The Maryland Black Bears looked to conclude its three-game set against its East Division rival in the Johnstown Tomahawks on a high note as the two teams faced off on a Sunday afternoon, the second time these two teams have met in a Sunday matinee this season. And once again, it was the Maryland Black Bears riding a strong offensive performance for a 6-1 win to complete the sweep.
Black Bears’ forward and captain Brad McNeil got the scoring started in the first period with a rebound goal on the powerplay to make it 1-0. Then ten seconds into the second period, Johnstown goalie Adam Johnson mishandled the puck behind his own net, leading to a tap-in goal by Maryland forward Jesse Horacek to make it 2-0. Black Bears’ forward Adam Schankula recorded the team’s second powerplay goal of the game by redirecting a slot shot by forward Dimitry Kebreau to make it 3-0.
In the third period, Tomahawks’ forward Anthony Galante got Johnstown on the board with a powerplay goal on a breakaway to make it 3-1. Maryland put the game out of reach with its third powerplay goal of the game, this time on a rebound goal from the far side of the net by Jesse Horacek to make it 4-1. Black Bears’ forward Samuel Stitz added icing on the cake with a goal off a faceoff, chipping a loose puck home for a 5-1 lead. The goal saw Maryland forward Magnus Gadowsky record his first goal of the season with an assist on the goal. Black Bears’ forward Kareem El-Bashir capped the scoring off with a snapshot to the top right corner to make it 6-1, a score that would hold up to be the final. Maryland goaltender Jack Weineke made 35 saves in the winning effort.
The Black Bears take the ice at Piney Orchard Ice Arena once again next weekend with games against the Northeast Generals on Friday, March 24th, and Saturday, March 25th, as Maryland looks to secure its first regular season East Divison title. All games can be streamed on HockeyTV.