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Tomahawks vs Titans Series Preview (10/8-10/9)

Written by: David Nicoletti



After an amazing 10th home opener last weekend against the Maryland Black Bears at 1ST SUMMIT ARENA @ Cambria County War Memorial, the Johnstown Tomahawks are right back at it this weekend, as they travel to Middletown Ice Arena in Middletown Township for a two-game series against the New Jersey Titans.


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





New Jersey comes into this series after playing one game last weekend at home against Maryland. The Titans ended the first period leading the game 2-1 with goals from forwards Jake LaRusso, and Tommy Bannister. However, it wouldn’t stop Maryland from scoring two goals in the second, stealing the win from New Jersey with a 3-2 final score. Andrew Takacs (G) faced 42 shots in net for the Titans, stopping 39 of them.


Johnstown rolls into New Jersey fresh off an opening night win against the Black Bears. It was a back-and-forth contest all night with both teams exchanging goal after goal. Forwards Holt Oliphant and Stephen Kyrkostas (2) would score, as it was 3-3 with both teams needing OT. The extra five was not enough, so a shootout was needed. In the end, Zachary Murray (F) and Kyrkostas would score the only goals in two rounds, as the Hawks took the 4-3 win.


HEAD TO HEAD - all stats as of 10/05/2021


JOHNSTOWN


East Division Rank: 6th

Record: 3-4-0-0

Points: 6


Leading Goal Scorer: Zachary Murray (5-2-7)

Leading Assists Scorer: Jake Black (4-4-8) Dustin Geregach & Sean Ramsey (1-4-5)

Leading Points Scorer: Jake Black (4-4-8)

Top Goalie: Salvatore Evola (3-2-0-0, 3.12 GAA, 0.905 SV%, 270 MIN)

[NAHL Rank: T-9th in W]



NEW JERSEY


East Division Rank: 5th

Record: 4-5-0-0

Points: 8


Leading Goal Scorer: Tommy Bannister (6-3-9) & Brandon Avezov (6-2-8) [NAHL Rank: T-3rd]

Leading Assists Scorer: Anthony Calafiore (0-5-5) & Brendan Dumas (2-5-7)

Leading Points Scorer: Tommy Bannister (6-3-9)

Top Goalie: Andrew Takacs (2-1-0-0, 1.83 GAA, 0.941 SV%, 164 MIN)

[NAHL Rank: 6th in GAA, 5th in SV%]





TEAM UPDATE


POINTS STREAKS


Jake Black: Six Game Points Streak (four goals, four assists) since 2021-09-16

Stephen Kyrkostas: Two Game Points Streak (two goals, one assist) since 2021-09-25


LEAGUE HONORABLE MENTIONS


Tomahawks forward Stephen Kyrkostas was named as an Honorable Mention by the NAHL in this week's edition of Bauer's Stars of the Week.


The Selden, New York native put up two goals in Johnstown’s home-opening match-up last Saturday against the Maryland Black Bears. Capping it all off with a game-winning shootout goal to lead the Hawks over Maryland 4-3.


Alongside of the weekly mention, Tomahawks defensemen Dusty Geregach, as well as forward Jake Black, were both named as an Honorable Mention by the NAHL for the September Players of the Month.


The McKees Rocks, PA native Geregach in seven games this season has put up a goal and four assists. Averaging a plus-four and tallying 15 shots on goal.


As for Jake Black, a native of Pomfret, Connecticut, in seven games for the Hawks has four goals and four assists. He is currently averaging a plus one on the ice, and has put up 22 shots on net. He currently leads the Tomahawks in points for the year.




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