The Titans will be hosting the Johnstown Tomahawks for a two-game series this weekend at the Middletown Sports Complex. The puck will drop at 7:30PM on Friday while it will be at 7:00PM on Saturday. This is the first meeting of the year between the teams.
Tomahawks vs. Titans
Last season the Tomahawks took eight of twelve games between the teams outscoring the Red Buckets by a combined score of 52 – 32. Each team won a game in a shootout, and each team went 11 for 45 (24%) with the man advantage. Levente Keresztes had 10 points (2 goals and 8 assists) last season against Johnstown. The Tomahawks’ goaltenders had a combined 2.64 goals against average and .904 save percentage while the Titans netminders had a combined 4.04 goals against average and .898 save percentage.
Johnstown is currently in sixth place in the East Division with a 3-4 record for six points. They are coming off a 4-3 shootout home win over the Maryland Black Bears, and they have won three out of their last five games. The Tomahawks have scored 20 goals on the season (21st in the league) while they have allowed 24 (14th in the league). Johnstown is 5 for 27 (18.5%) on the powerplay (14th in the league), and they haven’t allowed a goal while on the man advantage. The Tomahawks are 73.1% efficient on the penalty kill (21st in the league), and they haven’t scored any shorthanded goals.
Jack Black leads the Tomahawks with eight total points (4 goals and 4 assists) while Zach Murray has the most goals (5). Three different players have scored a game winning goal. Murray has a team best +5. TJ Koufis and Dustin Geregach each have a team high 19 penalty minutes.
Johnstown’s goaltenders have a combined 3.40 goals against average and .890 save percentage with no shutouts.
The Titans are currently in fifth place in the East Division with a 4 – 5 record for eight points. They are coming off a 3 – 2 home loss to Maryland. They have won two of their last five games. New Jersey has scored 24 goals on the season (18th in the league) while they have allowed 32 (25th in the league). The Titans have converted on 18.2% (6 for 33) of their chances on the powerplay (15th in the league). They have allowed two goals while on the man advantage. The Red Buckets are 73.7% efficient on the penalty kill (20th in the league). The Titans have scored two shorthand goals (tied for second most in the league).
Tommy Bannister leads the team with nine total points (6 goals and 3 assists). Brandon Avezov and Bannister each have a team high six goals. Three different players have a game winning goal. Avezov has a team best +6. Blake Farrell has a team high 29 penalty minutes.
The Titans goaltenders have a combined 3.50 goals against average and .887 save percentage with no shutouts.