Benwell’s Hat Trick Leads Hawks to 5-3 Win

ODENTON, M.D. – Oliver Benwell scored a hat trick and Colin Price tallied two goals in the Johnstown Tomahawks’ 5-3 win over the Maryland Black Bears Friday night in the team’s 40th win of the season.
Scoring Breakdown:
1st Period Recap
  • The Tomahawks broke through the scoreless tie midway through the period as Oliver Benwell tapped in a Hunter Toale point shot past Black Bears netminder David Tomeo. The goal was his 22nd of the season.
  • Twenty-two seconds later, Colin Price finished a two-on-one with Bennett Stockdale for a 2-0 Hawks lead and his ninth of the season.
  • Less than 40 seconds after the goal, Benwell fired a laser past Tomeo’s glove hand for his second of the game and 23rd of the season. His goal was assisted by Alex Wilkins and Roman Kraemer.
  • The offensive continued but this time it was Maryland who chipped in a goal; this one from defenseman Lukas Ljungblom.
  • The Tomahawks skated into the first intermission up 3-1.
Shots on Goal After the First Period: Johnstown (9) | Maryland (11)
2nd Period Recap
  • The Black Bears cut the Tomahawks lead to 3-2 when Max Borst scored a breakaway goal shorthanded at the 9:06 mark of the second period.
  • However, the Tomahawks regained the two-goal lead after Price converted his second goal of the game at 15:40 of the second period.
  • The Black Bears battled back to subtract from the Tomahawks deficit with a Luc Salem goal.
  • The Tomahawks went on the penalty kill to end the second period as Toale was assessed a five-minute major for head contact and Mitch Hale picked up a tripping call.
Shots on Goal After the Second Period: Johnstown (11) | Maryland (11)
3rd Period Recap:
  • Maryland pressed all period long but Cooper Lukenda maintained the one-goal Tomahawks lead heading into the final minute of play.
  • Benwell put the game away with his hat trick goal at the 19:19 mark of the third period.
Final Shots on Goal: Johnstown (29) | Maryland (33)
Johnstown returns to 1ST SUMMIT ARENA Wednesday, March 6 for a 7 p.m. faceoff with Jamestown.
The homestand continues on Friday, March 8 for Fight Night II presented by Valley Printing. Four-time ECW Heavyweight Champion, “The Franchise” Shane Douglas will drop the ceremonial first puck and sign autographs.
Saturday, March is the annual Guns & Hoses game in conjunction with Brett Keisel Night. The two-time Super Bowl Champion will be on hand to drop the ceremonial first puck and sign autographs for fans.
Tickets: Ticketmaster.com