New Jersey Drops Hawks 8-1

JOHNSTOWN – The New Jersey Titans fired home six consecutive goals en route to a 8-1 victory over the Johnstown Tomahawks Saturday night at the Cambria County War Memorial Arena.

The Titans started the game flying and broke through the Tomahawks defense with the game’s first goal when Andrew Husted slid the puck behind Tomahawks goalie Drew Hotte.

Titans forward Gordie Helmuth increased the New Jersey advantage to 2-0 with his 10th of the season assisted by Tyler Antonucci and Greg Malafronte.

New Jersey made it 3-0 after Jordan Kaplan netted his 15th of the season on the power play. Dylan Healy and Will Riedell assisted on the goal.

The second period wouldn’t be kind to the Tomahawks, who were looking to get back on track.

Todd Goehring scored at 4:08 of the second for a 4-0 Titans lead. Then, Nick Boyagian followed suit with his 12th of the season assisted by Danny Eruzione and Husted at 6:54 of the middle frame.

Kaplan capped off the scoring in the third period with his goal at 10:35 of the second.

Both the Hawks and Titans would ramp up the physicality late in the period with numerous players receiving fighting majors and game misconducts.

Johnstown would finally solve New Jersey netminder Ryan Ferland when Daniil Bokun sent one low blocker side for his fourth of the season. Evan Somoza and Hayden Rowan picked up the helpers.

New Jersey responded at 9:45 of the third period when Goehring scored his second of the contest to increase the score to 7-1.

Zach Parrot of New Jersey scored late in the third to set the final at 8-1.

Ferland stopped 20 of 21 Tomahawks shots on goal for his second win of the season. Hotte and Vinnie Purpura split time in net with Hotte picking up the loss.

The Tomahawks are back on home ice Friday, Feb. 24 when they host the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights. The Voice finalist, Josh Gallagher, will in attendance to sing the national anthem, perform live during intermission and meet fans. Friday is also the Art of Hockey promotion presented by Bottle Works.