Weekend Preview: Battling the Black Bears

JOHNSTOWN, Penn. — The Johnstown Tomahawks will host the Maryland Black Bears tonight, January 17th, and tomorrow night, January 18th, within the friendly confines of 1ST SUMMIT ARENA.

Tonight’s game is at 7:30 PM and will feature our Charlie Johnson bobblehead giveaway, sponsored by the Tribune Democrat. The puck drops at 7:00 PM tomorrow and will feature a kid’s night and Chopper’s birthday party celebration, presented by Hogue’s Fun Factory.


News & Notes

  • This is the third series meeting between the two teams, with the Tomahawks currently owning a 5-1 season record against the Black Bears. After this weekend they will play against each other one more time, a two-game series in Maryland, on March 6th & 7th.


  • The Tomahawks are currently in second place in the East Division with 48 points, sporting a 22-11-2-2 record and a 7-3 record in their last ten games. Coming into tonight’s contest, they trail the division-leading New Jersey Titans (53) by five points. The team is coming off a series split with the Jamestown Rebels last weekend, winning the first game 7-0 and losing the finale 6-1.


  • The Black Bears sport a 16-14-6 record and are in fourth place in the East with 38 points. They are currently on a three-game losing streak, which included being swept by the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights last weekend, and are 6-2-2 in their last ten.


Players to Watch


  • Forward, Christian Gorscak, is looking to continue his stellar play. His six-game point streak came to an end last Saturday, which saw him put up four goals and ten assists. He has 45 points (17 goals and 28 assists) on the season, which leads the Tomahawks and is tied for the lead in the NAHL.


  • Rookie forward, Max Kouznetsov, is riding a six-game point streak of his own, putting up four goals and nine assists. His 39 points (13 goals and 26 assists) rank second on the Tomahawks, and his 1.26 points-per-game average leads the team. He recently committed to Canisius College, an NCAA Division I program, for 2020-2021 season.



  • Forward, Wilmer Skoog, is a constant threat on the ice. He has 33 points (15 goals and 18 assists) on the year and a 1.38 points-per-game average, both of which lead Maryland. He has also registered at least one point in 19 of the 24 games he has played in this season.


  • Defenseman, Hampus Rydqvist, is currently ranked third on the team with 30 points (eight goals and 22 assists). 12 of those points (three goals and nine assists) have come on the power play, which lead the Black Bears.