Tomahawks host division rival Titans


Mar. 26—The Johnstown Tomahawks will conclude their seven-game homestand this weekend.

NAHL East Division foe New Jersey will face the Tomahawks in a two-game series, which begins at 7:30 p.m. Friday and wraps up at 7 p.m. Saturday at 1st Summit Arena @ Cambria County War Memorial.

Johnstown (26-7-4, 56 points) has a three-point advantage over Maine (26-13-1, 53 points) for first place in the East Division, playing in three fewer games. The Tomahawks’ 17-game home winning streak ended with a 5-4 loss to Northeast on Sunday.

New Jersey (20-12-7, 47 points) is in third place. The teams have split their first eight meetings this season, with two games going to a shootout.

The Titans have won the past three meetings, including 4-2 and 4-3 (shootout) victories on Feb. 26 and 27, respectively.

Johnstown holds a slim 28-26 scoring edge in the eight prior contests.

2019-20 NAHL MVP Christian Gorscak, who just completed his freshman season at Niagara, will be inside the Stars and Stripes Lounge at 1st Summit Arena for an event at 6 p.m.

There will be limited attendance with patrons needing a Friday game ticket.

Tomahawks forward and University of New Hampshire recruit Will Margel was named East Division Star of the Week.

The Maryland native provided seven points, including five goals and two assists, in a three-game series against Northeast.

On Friday, Margel posted an assist in a 5-4 win. He notched a hat trick, including the game-winning goal, and an assist in a 4-3 win on Saturday.

On Sunday, he picked up two more goals in a 5-4 loss. In 22 games played this season, Margel has recorded 28 points.

“Will had an outstanding three games,” Tomahawks coach Mike Letizia said. “He was dangerous all weekend long and was a big contributor to our offense, as he has been since joining our team in late December. Will is a dynamic player that has the ability to be a scoring threat each time he touches the puck. We will need him to continue his strong play down the stretch as we battle the rest of the East Division.”

Three former Tomahawks players will be suiting up in this weekend’s NCAA Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Tournament, which begins Friday. This year’s Frozen Four takes place at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh.

Sam Solensky is a sophomore at Bemidji State University.

Solensky, a Slovakia native, has played in 36 games for the Beavers over the past two seasons. During his three years in Johnstown (2016-19), Solensky netted 50 goals and 105 assists and holds the record for most points (155) by a Tomahawks player in franchise history.

Spencer DenBeste is a freshman at Lake Superior State University. He played with the Tomahawks in 2019-20.

Zak Galambos is a redshirt sophomore at American International College. He played with the Tomahawks in 2015-17

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