Springfield, Ma: The Springfield Pics U15 Tier 1 AAA squad who are part of the USPHL’s U15 Division are having the best season to date for the 15’s at the midway mark. When Head Coach Vern Smith was asked about his squad he had this to say; “overall strongest group we’ve had to date”. The boys are sitting in first place with 8 wins and 3 losses in league play. This season has proven the boys to be a league contender facing top level clubs such as IHC (Islanders Hockey Club) as well as Northern Cyclones.
The offensive push has the team at a plus 50 goal differential…with 75 goals scored on the season. The boys leading the charge are Ryan Netkovick and Logan Carpenter of South Hadley, MA, Cal Hoyt of Hatfield, Ma and Dom Fiorentino of Wilbraham, MA.
The growth of the program is starting to show as Coach Vern referenced the newcomers Blake Alibozek from Simsbury, CT and Oliver Pzinski from Salisbury, CT “giving us added scoring depth…and solid contributions from the depth of the rest of the squad making this an exciting group to coach”. The coaches are starting to see the results of the PICS developmental process.
Team success starts with good team defense and goaltending has been especially strong lead by local net minder Gavin Carpenter of South Hadley as well as Andrew Bezaire of Windsor, Ontario of Canada.
This puts the U15’s in a position to make a solid run as the top seed at the Divisional Playoffs over the last two months of the season. You can follow all the action and results on our social media platforms or catch games on LiveBarn when available. All Springfield Pics home games are played at the Olympia Ice Center in West Springfield, Mass. You can find all the club information at www.springfieldjrpics.com as well as the league's web page at www.usphl.com and for the U15’s and U16’s at https://www.tier1hockeyfederation.com/
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