The Premier Squad dropped their first game in regulation on the 23rd, 4 – 2 down at Chelsea Piers arena against the Connecticut Junior Rangers.
The Pics struck first early in the 1st period when Chase Reynolds was able to slip the puck past Rangers goaltender Benjamin Hathaway low stick side after a Pics player was tripped in the process of taking a shot. Julian Perino and Matthew Kowal were credited with the assists.
The Rangers then had three unanswered goals which threw the momentum their way in the 2nd period.
Reynolds scored again at almost the same point time wise in the 3rd period when the Pics were able to put the puck in the back of the net glove side shortly after the power play ended as the Pics were pressuring the Rangers. Reynolds was set up right in front of the net and was able to put a one-timer into the back in an attempt to get the Pics back into the game.
The Rangers put the game out of reach six minutes later when they made it 4 – 2.
Pics goaltender Matthew Jonas stopped 32 out of 36 shots, while Rangers goaltender stopped 39 out of 41 shots in the win.
The Premier and Elite teams both have action today. The Premier team heads south to the Chelsea Piers arena to face the CT Junior Rangers, and the Elite squad are at home for the last time for at least two weeks as they will face the Northern Cyclones at 11 AM.
The Elite squad is looking for their first win on the season, after being swept last weekend.
The Premier squad is coming off a 5 - 4 OT win against the New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs yesterday at the Olympia.
The Premier Squad had to go to overtime today, but skated away victorious 5 – 4 in front of a faithful crowd.
The Monarchs struck first just under 7 minutes into the first period when Matias Alexandrov caught a pass from John Rynee who made it 1 – 0.
Owen Stacey even the score just two minutes later when he got the pass from Nico Rodrigues, who then drove down the stick side of the rink and got a couple close in shots against Timothy Young but was able to deposit one into the back of the net and made it 1 – 1. Matt Pelletier got the secondary assist.
Matias Alexandrov was able to make it 2 – 1 with just 3 minutes remaining on the power play when he was able to get one past Friedlander on the power play.
Oliver Cookson was able to tie it up just past the half way point of the game when Oliver Cookson set himself up for a pass from Timofey Basarab when Basarab received the pass from Matthew Tullo. Basarab slowed down enough to make Young commit to Basarab who then passed it off to Cookson who deposited it in the net.
Devin Rohrich was able to make it 3 – 2 just two minutes later when he got a pass from Tanner Hartman and was able to put it between Friedlander’s legs.
Sawyer Smith made it 4 – 2 when he got a pass from Tyson Springer just under 3 minutes into the 3rd period.
Andrii Levtuhkov started the swing of the momentum the Pics way just past the half way point in the 3rd period when he drove himself right in front of the net, and drew Young down and put the puck up top shelf making it 4 – 3. Stacey and Matt Pelletier got the assists on the power play.
Ryan Moorhouse tied the game up with just 2 minutes remaining in regulation when the Monarchs turned the puck over behind their own net and Moorhouse was able to get the puck, and evened up the game. Rodrigues and Stacey got the assists.
Nicholas Lopes ended the game with just over 2 minutes elapsed into the overtime period when he was able to finish up the save of the night from Friedlander, who was then able to get the puck off to Levthukov. Levthukov was then able to get the puck off to Julian Perino, who dished it off to Lopes who drove down the wing and went top shelf against Young.
Young stopped 30 out of 35 shots in the loss, making his record 2 – 1 – 1. Friedlander stopped 20 out of 24 shots in the win, making his record 2 – 0.
The Springfield Pics face the New Hampshire Junior Monarchs today at noon time. The Monarchs are currently in the middle of the New England Division with a record of 2 – 4 , while the Pics are sitting up in 2nd place with a record of 4 – 0 – 1 .
The Monarchs are currently ranked 9th in the league on the power play, with a 41.7% conversion rate, and the Pics are ranked 12th, with a 36.4% conversion rate.
On the penalty kill, the Pics are 17th in the league with 87.5% on preventing scoring, and the Monarchs are 66.7%. The Pics do have 1 short handed goal while on the penalty kill.
The Monarchs have one player who is averaging one point a game, Tyson Springer at 3 goals and 4 assists.
The Pics though, have six players who are averaging at least a point a game; Oliver Cookson, Connor O’Brien, Matthew Tullo, Owen Stacey, Matthew Pelletier, and Cam Gaylor.
The Premier’s next game is against the Connecticut Junior Rangers tomorrow at 1pm.
The Pics struck down the Thunder Thursday afternoon 5 - 3 in front of a faithful crowd in Hampden, CT.
Nico Rodrigues opened up the scoring in the waining minutes of the game while the Pics just got on the shorthand when he and Owen Stacey went on a 2 on 1 breakaway in which Stacey fed Rodrigues the pass, and toe-dragged it causing Thunder goalie Owen Przbylo to pause which gave Rodrigues the ability to put the puck top shelf. Cam Gaylor was credited with the secondary assist.
Rodrigues lit the lamp again in the opening minutes of the second period when he got the feed again from his line-mate Stacey as he crashed the net with Stacey going down the left wing. Nick Foster got the secondary assist.
Timofey Basarab made it 3 - 0 just a few second later when he was able to break clean away from the defense and went one on one along the left wing and was able to shoot a lightning of a shot past Przybylo.
Oliver Cookson got what ended up to be the game-winning-goal just past the half way mark in regulation on the power-play when he was able to poke it home after a small rebound in front of the net. Basarab and O'Brien got credited with the assists.
Moorhouse got the insurance goal exactly two minutes later when Perino got the dish from Stacey and tried shooting it in. Moorhouse got the rebound and was able to stuff it in to seal the deal.
Twin City tried getting back in it scoring two unanswered goals, but couldn't swing the momentum their way.
Veteran Pics goaltender Matthew Jonas stopped 28 out of 31 shots in the win, while Thunder goalie Owen Przybylo stopped 43 out of 48 shots for the loss.
The Pics next regularly scheduled opponent are the New Hampshire Monarchs on Thursday, October 22nd, but is subject to change. If that game is postponed, the Pics will then face the Connecticut Junior Rangers on Friday, October 23rd at 1pm.
The Springfield Pics meet the Twin City Thunder for the first time this season at noon at the Louis Astorino Arena. The Pics are 3-0-1 on the season so far, while the Thunder are 3-0 on the season in a 9 team division.
The Springfield Pics are currently ranked 12th on the Power Play, 4th on the Penalty Kill. The Thunder meanwhile are ranked 19th on the Power Play, and 41st on the Penalty Kill.
In the last five years the Pics have defeated the Thunder three times.
The Pics next game is against the New Hampshire Junior Monarchs, Thursday the 22nd at noon, at the Tri-Town Ice Arena.
The Springfield Pics split their series against the Boston Advantage this past weekend, falling to them 4 – 0 at home, then handing them their first loss on Sunday, 3 – 1 on their ice.
Special teams was the name of the game for the Advantage on Saturday, with three out of their four goals made while on the man advantage, or on the penalty kill.
On Sunday, the Pics had contributions from their top two lines. Dube scored the Pics’s first goal, with assists from Pisano and Hanarhan. Hanarhan then channeled his brother and got the game winning goal later in the game. Fox and Disanti had assists on the game winning goal. Fox then tacked on the insurance goal with assists from Foster and Disanti.
The Pics have a home and home series this coming weekend against the South Shore Kings.