Weekend Preview: December 10 & 11 – Titans visit Tomahawks for two-game series

Weekend Preview: December 10 & 11 – Titans visit Tomahawks for two-game series

The Titans will travel to Johnstown to take on the Tomahawks for a two-game series at the 1st Summit Arena at Cambria County War Memorial. Friday’s puck drop is scheduled for 7:30PM while Saturday’s start time is 7:00PM. This is the beginning of a four-game road swing for the Red Buckets before the holiday break.

Tomahawks vs. Titans Overview
This will be the fifth and sixth meeting between the teams this season. Despite being outscored 11 – 10 in the previous four contests, the Titans have taken three of the prior four games, including a sweep the last time they met back on October 29 and 30 in Johnstown. One of the Titans wins was in a shootout back on October 29.

Jake Black leads the Tomahawks with five points (3 goals and 2 assist) in four games against the Red Buckets as well as goals (three). The Hawks are 2 for 12 (17%) on the powerplay while the Tomahawks netminders have a combined 2.20 goals against average and .941 save percentage.

Michael Young leads the Titans with four total points ((2 goals and 2 assists) against the Tomahawks while Anthony Calafiore each have two goals against the Tomahawks. The Red Buckets have yet to score on the powerplay (0 for 16) against Johnstown. Titans netminders have a combined 2.70 goals against average and .905 save percentage.

Tomahawks Overview
Johnstown is currently in third place in the East Division with a 13-8-2-1 record for 29 points. They are coming off an 8 – 2 road win over the Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks (Johnstown swept last weekend’s series against the Tricks), and they have won six out of their last ten games. The Tomahawks have scored 89 goals on the season (8th in the league) while they have allowed 70 (10th in the league). Johnstown is 15 for 77 (19.5%) on the powerplay (13th in the league), and they have allowed one shorthanded goal while on the man advantage. The Tomahawks are 87.1% efficient on the penalty kill (4th in the league), and they scored one shorthanded goal (against the Titans back on October 30).

Black leads the Tomahawks with 32 total points (17 goals and 15 assists) and goals (17). Jacob Badal has the most game winning goals with four. Dustin Geregach and Black each have a team best +17. Geregach has a team high 40 penalty minutes.

Johnstown’s goaltenders have a combined 2.81 goals against average and .911 save percentage with one shutout (Tommy Heaney).

Titans Overview
The Titans currently lead the East Division with an 18-9-1-0 record for 37 points. They are coming off a 4 – 2 home win against the Jamestown Rebels (the Titans split their series with the Rebels last weekend), and they have won 7 out of their last 10 games. New Jersey has scored 106 goals on the season (2nd in the league) while they have allowed 84 (20th in the league). The Titans have converted on 16.4% (18 for 110) of their chances on the powerplay (19th in the league), and they have allowed four goals while on the man advantage. The Red Buckets are 82.7% efficient on the penalty kill (16th in the league). The Titans have scored four shorthand goals (none against Johnstown).

Tommy Bannister leads the team with 34 total points (12 goals and 22 assists) and goals (12). David Posma and Calafiore each have a team high four game winning goals. Calafiore also has a team high +23. Blake Farrell has a team high 86 penalty minutes.

The Titans goaltenders have a combined 2.94 goals against average and .904 save percentage with no shutouts.