The Johnstown Tomahawks are back in action this weekend as they take on the Michigan Warriors in Flint Michigan. The Tomahawks are 2-3 on the young season, and the Warriors are still looking for thier first win at 0-4.
Since the Tomahawks last took the ice they have made a few transactions, which included a trade with the team they are going to face this weekend. Osko and Sanipass were dealt to Michigan for draft picks and other considerations.
Zander Sorenson was reassigned to the West Michigan Hounds. Tommy Hall was released and signed in the NAHL with the Minnesota Wilderness. Finally, Johnstown was reassigned from the Chicago Steel, Casey Linkenheld, who was the Tomahawks first round draft pick last season.
This is the first match-up between these two teams this season. After this weekend the Tomahawks will have an off week before they travel back to Flint to take on the Michigan Warriors once again. So even though its the beginning of the season, the Tomahawks next four games are important ones.
So far, special teams wise, the Warriors have yet to score a power play goal. Currently they are 0 for 18. The Tomahawks are 4 for 29 which is good for 17th overall in the 24 team league.
On the penalty kill the Warriors are killing off 71.4% (20th) and the Tomahawks are killing at a rate of 84.4 (11th). If Johnstown can stay out of the penalty box this weekend and get a few power play opportunities they'll be sitting in the driver seat to bring home four points this weekend.
Tomahawks so far this season thought have a total of 170 penalty minutes which is the most in the NAHL. The Tomahawks will be without forward Zach Zech as he still has three games to serve in his suspension for his fight that took place vs the Austin Bruins during the NAHL Showcase.
A player that hasn't seen any action with the Tomahawks yet this season, Ryan Bochert has been cleared to play for the Tomahawks. Bochert has been off the ice since he received a concussion in an August car crash.
Tanner Barnes and Joe Drabin are tied for the Tomahawks team lead in points, both with five. For Michigan Ryan Burr leads his team with 2 points (both assists). As a team, Michigan has only scored 5 goals in four games this season, while giving up 18. Johnstown has scored 15 while giving up 23.
Tonight is the USA Hockey All American Prospects Game where current Tomahawks' goalie, Ryan Bednard will be participating in the game. The game is airing tonight on the NHL network and the Johnstown Tomahawks are holding a viewing party at Quaker Steak and Lube at 7pm.
You can read more about the game with a this post we wrote a few days ago.
Speaking of Bednard, the NHL released their CSS Premliminary 2015 Players to Watch and Ryan Bednard is included on the list as a possible 2015 NHL draft pick. You can see the whole list of players and more information here.
The NAHL named its weekly division stars of the week and Joe Drabin was named as a North Division Honorable Mention. During the Showcase last weekend, Drabin scored two goals and assisted on three others for his five point on the season.
North Division Score Board
Here are the other North Division match ups taking place this weekend.
Last week we asked if you think the Tomahawks season opener, October 25th will be a sellout. This is how you voted. We're not going to have a poll the next couple of weeks just to give you a heads up.