August 29, 2014

Weekend Preview, Johnstown Tomahawks vs Springfield Pics (Exhibition)

Picture of Cuckovich by Tami Knopsnyder (2014 copyright)

The regular season is fast approaching for the Tomahawks. The season gets underway vs the Keystone Ice Miners on September 13th, at Keystone, but before that first match-up of the 2014-2015 season begins, the Tomahawks will take to the ice in a couple exhibition games.

Those first two exhibition games will take place this weekend with the Springfield Pics of the USPHL.Sure the two games don’t mean anything in either team’s standings but there is a lot on the line nonetheless. This will be a time that players will show if they have what it takes to officially become part of the Johnstown Tomahawks.

This will be the first time we get a feel for how new coach Mike Letizia runs his team on the ice. This will be the first time we get to see a former player, in Williams, return to Johnstown to stand by Letizia’s side as the new assistant coach.

This will be the first time that the Tomahawks have skated on the ice without a few of their veterans, like Jordan Watt, Brandan Reinholz, and Cody Bentzel. All three of those players were part of the Tomahawks inaugural season.

This will be the first time to see players like Zach Zech and Dalton Hunter skating vs an opponent other than their own teammates in scrimmage games.

In Between the pipes we’ll see returning goalie Brett Young, joined by newcomers Jake Gwillim, and Ryan Bednard.

This will be a good weekend to get back into the swing of things and get even more eager to begin another year in the NAHL.

Now matter the final, this will be a good weekend, because the hockey is back.

If you don't have tickets yet please follow the link to hold your seats for the pair of games this weekend. (Link)

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---Last exhibition season the Tomahawks and Pics played a game against each other with Johnstown coming out on top, 4-2. You can see that game’s recap along with the three others games that were played here. You can also read our exhibition wrap-up we wrote for Juniorhockey.com here.

---The NAHL is currently running their 24 teams in 24 days articles on their site and yesterday they previewed the Johnstown Tomahawks’ upcoming season. (LInk)

---Ryan Bednard will play in the USA Hockey Top Prospects game on September 25th.(Link)

---WJAC-TV talked to head coach Mike Letizia about this upcoming weekend and about the type of team he's looking for. (Link)

---Mike Letizia, Brady Bender, Garrison Sanipass, and Chopper made a visit to the WTAJ news set to talk Johnstown Tomahawks' hockey. (Link)




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