The 2021 NCAA Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Tournament begins this Friday, March 26. This year, three former Tomahawks players will be suiting up for the chance at a national title, with this year’s Frozen Four final being played not far from Johnstown in Pittsburgh at PPG Paints Arena.
Sam Solensky – Sophomore at Bemidji State University
One of the most decorative players to ever wear the Tomahawks sweater, Sam Solensky, is ready to take the ice for a shot at a national title. The Slovakia native is currently in his sophomore season at Bemidji State and has played thirty-six games for the Beavers over the past two seasons. During his three years in Johnstown (2016-2019), Solensky netted 50 goals and 105 assists and holds the record for most points by a Tomahawks player in franchise history. The Beavers are set to face off against the fourth overall seeded Wisconsin Badgers at 1 PM on Friday, March 26 on ESPN2.
Spencer DenBeste – Freshman at Lake Superior State University
Fresh off his stint with the Tomahawks in 2019-20, Spencer DenBeste joined the Lakers of Lake Superior State University this season as one of many former Tomahawks to further their career playing Division I hockey. During his time in Johnstown, the Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan native had 15 goals and 14 assists in the shortened season the NAHL faced last season due to COVID-19. DenBeste and the Lakers are set to face off against the University of Massachusetts on Friday 3/26 at 6:30 PM on ESPNU.
Zak Galambos – Redshirt Sophomore at American International College
After playing for the Tomahawks from 2015-17, Zak Galambos made a few more stops in his hockey playing journey before ending up at AIC this season. Mid-season, Galambos left the Tomahawks to join the Omaha Lancers of the USHL in 2017. The following season, the Walnut Creek, California native made his way to Canada to play for the Wenatchee Wild in the 2017-18 season, where he led the Wild to the BCHL Championship, contributing 15 points (9 G, 6 A) in their playoff run. Galambos then began his college career at Minnesota State University before transferring to AIC for the current season. The Yellow Jackets will be playing top seeded North Dakota Friday at 9:30 PM on ESPN3.