Friday marked the first of four bobblehead nights with the Johnstown Tomahawks, with Legend Series : Reg Kent. The first 1,000 fans through the gates received a Reg Kent bobblehead with autographed collector’s box. Reg took time to meet with fans, take photographs, and sign additional autographs.
On the ice, the Tomahawks donned specialty jerseys inspired by the iconic Johnstown Jets, who played professional hockey in the historic Cambria County War Memorial Arena from 1950 to 1977. Though the Generals were able to get on the board first, the Tomahawks earned a 3-2 victory. Spencer DenBeste, who put together an impressive weekend, scored the game winning goal, which was his second goal of the night.
On Saturday, the Tomahawks hosted “Hat Trick or Treat Night” at the arena, with a costume parade on the ice during intermission and trick or treating around the arena concourse. Kids received souvenir canvas tote bags to help them carry their goodies. The Hawks also had American Sign Language interpreters participate in the National Anthem as part of ASL Awareness.
On the ice, the Tomahawks couldn’t seem to catch a break. Northeast broke the scoreless tie late in the 2nd period and went on to score two more in the 3rd. It looked like the Generals were going to earn themselves a shutout, but Spencer DenBeste put up Johnstown’s lone goal with six seconds remaining in the game. The final score was 3-1.
Sunday’s Undies Toss, one of hockey’s most unique promotions, got off to a slow start, with the Generals getting on the board first. Forward Drew Murphy would score his first NAHL goal, sending undies flying over the glass. The underwear was collected to be donated to the local Women’s Help Center.
The game would see multiple lead changes, with the Generals seeming to match the Tomahawks with every stride and goal through the 2nd and 3rd period. With a 3-3 tie, Christian Gorscak, who is currently committed to Niagara University, found the back of the net with three minutes remaining on the period. The Tomahawks would hold onto the lead, and looked to have an empty net goal that was waived off.
Goaltender David Tomeo was in net for Friday and Sunday’s contest. Tomeo’s record with the Tomahawks is now 4-1-0 with one shutout and a .944 save percentage.
Spencer DenBeste (F, #28) and David Tomeo (G, #30) earned honorable mentions in the NAHL Bauer East Division Star of the Game report.
The Tomahawks now sit at 2nd place in the East Division with 20 points. 1st place still belongs to the New Jersey Titans with 24 points, and the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights are in 3rd place with 19 points.
Series Goal Scorers
- Spencer DenBeste, 3
- Carson Gallagher, 1
- Drew Murphy, 1
- Max Kouznetsov, 1
- Jesse Lycan, 1
- Christian Gorscak, 1