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October 15, 2019 - North American Hockey League (NAHL) - Johnstown Tomahawks News Release


Johnstown Tomahawks forward Carson Grainer scores against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights
Johnstown Tomahawks forward Carson Grainer scores against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights
(Johnstown Tomahawks, Credit: Phil Andraychak)

Our 3 week, 6 game road trip will be coming to an end this weekend as we take on the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights for a 2 game series.

NEXT HOME SERIES, FEATURING GREAT PROMOS:

We return home for a 3-game series October 25-27 against the Northeast Generals. Fans can take advantage of some unique giveaways and promotions to make for a great night out with friends and family!

October 25th - It's Reg Kent Night presented by Valley Printing! The first 1,000 fans through the gates will receive a commemorative Reg Kent bobblehead, the first of four commemorative bobbleheads this season. The Tomahawks will be wearing special Johnstown Jets inspired throwback jerseys for the contest, and as always, fans can bid on these sweaters through DASH Auctions!

October 26th - Our friends at The Tribune Democrat present Trick or Treat at the Rink will feature a costume contest, free candy for the kids, and a special haunted locker room! This night promises to be spooktacular! Saturday will also be American Sign Language Awareness. We'll be hosting a number of guests and activities helping to promote ASL Awareness.

October 27th - The annual fan favorite Sundies Undies Toss will take place on Sunday. Fans are encouraged to bring new, sealed packages of underwear. When we score our first goal of the game, toss them on the ice! The underwear will be collected and donated to the Women's Help Center.

It's not too late to take advantage of great perks, like early access to meet celebrities, with Season Tickets! Just call 814-536-GOAL (4625) to get yours today. Single game tickets can be purchased in-person at the Arena Box Office and online with Ticketmaster. The next home series will be October 25-27 against the Northeast Generals.

Tomahawks Bust Out the Brooms in Maryland

Goaltender David Tomeo Earns Divisional Star Honors

The Johnstown Tomahawks went into the Bear's Den this past weekend, where they swept the Maryland Black Bears over the two game series.

The high powered Tomahawks offense continued to roll, scoring 5 and 4 goals, respsectively, in the weekend series. The Hawks now have the 2nd most goals scored among all teams in the NAHL, and have a player top 3 in the league for points (Bennett Stockdale, 2nd), goals (Carson Gallagher, 1st), and assists (Stockdale, 3rd).

Quite possibly the most noteworthy performance of the weekend came from the latest addition to our roster - goaltender David Tomeo.

Tomeo spent the 2018-19 season with the Black Bears, so this was a homecoming of sorts for him. He was far from kind to his former teammates, stopping 75 of 77 shots over both games. Tomeo's performance was strong enough for him to be named NAHL Bauer East Division Star of the Week.

A Maryland offense that put up 12 goals in the 2 games prior to the series against the Tomahawks could not beat Tomeo, and found themselves scoring just once each game and picking up two losses in the process.

TUESDAY'S WORD:

"We were fortunate to pick up a 2 game sweep on the road against a strong Maryland team. Our offense was able to find some success, but limited their good offense to 1 goal each night was big for our team as we try to find consistency.

David (Tomeo) was outstanding both nights for us. He made big saves at times, and was in control of the game both nights. With the amount of special teams in both games, there were a fair amount of looks on the power play in which he came up big.

I am very proud of the way he came in and performed for us in his first 2 games with our team."

- Mike Letizia, Head Coach



UP NEXT: STORMING THE KNIGHTS CASTLE

The Tomahawks hit the road this week to take on the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights.

The Knights currently sit in 2nd place in the East Division, and are ahead of the Tomahawks by a mere 1 point. WBS boasts a high powered offense, and is home to the NAHL's top points scorer (Lincoln Hatten with 19), goal scorer (Hatten with 9, tied with our own Carson Gallagher), and assists leader (Tyrone Bronte).

DID YOU KNOW? Current Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Ivan Provorov is an alumnus of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights youth hockey program. He helped his team win a T1-U14 National Championship in the 2011-12 season.

Fans can always follow the action while the Hawks are on the road using the free official NAHL app, NAHL.com Game Center, or stream the full game at HockeyTV.com!

HAWKS WEAR PINK

CROSBY'S GIRLS

The Johnstown Tomahawks will be wearing special warmup jerseys throughout the month of September, bearing the "Hawks Wear Pink" emblem. These jerseys are being auctioned through DASH with proceeds benefiting the American Cancer Society's "Real Men Wear Pink" campaign.

Fans can bid on these unique jerseys, which will be autographed by the players, by downloading the DASH Auctions app or visiting DASH Auction's website.

Head Coach Mike Letizia is taking his support of Breast Cancer Awareness a step further, raising funds independently through the American Cancer Society's "Real Men Wear Pink" Campaign.

Check out Coach Letizia's interview with WTAJ, where he discusses what the fight against breast cancer means to him.

It's the story that's sweeping hockey fans across the world. They call them "Crosby's Girls".

Check out the feature story on our website about this group of girls that make up the Johnstown Warriors 12U girls team, the first all-girls team rostered in the Warriors 53 year history!

The story has roots that began 53 years ago, and includes the likes of Don Hall, Tim Horton, Pittsburgh Penguins, Cambria County Student Hockey League, and Sidney Crosby.

The Warriors Girls recently took a surprise trip to PPG Paints Arena to catch the Penguins vs Ducks game, where they thanked Sid for his contribution to youth hockey, including the Little Penguins Learn to Play program where all 17 girls were introduced to their love of hockey.

TEAM LEADERS

POINTS (18) - 2nd in NAHL

GOALS (9) - 1st in NAHL (3-way tie)

ASSISTS (12) - 3rd in NAHL (2-way tie)





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Johnstown Tomahawks in pink warmup jerseys
Johnstown Tomahawks in pink warmup jerseys

(Phil Andraychak)
Johnstown Tomahawks goaltender David Tomeo
Johnstown Tomahawks goaltender David Tomeo

(Phil Andraychak)
Johnstown Tomahawks celebrate a goal
Johnstown Tomahawks celebrate a goal

(Phil Andraychak)
Johnstown Tomahawks celebrate a goal against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights
Johnstown Tomahawks celebrate a goal against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights

(Phil Andraychak)
Johnstown Tomahawks forward Carson Grainer scores against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights
Johnstown Tomahawks forward Carson Grainer scores against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights

(Phil Andraychak)
 

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