ODENTON, Md. – The Johnstown Tomahawks traveled to Piney Orchard Arena to take on the Maryland Black Bears on Friday. The last time these two teams met, the Tomahawks swept the series, outscoring Maryland 9-2 over two games.
Maryland got on the board first, halfway through the 1st period. 20 minutes later, Johnstown’s Sean Bauchens would score his first goal of the season. Though Maryland pulled ahead 2-1 with a goal by Cameron Recchi, Johnstown’s offense came together to score two unanswered.
Spencer DenBeste tied the game with just over two minutes remaining in the second period. With a 2-2 tie and 5:02 remaining on the clock, Christian Gorscak put in what became the game wining goal, his 2nd game winner in a row.
The Black Bears had an opportunity to close out the remaining 1:43 of regulation on the power play after Johnstown was called for hooking. The Hawks penalty kill staved off multiple 6-on-4 efforts by the Black Bears, including a near goal opportunity as time expired. Goaltender David Tomeo picked up his 5th win for the Tomahawks this season.
Johnstown’s victory over Maryland and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s loss to New Jersey earlier Friday created space in the NAHL East Division, with 2nd place Johnstown now holding a 3 point lead over WBS. New Jersey remains in 1st place with a 6 point advantage.
1st Period Recap
– 8:16 Maryland goal scored by Anthony Mollica, assisted by Ethan Heidepriem.
2nd Period Recap
– 8:49 Johnstown goal scored by Sean Bauchens, assisted by Jesse Lycan and Max Kouznetsov.
– 13:25 Maryland power play goal scored by Cameron Recchi, assisted by Wilmer Skoog.
– 17:24 Johnstown goal scored by Spencer DenBeste, assisted by Tristan Poissant and Christian Gorscak.
3rd Period Recap
– 14:58 Johnstown power play goal scored by Christian Gorscak, assisted by Quinn Warmuth and Tristan Poissant.
Final Shots on Goal count: Johnstown Tomahawks (37) | Maryland Black Bears (24)
The Tomahawks will again face off against the Maryland Black Bears on Saturday, November 2nd at 7:45p. This will the the Hawks 5th game in just 9 days.
Johnstown will then return home for a three game series against the Jamestown Rebels. Thursday, November 7th, is PA Student Council Night, where the Hawks will host Westmont Hilltop high school and guests from a PA Student Council Symposium.
November 8th and 9th are Military Appreciation Weekend. Veterans can receive a free ticket by visiting the 1ST SUMMIT ARENA Box Office and presenting military ID courtesy Martin-Baker America.
Saturday, November 9th is also Scout Night, and the 2nd annual Military Veterans Classic will be played immediately following the Tomahawks vs. Rebels game. The Classic will feature teams of veterans across all branches of America’s Armed Forces, with the local Johnstown Generals taking on the Ashburn Veterans. Admission to this game is included with your Johnstown Tomahawks game ticket.
Tickets are available in-person at the 1ST SUMMIT ARENA Box Office and online with Ticketmaster.