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Johnstown vs. Jamestown - Hawks on 4-Game Win Streak

February 17, 2020 - North American Hockey League (NAHL) - Johnstown Tomahawks News Release

The Hawks, extend their unbeaten streak to four games as they swept their weekend series against Jamestown.

Friday night, three Hawks veterans played a leading role in their 3-2 win. Pavel Kharin (Ypsilanti, MI) opened the scoring 3:47 minutes into the game, while Christian Gorscak (Jeanette PA) collected his 21tst goal and Bennett Stockdale (Ottawa ONT) tallied the winning goal with just minutes to play in the game.

Power forward and Maine commit, Tristan Poissant (Les Coteaux QC) tallied a pair of assists in the last frame, including a beautiful cross ice pass to Stockdale for the game deciding goal.

Hawks goaltender David Tomeo (West Caldwell, NJ) backstopped 24 of 26 shots he faced to pick up his 17th win of the season.

Saturday night, RW Bennett Stockdale's (Ottawa, ONT) lone goal recorded his second game winning goal in as many nights and goaltender Alex Tracy (Chicago, IL) recorded his third shutout of the season with a perfect 30-save effort, leaving the score 1-0.

The game drew the second biggest crowd of the year with 3,142 fans as the team honored their long time standing head coach Mike Letizia (Somerset, PA) with a bobble head giveaway.

With it's 17th home win of the season, Letizia's team improve to a 30-13-2-2 overall record and remain in a tight race for first place just 5 points behind division leader NJ Titans.

Current East Division Standings:

New Jersey Titans - 69

Johnstown Tomahawks - 64

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights - 47

Maryland Black Bears - 43

Maine Nordiques - 40

Jamestown Rebels - 39

Northeast Generals - 36

#35 Tracy captured his 3rd shutout of the season, blocking 30 shots

The Hawks penalty kill went 4-4 and has not allowed a goal in 6 straight games going 20-20 during that span.

In the team's 467 regular season games played in Hawks franchise history, this weekend marked only the 3rd time that the team has won by the score of 1-0. (Dec 4, 2015 vs NJ Titans and Dec 11, 2016 vs WBS Knights)

The 2020 Top Prospects Tournament Starts February 17th

The North American Hockey League (NAHL)'s 2020 Top Prospects Tournament, will take place February 17-18, 2020, at the New England Sports Village in Attleboro, Massachusetts.

A total of six Tomahawks players were selected to take place in the tournament: #17 Noah Basarab, #19 Pavel Kharin, #25 Bennett Stockdale, #30 David Tomeo, #16 Christian Gorscak and #91 Max Kouznetsov.

The NAHL Top Prospects Tournament is one of the most highly scouted events of its kind. Last season, over 230 scouts attended the event, which featured almost every NHL team and NCAA Division I school. The event continues to provide the hundreds of NHL and NCAA scouts in attendance with a look at the best uncommitted players the NAHL has to offer, as well as, some potential NHL Draft picks. It continues to be an important part of the NAHL event model, which is inclusive of the NAHL Showcase in September and the NAHL Robertson Cup National Championship in May.

The commitment record is part of an ongoing and rising development path that has seen 1,345 NAHL players make NCAA commitments during the last five years. In addition, 25% of freshmen that played NCAA Division I hockey this past season were alumni of the NAHL. It once again re-emphasizes that no other junior league in the world saw as many NCAA commitments for their players, while they were actually playing in the league.

Tournament Schedule:

Monday, February 17th

12:00pm: South vs. NAHL Selects Red

2:30pm: Midwest vs. East

5:00pm: Central vs. NAHL Selects Blue

Tuesday, February 18th

10:00am: NAHL Selects Red vs. Midwest

12:30pm: East vs. NAHL Selects Blue

3:00pm: South vs. Central

Johnstown's 2020 selected NAHL Top Prospects

#17 Noah Basarab

Selected to join the East Division team, Basarab(Gimli, Manitoba) has played in 43 games for the Tomahawks. Within those games he has scored 16 goals, half of them being power play goals and grabbed 12 assists. Barasab is tied with 5 other players in the league for 4th place in power play goals.

#19 Pavel Kharin

Selected to join the East Division team, Kharin(Ypsilanti, MI) has played in 47 games this season for Johnstown and 116 games total for the team in the past two seasons. This season he is sitting with a total of 8 goals and 10 assists.

#25 Bennett Stockdale Selected to join the East Division team, Stockdale(Ottawa, Ontario) has seen the ice for 46 games this season. This second-year veteran put 12 goals in this season and has assisted in 29. In his last two games, Stockdale scored the game winning goals, helping the Hawks secure their 4th win in a row.

#30 David Tomeo

Selected to join the East Divison team, goalie, Tomeo(West Caldwell, NJ) stood between the pipes for 26 games. With 16 wins, 6 losses, 1 OT-loss and 1 SO-loss, Tomeo rests in the Top Goalies of the league, with a 0.911 SV%.

#16 Christian Gorscak

Selected to join the Select Blues team, Gorscak(Jeannette, PA) , a third-year veteran has played a total of 164 games for Johnstown, 47 of those being this season. Gorscak is this year's top goal scorer for the team with 21 goals and third in the league in assists with 36.

#91 Max Kouznetsov

Selected to join the Select Blues team, this is Kousnetsov's(Voorhees, NJ) first year on the Tomahawks. With just one year in he has played in 41 games where he scored 14 goals and 31 assists. You can find Kouznetsov's name on the list of highest points per game in the league.

In Case You Missed It

Max Kouznetsov was named Athlete of the Week by Our Town Johnstown!

"The 19-year-old from Vorhees, New Jersey is second among the Tomahawks in scoring, collecting 44 points - 14 goals and 30 assists - in 37 games played (as of Feb. 5). He joined the Johnstown junior hockey club this season after being drafted by the Tomahawks last summer in the 10th round of the 2019 NAHL Entry Draft." - Our Town


Last week, Somerset School District's Life Skills Classes, with students ranging from 5-22 years old, had a great time watching the Tomahawks practice with a autograph session afterwards!

Be sure to follow us on Twitter (@JohnstownHawks) - You never know when our players will take over our social media and live tweet from our events and appearances!

Upcoming Games and Events

Monday, March 2nd: During this unusually timed home-stand, Johnstown will battle it out with Maine. On this night we will be celebrating Dr. Seuss's birthday. Kids from area school districts will be able to be a part of some seussically-fun filled activities.

Tuesday, March 3rd: It was us, we let the dogs out! Thanks to sponsor, Cambria Vet Care, bring your furry, four-legged friend to Pucks and Paws Night and 'bark' on the Tomahawks as they keep the weekday series against Maine rolling. No need to purchase a ticket for your dog, a simple $5 donation for each pet will be collected by The Humane Society of Cambria County.

Friday, March 13th: The Tomahawks will be fighting the Knights during our 3rd annual Fight Night, presented by Valley Printing. Special guest, Pro Wrestling Hall of Famer, J.J. Dillon will make an appearance. Stay after the game for a show by AON wrestling.

Saturday, March 14th: Johnstown will continue to fight WB Scranton. This is sure to be a game you arrive early at, you don't want to miss your chance at getting a Chris Trouba bobblehead from our Players Series Bobblehead Giveaway. Like always, only the first 1000 fans will receive a bobblehead.

It's not too late to take advantage of Season Tickets and Flex Packages to take advantage of perks like early admission to games! Just call 814-536-GOAL (4625) to get yours today. Single game tickets can be purchased in-person at the Box Office and online with Ticketmaster.


Arena News

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