The Springfield Pics are proud to announce the commitment of 2019-2020 season player Brenden Meyer to the Penn State University ACHA D2 team. Brenden has played with the Pics for his entire teenage career, playing up at the U16 level at the age of 13. He is a member of the 100-point club.
“I really have a lot to be thankful for. I am first, thankful for the overall structure of the Pics organization. I came in at 14 to play U16 under the Sarno’s, and that’s where I got to see my creative side of the game flourish. For u18 under Coach Bonneau, I was allowed to implement my creativity with the hard work style of Bonneau, and it got me the exposure I needed being selected to the league All-Stars. The jump to Premier, as an 18-year-old high school senior, forced me to make the right decision more often and faster if I wanted to see the ice due to how competitive the league was, but also how competitive it was to be put on the game sheet. The drive and attention to detail the Pics instilled upon me was a huge factor on my ability to roster for Penn State this season.” Meyer said in a statement regarding his commitment.
Pics General Manager, Rob Bonneau was quoted at saying “I was extremely proud to hear Brenden made Penn State ACHA Team. I had the opportunity to watch Brenden grow up in our program with stops at all levels we had to offer him. He always was extremely offensive for a defenseman, but it was his commitment to the defensive side of the puck was the reason he was able to move onto the next level. We wish Brenden the best of luck in the future.”
Meyer had to compete against 70 new skaters from all levels of play during tryouts. He was selected amongst 12 new players, 4 defensemen, 6 forwards, and 2 goaltenders.
Meyer joins USPHL Alumni Joshua Ferry from the Pittsburgh Vengeance.
The Pics wish to congratulate Meyer and wish him success at Penn State.
It took an extra frame, but the U15 squad swept the Islanders over the weekend, taking the final game 2 - 1 with Russel Soja getting the winning goal with just over a minute remaining.
The Islanders opened up the game with a goal at the 11:26 mark of the 1st period on an unassisted goal from Patel.
The Pics answered back a period later on the power play with a goal from Jack Welch. Chase Stebbins was credited with the assist.
Soja then got the game winning goal when Chase Stebbins faked the wrap around attempt and passed it back to Soja who was sitting at the post to deposit the goal in the net.
The Pics got outshot 44 to 43, but were perfect on their power play. The Pics converted on only one of their five power plays.
The next home game is September 25th at 6pm
The U16 crew defeated the Central Connecticut Capitals 7 - 0 on Sunday night. Aiden Pisano put the Pics on the board with just over 7 minutes to go in the first, with assists from Johnny Blase and Chris Calvanese.
Coleson Hanaran added to the frenzy just three minutes later to make it 2 - 0 while on the power play. Aiden Pisano and Aiden Barbee were credited with the assists.
Ben Gisonni got a power play goal as well making it 3 - 0 at the half way point of the 2nd period with an assist from Pisano.
Chris Calvanese got his first of the game with just 24 seconds remaining in the 2nd with a feed from Hanaran to make it 4 - 0.
Luke Haynes got his first goal as a Pic just under two minutes into the 3rd period with an assist from Igor Shaev to make it 5 - 0.
Devin Niles got his first goal as a Pic to make it 6 - 0 just a minute later with assists from Cam Raifstanger and Hunter Stockseth.
Igor Shaev got his first as a Pic with just under two minutes remaining to close the scoring out at 7 - 0.
The next home game is September 26th at 3:30pm.
The U15 squad captured their first home victory of the season in an exhibition game 6 - 1 against an injury depleted Islanders Hockey Club Saturday afternoon in front of a friendly crowd that included players and fans of the Boston Hockey League, which was wrapping up semi-final action at the Olympia.
The Islanders struck first with just over five minutes remaining in the 1st period when Green was able to slip one past the goaltender. Russel Soja was able to capture his first Pics goal with just under a minute expired in the 2nd period. Chase Stebbins was credited with the assist.
Jared Ritter was able to notch a second one on the scoreboard for the Pics halfway into the 2nd period. Cole Davis was credited with the assist.
Davis added an insurance goal just a minute and a half into the 3rd period, with the assists being credited to Logan Carpenter and Chase Stebbins.
Cole Brandon slammed the door on IHC just two minutes later as he got a pass from Ben Daniels and deposited it between the pipes.
The Pics added two more in the waning minutes of the game to make the final score 6 – 1. IHC outshot the Pics 31 – 30. The Pics killed off three out of four penalties, while IHC killed off two out of three penalties.
Penalty killing was the name of the game, as the U16 squad offensively dominated against the U16 squad of the Islanders Hockey Club 6 – 1, as the Pics killed off all 8 penalties, and converted on 3 out of 5 of the IHC penalties.
Hunter Stockseth deposited the first Pics goal with just over three minutes remaining in the 1st period with an unassisted tally.
Coleson Hanrahan got the Pics first power play goal of the game just under a minute later with a feed from Ken Cartee and Pics newcomer Radzivika Bahdan.
Aiden Pisano deposited the puck between the pipes with just under two minutes expired in the 2nd period, when he got a feed from Chris Calvanese and Rob Trigilio to make it 3 – 0.
Hanrahan got his second of the game at the halfway point of regulation on the powerplay, notching his second power play goal with a feed from Aiden Barbee.
Hanrahan notched his first hat trick of the year at just under a minute expired in the 3rd period when he got the feed from Trigilio to make it 5 – 0.
The Islanders were able to spoil the shutout at the 13:57 mark of the 3rd period making it 5 – 1.
Trigilio was able to exact revenge just a minute and a half later, with a feed from Hanrahan making it 6 – 1.
The Pics outshot the Islanders 66 – 11.
-EDITORS NOTE: This game was played with two 25-minute periods-
Nick Disanti notched his first hat trick of the season as the Elite/U18 squad dominated the Worcester Junior Railers 6 – 1 on Saturday night in exhibition action.
Disanti notched back-to-back goals, one just a minute and a half into regulation (which was a power play goal), and another just 4 minute later to make it 2 – 0. Chris Foster and Aiden Grabowski were credited with assists on the second goal.
Lucas Petone of the Railers spoiled the shutout midway through the 1st half with a feed from Drew Breen to make it 2 – 1.
Disanti exacted revenge just over a minute into the second half as he notched his hat trick with a feed from Foster to make it 3 – 1 as he slipped it past the goaltender.
Nickolas Starosielski made it 4 – 1 when he got a breakout feed from Nick Zanin.
Zack Fox notched is first goal of his Elite team career when he got the feed from Foster and Disanti to make it 5 – 1.
Foster made it 6 – 1 with a deposit with just under a minute remaining in regulation.
The Pics killed off all their penalties and were only able to convert on one of their power plays.
U15’s Weekend about Finding Identity
by Ed Meyer
Springfield, Ma: The U15’s Springfield Pics spent the weekend finding out who they are as a team. After winning the first game of the year, the Pics dropped the next two games but came away understanding their roster and what to focus on in the upcoming weekend of games.
The Pics returning players of Talar (3G, 2A), and Ritter (2G, 2A) were the teams top producing forwards while newcomers Hoyt and Savaira chipped in for a goal a piece as well. Newcomer and backstop Matthew Lyons of Chicago, Illinois notched the Pics first win from game 1 while Mathew Persci, native of Wilkes Bare, Pennsylvania and Dylan Messier of Swansea, Massachusetts delivered both offensive push and defensive grit. The 15’s get back to practice this week to prepare for their weekend match up vs. IHC at the Olympia in West Springfield.
U16 Squad battled hard, but fell in the end
The U16 squad battled hard, defeating the South Shore Kings 7 - 1 on Friday night, then the Greater Boston League Bruins 7 - 5 on Saturday morning, they fell 3 - 0 against the Washington Little Capitals on Saturday afternoon, and CP Dynamo 4 - 2 on Sunday morning.
U18 (Elite and Premier squad) full result not available as of this posting. We will be updating this post as soon as the final game is uploaded.
The Springfield Pics have released their Junior hockey season schedule for both their Premier and Elite squads. Both calendars are color coded with; showcase games in black, away games in blue, and home games in red. Games with TBD or no game time, have yet to have a game time determined based upon rink availability. All of our Premier games will be on HockeyTV.
Director of Communications, and lead Play-By-Play broadcaster Eric Richardson said "With a return to normal schedule on slate this year, we plan on facing many more teams. Throughout the offseason, the USPHL and HockeyTV have been working on a few new tools to use at our disposal to create a higher quality broadcast. Many of those tools are ready to use, and a few are still in testing and hope to deploy them soon."
The partnership will support the organization’s mission to provide their players a quality education off the ice, as well as providing a structured learning solution with Apex Learning Virtual School Learning.
SEATTLE, WA and WEST SPRINGFIELD, MA - August 30, 2021 – The Springfield Pics today announced a partnership with Apex Learning Virtual School, a recognized leader in online learning, to support their team and players goals on and off the ice.
“Our mission is to provide a quality education on the ice, as well as provide opportunities to learn off the ice.” said Rob Bonneau, General Manager, Springfield Pics. “We were looking for a partner that had our players futures and best interests in mind and shared our core values. ALVS does just that and we look forward to having them as our education partner.”
The Springfield Pics are proud members of the United States Premier Hockey League (USPHL). They have four teams, two in the youth division and two in the junior division. The Springfield Pics are approaching 50 years in existence, and were a charter member of the USPHL.
To learn more about Apex Learning Virtual School, visit: www.ALVS.com.
About Apex Learning Virtual SchoolApex Learning Virtual School is an accredited, private, online high school that gives student athletes the flexibility to train, travel, and play without sacrificing a quality education. With 24/7 access to courses, including over 200 NCAA-approved courses, and no scheduled class times, they choose when, where, and how fast they work. Students received academic support from certified teachers and access to real-time tutoring, Sunday–Friday. Each year ALVS serves over 20,000 students who want to get ahead, improve their core GPA, and prepare for college. For more information, visit www.ALVS.com.
The Springfield Pics are proud to announce the commitment of Xavier Erickson to Finlandia University of the NCHA, a proud member of NCAA Division 3 hockey.
Erickson played one season with the Pics, attaining 11 points, scoring 7 goals and 4 assists in 31 games.
Rob Bonneau, Premier Head Coach and General Manager of the Pics was quoted at saying "Xavier came to our team this past season as an age out and had a tremendous training camp but was unfortunately injured before the end. He worked extremely hard to get back in the lineup and scored some very big goals down the stretch. He is a very good skater who can score goals. Every team needs a player like Xavier. We wish him the best at school for the next four seasons and look forward to watching him play in college."
The Pics would like to congratulate Xavier and wish him the best.
The Springfield Pics are proud to announce the commitment of Pics goaltender Sam Zavelson to Central Michigan University, member of the ACHA, Division 2.
Zavelson played in 26 games over two seasons, averaging a 3.74 Goals Against Average, and a Save Percentage of .908. Zavelson also had two shutouts. His career record with the Pics was 13 wins, 7 regulation losses, and 4 overtime losses.
General Manager and Premier squad Head Coach Rob Bonneau was quoted as saying, “Sam was a kid who just showed up at our tryouts we knew nothing him. He made such a great impression at the tryout we had to offer a spot. Sam had a great season where he led our Elite team to the Nationals and was rewarded with a roster spot on the Premier team the following season. Sam was a great teammate, and we wish him the best at Central Michigan.”
Sam Zavelson, when asked for a quote provided the following statement “I am beyond thankful and overjoyed to have the opportunity to further my hockey playing career at the collegiate level at Central Michigan University. With the support and guidance of the strong Springfield PICS coaching staffs led by Coaches Bonneau, Collins, and Sarno’s as well as the excellent group of teammates around me these past two years I am honored to continue to play the sport I love and that has done so much in return for me through the years. I’d like to thank past coaches Petronella, Elkin, Byrne, Patten and more for helping me get to where I am today. I appreciate all they and, of course, my family have done in aiding my arrival here. I am looking forward to this upcoming season under Coach Boyle, as well as my future career at CMU. Fire up Chips!”
College Placement coach John Sarno said “Sam Is a good athletic goalie who always gives the team a chance to win. We are very excited for him next season at Central Michigan, and they’re getting a good reliable recruit.”
The Springfield Pics are proud to announce the commitment of Max Moriarty to Worcester State University. He will be joining Wyatt Friedlander and Matthew Kowal in the incoming class. Moriarty has played in 143 games in his Pics career, garnering 46 goals, and 56 assists.
Moriarty, when asked about his commitment, was quoted saying “I am excited to have the opportunity to play collegiate level hockey next season at Worcester State. I look forward to having a great season. I would like to thank my parents for supporting my hockey career as well as providing me with everything that I needed to succeed. I would also like to thank the Springfield Pics Hockey Organization for helping me improve my skills the past six years. Particularly all my coaches participating in my life on and off the ice. Finally, I would like to give a special thanks to Coach Rob Bonneau for always pushing me to become the better player that I am today, as well as supporting me through all my ups and downs. This opportunity means the world to me, and I’m going to make the absolute most out of it.”
John Sarno, college placement coach was quoted at saying "Max Is a extremely hard-working player who can score goals. He’s been in the Pics organization for the last six years, from U16 to our Premier junior club, and now we are very excited to see him play NCAA hockey next season. A great accomplishment!"
Rob Bonneau, General Manager of the Pics, when asked about Moriarty was quoted saying “Max is a testament to how the Springfield Pics development ladder works. He has played 6 seasons with the Springfield Pics, two at the u16 level, two at the u18 level, and two at the Premier level. He has been a part of a lot of huge wins for the program. Max is a high energy player who is a mismatch for opposing teams to defend. It was a great pleasure to witness Max grow up in the Springfield Pics Program being with us for six seasons. We look forward to watching him play college hockey at Worcester State for the next four seasons.
The Springfield Pics are proud to announce the commitment of Kyle Nelson to Western New England University. Nelson, a native of Haddam, CT, has played with the Pics for four seasons. He has scored 11 times and has 36 assists. He has also made an appearance at the NCDC affiliate of the Pics, the Twin City Thunder.
“I’m honored to have the privilege to play college hockey next year. I appreciate all the support and opportunities my family has helped provide me with to achieve my goal of playing at the collegiate level. The time I have spent with the Pics organization has been an amazing experience; I’d like to thank Coach Bonneau and Coach Collins for helping develop me into the player I am today. I’m proud to commit for the next four years at Western New England University to continue my academic and athletic career.” Nelson was quoted when asked about his commitment to the Western New England University Bears.
Kyle’s U16 Head Coach, John Sarno was quoted saying “Kyle is an extraordinarily strong skater who is reliable in the defensive zone and does whatever it takes to help the team win. It was a pleasure coaching him at the u16 level, and watching him progress every season in the Pics organization
Pics General Manager and Premier Head Coach Rob Bonneau was quoted, “I wanted to thank Kyle for the last 4 seasons as member of the Springfield Pics, one at the u16 level, one at u18 level, and the last two seasons of Premier. It was a tremendous privilege to watch Kyle grow throughout his years with the Pics. He does all the little things that never show on the stat sheet but are important to a hockey team. I look forward to watch Kyle the next 4 seasons at WNEU, and on plus side will not have to go too far to watch him play as they play out of the Olympia Ice Center, our home rink. We wish Kyle and his family the best in the future.”