Weekend Preview: Rebels, Tomahawks Renew Rivalry

Your Johnstown Tomahawks are set to host their division rival Philadelphia Rebels on Friday January 19, and Saturday, January 20 for the final two games of their current homestand, which began on December 30, at 1ST SUMMIT ARENA @ Cambria County War Memorial. This weekend will be the first meetings between the clubs in over a month, which last saw the Rebels defeat the Tomahawks 4-1 and 2-1 in overtime on December 15 and 16, respectively in Philadelphia.

Tomahawks leading scorer Sam Solensky looks to extend his current three-game point streak, as he notched a goal and three assists in the Hawks’ previous three-game series against the Northeast Generals.  Roman Kraemer also aims to continue his hot streak, which began last Saturday where he compiled two goals and an assist in the Hawks’ 4-1 win over the Generals. Former Rebel’s netminder Jack Leavy aims to conjure up the same magic he displayed from last Saturday, where he stopped 29 of 30 shots to aid Johnstown to victory.

The Rebels’ leading scorer Aaron Maguyon will aim to end his cold streak, as he has gone pointless in five of his last six games while earning a goal and two assists in his lone scoring game in a 6-1 Rebels win over the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights on January 13.  Andrew Bellant has earned four points in his last two games, earning a goal and an assist in each. Philadelphia hopes to win off the strength of the goaltending tandem of Ryan Keane and Eli Billing, who combine for a 2.20 goals against average and a .906 save percentage in 34 games this season.

Friday’s 7:30 p.m. matchup will honor cancer victims and survivors with Hawkey Fights Cancer Night presented by the Joyce Murtha Breast Cancer Center, when the Tomahawks will wear specialty pink jerseys (which will be auctioned off after the game).  Additionally, the first 500 fans in attendance will receive a souvenir Hawks rally towel.

Saturday’s 7 p.m. puck drop is also Ninja Turtle Night presented by Little Caesars; the game will be highlighted by appearances by Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Leonardo, Michelangelo, Donatello, and Raphael, as well as live mixed martial arts demonstrations.  The first 500 kids in attendance will take home a pair of nunchucks and fans of all ages can enjoy $1 pizza slices (limit two per transaction) throughout the game.  Fans can also purchase specialty Tomahawks Ninja Turtles t-shirts for only $15 at the merchandise stand.