September 19, 2017

Solensky Officially Back; Quetell Returns to Johnstown; Northeast Series Highlights; NAHL Showcase

In this post, we’re going to take a look back at the three games Johnstown played against Northeast and share video highlights of all three games. We’ll also then take a look ahead at the NAHL Showcase, which starts tomorrow and will see every team in the league play four games in four days.

But before we get to all of that, there’s two roster moves that we want to talk about involving the Johnstown Tomahawks. The first, Samuel Solensky is now officially back with the team and should be in the lineup at some point during the Showcase.

Solensky was back home in Michalovce, Slovakia taking care of his school work, which caused him to miss out on Tomahawks’ training camp earlier this month.

Solensky, played half the season with the Tomahawks’ last year, before being recalled to the Youngstown Phantom. In 31 games with Johnstown, he scored 23 points (8 goals, 15 assists). Even though he only appear in half of Johnstown’s games, he finished 9th on the team in scoring.

In Youngstown, Solensky  saw limited action and only played in 9 regular season games. He did not record any points.

After Johnstown lost it’s top eight goal scores from last season, it’s nice to get back a proven scorer to this Tomahawks’ young lineup.

Solensky isn’t the only player that’s returning to the Tomahawks’ lineup. Yesterday, Andrew Quetell was returned to the Tomahawks by the USHL’s Central Illinois Flying Aces.

Quetell, in 59 games, scored 1 goal, assisted on 12 others, while having a plus- of 12.

This now gives Johnstown three returning defenseman. Quetell rejoins Trouba and Iehle.

Quetell is a 1998 birth year player.

Quetell is listed to be wearing number 54 this year.

Johnstown vs Northeast Thoughts and Highlights

The Tomahawks have started off the season 1-2, after dropping the first two games at Northeast, before coming back in game three to get their first win of the season.

In game one, the Tomahawks' looked like the young team they are. They didn't look up to speed and you could blame it on not having any preseason games, or just the lack of expernice of the players playing at this Tier II level.

While the Tomahawks' never carried played, the game was within reach the whole sixty minutes, as Johnstown lost, 4-2. The fourth goal was an empty netter.

As you'll see from the highlights, if not for two bad defensive breakdowns, the Tomahawks could have pulled one out and won this game.

Game two, Johnstown lost 5-1. Johnstown didn't have much going on in this game. Below are the highlights, or in this case, the lowlights.

In game three, things didn't start the way that the team would have liked, as Johnstown fell behind, 2-0.  It look like the Tomahawks were going to drop their third straight game.

Then the turning point in the game happened. Johnstown's Cade Groton had the puck by Northeast's bench, when he was hit from behind by Ryan Rowland (might have been Mike Egan) and Chris Trouba rushed in to stick up for his fallen teammate.

Seconds after Trouba's fight, the Tomahawks got on the board with their first goal. About two minutes later, Johnstown scored again.

Before the fight, Johnstown wasn't doing much with the puck. After the fight, all the momentum and puck possion was coming from Johnstown. The team started to look like the Tomahawks we know.

Johnstown would get the game-winning goal in the third period by newcomer, Andray Andrew.

Here's the highlights.

NAHL Showcase

The Showcase begins tomorrow. Here's what the Tomahawks' schedule will look like:

9-20 Topeka 7pm
9-21 Janesville 1:15pm
9-22 Aberdeen 11:30 am
9-23 Odessa 10 am

All start times are CDT.

Last season the Tomahawks finished the Showcase with a 3-1 record.

The Tomahawks' all time record at the NAHL Showcase is, 8-6-2.

September 12, 2017

Win Free Tickets to the Home Opener

We posted this on Facebook about a week ago, but figured it would make sense to write something about it on the blog, as well.

We want to get as many people signed up for the new message board ( as possible, so why not give you the readers some more incentive to do so.

If we reach 500 registered users by October 10th 2017 we'll give away four free tickets to the Tomahawks' home opener.

The rules are very simple. Once you make an account you're automatically entered to win. Each user has the ability to win one (1) free ticket.

We will randomly select four user names on the 10th and those will be the winners. If a winner cannot make the game, we will select another name as a replacement.

So please sign-up if you haven't already. Also tell your hockey loving friends to sign up too.

We hope to reach 500 registered users and think it's an obtainable goal, but even if we don't get that many in the next few weeks, we'll still give away some tickets. Here's the breakdown.

150 users - 1 free ticket giveaway

250 users - 2 free ticket giveaway

400 users - 3 free ticket giveaway

Making a message board account is free and always will be. It takes less than two minutes to set everything up.

So far, as of this posting, we currently have 42 members. Those members are already eligible for the giveaway.

Tomorrow the regular season get's underway as the Tomahawks are on the road taking on the Northeast Generals at 2pm. You can watch the game on

Now's the perfect time to chat with other fans about the season and everything Tomahawks.

September 11, 2017

Johnstown A Perfect Fit For Newcomer Joey Baez

Joey Baez has been playing the game of hockey since he was three-years-old.  After all the years, and different levels of play, this past February he signed a tender with the Johnstown Tomahawks.

“I wanted to get prepared for college hockey. I wanted to experience junior hockey,” said Baez.  To do that he believed that Johnstown would be the perfect fit for him.

Baez is a fast skating forward, who during training camp this preseason has found ways to get around even the most mobile skating defenseman. Along with his speed, he has the scoring touch that makes his game even more deadly when he’s out on the ice.

“I see myself as a playmaker and goalscorer,” said Baez.

That he is. Last season, Baez played for the Skipjacks Hockey Club U16 team. In 27 games, he scored 22 goals, 29 assists, which gave him 51 points on the season. The year prior to last, he also played for the Skipjacks U16 club and was a point-a-game player, scoring 24 points in 24 games.

His ability to score goals will be a welcome for the Tomahawks, as they’ve seen players like, Nick Bruce and Filips Buncis, move on to the college level. Also players like Dalton Hunter and Donovan Ott who’ve moved up to the USHL for this upcoming season.

Joey Baez is one of the few players entering training camp this week that already has a college commitment. Baez committed to the University of Alabama-Huntsville back in November of last year. Alabama-Huntsville is a D1 school.

One of the most famous players to come out of Alabama-Huntsville is current NHLer, Cam Talbot.

Baez’s personal goals for the season are all about doing anything in his power to get the Tomahawks a Robertson Cup Championship.

“Just playing really well with the team. I really want to get along with the guys. I just want to be a good teammate,” said Baez.