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    Decatur drops three straight on road trip

    By Matt Mackinder 11/18/2018, 10:00am EST

    DECATUR, Ill. - The Decatur Blaze went on a three-game road trip this week and suffered three losses.

     

    Thursday afternoon, Alec Kowalczyk scored the lone goal for the Blaze in a 7-1 loss today to the Chicago Cougars.

     

    Cameron Bernard and Remy Champoux combined to stop 27 shots in the Blaze net.

     

    Then Friday night, Jacob Gerber, Liam Miles and Scott Wargin scored, but the Blaze fell 5-3 to the Midwest Blackbirds.

     

    Bernard took the loss in goal.

     

    Saturday night, TJ Dougan scored twice and Matvey Lobzin added a goal, but the Blaze lost 7-3 to the Blackbirds.

     

    Champoux suffered the defeat between the pipes.

     

    Decatur is now off until Nov. 30. 

     

    BOSTON - Both Metro Jets teams picked up wins Saturday on Day 2 of the USPHL IHC Showcase.

     

    In the morning game, Justin Song, Tyler German and Brandon Graham (pictured) scored and Brian Tallieu stopped all 18 shots as the Jets dropped the New Jersey Rockets 3-0.

     

    Final shots were 40-18 Jets.

     

    Then in the evening game, Michael Paul made 20 saves, while Colin Day scored a pair and Nick McDougall one as the Metro Jets DP Team knocked off the Hartford Jr. Wolfpack 3-1.

     

    The showcase wraps up with a pair of Sunday games as the DP Team plays the Boston Bandits at 9:50 a.m. and the Jets take on the Springfield Pics at 11:20 a.m.

     

    All games at the showcase will be available on www.HockeyTV.com.

     

    Key matchups to watch at the Islanders Hockey Club Showcase on Sunday

    By Joshua Boyd / USPHL.com 11/18/2018, 12:30am EST

    NCDC
    Rochester Jr. Monarchs vs. Boston Junior Bruins, 11 a.m., Tsongas Center

    Rochester has won two in a row at the Islanders Hockey Club Showcase, beating the Syracuse Stars, 6-3, on Friday and the Northern Cyclones, 2-1, on Saturday. The Junior Bruins have seen both a 6-1 loss (to the Bandits) and a 6-2 win (over Syracuse). 

    New Jersey Rockets vs. Boston Bandits, 4 p.m., Tsongas Center
    This could potentially be a leapfrogging game for the standings heading into the Thanksgiving off-weekend. The Rockets are third overall at 13-6-2-0 (28 points) and the Bandits are fourth (13-8-1-0) for 27 points. 

    Premier
    Connecticut Nighthawks vs. Hudson Havoc, Skate 3 Red, 7:40 a.m. 

    The Nighthawks are now on a five-game unbeaten streak in regulation, and stand at third overall (15-2-1-1, .868) while the Havoc are 13-5-0-0 (.722). 

    Skipjacks Hockey Club vs. Tampa Bay Juniors, Skate 3 White, 8 a.m. 
    The Skipjacks are 10th overall in winning percentage (.706), and are on a two-game shutout streak going back to the previous weekend. On Saturday, they shut out the Rum River Mallards, 3-0. The Juniors have struggled this season overall, but were on a three-game unbeaten streak in regulation during their Saturday game. 

    Minnesota Moose vs. Islanders Hockey Club, Skate 3 Red, 9:30 a.m.
    These two teams are almost identical in records and winning percentages. The Moose are 10-7-0-0 (.588) and the Islanders are 9-6-2-1 (.583). They have similar streaks, with the Moose standing at 3-0 and the Islanders at 4-0-1 in their last five. 

    Boston Bandits vs. MJDP, Skate 3 White, 9:50 a.m.
    The Bandits and Metro Jets Development Program are both top 20 teams in the Premier Division. The Bandits are on a 6-0 run, and MJDP has won its first two showcase games, including a 3-1 win on Saturday against Hartford. 

    Metro Jets vs. Springfield Pics, Skate 3 Red, 11:20 a.m. 
    The Metro Jets have won 10 games in a row, and have moved into second place overall in winning percentage at .875. The Pics have won their last two games and would love to be the team that knocks off the Premier Division’s hottest team. 

    South Shore Kings vs. Pittsburgh Vengeance, Skate 3 Red, 3 p.m. 
    The Kings have earned a win and a shutout loss in the showcase so far, and are 13th overall at 12-5-0-1, while the Vengeance are 10-6-1-0. 

    New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs vs. New Jersey Hitmen, Lawler Arena, 3:20 p.m. 
    The Monarchs and Hitmen are top 20 teams in the USPHL Premier Division, and they have both split their first two games in the Islanders Hockey Club Showcase. 

    Skipjacks Hockey Club vs. Springfield Pics, Skate 3 Red, 4:50 p.m. 
    The Pics hoped to keep their winning streak open earlier in the day against the Jets, while the Skipjacks are 6-0-1 in their last seven games. 

    Boston Bandits vs. Wooster Oilers, Lawler Arena, 5:10 p.m. 
    The Bandits, as aforementioned, entered Sunday on a 6-0 run, while the Oilers were undefeated in regulation through their last two games, including a Sunday upset win over the New Jersey Hitmen. 

    Twin City Thunder vs. DME Swamp Rabbits, Gallant Arena    , 7 p.m. 
    The Thunder are 2-0 at the showcase, both games coming on Thursday, after announcing on Wednesday their addition of an NCDC team next year. The DME Swamp Rabbits are a top 10 team at 15-6-0-0. 

    Elite
    Jersey Hitmen vs. Islanders Hockey Club, Skate 3 White, 3:20 pm EST    

    The host Islanders are 3-0 in their last three, while the higher-ranked Hitmen (15-3-0-0) have split their first two showcase games. 

    18U
    Springfield Pics vs. New Jersey Hitmen, Lawler Arena, 9:50 a.m.
    These two teams have top six winning percentages, with the Pics standing third at 10-2-1-1 (.786) and the Hitmen are sixth at 12-4-1-1 and on a 6-0-1 run. 

    Islanders Hockey Club vs. Jersey Hitmen, Ristuccia Memorial Arena, 5:40 p.m.
    First of all, this is because Islanders vs. Hitmen. Secondly, the Islanders have won their last two and are at 3-3, while the Hitmen are 12-4-1-1 and on a seven-game unbeaten streak at 6-0-1. 

    16U
    Springfield Pics vs. New Jersey Hitmen, Essex Sports Center, 9:50 a.m. 
    The Pics are 9-4-1-0 and the Hitmen are 11-5-1-1, and both are on winning streaks of three and two games, respectively. 

    Boston Junior Bruins vs. Pittsburgh Vengeance, Essex Sport Center, 11:40 a.m.
    Two hot teams hit the ice, as both have won two games at the Islanders Hockey Club Showcase. The Bruins are 6-3-0-1 and the Vengeance are 7-6-1-1. 

    Northern Cyclones vs. New Jersey Hitmen, Essex Sport Center, 3:50 p.m. 
    The Cyclones and Hitmen are top 10 overall teams in the 16U, with the Cyclones standing at 8-3, and the Hitmen at 11-5-1-1 entering Sunday. 
     


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