The U16, Elite and Premier Pics teams faced opponents this past weekend. Below is a recap of what happened:
The U16 squad continued their 4 game unbeaten streak with a tie on Saturday against a tough South Shore Kings team 3 - 3, and then slamming the door on them on Sunday 2 - 0 in a penalty filled game.
On Saturday, Zack Fox scored all three goals against the Kings, with scoring the tying goal with just 30 seconds to spare in regulation with the extra attacker on the ice. Coleson Hanrhan had two assists, and Chris Foster and Ilya Zhuravlev each had an assist in Saturday's game. Pics goaltender John Hanscom stopped 40 shots.
On Sunday, it was a different story as Nick Disanti scored what would be game winning goal at the 8 minute mark into the 2nd period, with assists from Brigham Dubey and Coleson Hanrahan.
Dubey put in the insurance goal two minutes later with assists from Fox and Disanti. Ray Picard recorded his first career shutout as he stopped all 36 shots he faced.
Dom Balboni notched his 100 career point in this weekend's series of games as the Elite squad went 1 - 2. He also extended his point streak to 6 games.
On Friday, it was three unanswered goals in the 3rd period that brought the visiting Bruins' to victory as they defeated the Pics 5 - 2. Pics goaltender Garret Woodruff stopped 41 out of 46 shots in the loss. Dom Balboni and Nick Disanti both scored for the Pics, with Matt Kennedy and Bryce St. Martin each with an assist.
On Saturday, it was two goals from the Islanders that swung momentum the wrong way as the Pics fell to the Islanders 3 - 1. Dylan Taylor scored with just over 10 minutes remaining in regulation. Dom Balboni got the lone assist. Elijah Rapaport stopped 46 out of 49 shots in the loss.
Sunday was a different story as the Pics stole one on back from the Bandits 5 - 4 in overtime.
The first period was all Bruins, and it looked like the Bruins were going to run away with the game with three unanswered goals, but the Pics said no, and answered with 4 unanswered goals, three of them in a period of 2 minutes (one being a penalty shot, as Timofey Basarab was brought down on his way to scoring a goal).
Zach Shupe got the ball rolling when he was able to put back in his own rebound after receiving a pass from Mike Penna. Matt Kennedy got the secondary assist.
Dom Balboni potted his first goal of the night when he received a tape-to-tape pass from Simon Banas, and broke down the length of the ice, getting a close in shot on Bandits goaltender Josh Chausse. It rebounded off him and sneaked in the back of the net to make it 3 - 2.
Basarab then converted on his penalty shot attempt when he was able to put it between the legs of the goaltender.
Dom Balboni then made it 4 goals in the period when he was able to get the rebound attempt from Sean Ferus after Balboni passed it to Ferus who initially didn't get it into the net.
The Bruins then pressed hard and tied the game up with just under 2 minutes remaining when Dean Mason was able to get the puck past Schnoop
Paud O'Brien then returned the favor in OT when he was able to put in a rebound goal from Balbont. Mike Penna got the secondary assist.
Schnoop stopped 23 out of 27 shots for the win.
The Premier squad also went 1 - 2 on the weekend, defeating the South Shore Kings 8 - 3 on Thursday, then falling to the Jr Bandits 2 - 1 on Friday, and to the Junior Bruins 4 - 1 on Saturday.
Friday's game, it was the Pics scoring two goals in the 1st period, that started to swing the momentum the Pics' way as Matthew Tullo and Matthew Kowal each got goals in the first period. Oliver Cookson, Cam Gaylor, Matt Pelletier and Timofey Basarab each got assists in the 1st period.
The Kings then spoiled the shutout towards the end of the 1st period with a goal from Drew Arpin.
Nico Rodrigues, Connor Matthews, and Connor O'Brien each got goals in the 2nd period, with Cookson (2), Tullo, Basarab, Nicholas Lopes, and Chase Reynolds each getting assists.
CJ Smith for the Kings got their final goal of the game with just 3 minutes remaining in the 2nd.
Levtuhkov, Kowal, and Stacey all did their part in slamming the door on the Kings in the 3rd period, each scoring a goal. Bouchard, Tullo, Balboni, Perino, Rodrigues, and Moorhouse each scored assists in the 3rd period.
Matthew Jonas stopped 20 out of 23 shots in the win.
On Friday, the Pics fell to the Bandits, who stole one in OT 2 - 1.
Brian Scnindler from the Bandits scored just 4 minutes into the game.
Matthew Kowal scored early into the 2nd period when he received a tape to tape pass from Chase Reynolds. Kyle Nelson got the secondary assist.
Connor O'Brien got send to the bin with just over 10 seconds remaining in regulation, and the Bandits convered on the power play just 18 seconds into the overtime period when Jace Rearic scored. Wyatt Friedlander stopped 28 out of 30 shots in the loss.
On Saturday, The Pics struck first, but it was the Bruins who had the last laugh as they scored 4 unanswered goals to defeat the Pics, 4 - 1.
Felix Appelt scored the Pics only goal just under 3 minutes into the game, with assists from Andrii Levtuhkov and Nicholas Lopes. Pics Goaltender Matthew Jonas stopped 32 out of 36 shots in the loss.
The Pics are rolling into Thursday on a two game winning streak, facing a visiting South Shore Kings team who lost against the Junior Bruins on Wednesday 3 - 2 after three unanswered Bruins goals.
Among some of the players the Pics should watch for from the Kings, is Drew Arpin, who is sporting a 1.2 goals a game. Luke Dow though has played in every single Kings game, and is sporting a half point a game.
The Pics though, have played many more games than the Kings, and are sporting five players with more than 10 points, two of them score a little over a point a game, Oliver Cookson and Owen Stacey.
Couple other players to watch for are Cam Gaylor, who has 10 assists in 13 games (and leads the Pics' defensive corps in points), and Pics rookie Matthew Tullo.
The Premier squad will then face the Bandits on Friday, as well as the Junior Bruins on Saturday.
The Elite squad fell to IHC Monday afternoon 3 - 2 in the shootout.
Chernik was able to put the puck between the legs of Islander goaltender Austin Gilbert when it bounced off one of the leg pads and into the back of the net. Felix Appelt and Dom Balboni were credited with the assists.
The Islanders got a goal with just under 2 minutes remaining in the first to even up the score.
Paud O'Brien brought the Pics ahead by one just 5 minutes into the 3rd period when he was able to pop the water bottle from battle in the neutral zone and he was able to bring the puck up just past the blue line and deposited it into the back of the net. Appelt and Chernik were credited with the assists.
The Islanders evened up the score a minute later to make it 2 - 2.
Neither team scored again until the shootout, in which Dom Balboni was the only Pic that converted on his attempt, but two Islanders converted to give them the win.
Elijah Rapaport stopped 39 out of 41 shots for the loss.
The Premier squad went 2 - 1 on the weekend, only falling to the Boston Advantage 4 - 3 on Thursday afternoon.
On Thursday, it was three unanswered goals in the 3rd period that put the Advantage on top.
Oliver Cookson, Julian Perino, and Timofey Basarab all contributed to the Pics goals
On Friday, it took a period of bonus hockey to allow the Pics to dispatch the Bandits back to Bridgewater with the overtime loss, as the Pics were victorious 2 - 1.
Connor O'Brien struck first late in the 1st period with a quick wrist shot coming from a behind the net chance from Matthew Tullo. Oliver Cookson got the secondary assist while on the powerplay.
Jace Rearic tied the game up early in the 3rd period with assists from Brian Schindler and James Beatty.
Oliver Cookson brought victory to the Pics half way into the OT period when he was sitting on the doorstep awaiting a pass or a rebound opportunity. He was presented with the rebound opportunity when Cam Gaylor made the shot attempt after going back and forth with Pelletier.
Saturday the Pics skated away from the Bruins victorious 5 - 3 on Saturday.
Owen Stacey started the scoring early in the 1st period just a minute into the game with assists from Ryan Moorhouse and Nico Rodrigues.
Timofey Basarab picked up the Pics second goal 10 minutes later with assists from Nicholas Lopes and Felix Appelt.
Just under two minutes later Michael Bievenue put the Bruins on the board with an assist from Michael Martignetti.
Only one goal was scored in the 2nd period, as Oliver Cookson put the Pics ahead just under 4 minutes into the 2nd period. Julian Perino and Matthew Kowal got the assists.
A pair of Bruins goals tied the game up with 10 minutes remaining in the third but with just under 4 minutes remaining, Basarab put the Pics on top for good. Cookson and Connor O'Brien got the assists.
Kyle Nelson slammed the door with an empty net goal with just 22 seconds remaining with assists from Cookson and Chase Reynolds.
Aiden Pisano pulled off a "Steven Stamkos" hat trick (power play goal, short handed, even-stength) to help the U15 squad defeat the Islanders 5 - 4 Saturday afternoon.
The Islanders pulled out early as they scored two goals in the 1st period from Chase Barlow and Tanner Cole.
Roland Cassells then made it 2 - 1 when he was able to convert on a power play goal against Cole Currier.
Liam Doherty was able to get a short handed goal about 4 minutes into the 2nd period. Brett Anderson got the secondary assist.
Pisano was able to get the first two goals on his power play about 7 minutes into the second period on the short hand from a Ben Wosko cross checking penalty that happened at the 5:53 mark into the 2nd.
Pisano then converted on a power play about 14 minutes into the 2nd period. Tanner Cole got a roughing call at the 13:34 into the 2nd period. He was able to beat Cole Currier to make it 3 - 3.
The Pics and Islanders each exchanged one goal in the 3rd period, and Aiden Pisano was able to break free 1:30 into the overtime period to put the Pics in the win column.
Cole Currier stopped 32 out of 37 shots for the loss, while D'Artagnan Tapler stopped 27/31 shots, before being replaced by Aidan Houk who stopped all 8 shots he faced for the win.
The Springfield Pics Elite squad came away with a huge win against the Bridgewater Bandits Saturday night, win a 5 - 4 overtime win with Dominick Balboni notching both the goal to bring the game to overtime (while on the penalty kill), and the game winning goal in overtime. Mike Penna also made his return to the lineup this season, and made it an event to remember.
After the Bandits got an early goal from Brian Dale, Mike Penna was able to tie the game up, while gathering his first goal of the season.
Just a few seconds into the first power play of the night for the Pics after a bench minor against the Bandits, Zach Shupe was able to start the punch up the ice. He got the puck knocked briefly away from him but Mike Penna was able to recover and continue down the ice, putting the puck between the legs of a Bandit's defensemen, then beating the goaltender glove side low to light the lamp.
Aaron Champagne put the Pics ahead at just before the 5 minute mark of the 1st when he deflected a shot from Alex Speckhart who got it from Dylan Taylor off the faceoff. Speckhart then took a shot, and Champagne deflected the shot on down which put the Pics ahead for the first time.
Cole Growhowski made it 3 - 1 just a couple minutes into the 2nd period when Shupe was able to successfully battle off a challenge from a Bandits player and was able to dish it off to Growhowski, who one-timed it into the back of the net.
After three unanswered goals, the Bandits looked like they would steal this win away from the Pics again, but Dominick Balboni would prove them different.
Shortly after a faceoff at center ice after the puck went out of play into the Bandits bench, Balboni took the faceoff and won it. He brought the puck on down and dish it off to Mike Penna, who brought it around the net to get Egan to chase after him. After Egan committed, two Bandit's players screened Egan of the ability to see Balboni who missed on his first attempt in which he hit the post. He got his own rebound on back and lifted it top shelf to make it tied up at 4.
After neither team could add a goal during the final minute of regulation, the Pics and Bandits went into overtime. After a blocker save by Woodruff, Balboni grabbed the loose puck and drove up the right wing. He dropped iff off the Paud O'Brien after he crossed the blue line into the Pics attacking zone, who gave it right on back in front of the net. Balboni then put it top shelf again, high glove side to seal the win for the Pics.
Woodruff stopped a staggering 47 out of 51 shots he faced for the win, while Jake Egan stopped 26 out of 31 for the loss.
The Pics Elite dropped a close one Saturday afternoon against the Islanders 6 - 4.
The Islanders struck first a little over 6 minutes into the game with a goal from Frank Jurgens. Jermey Olson got the assist.
Shu Inamura lit the lamp just a little over a minute later with a pass from Noah Jubb.
The Pics finally lit the lamp in the waining minutes of the 1st period when Aaron Champagne knocked the rebound in off an intial shot from Alex Speckhart. An Islanders player softly pushed the puck away and Champagne grabbed the loose puck and deposited it in the back of the net.
Zach Shupe tied up the game early in the 2nd period when he received a tape to tape pass from Hunter Dodds when he passed it blue line to blue line. Dominick Balboni got the secondary assist.
The Islanders got revenge and made it a one goal game just a minute later with a goal from Layne Brubaker-Egner. Jermey Olsen got the secondary assist.
Felix Appelt tied the game up again a minute and a half later when he was able to get a pass from the face off from Dominick Balboni. Appelt got the puck and spun around and was able to put it up in the upper left hand corner of the net after a slight deflection off a stick of an Islander. Seth Chernik got the secondary assist.
Matthew Warrington made it a one goal again half way through the second period.
Shupe tied up the game again to make it 4 - 4 a little past 6 minutes into the 3rd period when Liam Andersen grabbed the puck after battling for it with an Islander player. He passed it over to Shupe who was crashing the net on the opposite side and was able to beat Varveris.
The Islanders put two more on the board, the final one an empty net goal to make it 6 - 4.
Mike Varveris stopped 44 out of 48 goals for the win, and Elijah Rapaport stopped 26 out of 31 shots for the loss.
The Springfield Pics Premier were out for vengeance after their 7 – 2 loss on Friday afternoon, and the they were able to get it via the hands of the Islanders Hockey Club, as Pics goaltender Wyatt Friedlander obtained his first shutout as the Pics were victorious 3 – 0 on Saturday afternoon.
Connor O’Brien struck first for the Pics shortly after a faceoff in which the Pics won.
Matthew Tullo took the faceoff and dished it back to Nick Foster. The Pics briefly lost the puck but O’Brien faked his shot, and drop passed it back to Foster, who passed it through to Oliver Cookson. Cookson soft passed it off to Tullo and took a quick shot. Hahn blocked it and the rebound went right to O’Brien’s stick and was able to deposit it into the back of the goal at the 10:58 mark in to the first.
The Pics insurance goal came while being on the short hand due to an interference call on Matthew Kowal.
Lopes was set up for the draw and won the dual. He was able to dish it off to Andrii Levtuhkov who quickly shot it into the net making it 2- 0. Nick Foster was credited with the secondary assist.
The Pics were able to convert on a power play opportunity about halfway through the 3rd period. The Pics started on their end of the ice. Cam Gaylor started from behind the Pics net and dished it off to Chase Reynolds. Reynolds went coast to coast and took an initial shot at Nepveu which was blocked. Reynolds obtained his own rebound and went “where mom keeps the cookies” to make it 3 – 0.
Friedlander stood tall and stopped all 33 shots he faced for the win. Dean Hahn for the Islanders stopped 20 out of 22 shots, and William Nepveu stopped 13 shots out of 14.