Springfield, Ma: The Pics U16 squad is again in position to make a run at the “Banner Season” as they begin the back half of the league schedule. There are only 11 games left and the Pics after the holiday break are ready to return to the ice and make that run over the next two months.
The U16’s find themselves with an overall 20-10-8 season. The showcase style schedule at the start of the season allowed the coaching staff of Head Coaches Anthony and John Sarno to find the right line combinations both offensively and on the defensive side. They seemed to have found that combination as all three of the top line are leading the USPHL’s U16 Division in points. This line consists of two local returning veterans of the U16 squad (and NCDC drafted) Devin Niles (Hatfield, Ma) and Aiden Pisano (Springfield, Ma) who are joined by newcomer Tom Smentenko from the Czech Republic.
When asked about the ability of the defense to help them reach their goal Head Coach John Sarno had this to say; “We have a very sold D core…Barbee (Aidden Barbee of Potomac MD) and Aldi (Algirdas Jarad an 07 from Lithuania) logging big minutes…as well as Matthew Percsi (of Palmer, Ma) who was promoted from last years U15 squad and Adol” (Sylvester Adolfsson from Sweden)...
As for the goalies; Coach Sarno went on to say “all 3 goalies have been very solid and give us a chance to win each time we take the ice…Very reliable”. In goal the Pics have Matteo Lachance from Connecticut who was promoted from last year's PICS U15 squad, Jack Signorelli from Connecticut as well as rookie Massimo De Vita from San Jose, California.
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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