October 10, 2013

Tomahawks vs. Warriors Weekend Preivew

Players celebrate a shootout victory over Springfield last Sunday. Photo by: Tami Knopsnyder 2013 Copyright.


The Johnstown Tomahawks are 6-1-0 in their last ten games. This weekend they visit the Michigan Warriors on Friday and Saturday.

Though Michigan finished last season in last place, Johnstown had their troubles playing well vs. the Warriors, ending last season with a head to head record of 3-3-2 vs. the Warriors. One of the games Johnstown lost was 8-2.

But Johnstown is a different team this season and so is Michigan.

Johnstown comes into this weekend with an overall record of 6-4-1. Michigan has a current record of 4-4-1.

Here's the current standings:
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Special Teams:

Power play

Johnstown 10.4% (20th) 5 for 48
Michigan 16.1% (11th) 5 for 31

Penalty Kill

Johnstown 77.3% (22nd)
Michigan 86.6% (11th)

Michigan Warriors' Not with Team from Last Season:

Levi Erkkila
Jeff Beck
Martin Gruse (overage)
Shawn Badali
Heinz Koster
Luke Fiegl
Brad Pung (Soo Eagles)
Darren McCormick
Brock Labelle (overage)

Current Scoring Leaders:

Michigan
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Johnstown
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Goalies:

Michigan
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Johnstown
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Notes:

Michigan is 4-0-0 at home this season.

Johnstown is 3-2-0 away from the War Memorial Arena

Colin DeAugustine was recalled to the Youngstown Phantoms of the USHL after Sunday's home game. He could possibly spend the rest of the season with Youngstown due to a goaltending injury.

Brett Young rejoins the Tomahawks and will backup Alex Okicki for the foreseeable future.

Jake Fairchild is injured with a high ankle sprain. He's only played two games for the Warriors this season.

Currently the Tomahawks are in a three way tie for the longest current winning streak, four games. The other two teams are Amarillo and Bismarck.

When scoring first this season Johnstown is 4-0-1, while Michigan is 2-1-1.

After this weekend Johnstown won't play another game till October 24th when they're back home against the Soo Eagles for a three game series.


Omar Mullan North Division Star of the Week:

From NAHL.com


Photo by: Tami Knopsnyder 2013 Copyright
The Johnstown Tomahawks are 6-1 in their last seven games and that recent stretch of success has coincided with the arrival of forward Omar Mullan. The 20-year-old from Dearborn, Michigan, as brought his winning ways from Amarillo to Johnstown, and this past weekend was a perfect example. Mullan (5’10/180) helped the Tomahawks to a weekend home sweep of the Springfield Jr. Blues, which moved Johnstown into sole possession of 2nd place in the North Division. Out of Johnstown’s six goals during the weekend, Mullan had a hand in four of them, which included three goals and an assist. On Saturday, Mullan scored twice, including the game-winner in a 3-2 win.  On Sunday, he had a goal and an assist in a 3-2 shootout win. Since coming over from Amarillo, Mullan has six points in five games. “Omar has been such a positive person for us the past few weeks and our leadership has improved since he arrived,” said Tomahawks head coach Jason Spence. “He has fit right in and he is a hard-working player. He battles for everything he gets.”
2nd Star: Robin Hoglund, forward, Janesville Jets
 
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Alex Blankenburg, goaltender, Port Huron Fighting Falcons – Michael Caruso, defenseman, Soo Eagles – Patrick Curry, forward, Springfield Jr. Blues – Charlie Hemstrom, defenseman, Soo Eagles – Brock Kautz, goaltender, Janesville Jets – Stefanos Lekkas, goaltender, Springfield Jr. Blues – Alex Okicki, goaltender, Johnstown Tomahawks – Reed Scahill, forward, Port Huron Fighting Falcons
 
Ramage Update:
 
Tristan Ramage is a Tomahawks player that was sent to the Esmark Stars during training camp. So far the Stars have a record of 2-2-1 in the NAPHL. Ramage has played in all five games and has three points (all assists) and zero penalty minutes.

North Division Scoreboard:

Friday:

Johnstown
Michigan

Soo
Springfield

Saturday:

Johnstown
Michigan

Wenatchee
Port Huron

Soo
Springfield

Sunday:

Wenatchee
Port Huron

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