The Weekend of the 24-25th saw the real meat of in division play ramp up in the NAHL, and it was no different in the East divisionas we saw 3 matchups with Danbury getting the weekend off
Maine Nordiques vs Maryland Black Bears
The Maryland Black Bears and Maine Nordiques had a East division finals rematch to Begin the Nordiques in-division play, The Nordiques came into this one at 2-2 and the Black Bears 3-2-1 and in first place in the East. The Black Bears prior to the game made a move for Fairbanks top 6 forward Laker Aldrige.
The First period of play was pretty eventful and on the scoresheet really even as both teams scored twice and both teams took 2 penalties however, it seamed as the Black Bears got the better start. The Black Bears also converted on a rare 1st period penalty shot opportunity as Brad Mcneil got on the score sheet.
The 2nd period started with Nordiques Dom Marcinkevics who had a monster weekend with 3 goals, getting his 2nd of the game. Newcomer Laker Aldridge would respond for the Bears in his first game in a yellow sweater and we were knotted up at 3 headed into the final 20.
The Bears would get an early goal just 2:51 in from Bobby Staring and add an empty net to fend
off the Nords response to take game 1.
In game 2, the Nordiques wasted no time getting on the board as Matt Connor who is entering in his 2nd year as a Nord would record his first goal on a power play pinching down and sniping one short side. The teams would swap power plays but no more scoring in the 1st.
In the 2nd goaltending had the upper hand and no one would find the scoresheet however things got elevated as there was 3 penalties a side and 4 on 4 play took up the majority of the middle frame.
In the 3rd period Dom Marcinkevics would record his 3rd of the weekend and Caden Pattison would score his first of the year on a tip in front of the net. Rookie Goalie and D1 Commit to Army West Point, Gus Holt was perfect in this one as he now sits 9th In the NAHL in GAA as he stopped 46/46 shots to propel the Nordiques to a shutout 3-0 response win in game 2.
Both of these teams were evenly matched and still trying to find where they fit, Maryland will head to Middletown for a very strange weekend for them as they play the Titans on Friday and then go to Johnstown to play the Tomahawks. The Nordiques will begin play at the prestigious Colisee against the Hat Tricks for 2 games starting on Friday.
Johnstown Tomahawks vs Northeast Generals
The Gens welcomed the Tomahawks to the New England sports village in their home opener looking to keep it rolling and the Tomahawks looked to get back to near the top with some wins.
The first period was all Generals as they would score 3 goals including Douglas Friberg’s first as a Gen to take the 3-0 lead. There was also a fight between the Hawks Veteran Dusty Geregach and Generals Landon Kolnik.
The Hawks would swap out their goalies to begin the 2nd as Sam Evolas night was over stopping 11/14 shots, but the Generals and Hawks would see more of that physical play as matching roughing’s were assessed but after the 4th straight from the Gens the hawks would finally respond.
In the 3rd period Brent Keefer thought it would be a great time to score his 4th of the season and add another to the Gens 5-1 win.
In game 2 the Generals got off to another great start after killing off an early penalty just 1:15 in. The Generals would use the momentum from that to score 2 goals to start the scoring. The Hawks would respond with a power play goal of their own to cut the lead in half.
The Hawks would keep the pressure on however in the 2nd with a goal 8 minutes in to tie the game at 2. Brent Keefer who had a great weekend would get his 2nd goal of the weekend.
The Hawks would start the 3rd with an early goal 1:26 into the 3rd to make it 3-3. Jared Scott would then record his 1st of 2 in this game to give the Gens the lead back. They would go on the power play and add another to give them some breathing room. Jared Scott would then get his 2nd of the game with an empty netter to seal the deal. For the Gens goalie Carson Limesand is showing that he’s one of the top
goalies in the League, he picked up both wins in net for the Generals this
weekend and stopped 64/68 shots. He was the reigning East division star of the
week and is 5-1 on the ledger thus far. He leads the entire NAHL in wins and definitely
can allow Brian Erickson to lean on him for multiple games in a row. The Generals
are also back in first place looking to stay there this weekend against the
Jamestown Rebels at home and the Tomahawks have 1 game which is Saturday against
the Black Bears at the War Memorial.
New Jersey Titans vs Jamestown Rebels
The New Jersey Titans were host to the Rebels home opener. Craig
Doremus however made a eye catching move before the weekend as Andrew Takacs
was welcomed back to the East divison. Takacs is entering his 4th
and final NAHL season as hes been bouncing around the NAHL with the Black
bears, Odessa Jackalopes, Amarillo bulls and now he will be calling new jersey
home. Takacs is a native of Maryland and is currently 2-0 this season and is 6th
in GAA with an impressive 1.16 and .953 sv%. He would get the nod in net for
the Titans. To start the Titans opened with a power play goal from veteran Tommy
Bannister and an even strength goal from defenseman Jack Karlsson. They would
start the 2nd with another goal but the Rebels would get 2 with Marx
Noren and Peter Klemm getting their firsts of the season to pull within 1. The
Rebels would pull Chace Hale ( who stopped 14/17 in a low shot affair ) for the
extra attacker but Bannister would get his 2nd with the empty netter
and the Titans would spoil the Rebels home opener with a 4-2 win. Takacs would
finish with 19/21 saves in the win.
Game 2 saw a much different game as in game 1 shots were
only 21-17 in favor of the titans this one finished 37-36 and saw 8 power plays
for the Rebels. The first started with an early goal from Marx Noren, he got
his 2nd of the weekend and a power play goal around the midway mark
of the 1st from D man Noah Szretter on the power play to make it 2-0
Rebels. They would keep it going in the 2nd with a tally from Jak
Vaarwerk 1:27 in to make it 3-0 Rebels. That one would chase rookie Ben
Charette out of the net after seeing 15 shots and stopping 12 of them. The Titans
would get a power play 3 minutes after and convert to get on the score sheet to
make it 3-1 after 2. The Titans didn’t stop there as they went to the PK but
Tommy Bannister would get his 3rd goal of the weekend ( he had 4 points
this weekend and would be named East division star of the week ) shorthanded to
pull within 1. The Titans would then tie it up at the midway mark with Brandon
Avezov getting his 6th of the season. He is now 3rd in
the NAHL in goals. OT would solve nothing so a shootout was needed. The Rebels
sent out John Lundy but he was unable to score. The Titans sent out Jake
LaRusso who’s entering his 4th season with the Titans and he would
get the scoring going. Emerick Nadeau was stopped by Takacs which made way for
Micael Youngs game winning goal to give the Titans the sweep. Takacs finished
with both wins this weekend and stopped 41/43 shots. Anthony Califiore also
finished with 4 assist in the 2 games. The Titans play host to Maryland on Friday
for 1 game this weekend and the Rebels take on the Generals at NESV.
We definitely haven’t seen where teams fit that much this
season so far but we can safely say that the Generals are definitely a force to
be reckon with this season. Danbury has a huge weekend against the Nordiques as
they only have 1 win and you can’t count out those Tomahawks, we will see what this
weekend has to offer.
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