The Springfield Pics are proud to announce the commitment of Brock Baumann to the Framingham State University Rams for next season.
Pics Premier Head Coach and General Manager Rob Bonneau was quoted “Brock has been with the Pics at every level we offer starting 7 years ago at u16. He has been a captain of the u16, u18, and Premier team over the years which shows his leadership. Brock plays in all situations for this team, both special team units, and when we ran into injuries on defense, he jumped back there. He is always doing what’s best for the team and will be missed, but Framingham State is getting a player that will have an impact the day he steps on campus. We wish Brock the best and look forward to watching his next four years.”
John Sarno, U16 and College Placement coach was quoted “Brock played for me on our u16 team. He was a team captain, and all-around player and leader a guy you can rely on. He is going to be an impact player next season at Framingham State.
Baumann currently has a Pics career record of 171 games played, with 51 goals and 109 assists.
Brock will be joining Pics alumni Jake Conrad, Ethan Cervonayco, and Blake Carlson who are currently playing for the Rams, who play in NCAA Division 3, Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference.
The Pics wish Brock the best in his collegiate career.
The Springfield Pics are proud to announce the commitment of Nico Rodriguez to the University of Tampa Bay, members of the ACHA.
Rodriguez, a four-year veteran of the Pics has played a total of four seasons, starting from U16 on up to the Premier level. He has played 183 games, with 32 goals and 51 assists while being a member of the Pics.
“Nico has been with the Pics the last 4 seasons and has gotten better each year. It will feel different going to the rink every day and not see Nico, as he brought a fun, hardworking attitude to the rink and cared about this team success. He will be missed next season, but we are extremely proud to be watching him the next four years at University of Tampa Bay. Nico has done everything we asked of him and has earned this opportunity where he will have an impact the next 4 seasons. We wish him the best and will always be a part of the Springfield Pics family.” Premier Head Coach and General Manager Rob Bonneau was quoted.
John Sarno, U16 coach and College Placement coach was quoted at saying “Nico is a very good hard-working skater, and he is going to add lots of energy to the University of Tampa Bay’s line up. Congrats Nico!”
The Pics family congratulates Nico, and wish him the best of luck.
South Shore Kings showcase recap
The Premier squad went 3 - 0 - 1 in the showcase, only falling to the Buffalo Stampede in overtime, while the Elite squad went undefeated in all four games, scoring a total of 15 goals, and only allowing 7 goals against.
Looking at the playoff scenario, the Premier squad could either be on the road if the Bruins win their last two games, or at home if the Bruins lose in regulation once.
Below are the playoff scenarios for the first round of the USPHL Junior Tournament:
Pics at home against Bruins if the Bruins lose at least one game in regulation
Pics at home against Islanders if the Bruins lose one game and the Islanders win both games
****Bruins and Islanders play each other on Wednesday****
Pics on the road against the Bruins if the Bruins win one game and the other goes to overtime.
The Elite squad will be on the road in the first round against the Islanders.
Pics Elite defeat Whalers 4 - 1
Thomas Malatinec, Martin Rudolf, and Brigham Dubey all contributed in a victory against the Whalers, snapping a two-game skid.
Thomas Malatinec got the first goal of the game early on when he made a toss at the goal, and it slipped through the goaltenders' pad and post to make it 1 - 0. Nick Disanti and Matus Vojtech were credited with the assists.
The Whalers struck back, but Martin Rudolf responded twice in quick succession. Simon Higgins and Chris Foster both contributed to the goals.
Brigham Dubey potted an empty net goal to seal the deal. Colin Sherwood stopped 39 out of 40 shots in the win.
Pics win on penalty shot in overtime
Nick Foster got the Pics first goal in the matchup against the Utica Junior Comets, and he also got the game winning penalty shot after being tripped on a breakaway opportunity, to have the Pics skate out victorious of game one of the South Shore Kings showcase, 3 - 2.
Foster potted the puck in the back of the net with a mess of players in front of the slot, and he was able to deposit the wrap around to make it 2 - 1. Sean Donoghue and Matthew Tullo were credited with the assists.
With just under a minute left in regulation, and with the goaltender pulled, Dominick Balboni was able to get the game tying goal when he was able to chip it in after a couple blocked shots. Tullo and Brock Baumann were credited with the assists.
Foster was able to convert on the penalty shot attempt early in the overtime period after being dragged down by the far post.
The Bruins scored early in the 1st, but Sean Donoghue scored all three of the Pics goals to give the Pics the 3 - 1 victory on Wednesday afternoon.
The Bruins scored first early, and set the tone off a deflection goal, but the puck deflected off of Sean Donoghue's skate and went on in to tie the game up at 1. Coleson Hanrahan and Tyler Wilson were credited with the assists.
Donoghue made it 2 - 1 just 5 minutes later when he grabbed his own rebound and made the second shot count. Wilson and Nicholas Rodrigues got the assists.
Donoghue sealed the natural hat-trick, and the game when he sunk a point-blank shot from right in front of the net, as the Pics closed in the pentagon while on the powerplay. Wilson and Connor O'Brien got the assists.
Ben Zaranek stopped 25 out of 26 shots for the win, putting him on a 4-game winning streak.
After being shut out at home on Saturday, the Pics struck back against the Cyclones and defeated them 3 - 1 up in New Hampshire.
Chris Foster opened up the scoring as he picked the pocket of a Cyclones defender and went in alone and went backhand forehand and tucked it past the goaltender who was coming out to shut down a lane.
Martin Rudolf got what would end up being the game winning goal with just under three and a half minutes remaining in regulation when he popped the puck in a loft shot up and over the goaltender and bounced off of him and in the net.
Martin Rudolf ended up getting an empty net goal with a few seconds remaining to make the score 3 - 1.
Ray Picard stopped 41 out of 42 shots for the win.
Ben Zaranek stopped all 33 shots he faced tonight, as the Pics skated away with the 1 - 0 shutout on Saturday night in front of the faithful crowd at the Olympia Ice Center. Felix Appelt got the puck after a miscue by a Monarch player and brought it down the glove side of the Monarch's goaltender and lit the lamp for this 3rd goal of the season. Luc Fricchione and Connor Matthews both contributed on the play.
Both teams put on the pressure to score, but both goaltenders stood their ground and allowed no further goals. With the win, the Pics moved to 21 - 16 - 0 - 0 - 1, while the Monarchs moved to 18 - 14 - 1 - 0 - 1.
Shu Inamura netted his first goal as a Pic and give and go passes were the name of the game as the Pics shut down the Kings 5 - 2 on Wednesday afternoon.
The Kings struck first while on the penalty kill a 3rd of the way through the 1st period but the Pics struck back on a give-and-go play just 15 seconds later when Benjamin Goring was breaking down the near side and caught the pass from Connor O'Brien and one timed it into the net. Andrii Ievtukhov was credited with the secondary assist.
Shu Inamura netted his first career goal as a Pics when he won the race with Connor Matthews verses two defenders. Matthews gave the puck off to Inamura who put the puck in the back of the net before hitting the breaks and sliding down on the ice. Benjamin Goring was credited with the secondary assist.
Matthew Tullo got the Pics' third goal when he got the pass from a breaking Aaron Cholewa. Luc Fricchione was credited with the secondary assist.
Brock Baumann made it 4 - 1 when he got the rebound from a shot from Luc Fricchione. Corey McNally won the face off and dished it off to Fricchione and was credited with the secondary assist.
Alexei Filimonov got the goal off an eventual two on none when he got the pass from a turnover and Connor Matthews picked up the loose puck. Felix Appelt was credited with the secondary assist.
Ben Zaranek stopped 39 out of 41 shots for the win.
The Bandits and Pics skated to a 4 - 4 tie due to ice conditions on Sunday afternoon. The Bandits struck twice in the 1st period, but the Pics struck back at the 5:55 mark of the second period when Brandon Shuman potted one in from the far corner near the face off dot. Matus Vojtech and Martin Rudolf were credited with the assists.
Brigham Dubey got the game tying goal at two apiece when he got a quick wrister off. Bryce St. Martin and Simon Higgins were credited with the assists.
The Bandits scored twice to make it a two-goal game, but Simon Higgins made it a one goal game when he got the centering pass from Bryce St. Martin off a rebound attempt. Brigham Dubey was credited with the secondary assist.
Brigham Dubey netted his 2nd of the game, which tied the game, when he caught the goaltender on the opposite side of the net while the Pics were on the powerplay. He got the quick pass from Nick Disanti. DJ Velez was credited with the secondary assist.
Shortly after the goal, the game was called due to poor ice conditions over on the Bandits end by the Zamboni door. Noah Behrens-Gould stopped 20 out of 23 shots, and Jack Messing stopped 25 out of 26 shots for the tie.