Twin City might have got on the board first, but it was the third period that was key for the Pics, as the Pics defeated the Thunder 6 – 3 on Saturday night.
The Thunder started off with a goal early in the 1st period, when Gavin Simopoulos was able to capitalize on a power play opportunity to make it 1 – 0.
A miscue from the second period opening faceoff left Twin City a man short, and the Pics capitalized on the opportunity, scoring a technically shorthanded goal when Nick Foster broke down the wing after getting loose puck from Sean Donoghue who won the face off. Foster one timed it from the point and it went in. Dominick Balboni was credited with the secondary assist.
The Thunder got one back a little over a minute later, but Matthew Tullo tied the game for the Pics when the power play unit was able to capitalize on the loose change and make it 2 – 2. Foster and Tyler Wilson got the assists.
Balboni got one of his own three minutes later when he was able to get the loose puck and spun around and deposited the puck in the back of the net. Luc Fricchione and Alexei Filimonov got the assists.
The Thunder evened it up a few minutes later, but that would be the last goal the Thunder would get during the game.
Sean Roach put the Pics ahead for good just five minutes into the 3rd period when he shoved in the pass from Aaron Cholewa. Filimonov was credited with the assist.
Benjamin Goring got the insurance goal with just under 5 minutes remaining in the 3rd when he got a pass from the corner from Nicholas Rodrigues and set himself up between the faceoff dots right, at the top end of the circles and put in a shot that popped the water bottle. Corey McNally was credited with the secondary assist.
Joe Bouchard got the empty net goal with 1:10 remaining in the game.
The goaltending tandem of Landry Laird and Ben Zaranek stopped a total of 34 goals, with Laird stopping 19, and Zaranek stopping all 15 shots he faced. Zaranek was credited with the win.
The Pics were looking for a strong start against the Bandits and stole one from them as they skated away victorious 4 – 2 on Friday afternoon.
Connor Matthews started off the game with a goal early on when Carter Brunelle intercepted a pass and tried bringing it up the ice, but Matthews was able to corral the loose puck and beat Bandits goaltender Joe Hughes to make it 1 – 0. Aaron Cholewa was credited with the other assist.
The Bandits evened up the game three minutes later with a goal from Chris Cordeiro.
The Pics put in the loan goal in the 2nd period when Joe Bouchard got the goal in right off a face off. Bouchard got the loose puck and put it through the clear shooting lane to make it 2 – 1. Sean Donoghue and Tyler Wilson were credited with the assists.
Jake Lavoie got a goal for the Bandits to even the score up at 2 each in the latter half of the 3rd period, but the Pics were able to get the eventual game winning goal when Cholewa was able to redirect a Luc Fricchione pass. Brock Baumann was credited with the secondary assist.
Matthew Tullo got the insurance goal just over a minute later when the puck hit Wilson due to a clearing attempt. Tullo found the loose puck right in front of the mouth of the goal with nobody but the goaltender to beat and one timed the puck for the goal. Connor O’Brien was credited with the secondary assist.
Pics goaltender Nick Digiacomo was credited with the win, stopping 45 shots.
The Elite squad wanted to avenge the previous night's loss, and they did, with three unanswered goals, and held off IHC's run in the end, defeating them 3 - 2 on Sunday night.
Hunter Dodds opened up the scoring when he was able to "clear the trash" and poke the puck through the mouth of the net to make it 1 - 0. Aiden Grabowski and Sean Ferus were credited with the assists.
Thomas Malatinec made it 2 - 0 when he went in all by himself and put a spin on the puck as he shot it. The puck deflected off the top of the goaltender's glove and trickled into the back of the net. Brandon Shuman and Noah Behrens-Gould, who captured his first career assist, were credited with the assists.
Bryce St. Martin capitalized on a rebound from a shot from Kevin Avery to make it 3 - 0. Brandon Shuman was credited with the secondary assist.
The Islanders put two up in the 3rd period, but couldn't capitalize on numerous power play opportunities in the 3rd period. Noah Behrens-Gould stopped 35 out of 37 shots for the win.
The Pics may have struck first with two goals early in the 1st and 2nd period, but the Islanders stuck back hard with two goals of their own. The Pics then stuck back again in the 3rd period, but three quick goals sent momentum into IHC's favor, and they didn't look back, as IHC defeated the Elite squad 5 - 4.
Brigham Dubey struck first early in the 1st period when he fought on down on the shorthand, down towards the Pics attacking zone, and was able to drive through defenders and go around the net and put a targeted shot, high glove side to make it 1 - 0. Nick Zanin and Aiden Grabowski were credited with the assists.
Thomas Malatinec grabbed his 2nd career goal on the Elite squad when the goaltender tried grabbing the puck outside of the crease but fell and Malatinec took advantage of it and placed the puck over his prone body. Dubey and Parker Donahue were credited with the assists.
The Islanders were able to put two up in the 2nd period, to make it a brand-new hockey game going into the 3rd period.
Nick Disanti made it 3 - 2 when the Pics were on the shorthand again. Disanti got the outlet pass, and went one on one with the goaltender, and came out victorious. Simon Higgins and Kevin Avery were credited with the assists.
Hunter Dodds got added to the scoresheet under the goals column when he was able to push the puck through traffic in front of the net to make it 4 - 2. Chris Foster and Nick Disanti were credited with the assists.
The Islanders were able to put three in a row after Dodd's goal. The Pics were unable to even it up with the extra attacker, and the Islanders defeated the Pics 5 - 4. Jack Messing stopped 24 out of 29 shots in the loss.
It was a back and forth battle between the Premiere squad and IHC, but the Pics defeated IHC in overtime 3 - 2 due to a breakaway opportunity.
Aaron Cholewa opened up the game with a goal about a third of the way into the 1st period when he got a deflection from Joe Bouchard, who intercepted a pass at center ice. Cholewa broke up and made a long distance shot that got through the goaltender to make it 1 - 0. Tyler Wilson got the secondary assist.
The Islanders put one on the board in the 2nd period, but the Pics were able to get back in the lead late in the 2nd period when Nick Foster got a quick little pop up deflection from Coleson Hanrahan. Foster was able to get the shot though on a soft shot that slipped past the goaltender high glove side to make it 2 - 1. Shu Inamura was credited with the secondary assist.
IHC tied it up half way though the 3rd period, but Foster used his experience to set himself up in a key position while IHC attempted to do a substitution while action was going on, and was able to get a pass from Sean Donoghue. Foster was alone verses the goaltender and beat him with a backhand shot, giving the Pics the overtime win.
Ben Zaranek picked up the win, stopping 17 out of 19 shots.
The Premier squad was looking to get back into the win column after dropping a hard-fought game against the Bruins, and they did against the Kings, defeating them 5 - 2.
Benjamin Goring scored early in the 1st period when he snagged a clearing pass from a Kings defender, and one timed it to pop the water bottle and make it 1 - 0. Connor Matthews and Alexei Filimonov were credited with the assists.
Sean Donoghue was able to make it 2 - 0 when he was able to redirect a Brock Baumann shot that came from the blue line. Tyler Wilson passed it off to Baumann, who took the one time shot from the blue line, and Donoghue was able to get his stick on it to redirect the shot and put it in opposite side of the net.
The Kings were able to put one up on the board in the 2nd period, but the Pics put three more on the board in the 3rd period. Wilson got what would end up being the game winning goal when he got a pass from Donoghue who was on the forecheck and was able to free the puck up. Wilson was all alone in front of the net and was able to get the shot off right before he was on the receiving end of an open ice check. Nicholas Rodrigues was credited with the secondary assist.
Brock Baumann was able to make it 4 - 1 when he was able to slip a sliding back hand shot past the goaltender up close. Wilson and Rodrigues were credited with the assists.
Aaron Cholewa was able to make it 5 - 1 with the goaltender pulled while the Pics were on the penalty kill. Carter Brunelle and Baumann were credited with the assists.
The Kings did put one up on the board in the waning seconds of regulation to make it 5 - 2. Jacob Brown stopped 25 out of 27 shots for the win.
The Pics started strong Sunday afternoon, but fell to the Bruins 3 - 2 in front of the faithful crowd.
Sean Donoghue opened up the scoring half way through the first period with an cannon of a shot from the point to make it 1 - 0. Connor O'Brien and Matthew Tullo were credited with the assists.
The Bruins put one on the board in the 2nd period to tie it up, but Dominick Balboni squeezed one on through the pads of Jake Romney. Tyler Wilson and Luc Fricchione were credited with the assists.
The Bruins were able to tack on two in the final minutes of the 3rd to skate away with the victory. Ben Zaranek stopped 37 out of 40 shots in the loss.