October 12, 2017

Truehl Won't Start Pro Career with Idaho

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During this past off season former Johnstown Tomahawks' netminder, Chris Truehl signed his first pro contract with the ECHL's Idaho Steelheads.

A few days ago on October 8, the Steelhead released Truehl from his contract. 

In preseason action, Truehl appeared in one game for the Steelheads and played just under thirty minutes. He faced 12 shots and turned away all 12.

The move to cut Truehl most likely happened due to the Steelheads receiving back from the AHL, Philippe Desrosiers. Desrosiers joins Branden Komm who's the team's other returning goalie.

As of this article, Truehl has not signed with any other pro teams. Hopefully that's just temporary and Truehl finds himself a place to play.

Truehl would join former Tomahawks' D-man, Casey Nelson, as being another Johnstown Alumni that's taken his game to the pro level.

Nelson, two season's ago, jumped from the college ranks to the NHL and appeared in 7 games with the Buffalo Sabres. He had 4 assists in those 7 games and was also a plus 1.

Last season, Nelson split time between the Sabres and their AHL affiliate team, the Rochester Americans. With Buffalo, Nelson played in 11 games and had no points. With Rochester, he played in 58 games scoring 24 points (7 goals, 14 assists).

Nelson has already appeared in 2 games this season with Rochester where he has 1 assist so far.

Truehl's college career came to an end at the end of last season. Truehl played two season with Air Force Academy before transferring last season to Quinnipiac University.

His stats are below:

If Truehl finds a new team to sign with we'll make sure to let everyone know.

EXTRA: This is a story we shared a little while ago,but did you know that Chris Truehl is allergic to ice! You can read all about on this Puck Daddy article.

October 11, 2017

Tomahawks Make Two Trades; Sign Familiar Defensman

The Tomahawks have made two trades and signed a player as they get ready for the home opener this Saturday.

Johnstown's only veteran player, Logan Stork, was traded to the Kenai River Brown Bears for a 2017 Tender and a conditional 2018 fourth round draft pick.

Johnstown also traded returning defensman, Andy Iehle, to in-division rival, Philadelphia Rebels for a 2017 tender.

Johnstown also signed defensman Reagan Wortz.

Of all three transactions, I'm personally most happy with the signing of Wortz. If you remember, Wortz played in one game for the Tomahawks' last season. He was added to the roster when the team was down several players because of injuries and suspensions. In his only game with the team last season, Wortz scored the Tomahawks eventual game-winning goal.

Wortz was a former draft pick of the Tomahawks during the 2016 NAHL draft.

This season Wortz was playing for the New Jersey Hitmen in the USPHL Premier league. In 9 games he had 1 goal and 6 assists. He's listed as standing at 6'2, 218 lb.

With Stork gone, the Tomahawks do not have a single player on the roster that's a 1997 birth year player. So, an already young team did just got a bit younger.

Stork played in 11 games this season and had 3 points (1 goal, 2 assists).

Iehle appeared in 10 games this season and had 2 points (2 assists).

What do you think about these moves? Let us know below.

If you'd like, here is the Tomahawks official press release on the moves that were made today.

October 6, 2017

Britt League Added to Roster; Hawks Back In Boston for Last Time This Season

http://picssr.com/tags/youngstownphantoms - Saraha Photography 2017

The Tomahawks continue their season-opening road trip as they head back to the Boston area to take on the Northeast Generals. This, oddly enough, is the last time all season the Tomahawks will travel to play the Generals in their home barn.

Next weekend the Tomahawks finally have their home opener vs the Philadelphia Rebels for a two game set. But don't get to comfortable with having the Hawks back at home, because it's a one-and-done home stand, as the Hawks' will go back on the road for two more weeks.

Getting back to this weekend's games.

So far this season, Johnstown is 1-2 vs the Generals.

The Tomahawks will once again have a new player on the roster as Britt League has rejoined the team after not making the opening roster for the USHL's Youngstown Phantom.

League appeared in a handful of games for Johnstown last year, towards the begining of the season. League went, 4-0-0-1 and had a save percentage of .910.

He was then called up to the Phantoms and spent the rest of the 2016-2017 season with Youngstown, though he only played in 6 games. He tallied a record of 3-0-0 with a save percentage of .919.

Will the 2-7-0 Tomahawks be able to turn things around with this weekend series vs the Generals?

During the first three games they played vs the Generals to start the season, the Tomahawks didn't look all that great, but one of their wins is from beating the Generals.

Northeast is currently the best team in the league (7-2-0 14 points). With this said, New Jersey did beat the Generals in their last game, 10-3. Fingers crossed that this is a sign that Northeast might be a fragile team at the moment, and the Tomahawks can capitalize on it.

Johnstown has the worst goal differentual in the league which is currently at a -17.

Defense for the Hawks' has been an issue in this young season, allowing 34 goals in only 9 games.

Though the Hawks have been having a tough time keeping pucks out of the net, they haven't been scoring a ton of goals either. So far the team has scored 17 goals, 5 of which game in one game vs Topeka, which gave them their second win of the season.

It's not quite time to hit the panic button just yet, but Johnstown needs to start finding themselves in the win column.

The top four teams in the division make the playoffs, and right now, Johnstown sits in fifth place with only 4 points. Tomahawks' are 5 points behind fourth place New Jersey.

If the Tomahawks have a perfect weekend they can improve to 5-7, which makes things a whole lot better. If things continue to go the way they have gone so far, and the Hawks give up three more losses, that would give the team a 2-10 record.

If that happens, management will have to decide what to do next. Have this year be a learning year and hope the young players develop and come back next season to have a great year, though losing in Johnstown will hurt overall attendance. Or, shake up the roster even more.

Let's hope this is the weekend the team turns things around so we don't have to consider even more dire possible changes.


Tomahawks vs Generals Friday 7:30 pm
Tomahawks vs. Generals Saturaday 5:30pm
Tomahawks vs Generals Sunday 12:00pm