Weekend Preview - Johnstown vs Northeast (Games #5 and #6)
Written by: David Nicoletti and Jon Kohan
After splitting their last series at home against the Maine Nordiques, the Johnstown Tomahawks will head on the road to visit the Northeast Generals. Puck drop for both games will take place at 12pm ET (Thursday and Friday).
This week’s series will be the first two of ten meetings between both teams this season. Both the Tomahawks and Generals met only five times in 2019-20 where Johnstown won the season series against the Generals going 4-1. In both teams' history, they have met each other 17 times. Johnstown currently leads the all time series with a 13-2-1-1 record against the Generals while the Generals hold a 4-10-2-1 record against the Hawks.
The Tomahawks continued their exciting style of hockey when they welcomed the Maine Nordiques to the 1st Summit Arena for their home opening weekend this past Friday and Saturday. After being down 2-0 to start the second period, the Tomahawks would go on to score a goal in the second and then later in the third. They would force overtime and then eventually a shootout; where they would fall to the Nordiques. They would respond however the next day scoring four unanswered goals in the third to win game two over the Nordiques 5-2.
The Northeast Generals are still in search of their first win in 2020-21. They only played one game last weekend which took place on Friday afternoon against the Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks. Both teams were tied at one after one but Danbury would however go on to score two goals in the first along with one goal made by the Generals. No goals were scored in the third and the Tricks would go on to beat the Generals 3-2.
Now to get you ready for this week, here is a look at both teams going into this Thursday.
This is the Tomahawks first of two two game series matchups between them and the Northeast Generals. The last time the Hawks faced the Generals was back on February 8th, 2020 where the Hawks beat the Generals at New England Sports Village 2-1 to sweep a weekend series against Northeast.
The Tomahawks come into this week sitting tied with the Maine Nordiques for second place in the East Division. The Hawks hold a record of 2-0-1-1 with six points. As you can see by the record, they have not lost a game in regulation so far this season. Let’s see how far they can keep that going.
Goaltender Sam Evola tried his best last Friday night in the loss to Maine. Playing 65 minutes and stopping 28 out of 30 shots faced. Connor Strobel was replaced in net last Saturday night and played amazing. Making incredible saves and coming home with the win for the Tomahawks. He would go on to play all 60 minutes and stop 25 out of 27 shots he faced that night. Ending off his first game for the Hawks with a .926 save percentage. Which currently sits Strobel sixth place in the NAHL.
Forwards Brendan Clark and Anthony Mastromonica both lead the Tomahawks in scoring with five points. Each player has scored three goals and tallied two assists so far this season. Both players sit eighth and tenth place in the NAHL in scoring along with Maryland Black Bears forward Daniel Colabufo and Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks forward Cody Hoban for a four-way tie for eighth.
This will be the Generals first two of five games that they will be at home playing the Tomahawks. The next time they welcome the Tomahawks back at home will be for a three game series which will take place on January 29th through January 31st.
The Generals come into this week currently sitting at last (sixth) place in the East Division standings with a 0-3 record. Still haven’t captured a point yet this season.
Forwards Liam McCanney, Andy Stoneman, and Jonathan Young sit on top as the Generals leading scorers coming into this week. All players have two points; a goal and assist each to their name. Only 12 players on the Northeast roster so far have at least one point on the season.
Goaltender Hugo Haas comes into Thursday as the team's best goalie so far. He’s played in only one game for the team. During that game against the Maine Nordiques on October 10th, he stopped 38 of 41 shots faced, ending the night with 3.00 GAA and a .927 save percentage.
The Generals are coached by second year head coach and fifth year general manager, Bryan Erikson. Erikson is joined on the bench by first year assistant coach and head coach of the Northeast Generals 16U AAA of the NAPHL, Eric Progen.
Hawks Goaltender Traded
Tomahawks opening night starting goaltender Ryan Ullan, was traded this past Saturday to the Wichita Falls Wildcats. It is unknown what he was traded for but it's most likely be for a draft pick. Ullan started his only game in net for the Tomahawks on October 11th against the Maryland Black Bears. He played 20 minutes in net for the Hawks until he was pulled from the game before the start of the second period. Allowing four goals and saving only seven shots.
Hawks Add New Defenseman
During the week the Tomahawks have added a new face to their roster. David Paluch will wear number 91 for Johnstown. He's an import player hailing from Burlington, ONT.
He's a 2001, birth year player who stands at 5'11 190 lb.
Last season, Paluch played in the AJHL for the Brooks Bandits where he appeared in 37 games and scoring nine points (1goal, 8 assists).
Joey Kile Article
Tomahawks' Alumni forward, Joey Kile shared an article he wrote via social media about this college hockey team's season being canceled this year due to Covid-19 and gives his perspective on the situation and the inconsistencies of all these Covid precautions we've all been having to deal with since early March. Definitely worth the read.
Hawks-Daily Three Stars of the Weekend (Weekend #2/Games #3-#4)
For the second straight weekend the Tomahawks took away three of four possible points, this time against the Maine Nordiques.
Here's our picks for who we think deserve a shout-out for their performances last weekend.
#3 - Brendan Clark
Last week Clark made our list and he appears on it again as he continues to have a strong start to this season. Last weekend he picked up another goal and assist for the Tomahawks, as well as having a +3 rating on Saturday night.
#2 - Alex Gritz
The team captain picked up his first goal off the season last weekend. He also had an assist in the same game, helping Johnstown defeat Maine last Saturday night, 5-2.
#1 - Connor Strobel
Strobel made his first start with the Tomahawks, as well as making his NAHL debut. In his first game, Connor was able to pick up a victory, backing Johnstown to a a 5-2 victory.
In the game, Strobel faced 27 shots and turned away 25 with a save percentage of .926
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