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.