Tomahawks Sweep Black Bears in Maryland

ODENTON, Maryland – The Johnstown Tomahawks looked to duplicate Friday’s success in the final game of the weekend series, and they did not disappoint.

Saturday’s bout proved to be a physical contest, with just over 20 penalties called between both squads. The Hawks and Bears battled a close one, taking a 1-1 tie into the third period.

Then, the Tomahawks offense took over while the defense held things down behind the blue line. Johnstown fired off 3 goals in the third, securing the win and the sweep. Bennett Stockdale, now the NAHL’s points leader with 18, picked up the game winning goal.

Maryland came into the series against Johnstown fresh off a two game sweep of the Knights in which they scored 12 goals. They were unable to come close to matching that offensive success against the Tomahawks.

Johnstown newcomer David Tomeo, a Black Bear himself during the 2018-19 season, stood tall in net. Tomeo’s homecoming in Odenton saw him stopping 75 of 77 shots over both games.

The Tomahawks remain in 3rd place in the East Division with 14 points off a record of 6-4-2, nipping at the heels of the WBS Knights (15 points) and first place New Jersey Titans (16 points).

Scoring Breakdown

1st period recap:

– 17:39 Johnstown goal scored by Carson Gallagher, assisted by Matthew Doyle and Bennett Stockdale.

2nd period recap:

– 10:56 Maryland power play goal scored by Kyle Oleksiuk, assisted by Wilmer Skoog and Logan Kons.

3rd period recap:

– 1:03 Johnstown power play goal scored by Bennett Stockdale, assisted by Max Kouznetsov.
– 13:15 Johnstown goal scored by Pavel Kharin, assisted by Liam Whitehouse.
– 17:08 Johnstown shorthanded goal scored by Spencer DenBeste, assisted by Ethan Webb.

Shots on Goal After the Third Period: Johnstown (37) | Maryland (34)

Looking Ahead

Johnstown hits the road for a series against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights on October 18th and 19th before returning home on October 25th for a three game series with the Northeast Generals.

Three promotions are on deck with the next Tomahawks home stand:

October 25th – Reg Kent bobblehead giveaway presented by Valley Printing, ASL Awareness Night
October 26th – Trick or Treat at the Rink presented by The Tribune-Democrat
October 27th – Sundies Undies Toss benefiting the Womens Help Center

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