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Noah Basarab Named NAHL Bauer Division Star of the Week

NAHL announces Divisional Stars of the Week presented by Bauer Hockey

The North American Hockey League (NAHL) today announced the Divisional Stars of the Week presented by Bauer Hockey for the week ending November 10, 2019.  The Divisional Stars of the Week is a weekly feature during the 2019-20 regular season that honors the top performing players in each of the four NAHL divisions.

Basarab, 20, put up some big numbers as the Tomahawks took five of six points in a three-game weekend series against the Jamestown Rebels. The 6’0/185 lbs. native of Gimli, Manitoba, recorded seven points (4 goals, 3 assists) in the three games. On Thursday, Basarab had both of Johnstown’s goals in a 2-1 win. On Friday, he had three assists in a 6-1 win, and then on Saturday, he had two more goals in a 6-5 shootout loss. For the season, Basarab is 4th in team scoring with 19 points in 19 games played.

“Noah played a huge role in us being able to pick up 5 of 6 points this weekend in a tough three games in three days. He has been such a vital part of our team this season in so many ways. He stepped up big time for us this past weekend, and he is very deserving of this recognition in which we are very proud of him,” said Tomahawks head coach Mike Letizia.

2nd Star: Joey Stanizzi, G, Northeast Generals
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Zak Currie, F, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights – Isaiah Fox, F, Maine Nordiques – Tyler German, F, Jamestown Rebels – Liam Haslam, D, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights – Filip Jakobsson, F, Maryland Black Bears – Joe Nagle, D, Northeast Generals – Eric Olson, F, Jamestown Rebels – Cole Ouellette, D, Maine Nordiques – Cameron Recchi, F, Maryland Black Bears – Bennett Stockdale, F, Johnstown Tomahawks

Tomahawks Fall in OT, Take 3 of 4 Points

ODENTON, Md. – The Johnstown Tomahawks concluded their weekend series against the Maryland Black Bears on Saturday.

Six minutes into the second period, Tomahawks rookie forward Jason Tynan socre his first career goal to put the Hawks on the board, but it would be the only time Johnstown would light the lamp. Two minutes later, Maryland’s Jackson Sterrett tied the game.

In 3-on-3 overtime, Maryland’s Kyle Oleksiuk turned on the jets, breaking away from Malik Alishlalov, and went five-hole to beat goaltender David Tomeo. Oleksiuk’s effort secured Maryland’s first ever win against Johnstown. The teams first faced each other on October 12, 2018, and Johnstown went on a 13 game winning streak.

The efforts of David Tomeo kept the game close despite Maryland’s best offensive efforts, stopping 53 of 55 shots. He moves on to 5-1-1 on the season with the Tomahawks.

With the overtime loss, the Tomahawks went home with 3 of 4 possible points against Maryland, further cementing their 2nd place position in the East Division.

Elsewhere in the East Division, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights were defeated by the 1st place New Jersey Titans, and the Jamestown Rebels topped the Maine Nordiques. The Northeast Generals fell to the Kenai River Brown Bears in an inter-division match-up.

SCORING BREAKDOWN

1st Period Recap

No scoring.

2nd Period Recap

– 5:58 Johnstown goal scored by Jason Tynan, assisted by Matthew Doyle.
– 8:06 Maryland shorthanded goal scored by Jackson Sterrett, unassisted.

3rd Period Recap

No scoring.

Overtime Recap

– 2:09 Maryland goal scored by Kyle Oleksiuk.

Final Shots on Goal count: Johnstown Tomahawks (38) | Maryland Black Bears (55)

LOOKING AHEAD

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.

Tomahawks Bear Down On Maryland

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.

SCORING RECAP

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)

LOOKING AHEAD

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.

Carson Gallagher Commits to Sacred Heart

JOHNSTOWN, Penn. – Johnstown Tomahawks forward, Carson Gallagher, has announced his commitment to Sacred Heart University, located in Bridgeport Connecticut. Gallagher has become the 6th active Tomahawk to make a DI commitment.

Through the young season, the Courtice, Ontario native has made a significant impact both on and off the ice. A locker room leader, Gallagher was named an Assistant Captain in late September. He quickly endeared himself to fans and became a staple in the high powered Tomahawks offense.

To date, Gallagher has 17 points from 10 goals and 7 assists, giving him a 1.00 points per game average. Carson is the current team leader in goals scored, and ranks 3rd in the NAHL. Two of his goals have been game winners, both coming on the road against the Maine Nordiques and Maryland Black Bears.

When Carson chose to come to Johnstown, we knew he had the opportunity to contribute to our team offensively, but he has done that and so much more. His work ethic, energy, and leadership have been contagious. He has had an infectious positive impact on our team on and off the ice.

After a very strong start to the season, it made sense that he was a coveted Divsion I prospect, and I am very proud of him on his commitment ot Sacred Heart University. He is fully deserving of the opportunity, and I couldn’t be happier for him. I look forward to seeing how his game continues to grow for us, and we will surely be counting on him to continue to be a big part of our team moving forward.

Mike Letizia, Head Coach of the Johnstown Tomahawks

The Sacred Heart Pioneers are a Division I program playing in the Atlantic Hockey Association. The Pioneers began playing in the AHA during the 2003-04 season, and reached the conference’s championship game in 2004 and 2010. Sacred Heart is coached by C.J. Marottola, who was previously named 2010 Atlantic Hockey Coach of the Year during his first season with the program.

Tomahawks Split Road Series with Knights

The Johnstown Tomahawks hit the road to Pittston, Pennsylvania to finish a lengthy road trip in October, which saw them playing six games in between home stands. The East Division’s 3rd place Tomahawks faced off against the 2nd place Knights, looking to surpass them in the standings and gain ground on the division leading New Jersey Titans.

Coming into Friday’s contest, the Tomahawks were averaging 3 goals per game. Though they put up quite the effort with 40 shots on goal, they were only able to find the back of the net once, off the stick of Christian Gorscak. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton was able to

Saturday’s contest would see a resurgence of the Tomahawks offense. Tristan Poissant, Chris Trouba, Spencer DenBeste, and Malik Alishlalov all beat WBS netminder Zach Stejskal en route to a 4-0 victory. Poissant, Trouba, Gorscak, DenBeste, and Alishlalov all had 2 points in the game. This was rookie defenseman Malik Alishlalov’s first career goal in the NAHL.

The Tomahawks defense put on quite the performance, limiting WBS to 22 shots on goal. Rookie goaltender Alex Tracy stopped every shot he faced on, earning his first career shutout victory. Tracy now accounts for 9 of the Tomahawks 16 points, with a record in net of 4-1-1.

With the split of the series, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights remain in 2nd place in the NAHL East Division, with the Johnstown Tomahawks in a very close 3rd, trailing by just one point.

The Tomahawks finally return home to close out October with a three game stand against the Northeast Generals.

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David Tomeo Named NAHL Bauer Division Star of the Week

The North American Hockey League (NAHL) today announced the Divisional Stars of the Week presented by Bauer Hockey for the week ending October 13, 2019. The Divisional Stars of the Week is a weekly feature during the 2019-20 regular season that honors the top performing players in each of the four NAHL divisions. Only players that are nominated by their respective teams are considered for the Divisional Players of the Week award.

Johnstown Tomahawks newly acquired goaltender David Tomeo, 20, made an immediate impact against his old team in Maryland this weekend.

The 6’1/180 lbs. native of West Caldwell, New Jersey, started and won both road games against the Black Bears this weekend, stopping 75 of a possible 77 shots. That included 42 saves in a 5-1 win on Friday and 33 saves in a 4-1 win on Saturday.

“We were fortunate to pick up a two-game sweep on the road against a strong Maryland team. Our offense was able to find some success, but limiting their good offense to one goal each night was big for our team as we try to find consistency.

David was outstanding both nights for us. He made big saves at key times, and was in control of the game both nights. With the amount of special teams in both games there were a fair amount of looks on the power play in which he came up big.

I am very proud of the way he came in and performed for us in his first two games with our team,” said Johnstown head coach Mike Letizia.

2nd Star: Ethan Destefani, F, Northeast Generals

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Spencer Cosway, D, Jamestown Rebels – Makem Demers, F, Maine Nordiques – Trent Grimshaw, F, Maine Nordiques – Kasyn Kruse, F, Jamestown Rebels – Jared Lambright, D, Northeast Generals – Bennett Stockdale, F, Johnstown Tomahawks

Team Captains Named for 2019-20 Season

JOHNSTOWN, PA – Coach Mike Letizia announced Team Captains of the Johnstown Tomahawks for the 2019-20 season.

Chris Trouba will again wear the “C” for our Hawks, and will be joined by Assistant Captains Colin Price, Bennett Stockdale, Carson Gallagher, Pavel Kharin, and Matt Doyle.

We sat down with everyone and asked them what it means to them to be named a captain here in Johnstown.

“There is a long history of hockey in Johnstown and it is an honor to lead and represent this city every day.”
– Chris Trouba, #4, Defenseman

Just trust Trouba! In the past, Trouba has definitely been a key component in helping the Tomahawks to achieve a first-place ranking in the eastern division. Trouba ended the 2018-2019 season with 5 goals and 13 assists, totaling 18 points, with a +14 rating.

“It’s an honor to be chosen to represent the Tomahawks for another season. There are a lot of leaders on this team, whether they are wearing a letter or not. Myself and the other captains will do our best to represent this city and embody the Johnstown work ethic.”
– Colin Price, #10, Forward

Price returns to the ice! Price was a part of the 2018-2019 team that ended up in first place in the eastern division. He ended last season with 13 goals and assists, totaling 26 points with a +19 rating.

“To be able to be a part of an organization like the Tomahawks is unbelievable, and to be able to be a part of the leadership group is truly an honor.”
– Bennett Stockdale, #25, Forward

Stockdale scores another season! Stockdale, alongside Price and Trouba, was a big part of last season, including being a part of a division championship team postseason. He also put together an impressive stat line that including 17 goals, 22 assists, 39 points and a +8 rating.

“To be a captain for the Tomahawks organization is a huge honor. It means you can’t be afraid to hold your teammates accountable, but most importantly, to hold yourself accountable.

I have only been here for a few months, and the people of the Johnstown community are passionate and very accommodating to the team.”
– Carson Gallagher, #77, Forward

The newcomer to the team! Carson Gallagher is playing alongside Tomahawks veterans and captains Trouba, Kharin, Price, Doyle and Stockdale. Even though he has only been with the team for a few months, Gallagher is eager to start the season off on the right foot alongside his teammates and coaches.

“It is an honor to be a leader of such an amazing organization and a member of one of the most historic hockey cities in the the United States.”
– Pavel Kharin, #19, Forward

Buckle up baby are you “Kharin” me?! Kharin is no rookie when it comes to playing with the Tomahawks. His stats included 6 goals and 8 assists, totaling 14 points for the 2018-2019 season, alongside a +3 rating.

“It’s an honor to be named assistant captain here in Johnstown, where hockey has old roots. I’m going to try to lead by example and bring energy to the boys on and off the ice.”

Doyle does it again! Matt Doyle is another veteran on the Tomahawks, alongside Trouba, Kharin, and Price. Achieving 1 goal and 12 assists, totaling 13 points with a +9 rating, as well as being a part of eastern division champion team.

Tickets are still available for this weekend’s contests against the New Jersey Titans. Friday will feature a banner raising ceremony commemorating the 2018-19 season, which saw our Tomahawks skate away with the NAHL Regular Season and Division Titles, and we’ve got 2x Stanley Cup Champion Phil Bourque in the house to meet with fans!

Saturday, we join the effort to “Turn the Towns Teal” in partnership with the Ann Harris Smith Foundation to raise Ovarian Cancer Awareness. The Tomahawks will wear special teal jerseys which will be available to purchase online with DASH Auctions. Proceeds from this event will benefit the Ann Harris Smith Foundation.

You can get your tickets in-person at the Arena Box Office or online with Ticketmaster at www.1stSummitArena.com/go/Tomahawks. We’ll see you at 1ST SUMMIT ARENA, and Lets Go Hawks!

Adam Kolcon Commits to Air Force Academy

JOHNSTOWN, PA – The Johnstown Tomahawks of the North American Hockey League (NAHL) are pleased to announce the commitment of defenseman Adam Kolcon to the Air Force Academy. The 19 year old announced his commitment to the NCAA  Division 1 program from the Atlantic Hockey Conference two days prior to reporting to Johnstown for training camp.

The 6’1/185 lb native of Rochester, NY, has collected 1 assist and is +1 on the young Tomahawks season. Last season, Kolcon compiled 7 goals and 17 assists for a combined 24 points split between the Camrose Kodiaks and Olds Grizzlys of the Alberta Junior Hockey League. The Tomahawks signed Kolcon to a tender agreement prior to the 2019-2020 season.

“We are very happy for Adam and his commitment to Air Force,” head coach Mike Letizia said. “We brought him in here knowing that he had the ability to be a strong offensive defenseman for us who could replace a lot of the puck movers we moved on from the back end, and also help our power play. So far on the early season, he has been able to deliver.”

The Air Force hockey program has won the Atlantic Conference Tournament seven times from 2007 to 2018. In 2018, Air Force – led by Head Coach Frank Serratore – upset #1 seeded St. Cloud State University in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament. Air Force fell in the second round to eventual National Champion Minnesota-Duluth.

“Coach Serratore’s career and reputation speaks for itself” Letizia said. “He has been an incredibly successful coach who gets the most out of his players, and we are excited for Adam and his family for the opportunity to play for coach Serratore, and also represent our country in the United States Air Force.”

Adam Kolcon and the rest of the Johnstown Tomahawks are in action this weekend, September 27th and 28th, at 1ST SUMMIT ARENA! Be sure to get your tickets now at www.1stSummitArena.com/go/Tomahawks or in-person at the Arena Box Office.

Tomahawks Extend Letizia

JOHNSTOWN — The Johnstown Tomahawks of the North American Hockey League (NAHL) are proud to announce that head coach Mike Letizia will remain with the team as head coach for two more years.

 

Letizia recently signed a two-year contract extension to remain with the Tomahawks through the 2018-19 season.

 

 “I am very grateful for the opportunity that the ownership has given me since I joined the organization in our inaugural season,” Letizia said. “Being able to continue to do what I love to do for this great organization is something that I take a lot of pride in, and have so much passion about it.”

 

The 31-year-old Chicago native began his career with the Tomahawks as the assistant coach during the team’s first two seasons before becoming the head coach. Previously, Letizia coached multiple local hockey teams as an active and valuable member of the Johnstown community.

 

Staying active in the community is important to Letizia, who currently lives in nearby Somerset with his wife and daughter.

 

“My family has become a part of the Tomahawks family and that probably means the most to me,” Letizia said. “My wife Alana and my daughter Myla are mine and the team's biggest fans and never miss a game, so being able to continue to share this with them is something that's very important.”

 

The Tomahawks have also had great success under Coach Letizia.

 

In his first season as head coach, six Tomahawks players committed to NCAA Division I programs, seven players went to play at NCAA Division III schools, and the team saw their first NHL draft pick in goaltender Ryan Bednard.

 

Last season, the Tomahawks won 31 regular season games and made it to the second round of the Robertson Cup playoffs for the first time since relocating to Johnstown. Additionally, 17 players from the 2015-16 team moved on to the collegiate level, which established a team record.

 

"The Tomahawks are excited to have Mike remain the head coach for two more season," team president Richard Bouchard said. "He is a valuable asset to the organization and highly devoted to the team and the Johnstown community. We look forward to seeing Mike continue to lead the Tomahawks to success."

 

As a player, Letizia spent four seasons in the Ontario Hockey League as a defenseman with the Plymouth Whalers, serving as an alternate captain for two seasons.

 

Letizia then signed his first professional contract with the Rockford IceHogs of the former United Hockey League. As an IceHog, Letizia was nominated for Rookie of the Year and won a Colonial Cup Championship in 2007.

“I truly love coming to the rink every day and being able to work with our players to help them achieve their goals. It is very gratifying to see our players move on to college, pro hockey and beyond,” Letizia said. “But maybe even more than that is the calls and texts from past players on holidays, during the season, or just to say hi and see how my family is doing. That's pretty special and really makes you feel the impact you can have on these players and that is what makes doing this so meaningful.”

 

Tomahawks Are Piecing Together 2016-17 Team

Summer is typically not thought of as hockey season.

 

However, for various junior hockey teams across North America, summer represents a chance build your roster for the next season. And in the North American Hockey League, all 24 teams take this opportunity to find players they think fit the mold of their vision.

 

The Johnstown Tomahawks are no exception. July 14-17, the team held its Main Camp at Planet Ice. The camp was held after three open try-out camps in Pittsburgh, Greater Detroit and Minnesota.

 

This invitation-only camp saw the best and brightest prospects from the previous camps flock to the city of Johnstown to compete for a spot on the 2016-17 Tomahawks roster.

 

With roster turnover from last season, Tomahawks head coach Mike Letizia and assistant coach Nick Shackford were hard at work, scouting players, watching film and working the phones to ensure the best competition possible during the four-day camp.

 

Letizia commented that is was the “dedication” from Shackford and the scouting staff that made Main Camp competitive and successful in finding the players they were searching for during the offseason.

 

“With the large turnover we had, we were extremely open minded to all the players coming into camp,” Letizia said. “I feel that you need to combine players that have skill, hockey sense, toughness and grit, strong character, and a team first mentality.”

 

Development is the next step in the process according to Letizia.

 

“From there as coaches we work on their development both individually and as a team to help us create overall success,” he said. “We had a lot of players that possessed these qualities at our camp which is a product of dedicated scouting by coach Shackford and the other members of our scouting staff.”

 

The players that reported to Johnstown did not disappoint Letizia. The competition was at a high level throughout the four-day grind.

 

“We really saw the guys doing all they could to make this team,” Letizia said. “Obviously we couldn't take everyone, but there were so many difficult decisions for us where we kept going back and forth. This was a big reason why we added the second all-star game. We just didn't feel right having just one when we had so many tough choices and we wanted to give it another look and as tough as it still was, it definitely helped us.”

“Additionally, there were some great young prospects at this camp that maybe were not quite ready yet but are guys that we are going to really follow for the future.”

 

The large turnout for camp made a clear statement. Johnstown and the Tomahawks have become a premier destination for prospects.

 

“We feel that we are a great destination for prospects,” Letizia said. “Playing in Johnstown is a very special thing for junior hockey players. The tradition of the arena, the town, and the people of the community is what I believe sets us apart. We are striving to be the best possible team we can be on the ice and I look forward to continuing to work to do that.”

 

Much like a puzzle, a hockey is assembled piece by piece and the Tomahawks are almost done. Next up for the team is training camp in late August.