November 2, 2017
Tomahawks Back Home With A Handful of New Faces
The Johnstown Tomahawks are back at home this weekend as they take on the New Jersey Titans. In fact, they'll be home for a lot of games in the next couple of months as their next 19 of 23 games will take place at 1st Summit Arena @ Cambria County War Memorial.
The Tomahawks currently have the second worst record in the NAHL at 3-14-1 good for 7 points. The worst team, currently the Coulee Region Chill, have 6 points, but they've also played 7 fewer games.
Though this is the worst start any Tomahawks' team has had in their six year history, they do hold a record of 1-2-1 in their last four games. With some roster moves made last week, the team is starting to play a bit better. This is a perfect time to start playing home games.
Since the last time Johnstown stepped on the ice, the team has mutually parted ways with assistant coach, Nick Shackford. The team has also added the following players to the roster:
Jack Leavy - Goalie
Donovan Ott - Forward
Carson Briere - Forward
Andy Nedeljkovic - Forward
Pavel Kharin - Forward
Toby Sengvongxay - Defensman
No longer on the roster:
Vinnie Purpura - Goalie
Jack Faulkner - Goalie
Hunter Carrick - Defensman
Matyas Kacirek - Forward
Michael McCosh - Forward
So, as you can see there are a lot of new faces in the lineup to get use to, as well as two last names to learn how to pronounce (Nedeljkovic and Sengvongxay).
While everyone can agree that this season hasn't started the way Johnstown wanted things to go, it's not time to throw in the towel either.
New Jersey currently holds a record of 7-4-1-1 with 16 points. That's good for fourth place, the last playoff spot in the division. This weekends three-game-set, has six points up for grabs. If Johnstown can find a way to win all three games, they'd only be three points behind New Jersey. Is this doable? Why not?
Johnstown ended their 12-game winless streak on Sunday night when they beat Philadelphia 3-1. The weekend before, they played two close games with WB/Scranton and took one of the games to overtime, earning them a point in the OT loss.
New Jersey is riding a two game losing streak coming into the weekend as they dropped both games last weekend to the Northeast Generals (one was an overtime loss).
Even if Johnstown can win two-out-of-three you can call the weekend a success. With most of the remaining games of the season all taking place vs other East Division teams, beating teams like New Jersey that sits just ahead of Johnstown in the standings is very important.
One face you won't be seeing in a Titan jersey is former Johnstown Tomahawks' forward, Tiernan Seningen. He was released by the team on October 20, 2017. In six games with the Titans this year he had one goal.
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Extra: Here is a video from the Philadelphia Rebels showing their highlights on Monday night's game where forward Aaron Maguyon scored four of the Rebels six goals. I haven't posted it so we can see those goal, but instead to show you the "lighting" or lack thereof in the new arena they're playing in this year.
Is it brighter there in person or is it really this dark on the ice?