The Johnstown Tomahawks are getting close to the finish line, aka, the end of the NAHL regular season. There’s eight remaining games on the schedule with six of them coming at the Cambria County War Memorial Arena.
This is the team’s fourth year in the NAHL and they have the chance to set a new franchise record before the season ends. That record? Most wins in a single season. The current record stands at 28 wins. This was set in the team’s second season back in 2013-2014, under former head coach, Jason Spence. Though that season had the Tomahawks winning the most games, they finished with 61 points, which was behind the season before. The Tomahawks set that record in their first year in the league, with 66 points.
Currently, the Tomahawks sit at 26 wins and 57 points, one point behind last year’s total.
With eight games remaining, four vs Aston and four vs Wilkes-Barre, the team could get a max of 34 wins. Will that happen? Probably not. It would be the team’s longest winning streak of the season. With that said, it is quite doable for the team to at least finish the year 4-4. If this would become the case the team would end the season with a nice 30 win season.
The most points the team could add to their standings would be 16, if they swept the remaining games. If they go 4-4, with all four losses coming in regulation their point total would be 65. This would be the second best finish in the team’s history.
Now this .500 winning percentage for the rest of the year is being conservative. The Tomahawks have beat both Aston and Wilkes-Barre in the past, and if they play well, and stay disciplined, they could do better than a 4-4 record.
Currently, the Tomahawks sit third in the East Division out of four teams. This year everyone in the division makes the playoffs, so unlike last season, Johnstown will participate in the Robertson Cup Playoffs.
New Jersey sits atop the division with 66 points. Aston is in second place with 62. Wilkes-Barre is in fourth with 46.
If the playoffs were to start today, New Jersey would host Wilkes-Barre and Aston would host Johnstown in a best-of-five match-up.
With eight games left in the regular season, Johnstown could move up in the standings, getting home ice advantage and help set a new team record in regular season wins. Only time will tell, but we won’t have to wait too long.