Starting at noon on Saturday, the National Collegiate Development Conference will have its final games of the South Shore Kings Showcase.
Two days of shakeups through the middle have already provided lots of entertainment, so let’s see what’s ahead for this sunny Saturday in Foxboro, Mass.
Rochester Jr. Monarchs vs. Boston Bandits, noon
The Bandits took a 4-2 loss to the New Jersey Hitmen yesterday, but remain in seventh place entering Saturday. They can rise up to as high as fifth place after today with a win, while the Rochester Jr. Monarchs proved they can play with the top teams, skating to just a 2-0 loss against the third place New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs on Friday.
Islanders Hockey Club vs. New Jersey Hitmen, 12:10 p.m.
The 2018 Dineen Cup matchup is set for the day, though this year it was the Hitmen winning the Founders Cup, clinching that on Thursday.
The Hitmen are 2-0 so far in the showcase after defeating the Bandits, 4-2, on Friday. The Islanders earned a 4-3 shootout win over the Rockets on Friday, and they had also taken a shootout loss to Syracuse on Thursday.
Unbeaten in regulation in their last six games, the Islanders are within five points of third place, currently held by the New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs, who also have earned points in their last six contests.
Syracuse Stars vs. Northern Cyclones, 12:20 p.m.
The Stars are tied with the Hitmen for the hottest teams in the league right now, both winning their last seven games. The Stars, who were in eighth place entering Friday, moved up to sixth place with a 5-2 win over South Shore. They have a shot at tying for fifth in points by the end of the day with Connecticut.
The Cyclones dropped a tough 5-2 decision to the P.A.L. Jr. Islanders on Friday, and they stand in eighth place with the chance to climb as high as sixth by the end of the day.
Connecticut Jr. Rangers vs. South Shore Kings, 2:30 p.m.
The fifth-place Rangers pulled off an upset victory yesterday, defeating the second-place Boston Junior Bruins by a 6-4 score. Depending on both their game and the IHC vs. Hitmen contest, the Rangers could potentially leave Foxboro holding onto a home ice playoff position.
New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs vs. New Jersey Rockets, 2:40 p.m.
New Hampshire stands with Syracuse and the Hitmen as the only teams entering Saturday with a 2-0 start at the South Shore Kings Showcase. With the Junior Bruins’ loss yesterday, the Monarchs pulled to within four points, while the Islanders Hockey Club is now only five points back. New Hampshire’s position won’t change at the end of Saturday regardless of the outcome, but a 3-0 stand could help them really begin to knock on the Junior Bruins’ second place door.
The Rockets earned a point against the Islanders Hockey Club from Friday’s shootout, but they still remain in a desperate situation - seven points back of eighth place with nine games remaining.
Boston Junior Bruins vs. P.A.L. Jr. Islanders, 2:50 p.m.
The Bruins will look for a bounce-back win to end the showcase after falling to Connecticut, especially considering New Hampshire was able to gain ground yesterday. The Bruins have one game in hand on the Monarchs, so they are in must-win territory if they want to seal up second place.
The fourth place Jersey Hitmen (18-8-3-2, 46 pts) lost to the Junior Bruins (22-8-0-1, 45 pts) 5-1 last Friday in an interdivisional match but bounced back with a 3-2 win over the first place Skipjacks (22-5-0-2, 46 pts) on Saturday.
On Friday, Caiden Hess had two goals for the Junior Bruins; Mike Santonelli had a goal and an assist and Zach Peltz and Brett Reale each had a goal. Mike Salvatore made 26 saves for the Junior B’s. Tony Wang had the lone goal for the Hitmen.
On Saturday, Arthur Tsimeran lit the lamp twice for the Hitmen and Connor Sedlak also scored. Nick Johansson made 24 saves for the Hitmen. Ryan Gordon and Austin Rice scored for the Skipjacks.
The second place Islanders (21-5-1-1, 44 pts) beat the South Shore Kings (5-22-0-0, 10 pts) 3-1 on Saturday behind a goal and an assist from both Brett Worster and Patrick Somerville and a goal from Patrick Somerville. Matt Mothon had two helpers for the Isles as well.
On Sunday, the third place New Jersey Rockets (21-7-2-0, 44 pts) took care of business against the PAL Islanders (11-12-0-0, 22 pts) beating them 8-1. Michael Rubin (1g, 1a), Jason Sidem (1g, 2a), Jake Stapert (1g, 2a), Alex Farmer (2g, 1a) and Ben Conrod (3a) led the way for the Rockets.
There are no games in the National this weekend. Here’s each team’s place in the division heading into weekend play:
1. Skipjacks Hockey Club (22-5-0-2, 46 pts; 1st National; 2nd 16U)
2. Islanders Hockey Club (21-5-1-1, 44 pts; 2nd National; 4th 16U)
3. New Jersey Rockets (21-7-2-0, 44 pts; 3rd National; 5th 16U)
4. Jersey Hitmen (18-8-3-2, 46 pts; 4th National; 8th 16U)
5. New Hampshire Monarchs (19-7-0-1, 41 pts; 5th National; 10th 16U)
6. Palmyra Black Knights (17-12-2-1, 37 pts; 6th National; 11th 16U)
7. P.A.L. Jr Islanders (11-12-0-0, 22 pts; 7th National; 17th 16U)
8. South Shore Kings (5-22-0-0, 10 pts; 8th National; 25th 16U)
The fourth place Springfield Pics (18-11-3-1, 40 pts) shut out the Connecticut Junior Rangers (4-29-0-0) 3-0 last Saturday. Daniels Murnieks, Connor O’Brien and Maxim Sazanovets all scored for the Pics and Carter Brunelle had two helpers. Andreji Julinek made 37 saves for the shutout.
The first place Northern Cyclones (22-5-1-1, 46 pts) fell to third place CP Dynamo (20-7-3-0, 43 pts) 6-1 last Saturday.
Dynamo forward Spencer Flansburg had a monster game with four assists; John Greenwood and Adam Rourke each scored twice; Schuyler Flansburg had a goal and an assist and Antonio Rosetti lit the lamp as well. Anthony Vida had the lone goal for the Cyclones.
The Cyclones bounced back on Sunday with a 7-3 win over the Maine Moose (7-16-1-1, 16 pts). Jakob Holley and Alec Ernst each had two goals for the Cyclones; Anthony Viola and Sergey Yakunin had a goal and an assist each and Max Jecker scored as well. For the Moose, Nate Newgard, Gabe Poirier and Logan Beckwith all scored for the Moose.
The third place Hartford Wolfpack (15-11-0-1, 31 pts) beat the first place New York Aviators (19-16-1-2, 41 points) on the road 2-1 in overtime. Bill Dougherty scored the overtime winner and Austin Larson - who assisted on the OT winner - also scored for the visiting Wolfpack. Nick Rogers scored for the Aviators.
Friday., Feb. 15: Northern Cyclones (22-5-1-1, 46 pts; 2nd Northeast; 3rd 16U) @ Springfield Pics (18-11-3-1, 40 pts; 4th Northeast; 9th 16U)
The Cyclones can leapfrog the Junior Bruins (1st Northeast; 1st 16U) and the Skipjacks for first overall in 16U. With a win (below) here and one over the Jersey Shore Whalers, the Pics can gain some major ground overall and in the division.
Friday., Feb. 15: Maine Moose (7-16-1-1, 18 pts; 8th Northeast; 21st 16U) @ Junior Bruins (22-8-0-1, 45 pts; 1st Northeast; 1st 16U)
The Junior B’s need to take care of business to maintain 1st in both the division and overall.
Saturday., Feb. 16: New York Aviators (19-6-1-2, 41 pts; 1st Mid-Atlantic; 7th 16U @ Junior Bruins
The Aviators have clinched the Mid-Atlantic but can move into a tie for sixth overall with the Dynamo if the Cyclones (below) sweep them.
Saturday., Feb. 16- Sunday., Feb. 17: Northern Cyclones @ CP Dynamo (20-7-3-0, 43 pts; 3rd Northeast; 6th 16U)
The Dynamo can move past the idle Rockets for 5th in 16U and with a sweep of this two-game set, move past the Cyclones in both the Northeast and overall.
Saturday., Feb. 16- Sunday., Feb. 17: Jersey Shore Whalers (8-20-2-0, 18 pts; 7th Northeast; 19th 16U) @ Springfield Pics
If the Whalers can pull a sweep, they overtake the Boston Bandits (10-21-1-0, 21 pts; 6th Northeast; 19th 16U) and move up in the division and overall.
Saturday., Feb. 16- Sunday., Feb. 17: Pittsburgh Vengeance (11-6-3-2, 27 pts; 4th Mid-Atlantic; 19th 16u) @ Connecticut Junior Rangers (4-29-0-0, 8 pts; 9th Northeast; 27th 16U)
The Vengeance can tie the Hartford Wolfpack (15-11-0-0, 31 pts; 3rd in Mid-Atlantic; 14th 16U) if they sweep this two-game set at Connecticut.
Congratulations to our USPHL Premier Players Of The Week for the period covering games of Feb. 7-13.
Forward: Jeromey Rancourt, Twin City Thunder.
The Thunder’s second place team has recently been spurred along by this local product, a ‘99 from Lewiston, Maine. He scored five goals and four assists in three straight games between Feb. 8-10. This included two goals and two assists in the Friday game, an upset win over the Northern Cyclones.
He has 38 points in 37 games this season. This includes 13 points scored in his last five games.
Defense: Tim Hazelton, Connecticut Nighthawks.
Hazelton (‘98/Commack, N.Y.) posted three goals and four assists in two games, with the three goals all coming in the Nighthawks’ win over the Hartford Jr. Wolfpack, which clinched first in the Northeast Division.
Hazelton is fifth in scoring in the entire Premier Division among defensemen with 43 points in 40 games.
Goal: Justin Damon, New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs.
Damon registered three straight shutouts between Feb. 9 and 13, holding the Rochester Jr. Monarchs twice to no goals, and also the tough Boston Bandits. His 1.000 save percentage for the week came from making 70 saves on 70 shots.
Damon climbed to 10th in the league with a 2.04 goals against average, and he is seventh in save percentage at .940.
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