March 31, 2013

Tomahawks Fall in Final Regular Season Game

This will be a quick recap as we are working on our "Season in Review" and our "Playoff Preview" articles.

Tomahawks played a pretty good game last night, but lost due to, two bad bounces. This type of game will happen every once in a while.

In the first period of the game there was a mini brawl in front of the Tomahawks bench, after a clean hit by Cody Boyd on Jamestown's Luc Gerdes. As Gerdes was being attended to by Jamestown's trainer, Boyd made a motion to the Johnstown crowd which drew attention from Jamestown's bench, as they saw it as tauting the injury on the ice. Ross Pavek jumped off the bench along with Joe Mottiqua, as they both went after Boyd. This lead to all the players on the ice dropping the gloves, and Jake Fairchild, from the bench, fighting.

The penalties on the play went as followed:

Johnstown:

Cody Boyd- 2 for roughing and 5 for fighting
Jake Fairchild- 2 for instigating, 5 for fighting, and a game misconduct

Jamestown:

Ross Pavek- 5 for leaving the bench and a game misconduct
Aaron Scheppelman- 5 for fighting and a game misconduct
Joe Mottiqua- 5 for leaving the bench and a game misconduct (this was announced at the arena but isn't on the boxscore.)

Johnstown had the lead going into the third period before Jamestown made their come back.

Goals:
 
1st:
 
Jesse Kessler assisted by Cody Gylling and Jordan Watt 8:37 power play
 
2nd:
 
None
 
3rd:
 
Nathan Ropelewski assisted by Huba Sekesi 7:14
Daniel Cesarz assisted by Ryan Urso 8:33 power play

Jamestown out shot Johnstown 32-26. Both teams went 1 for 4 on the power play.

Truehl made 30 saves on 32 shots in the loss. Ballmer made 25 saves on 26 shots.

Notes:

---Port Huron won their last game of the season and got a fourth place finish. Port Huron will host the first two games in Port Huron, in the best of three play in series. Those games will be this weekend, exact dates have not been annouced yet. We'll have a full preview of that first playoff series later tonight, or tomorrow.

---A lot of Johnstown Tomahawks fans were at the game. It's great to see the support this team has.

---Jamestown's area is small but very nice, other than Johnstown (of course) it's probably the best arena in the North Division.

---Janesville and Michigan did not qualify for the Robertson Cup Playoffs.


March 29, 2013

Quick Recap: Truehl Gets Shutout

The Johnstown Tomahawks beat the Jamestown Ironmen tonight, 5-0. It's the second time this season Johnstown has beat Jamestown 5-0. Back in December, Colin Brennan got the shutout for the Tomahawks.

Scoring Summary:

1st
 
 Cobi Smith-Mass (Brandon Reinholz, Jeff Bergh) 5:50
Brandon Reinholz (Connor Wright) 13:00
 
2nd
 
None
 
3rd
 
Mitch Hall (Brandon Reinholz, Connor Wright) 2:47
Connor Wright (empty net) (extra attacker) (unassisted) 16:49
Jordan Watt (empty net) (extra attacker) (unassisted) 18:48

Fights: Jake Fairchild vs Ross Pavek at 12:12 of the first period.

Johnstown was 0 for 5 on the power play. Jamestown was 0 for 4.

Johnstown out shot Jamestown 24-22.

Chris Truehl stopped all 22 shots in the win. Ballmer made 19 saves on 22 shots in the loss.

Tomorrow night is the last game of the season for both clubs.

NAHL Boxscore

Port Huron:

Johnstown needed Michigan to win tonight to give them fourth place in the standings but Port Huron didn't let that happen, as they beat Michigan 4-0. So, tomorrow will decide who gets fourth place and who will host the first two games at home between Johnstown and Port Huron.

If both teams win and end the season with the same exact points, there will be a tie breaker. What that will be, I have no clue. If they go by winning percentage, Port Huron will win. If they go head-to-head match ups, Port Huron will win. If they do goal differential, Port Huron wins. So basically we need to pray that Johnstown wins again tomorrow, and somehow Michigan finds a way to beat Port Huron.

Tomorrow, after the game, we'll have our post-game review from Jamestown as we are making the trip up. Should be a special night as many fans are driving up from Johnstown and the Tomahawks are also taking a fan bus to the game.

Let's Go 'Hawks!

Collin Finkhouse and Trevor Recktenwald NAPHL Award Winners

Two Johnstown Tomahawks' tenders, for the 2013-2014 season, received NAPHL honors this week. Colin Finkhouse, who currently plays for the West Michigan Hounds, was named to the NAPHL 18U 1st Team. Trevor Recktenwald, who currently plays for the Pittsburgh Viper Stars, was named to the NAPHL 18U 2nd Team.

You can read the whole NAPHL press release here.

Colin Finkhouse

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During the regular season, Finkhouse, lead the Hounds in scoring.



SeasonGPGoalsAssistsPointsPenalty Minutes
2012-2013 Regular2219143310
2013 Playoffs42350


Trevor Recktenwald

Trevor

Like Finkhouse, Recktenwald lead his team in scoring during the regular season.



SeasonGPGoalsAssistsPointsPenalty Minutes
2012-2013 Regular2212162818
2013 Playoffs428102

Below is interview with soon-to-be Tomahawks forward, Trevor Recktenwald, about playing in the PIHL with the Peters Township Indians.


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Both of these players are going to be great additions to the Tomahawks for next season. With the other Tenders already signed and the players that should return for the Tomahawks, Johnstown should have a good physical team with great scoring power.

March 28, 2013

Weekend Preview and Tomahawks New Tender

Johnstown Signs Goaltender for Next Season

http://www.pointstreaksites.com/view/pittsburghpenguinselite/news-2323/news_64175


Today on the Tomahawks official website, they announced they've sign yet another tender for the 2013-2014 season, and he's another local product. Colin DeAugustine of the Pittsburgh Penguins Elite U-18 team has signed to play for Johnstown next season.

Read the Tomahawks official team press release about the newest signing here.






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His stats are pretty impressive, the only worry I have is that he's too small of a goalie. Standing at 5'8, there's going to be a lot of room over the shoulders when he falls to make a save. Engum was 5'9 and had a lot of trouble this season in net, keeping the puck out. I guess we'll have to wait and see, but stat wise, another good signing by Rick Boyd.

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Weekend Preview


Johnstown Tomahawks (26-20-12) 64points vs the Jamestown Ironmen (36-18-4) 76points
 
 
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This is the last two games of the season for both teams, and Johnstown is in a fight to hold onto fourth place, to give them home ice advantage for the first "play in" round of the Robertson Cup playoffs. This weekend's games should be very entertaining, as it was last time these two teams met back in Johnstown a couple weeks ago.

On Saturday the Tomahawks will get a big boost, as many Johnstown fans will be making the three and a half hour trip up to Jamestown to root for the Tomahawks.

Previous Meetings:

March 26, 2013

Cambria County War Memorial Looking for New Ice



Today, WJAC reported a story about the Cambria County War Memorial Arena looking to update it's ice making capabilities.

Read the WJAC report here, article includes a nice video.

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The War Memorial is one of the few buildings where they spend a lot of time pushing water around the ice because it doesn't freeze cold enough.

I remember a few times when games were canceled in seasons past because of poor ice conditions, so of course this great to see that they understand they need to upgrade and are looking for ways to do so.

On my wish list, I love to see a new scoreboard with video capabilities but that's probably never going to happen, but one can wish.

March 25, 2013

Tomahawks Win in Shootout



The Johnstown Tomahawks beat the Kalamazoo Jr. K-Wings Sunday afternoon, 2-1, in a shootout. This was the last time the two teams would ever meet in a regular season match up, as the Jr. K-Wings will cease operations at the end of the 2012-2013 season. With the win on Sunday, the Tomahawks finished with an all time record vs Kalamazoo of 6-0-2.

1st Period Scoring:

None

2nd Period Scoring:

Johnstown- Zach Wallace assisted by Mitch Hall and Jeff Bergh 11:39 PP

3rd Period Scoring:

Kalamazoo- Mike Fazio assisted by Brendan Vetter and Kody Polin 17:36 PP

OT:

None

Shootout:

In the shootout, Johnstown got their goals from unlikely players. Gylling, Watt, McDonald, all had a chance to score but none of them were able to put one past Alex Okicki. Tomahawks third shooter, Cobi Smith-Mass, was able to beat Okicki to pull Johnstown within one.

Then a shooter later, Mitch Konty scored to tie the shootout at two. Cody Bentzel then scored next, to put Johnstown a save away from the win, but Kalamazoo's Kody Polin was able to beat Chris Truehl to take the shootout into another round.

The next three shooters for each team were unable to beat the other teams goalie, taking the shootout to the 10th round, where Johnstown's Jeff Bergh beat Okicki. Truehl then made a desperation save on Patrick Spellacy to win the game for Johnstown.

Both teams went 1 for 5 on the power play.

Johnstown out shot Kalamazoo 39-30.

There were no fights in the game.

Truehl made 29 saves on 30 shots. His record now improves to 16-10-6 with a GAA of 2.42 and a save percentage of .920.

Okicki made 37 saves on 38 shots. With the shootout loss, his record now stands at 18-11-4 with a GAA of 2.67 and a save percentage of .919.

Three Stars of the Game:

3- Johnstown- Chris Truehl- Was only minutes away from getting his first shutout of the season. Didn't have to make many "big" saves in the game, but got the job done.

2- Kalamazoo- Alex Okicki- Was one of the only reason's Kalamazoo got a point in yesterday's game. Stood on his head for the Jr. K-Wings, and almost stole the game.

1- Johnstown- Jeff Bergh- The unlikely hero of the shootout for the Tomahawks. Also had an assist on the teams only goal of the game.

North Division Standings:

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The Race for 4th Place:

Johnstown has two more game this season, both taking place next weekend at Jamestown.

Port Huron has three games left this season, at Janesville and then two at Michigan.

If I'm correct, Johnstown needs to win just one game vs Jamestown this upcoming weekend, and Port Huron needs to lose one game, for Johnstown to keep fourth place and have home ice for the play in round.

This is going to be an exciting last weekend for sure.

Go Hawks!

March 24, 2013

Johnstown beats Kalamazoo, Clinches Playoff Spot



Yesterday afternoon the Johnstown Tomahawks needed just one point to qualify for the NAHL Roberson Cup Playoffs, but instead got two in the 3-2 regulation win against the Kalamazoo Jr. K-Wings. The Tomahawks record vs Kalamazoo now this season is 5-0-2.

Links:

Ed Sheets of the Johnstown Tomahawks has the team official game review here.

Via the Johnstown Tomahawks official Facebook Page:


Want to head out on the road with other Hawks fans to watch your team play in their final game of the regular season?
 
Purchase your seat on the fan bus as it drives to Jamestown, NY on Sat. March 30. The price includes a ticket to the game. Call our office at (814) 536-5625 to get your seat now!
 

 Mike Mastovich has today's Tribune Democrat article about the Johnstown Tomahawks clinching a playoff spot, with some great quotes, here.


Yesterday:

Not only did the Tomahawks win last night, which is great news, but it also was the return of Tomahawks' forward Jaycob McCombs. McCombs hadn't seen action since January 19th, due to injury. Yesterday, he was finally back in the lineup and got an assist on the Tomahawks second goal of the night.

1st Period Scoring:

Kalamazoo: Patrick Spellacy assisted by Taylor Burden and Mike Fazio (power play) 12:48

2nd Period Scoring:

Johnstown: Ian Spencer assisted by Andrew McDonald and Cody Gylling (power play) 8:07

Note: At the end of the second period, Kalamazoo's Brett Beauvais received a five minute major for head contact and a game misconduct.

3rd Period Scoring:

Kalamazoo: Robbie Payne assisted by Taylor Burden and Mark Esshaki 2:14
Johnstown: Jeff Bergh assisted by Jaycob McCombs and Jake Fairchild 7:04
Johnstown: Brandon Reinholz assisted by Jake Fairchild 18:48

Note: At 9:02 of the third period, Kalamazoo's, Brendan Vetter, received two minutes for roughing, five minutes for checking from behind, and a game misconduct. Johnstown's JB Baker received, four minutes for roughing on the play as well.

In goal for Johnstown was Chris Truehl as he made 30 saves on 32 shots. In net for Kalamazoo was Marcus Due-Boje as he made 32 saves on 35 shots.

With the win, Truehl now has a record of 15-10-6 with a GAA of 2.47 and a save percentage of .919.

With the loss, Due-Boje now has a record of 13-6-2 with a GAA of 2.25 and a save percentage of .936.

Johnstown went 1 for 6 on the power play. Kalamazoo went 1 for 5.

Three Stars of the Game:

3- Kalamazoo- Taylor Burden- had an assist on both Kalamazoo's goals.
 
2- Johnstown- Jake Fairchild- Had back to back assists on Johnstown's second and third goals. This was the first time all season where Fairchild had a two point game.
 
1- Johnstown- Brandon Reinholz- Scored the game winning goal with less than two minutes to play. It's his third game winning goal this season.

Action Around the North Division:

Johnstown clinched a playoff spot with the win yesterday but the order in which teams will finish are still up for grabs.


Michigan 2
Jamestown 6 F Boxscore

Springfield 4
Soo 5 F Boxscore

Port Huron 4
Janesville 3 F/SO Boxscore

Johnstown vs Kalamazoo is the only action in the North Division today.

North Division Standings:


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Springfield and Janesville are battling for the last playoff spot in the division. Johnstown wants to finish in fourth place so they can have home ice advantage in the play-in round. Looks like it's going to come down to the last game of the season. Hopefully Johnstown can get the job done.

Remember, Johnstown is back in action today vs the Kalamazoo Jr. K-Wings at 2pm.

GO HAWKS!!!

March 21, 2013

Weekend Preview, Johnstown vs Kalamazoo (3/23, 3/24)



The Johnstown Tomahawks have only four games remaining in their inaugural season in the NAHL, and this weekend they'll play two against rival Kalamazoo Jr K-Wings. This will be the last time ever that Johnstown and Kalamazoo will faceoff against each other in a regular season game, as Kalamazoo announced earlier this year that they will cease operations at the end of the season.

You can read our article about it, here.

Before we get to the preview, we want to share two quick links.

Mitch Hall took on coaching duties for the night, trying his best to lead the 'Hawks to victory.


Tami Knopsnyder, who allows us to use all her gameday pictures, took a ton of great shots during the Spike Autism Volleyball game on Tuesday night. Check them out here.

The NAHL released a great video about playing in the NAHL. It features game footage of Jamestown Ironmen and the Michigan Warriors, but around the six minute mark you get to see some of the Tomahawks. Video is below but you can also watch it at the link, here.




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This weekend your Johnstown Tomahawks (24-20-12) take on the Kalamazoo Jr. K-Wings (34-17-5). Kalamazoo currently sits in 3rd place with 73 points, while Johnstown is in fourth with 60 points. Johnstown needs one point to make the playoffs, or a  Springfield Jr. Blues loss.

So far this season Johnstown has an impressive record vs the Jr. K-Wings, 4-0-2. The games have been very physical and with Johnstown trying to make the playoffs and Kalamazoo only one point away from a second place tie with Jamestown, this weekend shouldn't be any different.

Previous Matchups:

10/27/2012 at Kalamazoo: Kalamazoo 6- Johnstown 5 F/OT

Bodhi Engum was in net for Johnstown making 17 saves on 21 shots before being pulled in favor of Colin Brennan. Johnstown was able to tie the game in the third on three straight goals, but then fell in overtime, when Robbie Payne scored just :33 into the overtime period, unassisted. Brennan made 6 of 7 saves, receiving the loss.

March 20, 2013

Johnstown Tomahawks vs the Johnstown Chiefs

The Johnstown Tomahawks first season is almost in the books. It's been a memorable year for the Tomahawks and the city of Johnstown.  Johnstown had gone without a hockey team for  two years, except for the ten games each season the Wheeling Nailers played at the CCWM, Johnstown was ready to have a team to call their own.

Many people have compared this current team to the team that played in Johnstown from 1988 to 2010. Sure those teams were professional clubs and this is a junior team, tier two, but in my mind, the Tomahawks have been the far better team, not just on, but off the ice.

I was a season ticket holder for the Johnstown Chiefs during their last five seasons, and before that I made it out to almost every game that I could. Not only did I see as many games at home as possible, but I also made several road trips that took me places like, Dayton OH and Wheeling WV to watch the Chiefs.

This season I was able to see every Tomahawks home game (except for the Fresno series due to sickness) and went on the road to Flint Michigan in early January. I plan to close out the season catching at least one game vs Jamestown in a few weeks.

Watching both clubs as I have, I wondered how this team (the Tomahawks) and the former Chiefs' teams compared with each other.  We'll look at team related stats. We didn't cover the goals for and the goals against since the Tomahawks are way behind any Chiefs' team, simply because the Chiefs played more games per season than the Tomahawks do.


(note that the Tomahawks have 4 more games to play this season, all of which are on the road)

Attendance:

The Tomahawks finished this season with an average home attendance of 2528. This was the best year in attendance since the 2006-2007, that season the Johnstown Chiefs averaged 2589. Keep in mind that the Tomahawks played 28 home games this season, compared to the Chiefs 36. Before that season you'd have to go back to the 03-04 season where the Chiefs averaged 2551 fans per game. That season was the year the Chiefs went 45-20-7, which was their best season in franchise history.



Rank YearTeamLeaugeAttendance
11989-90ChiefsECHL3717
21991-92ChiefsECHL3446
31990-91ChiefsECHL3371
41988-89ChiefsECHL3128
51993-94ChiefsECHL3063
61994-95ChiefsECHL3029
71992-93ChiefsECHL2974
81996-97ChiefsECHL2848
91997-98ChiefsECHL2722
102006-07ChiefsECHL2589
111995-96ChiefsECHL2566
122003-04ChiefsECHL2551
132012-13TomahawksNAHL2528
142005-06ChiefsECHL2421
151999-00ChiefsECHL2411
161998-99ChiefsECHL2402
172004-05ChiefsECHL2383
182000-01ChiefsECHL2370
192007-08ChiefsECHL2346
202002-03ChiefsECHL2244
212001-02ChiefsECHL2243
222008-09ChiefsECHL2212
232009-10ChiefsECHL2053


Winning Percentage:



Rank YearTeamLeaugeGamesWin %
12003-04ChiefsECHL720.674
21991-92ChiefsECHL640.602
31992-93ChiefsECHL640.586
41988-89ChiefsECHL600.583
51993-94ChiefsECHL680.574
62001-02ChiefsECHL720.556
72008-09ChiefsECHL720.549
82007-08ChiefsECHL720.542
92012-13TomahawksNAHL560.536
101999-00ChiefsECHL700.536
112005-06ChiefsECHL720.528
121990-91ChiefsECHL640.523
132006-07ChiefsECHL720.5
141994-95ChiefsECHL680.493
152002-03ChiefsECHL720.465
161998-99ChiefsECHL700.45
172000-01ChiefsECHL720.444
181989-90ChiefsECHL600.433
192004-05ChiefsECHL720.403
201996-97ChiefsECHL700.393
211997-98ChiefsECHL700.371
221995-96ChiefsECHL700.379
232009-10ChiefsECHL720.326


Penalty Minutes:



Rank YearTeamLeaugeGamesPenalty Minutes
11995-96ChiefsECHL702481
21996-97ChiefsECHL702287
31997-98ChiefsECHL702118
41989-90ChiefsECHL602047
51993-94ChiefsECHL681978
61999-00ChiefsECHL701959
72000-01ChiefsECHL721865
81991-92ChiefsECHL641750
91998-99ChiefsECHL701734
102002-03ChiefsECHL721700
112001-02ChiefsECHL721688
121994-95ChiefsECHL681656
131992-93ChiefsECHL641647
141990-91ChiefsECHL641646
152007-08ChiefsECHL721568
162003-04ChiefsECHL721491
172008-09ChiefsECHL721472
182004-05ChiefsECHL721421
192009-10ChiefsECHL721385
202012-13TomahawksNAHL561268
212006-07ChiefsECHL721179
222005-06ChiefsECHL721119
231988-89ChiefsECHL600*


Points (Standings):



Rank YearTeamLeaugeGamesPoints
12003-04ChiefsECHL7297
22001-02ChiefsECHL7280
32008-09ChiefsECHL7279
41993-94ChiefsECHL6878
52007-08ChiefsECHL7278
61991-92ChiefsECHL6477
72005-06ChiefsECHL7276
81992-93ChiefsECHL6475
91999-00ChiefsECHL7075
102006-07ChiefsECHL7272
111988-89ChiefsECHL6070
121990-91ChiefsECHL6467
131994-95ChiefsECHL6867
142002-03ChiefsECHL7267
152000-01ChiefsECHL7264
161998-99ChiefsECHL7063
172012-13TomahawksNAHL5660
182004-05ChiefsECHL7258
191996-97ChiefsECHL7055
201995-96ChiefsECHL7053
211997-98ChiefsECHL7052
221989-90ChiefsECHL6052
232009-10ChiefsECHL7247


If the Tomahawks win all four remaining games they can finish the year with 68 points, which would move them from 17th all time to 12th in Johnstown history.

March 19, 2013

What if the Tomahawks Jersey Looked Like This?

I did this a while ago and shared it on my personal twitter page but have decided since it's been a slow week to go ahead and post it on here so everybody can see it.


If the Tomahawks ever go a "third" jersey type of thing, I would love to see this. What do you think? Share your thoughts down in the comments.

What about if they took the Pittsburgh Penguins design and made it there own?








March 17, 2013

Port Huron Two Points Behind Johnstown

The Port Huron Fighting Falcons played this weekend vs the Soo Eagles, and wouldn't you know,  Port Huron won both games.

On Friday night they got the 4-2 victory (boxscore), and on Saturday night they won in a shootout, 4-3 (boxscore). With both wins, Port Huron is now only 2 points away from being tied with Johnstown for fourth place. Johntown has four games left (two at Kalamazoo, two at Jamestown), while Port Huron has five games left (three vs Janesville, and two vs Michigan).

Here's the current North Division Standings:




Why this is important? If Johnstown can clinch (they only need one more point or a Springfield loss) and win fourth place, they will have home ice advantage in the play in round. Sure Johnstown hasn't played great home or away vs Port Huron this season, but I'd rather take my chances at them at home, then having to play the first two away, and hope to bring it home for game three.

During this past week Port Huron's Rick DeRosa committed to play at  Penn State University. You can read the article here.

Also during this past week Soo's outstanding netminder, Tyler Marble, committed to play college hockey at Colorado College. You can read the whole article here.

The end of Johnstown's first season is going to an exciting and interesting one for sure. Hopefully we can pick up a couple points so we can see a home play off game this season.

Go Hawks.

March 15, 2013

Suzanne Grove Wasikowska

As I've said before, this week has been dragging, and with no Tomahawks' games this weekend, we have no meaning. (At least at the site we don't.) I hope that the off season doesn't go this way or all the readers out there are going to get a lot of weird posts.

Anyways, a few days ago we wrote a little article to pass the time called, "Cobi Smith-Mass-Oglethorpe". Basically we just took two pictures side by side. One of Cobi Smith-Mass and and the other of Ned Dowd, the man who played Oglethorpe in Slap Shop. People seemed to enjoy it, so we might as well do it again.

We'll set up this post up with a little makebelieve story, to make it all fit into place. By the way, at the bottom of this short post we'll quickly preview the match ups that are taking place this weekend in the North Division. Let's get back on track now.

The Johnstown Tomahawks' have just come off their sixth NAHL Championship in a row, and Hollywood has come knocking, as they want to turn the story into the winters biggest hit, an inspirational tale about a city that didn't have hockey for two years, and when they got it back, they made the city winners.

March 14, 2013

Pros in the Making?

It's a fact that some of the players we are watching right now playing in the NAHL will go on and play professional hockey. Some will only play single A, but there is a chance some will make it the whole way to the NHL.

Since this is the first year for the Johnstown Tomahawks, we're going to focus most of our attention on the previous teams  that would later become the franchise we know as the Tomahawks. At the end though, will take a look at who we think may possibly find themselves in the pro game one day.

First, let's get to know the teams before the Tomahawks. In total, there has been four other teams, that moved from city to city before they found a home in Johnstown, starting the whole way back in 1991.

Michigan/Dearborn Heights Nationals
(1991-1996)

All Time Record: 208 total games- 43-133-21-11
 

March 12, 2013

Cobi Smith-Mass-Oglethorpe

The Johnstown Tomahawks don't play this weekend, and with the end of the season only four games away, there's currently not much to write about.

So....

...was Cobi Smith-Mass channeling his inner Ogie Oglethorpe this season.


OLD TIME HOCKEY!

Ned Dowd played Ogie Oglethorpe in Slap Shot, his sister wrote the movie. In real life Ned Dowd played three season's for the Johnstown Jets. In the film, as we all know, Oglethorpe was the toughest (and maybe the dirtiest) player in the league. Ned Dowd on the other hand, was a goal scorer.

March 10, 2013

Tomahawks Fall, Show Heart (3/9)




The major story lines of last night's game was just how bad the officiating was, and what heart the Tomahawks showed in almost getting the come from behind win.

Jamestown got on the board first and by the type of goal, you just knew it was going to one of those games. At the exact five minute mark, Luc Gerdes, was able to beat Johnstown netminder to give the Ironmen a 1-0 lead. The problem with the goal is that it appeared to be scored with Gerdes hand, a no-no in hockey. The ref wasn't in good position to see the play and the goal counted. The assist went to Evan Ritt. Jamestown would take a 2-0 lead towards the end of the period when Ross Pavek scored on the power play, with the assist going to Victor Johansson.

The first period saw two fights. The first fight happened right in front of Jamestown's bench as Cody Boyd came to the aid of teammate, Andrew McDonald, who was being pined to the ice by Jamestown's Ryan Urso. Both Boyd and Urso received only, five minutes for fighting.

March 9, 2013

Tomahawks Win (3/8)

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Johnstown Tomahawks have gone 8 for 24 on the power play this season vs the Jamestown Ironmen, on Friday night went 0 for 4, but a great team effort still provided them with a 3-1 win.

Johnstown scored the only goal of the first period off a faceoff, just outside the Jamestown's blue line. Jeff Bergh shot the puck onto the net and it somehow found it's way past netminder, Joe Ballmer. The assist on the play went to Mitch Kontny.

The score would remain that way until the third period. A nice wrist shoot, from the blue line, by Ian Spencer gave the Tomahawks a two goal lead. The assists went to Zach Wallace and JB Baker. In the last few minutes of the game, Jamestown pulled the goalie to give them the extra attacker. At 18:33, Jamestown was able to solve Chris Truehl and put one past the goaltender, pulling them within one goal. It was scored by Ryan Doucet assist going to Evan Ritt.

Once again, Jamestown, pulled the goalie and put good pressure on Johnstown to try and tie the game up before the final buzzer. On his third attempt to score on the empty net, Jordan Watt was able to get a clear shot, to put the game out of reach.

March 7, 2013

Jamestown Ironmen vs Johnstown Tomahawks Weekend Preview (3/8, 3/9)


(we've got some great links down at the bottom so make sure you don't leave before checking those out.)

Can you believe this is already the last homestand in the regular season for the Johnstown Tomahawks? This first season for the Tomahawks has been a memorable one, hopefully they can build on their successes on and off the ice to make the years ahead even better.

Now of course isn't a time to be sad or a time to reflect since there are still four away games to be played in this season, then hopefully a long playoff run. With six games in total left, the Tomahawks will face the Ironmen four of those times, two of which come this weekend.

March 5, 2013

Last Homestand for 7 Tomahawks Players

Casey Nelson skates the puck into the offensive zone vs the Frenso Monsters last homestand.



This upcoming weekend the Johnstown Tomahawks will face the Jamestown Ironmen. It's the last two home games of the season for the Tomahawks, though they will have four more games away from the CCWM (at Kalamazoo and at Jamestown).

If you haven't had a chance to come out to see a game this year, or if you just haven't been to a game in a while, this weekend will be the last time to watch several of the Tomahawks' players in a Johnstown jersey.

Three of the players will be heading to play college hockey, while four are going to be ineligible to play due to their age (you can only play in the NAHL from 16 to 20 years old, though you can play when you're 21 years old if your birthday happens during the season).

College Commitments:

Casey Nelson

There hasn't been a press release yet for his commitment but according to NAHL.com, Nelson, will be playing for Minnesota State-Mankato (WCHA, D1), next season. Nelson is the best defenseman for the Tomahawks this season.

He's got a great shot, he's one of the better skaters on the team, and he has good size. For all those old Johnstown Chiefs' fan like myself, Nelson reminds me a lot of defensmen, Mike Knight, only less physical.

Nelson's career stats (as of 3/5/2013):




March 4, 2013

Notes 3/4/2013

This past weekend the Johnstown Tomahawks faced the Sprinfield Jr Blues for the last time this season. Johnstown was able to split the two game series, winning game one, 4-2, but losing game two, 3-2.

Johnstown was out shot 61-45 on the weekend.

Johnstown's power play remained hot as they went 4 for 11 on the weekend, and Springfield's power play was 1 for 8.

Matt Williams had a good weekend for Johnstown, registering his first two points since being traded to Johnstown. Both points were assists that came in the first game.

JB Baker scored a goal and had an assist in the first game on Friday night, even though he wouldn't be credited with either until Saturday morning.

Casey Nelson had two assists on both Johnstown's goals Saturday night. He also finished the weekend with an even rating.

Jordan Watt score a goal in each game this weekend. In his last fifteen games, Watt has fifteen points (six goals, nine assists).

Mitch Kontny had the biggest weekend out of all the Tomahawks players. Kontny scored a goal and an assist in both games giving him four points. In his last sixteen games, Kontny has sixteen points (six goals, ten assists).

A Look Ahead:

The Tomahawks have only three more series left in the season before the playoffs.

March 9-8 at home vs Jamestown Ironmen
23- 24 at Kalamazoo Jr. K-Wings
29-30 at Jamestown Ironmen







March 2, 2013

Springfield 3 Johnstown 2, Final



Johnstown didn't play the best game in the first two periods and found themselves down 3-0. Johnstown played a very good third period, but just didn't have enough to win, as they fell in regulation, 3-2.

In the first period, Jeff McFarland scored a goal, on a play that should probably have been blown dead. The puck seemed to be covered by Johnstown goaltender, Colin Brennan, but the referee let play continue, and after a major pile up, the puck somehow found it's way in the back of the net. Assist went to Jake Sloan at 15:20.

Springfield would then get a very late goal in the first period. This time it was Brett Skibba on the power play, firing the puck from the low circle, beating Brennan glove side to give Springfield the 2-0 lead. The assists on the play went to Jeff McFarland and Ryan Atkinson at 19:42.

There was only one goal scored in the second period, which gave the Jr. Blues the 3-0 lead. On a parcel breakaway, Micah Ranum was able to beat Colin Brennan five hole. After the goal, Johnstown changed goalies with Chris Truehl coming into the game.

The third period was all Johnstown. The hot handed Jordan Watt got the Tomahawks on the board beating Ryan Kellenberger glove side. The assists were awarded to Mitch Kontny and Casey Nelson at 1:01.

A little over a minute later, Johnstown scored again, this time on a beautiful deflection by Mitch Kontny in between the circles. The assist went to Casey Nelson. Johnstown kept up the pressure and Chris Truehl play perfectly in net, but Johnstown was unable to tie the game up.

Scoring Changes

Last night the Johnstown Tomahawks beat the Springfield Jr. Blues, 4-2. You can read the entire game review here. Since that post has been up, the NAHL has changed some of the goals and assists in the game. Basically every Johnstown goal now has an extra assists or the goal has been changed to the correct player.

1st Period:

Was: Jordan Watt assisted by Cody Gylling at 7:21
Now: Jordan Watt assisted by Cody Gylling and Mitch Kontny at 7:21

This tied the game at 1.

2nd Period:

Was: Cody Boyd assisted by Matt Williams at 1:12
Now: Cody Boyd assisted by Matt Williams and JB Baker at 1:12

2-1 Johnstown.

Was: Mitch Kontny (power play) unassisted at 8:50
Now: Mitch Kontny (power play) assisted by Jesse Kessler and Matt Williams at 8:50

3-1 Johnstown.

3rd Period:

Was: Ian Spencer (power play) assisted by Mitch Hall at 3:43
Now: JB Baker (power play) assisted by Mitch Hall and Jeff Bergh at 3:43

4-2 final.

TheTomablog's (New) Three Stars of the Game:

3- Jordan Watt- Johnstown- Scored the games first goal for the Tomahawks. In the past nine games he has eleven points.
2. Matt Williams- Johnstown- Had two assists last night which are his first two points with the Tomahawks.
1. JB Baker- Johnstown- Last night he wasn't given any points, today he finishes with one goal and one assists. Good game by Baker.

March 1, 2013

Johnstown Beats Springfield 4-2 (3/1/13)




The Johnstown Tomahawks break a four game losing streak and Colin Brennan breaks his eleven game losing streak (two of those games he was pulled), as the Tomahawks win, 4-2.

Johnstown trailed very early in the game when, Brett Skibba, beat Brennan, with the assist coming from Davis Dekorte, at 1:16 of the first period. A few moments later, Cody Gylling made a beautiful pass to Jordan Watt, sending him on a breakaway, where he was able to beat the Jr. Blues goalie, high blocker side, to tie the game at one.

In the second period Johnstown would take the lead when Cody Boyd scored his third of the season with the assist going to Matt Williams. This is the first point for Williams in a Johnstown uniform. Then while on the power player Mitch Kontny was able to bury a goal past Leon, to give Johnstown the two goal lead. Ryan Atkinson was able to pull Springfield within one goal about midway through the second period, but it's as close as Springfield would get tonight.

While still up, 3-2, and back on the power play, this time for five minutes due to a major for kneeing, Johnstown was able to regain the two goal lead. On the boxscore they gave credit to Ian Spencer but the man who blasted the puck past the netminder was Jeff Bergh assisted by Mitch Hall. But if it says the way it is currently, it will be, Spencer's fourth of the season, assisted by Mitch Hall.