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Pics Premier sweep doubleheader with Skipjacks, Rangers

By Seth Dussault, 09/25/17, 10:00AM EDT

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MARLBOROUGH, Massachusetts—The Springfield Pics Premier squad earned a pair of Sunday wins, topping the Skipjacks Hockey Club 4-3 in overtime before pummeling the Connecticut Junior Rangers 6-2 at the New England Sports Complex on September 24.

In the opener against the Skipjacks, the Pics found themselves down early, as JJ Brittain potted a goal just 1:05 into the matchup; however, Alex Peresunko had the reply, tallying on the power play for his second of the season at 12:52, with Simon Berglind and Alex Seidel assisting.

The Skipjacks took a 2-1 in the second half of the 50-minute game at 6:18, with Adam Beyerlein striking the twine, and he added a power play goal at 13:23 to give his squad a 3-1 edge.

That advantage was quickly erased by an energized Springfield offense, as Mario Metallo and Berglind set up Michael Cecetka for his third of the year at 17:33, and Jake Conrad and Peresunko were table-setters for Tomas Libovicky’s second of the season at 19:13 to draw even.

With no decision reached through fifty minutes, the teams continued play, and it was Josh Miller to Grant DeWitt in the overtime, with DeWitt finding an open Peresunko for the winning marker at 3:13 of the extra session.

William Larson stopped 21 of 24 shots he faced in 53:13 of work to earn the win and improve to 2-1-0 on the year.

In the afternoon game, there was much less doubt over the outcome; Libovicky potted a goal at 3:27, then DeWitt set up Peresunko for his third of the day at 7:49, and Miller found the cage at 8:24 for his first of the year, from Perino and Palmer.

A late-period goal by Peter Richetelli broke the shutout against Connecticut, but the Pics had an answer, with Alex Won’s first of the year coming unassisted at 21:40.

The second period was more than halfway through when the lamp was lit again, with Miller’s second of the game pushing Springfield’s edge to 5-1. The lone assist on the goal came from Cecetka.

Though Griffin Cain struck for the Rangers on the power play, the day would belong to Springfield, which finished the ten-goal barrage when Luke James scored an unassisted marker at 20:55, his second of the year.

Blake Carlson was in net for the second matchup and performed well, stopping 18 shots to garner his first Premier victory and improve to 1-1-0 on the year.

The Pics return home for a 6:00 p.m. start aganst the Boston Bandits on Saturday, September 30.

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