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Tomahawks vs Titans Weekend Preview - Trades, Tenders, and More!

Written by: David Nicoletti

The Johnstown Tomahawks, after taking the week off last weekend, are back in action. For the first time since December 4th of last year, the team will head back on the road.

This weekend the Hawks will be traveling to Middletown Ice World Arena in Middletown Township, New Jersey, for a two-game series on Friday and Saturday against the New Jersey Titans. Puck drops are set for 7:30 pm on Friday and 7 pm on Saturday.

This will be both the Tomahawks and Titans' fourth and fifth matchup against each other this season. The Hawks currently lead the season series over the Titans 3-0.

The last time the two teams played was back during the Tomahawks three-game road trip on November 29th. The Tomahawks would go on to beat the Titans in a shootout after Andrew Murphy would score the game-winning goal in the second round, and goaltender Peyton Grainer would keep all the puck out of his net during three rounds.

New Jersey comes into this series after splitting a two-game series with the Maryland Black Bears on January 8th through 9th.

Maryland would take game one at a final score of 4-1. While New Jersey the following day would score seven unanswered goals through the second and third periods to win game two at an impressive 9-2 final score. Forwards Jack Ford and Even Werner would both end their nights with two goals.

The Tomahawks come in after taking the week off due to Danbury covid restrictions, forcing the Jr. Hat Tricks not to travel. Johnstown last set games took place on New Year's Eve and New Years Day against the Northeast Generals. The Tomahawks would outscore the Gens 14-0, taking home an 8-0 win on New Year's Eve, and a 6-0 win on New Years Day.

Forward Jay Ahearn would end the weekend with eight points (four goals and assists). Goaltender Sam Evola would get both shutouts, stopping all 50 shots faced all weekend. This would lead both Ahearn and Evola to get East Division Star of the Week for the week of December 28-January 3, 2021.


The Tomahawks come into this series, currently sitting second in the East Division standings with a 10-3-2-1 record and 23 points. Trailing the Maine Nordiques for first place by four points.

Forward John Gelatt currently sits as the Tomahawks leader in goals and points. The newly named NAHL Forward of the Month for December 2020 and newly committed College of Holy Cross player has 14 goals and 24 points on his resume in 2020-21. Ending his last series against Northeast back on 12/31 and 1/1 with six points (three goals and assists). Gelatt is currently fourth place in the NAHL in points and first in the NAHL with goals. He is the NAHL’s top rookie.

Forward Brendan Clark currently sits on top as the team leader in assists. After a six assists weekend against the Generals on 12/31 and 1/1, the Brown University commit has 16 assists on the year out of his 22 points. He currently sits third place in the NAHL in the assist column.

Goaltender Sam Evola is currently going into this weekend as the team's best goaltender of 2020-21. Evola so far holds an 8-1-1-1 record with a 1.88 GAA and a 0.926 save percentage. This season he has played in net for 671 minutes. He currently sits second in the NAHL in GAA, fourth in save percentage, and tenth in minutes played.


The Titans come into this series, currently sitting fourth place in the East Division standings with a 6-7-1-4 record and 17 points. Trailing the Maryland Black Bears for third place by four points.

Like Gelatt, Titans forward Evan Werner leads the Titans so far this year in goals and points. The 17-year-old so far has 12 goals and 18 assists with the Titans in 2020-21. Just recently coming off a four points (three goals, one assist) weekend against the Black Bears on January 8th and 9th. Werner currently sits second in the NAHL behind Gelatt in goals.

The Titans currently hold a five-way tie for the team leader in assists. These players include forwards Nick Seitz, Levente Keresztes, Tommy Bannister, Jake LaRusso, and defenseman Tyler Nasca.

Goaltender Berk Berkeliev is currently the team's best goaltender heading into this weekend. The Calgary native currently holds a 2-4-1-3 record with a 3.02 GAA and a 0.913 save percentage with 657 minutes in net.


Tomahawks Streaks

Jay Ahearn - Eight Game Point Streak - 15 points (six goals, nine assists) since 11/27/2020

John Gelatt - Five Game Point Streak - 11 points (eight goals, three assists) since 12/3/2020

Brendan Clark - Four Game Point Streak - 11 points (one goal, 10 assists) since 12/04/2020

Caden Lewandowski - Four Game Point Streak - Six Points (one goal, five assists) since 12/04/2020

Alex Gritz - Two Game Point Streak - Three Points (one goal, two assists) since 12/31/2020

Will Margel - Two Game Point Streak - Two Points (one goal and assist) since 12/31/2020

David Paluch - Two Game Point Streak - Two Points (one goal and assist) since 12/31/2020

Ryan Poorman - Two Game Point Streak - Two Points (assists) since 12/31/2020

Goaltender Sam Evola holds a four-game winning streak since 12/04/2020. As well as a two-game shutout streak since 12/31/2020.

College Commitments

Brendan Clark - Brown University (ECACHL, D1)

John Gelatt - Holy Cross (Atlantic Hockey, D1)

Carson Grainer - Chatham University (ECAC Hockey D3)

Caden Lewandowski - Robert Morris University (Atlantic Hockey, D1)

David Paluch - University of Vermont (Hockey East, D1)

Tomahawks Transactions

2021-01-11 Carson Grainer (F) Released

2021-01-11 Mikol Sartor (F) Traded to MN Wilderness

2020-12-28 Will Margel (F) Added

2020-12-11 Nathan Cox (D) Released

2020-12-11 Connor Strobel (G) Released

Forward Mikol Sartor has been traded to the Minnesota Wilderness. The Winnipeg, Manitoba native made his NAHL debut this year for the Hawks.

Sartor would go on to put up four points (one goal, three assists) in seven games this year. His last game as a Hawks was on November 28th against the Maryland Black Bears, where he would record an assist in that 4-3 loss.

Forward Carson Grainer has been released by the team, where he will be headed to the ‘Burgh to continue his hockey career with the Chatham Cougars this spring, where he will play for the Division III program.

The Livonia, Michigan native entered his second NAHL season and final junior year eligibility with the Hawks. He ends his tenure with the Hawks with 19 points (six goals, 13 assists) in 51 career games.

Tomahawks Tenders

Ryan Vellucci:

The six-foot Northville, Michigan native center was born on December 13th, 2002. The 6’0” 181-pound center so far this season has 22 points (seven goals, 15 assists) in 32 games as captain with Victory Honda this season.

Casey Aman

A Johnstown, PA native, Casey Aman is a defenseman born on January 15th, 2003. He stands at 5’11” and weighs 170 pounds. So far this season, Aman has suited up for the Shattuck St. Mary's 18U Prep of the USHS-Prep. He has one goal and four assists, and six penalty minutes in 17 games this season.

Zachary Stoner

Born in Leesburg, Virginia, on June 13th, 2002, the Stoner stands at 6’1” and weighs in at 179 pounds. So far in 2020-21, the right-handed shot has played 34 games in the NAPHL with the Esmark Stars U18 club. Putting up a total of 21 points (five goals, 16 assists) in 34 games this season.

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