two games.
Johnstown comes back home after taking three out of four points on the road against the Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks. Game one saw the first half of the game with the Tomahawks up 3-0. But Danbury soon started the comeback, forcing the game to go to OT. From there, defensemen Joshua Burke would score the winner for the Tricks 1:38 into extra time, taking game one 4-3.
Forward Johnny Ulicny picked up two goals while forward TJ Koufis tallied two assists. Danbury forward Boris Skalos also tallied two assists in game one.
Game two saw Johnstown respond back from the previous nights’ upset. Zachary Murray lit the lamp twice, and goaltender Tommy Heaney earned his first NAHL shutout, helping the Hawks split the series with Danbury, taking it at a final score of 4-0.
HEAD TO HEAD - all stats as of 10/27/2021
East Division Rank: 4th
Leading Goal Scorer: Jake Black (12 Goals) [NAHL Rank: 2nd]
Leading Assists Scorer: Sean Ramsay (10 Assists)
Leading Points Scorer: Jake Black (19 Points) [NAHL Rank: 3rd]
Leading +/-: Jake Black & Dusty Geregach (+8)
Top Goalie: Sam Evola (5-3-1-0, 2.82 GAA, 0.918 SV%, 511 MIN)
[NAHL Rank: T-9th in W, 10th in MIN]
East Division Rank: 2nd
Leading Goal Scorer: Tommy Bannister (11 Goals) [NAHL Rank: 3rd]
Leading Assists Scorer: Brendan Dumas (16 Assists) [NAHL Rank: 1st]
Leading Points Scorer: Tommy Bannister (22 Points) [NAHL Rank: 1st]
Leading +/-: David Posma, Anthony Calafiore, Rocco Testa-Basi, & Tommy Bannister (+9) [NAHL Rank: 10th]
Top Goalie: Andrew Takacs (6-2-1-0, 2.43 GAA, 0.922 SV%, 494 MIN)
[NAHL Rank: T-3rd in W, 8th in SV%]
Jake Black: 12 Game Points Streak (12 goals, seven assists) since 2021-09-16
[NAHL Rank: 1st]
Tommy Heaney: Two Game Win Streak since 2021-10-15
T.J. Koufis: Four Game Points Streak (one goal, six assists) since 2021-10-15
David Matousek: Three Game Points Streak (two goals, two assists) since 2021-10-16
Johnny Ulicny: Two Game Points Streak (two goals, one assist) since 2021-10-22
Tomahawks goaltender Tommy Heaney, and forward TJ Koufis, has been named as Honorable Mentions in this week's edition of Bauer’s Stars of the Week.
Heaney took the reins between the pipes for game two last weekend against Danbury. The 6’2” 175 pound Oceanport, New Jersey native came in and made a statement. Earning his first NAHL shutout, along with his second win in a row. Stopping a perfect 32/32 in the games 60:00.
Koufis last weekend also made a statement for the Tomahawks. Tallying two assists in game one, and putting up a goal and assist in game two. Extending the Wisconsin commits point streak to four games.
Tomahawks defensemen Mack Oliphant last week announced his commitment to play NCAA Division I hockey at College of the Holy Cross. Younger brother to captain and Air Force commit Holt, Mack joined the team this season and has so far been making a name for himself. The 6’3” 185 pound right handed shooter in 13 games has tallied seven assists.