Four unanswered goals were key to the Elite squad's road victory Saturday night against the Bandits, as they emerged victorious 4 - 2.
Liam Byrne opened up the scoring shortly after the opening faceoff as he got the give and go pass from Seth Chernik and deposited it stick side of Bandits goaltender Connor Lee. Matt Kennedy was credited with the secondary assist.
Aiden Grabowski got the Pics second goal as him and Paud O'Brien were driving down the near side of the ice one behind each other when O'Brien drop passed the puck to Grabowski who deposited the puck in exactly the same area as Byrne did earlier. Matt Kennedy was credited with the secondary assist.
Felix Appelt got what would end up being the game winning goal when he got a rebound from Paud O'Brien and spun around and delivered the puck to the rear of the net. Bryce St. Martin was credited with the secondary assist.
Sean Ferus got revenge for the brutal hit on him as he was able to deposit a dragging slapshot of a goal off a feed from Liam Byrne who broke down the ice with Bryce St. Martin while on the power play.
Garret Woodruff was credited with the win, stopping 38 out of 40 shots.
The Springfield Pics defeated the Bandits 5 - 3 this afternoon, snapping a 6 game losing streak that started last month. Aaron Champagne netted his first hat trick as a Pic, as well as Matt Kennedy making a statement, netting his first goal of his career, which happened to be the game winning goal.
Aaron Champagne opened up the game scoring just 6 minutes in when he won the race to the puck to prevent the icing call. He then dished it off to Aaron Champagne opened up the game scoring just 6 minutes in when he won the race to the puck to prevent the icing call. He then dished it off to Sean Ferus who sent it back to Champagne who was in front of the net, in the slot for the one time. James Lynch was credited with the secondary assist.
The Bruins put up two unanswered goals, both of them in the 1st period.
Aaron Champagne then notched his 2nd goal of the afternoon when Connor Cognac shot the puck in front of the net, and Champagne was able to shove the puck in the back of the net. Eli Boyle was credited with the secondary assist.
Bryce St. Martin netted the next goal off a deflection to an open end of the net as the goaltender was out of position. Eli Boyle fed St. Martin the puck who then put it in the back of the net. Dylan Taylor was given credit as he was able to dish in the original feed to Boyle.
Matt Kennedy netted his first goal as a Pic, as well as getting the game winning goal in the waning seconds of the 2nd period when he was able to get set up within a few feet dead center in front of the net and got the feed from Felix Appelt. Paud O'Brien was credited with the secondary assist.
Aaron Champagne was able to net the insurance goal, as well as the signature to the hat trick in the 3rd period when he was able to get a shot in, and it bounced off, up, and over the glove of Connor Lee. It trickled into the crease and just passed the goal line. Alex Speckhart and Cole Lemay were credited with the assists.
Cameron Schnopp stopped 38 out of 41 shots for the win, while Connor Lee stopped 28 out of 33 for the loss.
The Elite squad bounce back from being down 2 - 1 against a strong IHC squad to win 3 - 2.
Zach Shupe got the Pics on the board first when he received a cross ice pass from Simon Banas, which caused a dual with the goaltender, in which he was victorious. Aiden Grabowski was credited with the secondary assist.
The Islanders were able to put two goals on the board which was the score until the waining minutes of the 2nd period when Paud O'Brien was able to drill a shot past the Islanders goaltender to tie it up at 2 a piece. Dominic Balboni and Mike Dyer were credited with the assists.
Balboni got another game-winning goal when he was able to split the defense and drove down the ice when he got a pass from Mike Penna. Cody Samson got the other assist.
Sam Zavelson stopped 49 out of 51 shots for the win, and Islanders goaltender Austin GIlbert stopped 19 out of 22 shots for the loss.
The Pics struck first, but it was four unanswered goals from the Bandits as they steal this one away 4 - 3 on Wednesday.
Zach Shupe was able to knock in the rebound early in the 1st after a quick shot just a few seconds after the faceoff. Sean Ferus and Bryce St. Martin were credited with the assists.
The Bandits scored three more times in the first to make it 4 - 1.
Felix Appelt started the trek to get the Pics back into the game in the waining minutes of the 1st period when he beat Will Haney glove side off a quick shot. Timo Basarab and Matt Kennedy got the assists.
It was the law offices of Appelt, Basarab and Kennedy again about midway in the 3rd period when Appelt went bar down on Haney.
The Pics couldn't get another one on the board and fell to the Bandits 4 - 3. The tandem of Woodruff and Schnopp stopped a combined 31 saves in the loss.
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 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 Elite squad struck first, but fell to the Islanders Hockey Club 5 - 3 on Saturday night. Dylan Taylor was able to put the puck in the back of the net with just under 5 minutes remaining in the 1st period when the Islanders failed a clearing attempt and it was picked up by Liam Andersen, who fed it to Sean Ferus and it went off the skate of Dylan Taylor into the back of the net
Alex Speckhart was able to make it 2 - 1 when he was able to squeeze the puck between Islanders' goalie Mike Varveris' pads and the goal post.
The Islanders then had three unanswered goals in the 2nd period which swung the momentum their way. Alex Speckhart put his second goal of the night between the pipes when he was able to beat Varveris stick side half way through the 3rd period, but just under a minute later, Jason Melanson of the Islanders made it 4 - 3. Conner Dalton put in the empty net goal with just 10 seconds remaning in regulation.
The Islanders move to 4 - 0 on the season, while the Pics move to 0 - 1 on the season.
The Pics will face the Bridgewater Junior Bandits on Saturday at 4:40 pm at the Olympia. Eric Richardson will provide the play-by-play on HockeyTV.
The Springfield Pics open their league schedule this weekend with the Premier’s away from the friendly confines of the Olympia, while the Elite, U16, and U15 open up their home end of their season.
The Premier squad open their season with four games over an extended weekend. They will be facing the Jersey Hitmen and the Utica Jr Comets twice. They will be facing the Hitmen twice on Saturday, once on 3:50pm and again at 9:00pm. They will then face the Comets on Sunday at 10:40am, and again on Monday at 10:30am.
The last time these teams met, the Pics beat the Hitmen 4 – 1 on November 16th, and the Pics and the Comets split their series, with the Pics on the winning end 4 – 3 on September 21st, and on the opposite end with a 3 – 2 loss on February 14th.
The Pics then travel to the Hollydell Ice arena, home of the Skipjacks on October 9th, then back up to Bridgewater for another showcase against the Rockets Hockey Club, The New York Aviators, and the P.A.L. Junior Islanders.
Rob Bonneau, when asked about this coming series was quoted at saying “We are looking forward to getting back to league play. We had an excellent training camp and look to get off to a good start as the division will be extremely competitive all season, and every game will be important.”
The Elite squad has a lone game against the Islanders Hockey Club on Saturday at 8:20pm, with Pics broadcaster Eric Richardson having the call. The Islanders elected not to field an Elite team last season. The Islanders have already played 3 games so far, being victorious in all of them.
“We are fortunate that the league is letting us move forward with the season. We are looking forward to our first league game Saturday against a new IHC team which I expect to be just as skilled as our upcoming opponents. We have a mix of veterans, players who have moved up in the organization, as well as newcomers. The Elite team this year is a skilled squad, and anticipates getting back to Nationals, and hope to begin the run on Saturday”, Elite Head Coach Chris Beaudoin was quoted saying when inquired about this upcoming game and season.
The Pics begin the home end of their season on Saturday and Sunday against the visiting Utica Junior Comets at 8:45 pm on Saturday and 5:30pm on Sunday. The Pics and the Comets did not face each other last season.
The Pics face the visiting Utica Comets, as they go to battle on Saturday and Sunday. 8:05pm on Saturday and 3:30pm on Sunday. The Comets were successful all three times last season they faced the Pics. When asked about this coming series against Utica, Head Coach Vern Smith was quoted saying “We’ve got a real challenge ahead of us with a skilled Utica team. We will be forced to up the tempo of our game. We have a number of new faces, so it will be a test for many of our players.”