The Springfield Pics defeated the PAL Junior Islanders 5-4 Saturday afternoon in front of a decent crowd at the Olympia Ice Center.
The Pics opened up the scoring frenzy on a power-play goal from Alexei Pontikov at the 2:33 into the 1st period after Bradley Gray got called for the slash at the 2:22 mark. Hunter Stockseth got the assist on the goal. The Pics were able to kill off a penalty on Hunter after he got called for a two and a ten-minute misconduct for boarding. Brigham Dubey got the second goal in the waning minute of the 1st period. James Delaney and Philip Tikhonov got the assist. Alexei Ponitkov was able to get his second of the afternoon unassisted on the power play at the 13:53 mark of the 2nd. Islanders goaltender Steven Squillante was then substituted for Dylan Callahan. This proved beneficial as the Islanders then got their first goal of the afternoon on the board at the 15:18 mark of the 2nd from Joseph Lucente. Donald Pace got credited with the assist. The Islanders then put two more on the board with back to back goals from Jameson D’Amico at the 2:44 mark, and then again at the 5:57 mark.
Hunter Stockseth then got called for interference at the 8:36 mark of the third, but Zack Fox got the Pics up one when he split the defense on the penalty kill and got the short-handed goal at the 9-minute mark.
Joseph Huber tied the game again at the 14:08 mark of the third, but James Delaney got what would be the game-winning goal in the final minute of the 3rd period with an assist from Zach Fox.
The win was the first for the U15 club all season, after the Islanders defeated them in their previous game at the beginning of the month, 5-0. Ray Picard got the win, with a save percentage of .89 (35/39). Islanders goaltender Dylan Callahan got the loss, and Steven Squillante got the no-decision.
The U15 squad is back in league action on Friday, October 11th at the Adirondack Bank Center when they face the Utica Comets.