Day 3 and 4 IHC Showcase Recap
Premier vs Potomac Patriots
Sean Donoghue lit the lamp twice, and Matthew Tullo put in the insurance goal to lift the Pics on top of the Potomac Patriots on Sunday morning.
The Patriots got one on the board early when Evan Rice was able to slip it past Ben Zaranek, but it was their only goal.
Donoghue was able to tie it up half way through the first while on the power play when he was able to rip one high glove side while skating down the near side. Nicholas Rodrigues and Luc Fricchione were credited with the assists.
Donoghue was able to get the game winning goal just over 4 minutes into the 2nd period when he got the pass from Tyler Wilson. Wilson picked the pocket of a defender and passed it to the breaking Donoghue, who went forehand then backhand and lifted the puck into the back of the net while on the shorthand. Coleson Hanrahan was credited with the secondary assist.
Matthew Tullo was able to get the insurance goal in the final seconds of the 3rd period on the empty net goal. Connor O'Brien and Wilson were credited with the assists. Zaranek stopped 34 out of 35 shots for the win.
Premier vs Jersey Shore Whalers
The Jersey Shore Whalers battled hard, but the Pics skated away with a 4 - 1 victory late Sunday night. The Whalers lone goal came near the midway point of the 1st period, when Edward Slack deposited the puck in the back of the net.
Sean Donoghue tied the game up when he got a centering pass from Nicholas Rodrigues and put it in the back of the net. Tyler Wilson got the secondary assist.
Matthew Tullo got the game winning goal off a lighting of a shot with a feed from Luc Fricchione and Aaron Cholewa to make it 2 - 1.
Sean Donoghue made it 3 - 1 when he was able to take the puck away and brought it in. Tyler Wilson and Joe Bouchard got the assists.
Coleson Hanrahan notched his first point on the Premier squad with just over 3 minutes remaining in regulation as he got the shot in from the point. Joe Bouchard and Brock Baumann were credited with the assists.
Nick Digiacomo stopped 13 shots for the win.
Pics vs New York Aviators
The Elite squad opened up Saturday morning action with a 3 - 1 victory against the New York Aviators. Victor Guastella was the only member of the Aviators who was able to score a goal in the 1st period.
Benjamin Goring was able to tie the game up at 1 when he was able to get the pass from a breaking Bryce St. Martin down the wing and one timed it into the back of the net to tie the game up at 1. Martin Rudolf got the secondary assist.
Zack Fox got what would be the game winning goal just two minutes later in the 2nd period when he got a loose puck, and went to the other wing to get a clear shot and deposited the puck from near the blue line. Chris Foster and Brandon Shuman were credited with the assists.
Goring got the insurance goal at the 6:15 mark of the 3rd when he got the give and go pass from St. Martin and went the length of the rink to make it 3 - 1. Shuman was credited with the secondary assist.
Noah Behrens-Gould stopped 38 out of 39 shots for the win.
Elite vs Carolina Junior Hurricanes
The Pics battled hard, but fell 5 - 0, with Colin Sherwood stopping 33 shots in the loss.
Elite vs Rockets Hockey Club
The Rockets opened up the game, scoring at the 6:11 mark, but the Pics struck back two minutes later when Parker Donahue drew up the the blue line off a pass from Thomas Malatinec, and deposited the puck to make it 1 - 1. Martin Rudolf was credited with the secondary assist.
James Lynch made it 2 - 1 when he was able to get the puck around a defender and broke down the far wing. He took a shot from just outside the faceoff dot on the glove side and deposited it in the back of the net. Aiden Grabowski and Braeden Humphrey were credited with the assists.
The Rockets were able to get one in just three minutes later in the 2nd period, but Zack Fox was able to get free on a short handed attempt in the waining seconds of the 2nd period in a sportcenter worthy goal as he was able to get around his defender and lift the puck up and over the goaltender to make it 3 - 2. Nick Disanti and Chris Foster got the assists.
Martin Rudolf made it 4 - 2 in an ensuing confusion on the ice in which a Rockets player commited a penalty, but a Rockets stick went flying making the Rockets think the penalty was on the Pics. Rudolf was able to get the puck in through traffic. Thomas Malatinec and Benjamin Goring were credited with the assists.
Thomas Malatinec got his first goal as a Pic half way through the 3rd period when he found a open spot in front of the net. He got a pass from Benjamin Goring and redirected it on in. Martin Rudolf got the secondary assist.
Jack Messing stopped 20 out of 22 shots for the win.
IHC Showcase Days 1 and 2 recap
The Premier squad skated into the IHC showcase on the first day, and skated out with a victory against the Metro Jets Developmental Program, defeating them 4 - 3. Brock Baumann opened up the scoring 4:39 into the 1st period as Baumann was able to deposit the puck top shelf glove side off a faceoff on the stick side of the Jets goaltender. Dominick Balboni and Corey McNally were credited with the assists.
Tyler Wilson made it 2 - 0 when he deflected a shot towards the net from the blue line from Luc Fricchione. Connor O'Brien was credited with the secondary assist.
The Jets put two up in the third, but Wilson made it 3 - 2 when he intercepted a "D-to-D" pass, and was able to get a clear shot toward the net. Wilson one timed it and made it 3 - 2. Sean Donoghue and Andrii Ievtukhov were credited with the assists.
The Jets tied it up 2 minutes later, but Nicholas Rodrigues was able to seal it away, obtaining his first game winning goal of his career when he was able to get the puck in through traffic off a pass from Joe Bouchard. Wilson was credited with the secondary assist.
Jacob Brown stopped 14 out of 17 shots for the win.
The Pics then faced the Minnesota Mullets on Friday morning. The Pics had plenty of opportunities, but couldn't cash in until the 3rd period when Wilson finally slipped one past the goaltender when he pulled the rebound away from a Sean Donoghue shot to kill the shutout attempt. Bouchard was credited with the secondary assist. Landry Laird stopped 23 out of 26 shots in the loss.
The Elite squad faced off against the Knights in Friday afternoon action, but couldn't capture lighting in a bottle as they fell 4 - 2 in a back and forth affair. The Knights scored twice in the opening 10 minutes, but Benjamin Goring was able to intercept an uncontrolled puck and one time it into the back of the net to make it 2 - 1. Martin Rudolf and Braeden Humphrey were credited with the assists.
The Knights were able to tack one more on in the 1st to make it 3 - 1 until Aiden Grabowski lit the lamp at the 7:24 mark of the 3rd period when he broke down the wing on a 2 on 1 and went cross ice to deposit the puck in the opposite side of the goal. Bryce St. Martin and Goring were credited with the assists.
Jack Messing stopped 41 out of 45 shots in the loss.
Premiers swept in weekend action
The Premier squad battled hard, but fell in weekend action both nights. Alexei Filimonov scored the lone goal in Saturday's action, while Tyler Wilson scored the Pics only goal on Sunday night. Andrii Ievtukhov, Nick Foster, Sean Donoghue, and Nicholas Rodrigues all had assists.
Cyclones sweep Elite in weekend action
The Elite squad battled hard, but the Cyclones swept the Pics 6 - 4 on Saturday night, and 4 - 2 on Sunday afternoon in a home-and-home series.
Saturday night's affair was a low penalty event, but not a low scoring one. Throughout the game, the scoring was back and forth, but two goals in the final three minutes of regulation on Saturday swung the game to the Cyclones. Simon Higgins scored twice, but it was not enough. Ray Picard stopped 38 out of 44 shots in the loss.
Sunday afternoon's tilt started off with an unassisted goal from the Cyclones, credited to Matt LaJoie, but Nick Disanti was able to get the Pics on the board on an ensuing face off during the power play as he was able to get the puck in the net through traffic. Zack Fox and Braeden Humphrey were credited with assists.
The Cyclones struck back with two of their own, but Kevin Avery was able to get his first goal as a member of the Pics when he was able to put in the one timer push in when Nick Starosielski fed him the puck and made it 3 - 2. Hunter Dodds was also credited with an assist.
LaJoie put the insurance goal on the board with just under 4 minutes left. Jack Messing stopped 24 out of 28 shots in the loss.
The Pics skated into South Shore on a three game winning streak, and skated out with a season tying winning streak at four games, defeating the South Shore Kings 3 - 2 on Wednesday afternoon.
It took a period and a quarter for the first goal to be scored, and it was the Pics who scored when Kings goaltender Jagger Maving skated behind his net to play the puck, and got in the way of Matthew Tullo, and got called for interference. While on the delayed penalty, the puck got loose and found it's way to the stick of Aaron Cholewa. Cholewa passed it off to Corey McNally who placed it in the back of the near empty net as Maving was out of position.
Samuel Meyer stuck back just 3 minutes later, but Alexei Filimonov continued his point streak in the opening minute of the 3rd period when he got the puck from Connor O'Brien and got around the defender and deposited the puck high glove side. Tullo was credited with the assist.
The Kings tied it up just past the half way point of the 3rd period, but Tullo was able to capitalize on a loose puck while on the blue line forcheck on the penalty kill and went down the ice and scored on the shorthand tally. Dominick Balboni and Nick Foster were credited with assists.
Landry Laird stopped 24 out of 26 shots in the win. The Pics face the New Hampshire Junior Monarchs on Saturday at 6pm at the Olympia for the last home game before Thanksgiving.
PHC sweep U15 in a hard fought battle
PHC and the Pics scored a combined 25 goals, but the Philadelphia Hockey Club skated away victorious both days.
Cole Davis was one goal interrupted away from getting a natural hat trick on Saturday's game, but three unanswered goals from PHC, and Sabatino DiBenedetto game winning goal at the 5:21 mark of the 3rd period send PHC to victory on Saturday.
Sunday was a back and forth battle, with the Pics scoring three times, but PHC once again scored three in a row in the 2nd to shift momentum temporarily their way. Johnny Blase was able to send the game into overtime, as he was on as the extra attacker and scored with just 26 seconds remaining in regulation. Neither team scored in the overtime period on Sunday, but PHC scored twice in the shootout while the PHC goaltender stopped two out of three Pics attempts to give PHC the sweep.
The Pics skated into Bridgewater looking for the sweep, and the left with four on the board, and another win on the scoresheet.
The Pics scored early in the 1st at the 4:13 mark when Bryce St. Martin got a feed from Zack Fox, and took a shot at Luca Bruns. St. Martin got his own rebound and put it up and over Bruns to make it 1 - 0. Liam Andersen was credited with the secondary assist.
The Bandits evened up the score with just 3 minutes remaining in the 1st when Heritage got a feed from Mazurowski to even it up.
The Pics made it 2 - 1 at the 7:15 mark of the 2nd period when Tyler Genovese got a short pass from Simon Higgins and slipped it through traffic beating Bruns. Kevin Avery got the secondary assist.
Nick Disanti got what would in the end be the game winning goal at the 15:02 mark of the 2nd period when the Pics forchecking unit worked it's magic down on their offensive end. Martin Rudolf and Brandon Shuman were able to work the lanes and were able to get possession of the puck. Rudolf shot the puck towards Bruns, and it deflected off Disanti and into the back of the net.
Kearny was able to make it 3 - 2 in the final seconds of the 2nd period, but James Delaney was able to get the insurance goal just under 7 minutes into the 3rd when he was able to get the shot off from the point, shocking Bruns and the defense as they were expecting a clear into the goal line extended to afford a line change.
Luca Bruns stopped 30 out of 34 shots for the loss, while Pics goaltender Noah Behrens-Gould stopped 33 out of 35 shots for the win.
Elite steal one from the Bandits 5 - 2
It took 23 minutes, but the Pics opened up the scoring affair in the late game on Saturday night, and skated away with the 5 - 2 victory. Aiden Grabowski was able to grab his first Elite goal of the year just as the Pics were starting on the power play and was able to one time it past Bandits goaltender Paul Bodey. Zack Fox and Nick Disanti were credited with the assists.
The Bandits got revenge just 5 minutes later when Sean Heritage was able to get one past Colin Sherwood to tie the game up at 1.
Simon Higgins got his name added to the scoring column as a shot bounced off a Bandits player and went into the back of the net. Brigham Dubey and Chris Foster were credited with the assists.
Tyler Genovese got what would end up being the game winning goal early in the 3rd period when he he set up at the near post, got a soft pass from Higgins, and put it between the legs of the goaltender to make it 3 - 1. Dubey was credited with the secondary assist.
Foster got what would be the insurance goal at the 5:22 mark of the 3rd period when he got the quick one time pass and fed it through to make it 4 - 1. Martin Rudolf and Disanti were credited with the assists.
Kearney scored one of his own in the waining minutes of regulation, but Rudolf got one of his own at the 17:25 mark when he got the outlet pass and went one on one with the goaltender. He was able to finish off the game with a goal low stick side. Foster and Grabowski were credited with the assists.
Sherwood stopped 36 out of 38 shots for the win, while Paul Bodey stopped 36 out of 41 shots for the loss.
Alexei Filimonov skated away with a 5 point night, and the Pics power play unit contributed with 4 goals on Saturday night as the Pics defeated the Advantage 6 - 4.
The Advantage struck first early just under a minute into the game as Holden Beckett snuck one past Jacob Brown to make it 1 - 0.
Filimonov returned the favor just 7 minutes when the Pics went on their first Power Play when he was able to get the rebound in off an Advantage player trying to bat the puck out of the zone. Matthew Tullo dished off the initial pass to Sean Donoghue who made the initial shot.
Cameron Martin put the Advantage in the lead just ten minutes later in the period, as the Advantage closed out the 1st period in the lead 2 - 1.
Tyler Wilson tied the game up for the Pics at the 7:49 mark into the 2nd period when he got a feed from Donoghue as they were breaking down the ice on the power play. Wilson shot it at Nowicki and it rebounded back to him. He dragged to the glove side of Nowicki away from the net and put the puck in behind Nowicki near to far side to tie the game up. Nick Foster was credited with the secondary assist.
The Advantage struck back at the 11:02 mark of the 2nd period to take the lead, but it was brief as Filimonov was able to tie the game up again, and start a four goal run, when he got the outlet pass from Coleson Hanrahan from the corner, and was able to skate down the ice with two Advantage players hot on his skates. He was able to put the puck between the pads of Nowicki to tie the game back up at 3 a piece. Aaron Cholewa was credited with the secondary assist.
Tullo potted a goal just 30 seconds later to make it 4 - 3 when he was able to put the puck in the back of the net down low after a flurry of shots. Connor O'Brien and Filimonov were credited with the assists.
In the waning minutes of the 2nd period, the Advantage had a golden opportunity to make it tied up at 4 when they were presented with a breakaway 2 on 0 opportunity, but Brown was able to make a flurry of saves to keep the Pics up by one.
O'Brien netted what would be game winning goal just over a minute later when he was able to capitalize on a 5 on 3 power play and set himself up on the blue line with a straight up shot on the net. Filimonov and Tullo were credited with the assists.
Nick Foster got the insurance goal just over a minute later while on the 5 on 4 power play when he was able to make a toe dragging shot and put the puck in the back of the net on the opposite side. Donoghue and Filmonov were credited with the assists.
The Advantage were able to put one more in the back of the net late in the 3rd period, but it was not enough as the Pics skated away victorious 6 - 4.
Brown stopped 32 out of 36 shots for the win, while the tandem of Jack Nowicki stopped 23 out of 29 shots in the two periods he played., and Jordan Behnen stopped all 10 shots he faced in the 3rd period.