September 19, 2017

Solensky Officially Back; Quetell Returns to Johnstown; Northeast Series Highlights; NAHL Showcase

In this post, we’re going to take a look back at the three games Johnstown played against Northeast and share video highlights of all three games. We’ll also then take a look ahead at the NAHL Showcase, which starts tomorrow and will see every team in the league play four games in four days.

But before we get to all of that, there’s two roster moves that we want to talk about involving the Johnstown Tomahawks. The first, Samuel Solensky is now officially back with the team and should be in the lineup at some point during the Showcase.

Solensky was back home in Michalovce, Slovakia taking care of his school work, which caused him to miss out on Tomahawks’ training camp earlier this month.

Solensky, played half the season with the Tomahawks’ last year, before being recalled to the Youngstown Phantom. In 31 games with Johnstown, he scored 23 points (8 goals, 15 assists). Even though he only appear in half of Johnstown’s games, he finished 9th on the team in scoring.

In Youngstown, Solensky  saw limited action and only played in 9 regular season games. He did not record any points.

After Johnstown lost it’s top eight goal scores from last season, it’s nice to get back a proven scorer to this Tomahawks’ young lineup.

Solensky isn’t the only player that’s returning to the Tomahawks’ lineup. Yesterday, Andrew Quetell was returned to the Tomahawks by the USHL’s Central Illinois Flying Aces.

Quetell, in 59 games, scored 1 goal, assisted on 12 others, while having a plus- of 12.

This now gives Johnstown three returning defenseman. Quetell rejoins Trouba and Iehle.

Quetell is a 1998 birth year player.

Quetell is listed to be wearing number 54 this year.

Johnstown vs Northeast Thoughts and Highlights

The Tomahawks have started off the season 1-2, after dropping the first two games at Northeast, before coming back in game three to get their first win of the season.

In game one, the Tomahawks' looked like the young team they are. They didn't look up to speed and you could blame it on not having any preseason games, or just the lack of expernice of the players playing at this Tier II level.

While the Tomahawks' never carried played, the game was within reach the whole sixty minutes, as Johnstown lost, 4-2. The fourth goal was an empty netter.

As you'll see from the highlights, if not for two bad defensive breakdowns, the Tomahawks could have pulled one out and won this game.

Game two, Johnstown lost 5-1. Johnstown didn't have much going on in this game. Below are the highlights, or in this case, the lowlights.

In game three, things didn't start the way that the team would have liked, as Johnstown fell behind, 2-0.  It look like the Tomahawks were going to drop their third straight game.

Then the turning point in the game happened. Johnstown's Cade Groton had the puck by Northeast's bench, when he was hit from behind by Ryan Rowland (might have been Mike Egan) and Chris Trouba rushed in to stick up for his fallen teammate.

Seconds after Trouba's fight, the Tomahawks got on the board with their first goal. About two minutes later, Johnstown scored again.

Before the fight, Johnstown wasn't doing much with the puck. After the fight, all the momentum and puck possion was coming from Johnstown. The team started to look like the Tomahawks we know.

Johnstown would get the game-winning goal in the third period by newcomer, Andray Andrew.

Here's the highlights.

NAHL Showcase

The Showcase begins tomorrow. Here's what the Tomahawks' schedule will look like:

9-20 Topeka 7pm
9-21 Janesville 1:15pm
9-22 Aberdeen 11:30 am
9-23 Odessa 10 am

All start times are CDT.

Last season the Tomahawks finished the Showcase with a 3-1 record.

The Tomahawks' all time record at the NAHL Showcase is, 8-6-2.

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