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Weekend Preview

By Eric Richardson, 01/16/20, 9:30PM EST

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All squads in action, Premier and Elite at home.

PREMIER

Friday and Saturday

The Jersey Hitmen travel up the coast from the Mid Atlantic conference. The Pics are coming off a split action weekend, losing on Saturday but winning on Sunday. The Hitmen are riding a five game win streak, after defeating the Tampa Bay Juniors as the last showcase, and sweeping the Philadelphia Hockey Club and the Connecticut Nighthawks the previous two weekend.

Looking at the special teams, the Springfield Pics are currently ranked 10th in the league, converting 21.8% of the time, while allowing only one short-handed goal. The Jersey Hitmen are currently ranked 31st in the league, converting at 15.3%, allowing just one short-handed goal as well. On the opposite side of the spectrum, the Pics are 7th in the league, shutting down the powerplay 88.7% of the time, allowing only 17 goals. The Hitmen are ranked 30th, at 81.3%, allowing 21 goals.

Top Scorers:

Michael Mania (23-35-58)

Noah Gold (32-25-57)

Filimon Ledenkov (11-44-55)

Arkhip Ledenkov (27-19-46)

Danylo Sukhonos (10-32-42)

Sunday

The Connecticut Junior Rangers make a return trip to the Olympia for the final time in the regular season. The last time these two teams faced, the Pics defeated the Rangers 4-2.

Top Scorers:

Cooper Board (23-24-47)

Victor Nikonov (19-20-39)

Egor Khomyakov (12-19-31)

Eugene Govorushko (8-23-31)

Joe Caputo (10-12-22)

ELITE

Friday

The Junior Bruins travel to the Olympia on Friday night. The Elite are coming off a split weekend, winning on Saturday and losing on Sunday. The Bruins are on a four game losing streak, falling to the Carolina Junior Hurricanes, The Charleston Colonials, and the Rockets Hockey Club.

Examining the special teams, the Springfield Pics are currently ranked 2nd in the league, converting 23.1% of the time, while allowing only 4 shorthanded goals. Looking at the Junior Bruins, they are ranked at 14.9%, allowing 4 shorthanded goals. On the opposite side of the spectrum, the Pics are first in the league, killing off penalties 91.4% of the time, allowing only 12 goals. The Junior Bruins though, are 14th in the league, killing off penalties 79% of the time, allowing 25 goals.

The last time these two teams faced, special teams was the name of the game when the Pics defeated the Junior B’s 8-2.

Top Scorers:

Brayden Naumann (14-8-22)

Connor Juhasz (12-9-21)

Daniel Rau (10-10-20)

Aaron O’Connor (6-10-16)

Jackson DeAdder (5-7-12)

Sunday

The Northern Cyclones return to the Olympia Sunday afternoon. The last time these two teams faced, the Cyclones defeated the Pics 5 – 2.

Top Scorers:

John Hurd (12-18-30)

Robert Byrne (6-23-29)

Adam Charbonneau (11-11-22)

Dylan Hernandez-Ramirez (6-16-22)

Lazarus Ritter (8-7-15)

U16

The U16 squad travels out to Bridgewater on Sunday to face the Boston Bandits. The last time these two teams faced, the Pics shut out the Bandits 4-0 on December 7th. The Pics are on pace to face no worse than 3rd in the season final standings, putting them in excellent position for the USPHL tournament which is in round robin format. The Pics would have to win out to take the regular season title. Second year Pics player Carter Hanaran is at 96 career league points, and is on pace to achieve the 100 point mark either on Sunday or at the All-Star game on Monday. He is slated to finish above 80 points this season.

Top Scorers:

Nolan Roche (9-6-15)

JJ Alger (5-4-9)

Madden Jones (4-4-8)

Dominic Mauretti (4-3-7)

Carter Mento (3-4-7)

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