All Springfield Pics teams are in action this weekend, with the Junior division at the South Shore Kings Showcase.
The Premier squad faced the red-hot Islanders Hockey Club Thursday night and dropped a heartbreaking 3 – 2 overtime loss. Kyle Nelson scored the Pics’ first goal of the game and was assisted by Julian Perino and Max Moriarty. Matthew Kowal scored the Pics’ second goal and was assisted by Brock Baumann and Brenden Meyer. Griffin Varricchio stopped 20 out of 23 shots in the loss.
The Pics lost to the Comets in a heartbreaker 3 – 2. Devids Jurinenokj and Julian Perino scored both goals. Matthew Jonas stopped 23 out of 26 shots for the loss.
The Pics then face the P.A.L. Junior Islanders on Saturday at 10:30 am and will face the Twin City Thunder on Sunday at 3:20 pm. The Pics have not faced either team yet this season.
The Elite squad has three games at the Showcase. They will be facing the New York Aviators, The Rockets Hockey Club, and The Jersey Hitmen.
The Pics are coming off a sweep of the Aviators, defeating them last weekend 5 – 4 in the shootout on Saturday and 5 – 3 on Sunday.
The Pics are currently undefeated against the Rockets, defeating them 1 – 0 the last time they faced each other on December 8th.
The Pics are currently 3 – 1 this season against the Hitmen. They split the series when the Hitmen visited the Pics January 25th and 26th, falling to the Hitmen 5 – 4 and then coming back and defeating them 5 – 3.
The Elite squad currently sits in 2nd place, 8 points out of 1st place and 5 points ahead of the Boston Bandits. A sweep this weekend will lock in 2nd place, and the Pics will need help to capture 1st from the Cyclones.
The U16 squad faces the Jersey Shore Whalers – Premier squad this weekend for the final games of the regular season. The last time these two teams faced was on January 26th, with the Pics losing 4 – 2.
The Pics face the Utica Junior Comets in the final game of their season on Saturday night.