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    2019 Playoffs Preview: USPHL 16U Division (Springfield)

    By James Murphy / USPHL.com 02/21/2019, 8:45pm EST

     

    Group A

     

    CP Dynamo (21-8-3-0, 45 pts) - The Dynamo had a great season and one of the main reasons why is the Dynamo come at you like dominoes! 

    With the 1-2 punch of the Flansburg brothers, Spencer and Schuyler, who both amassed 46 points and Yuri Ushakov who was fourth overall in goals (26) and points with 50, they can light you up quickly. Between the pipes, Chris Swanson got the job done this season at 8-2-1-0 with a 2.18 GAA and .895 save percentage.

     

    Here are the round robin games for the Dynamo and their record against each team:

    Friday, Feb. 22, 3:20 PM @ New Jersey Rockets (0-1-0-0)

    Saturday Feb. 23, 8 AM @ Jersey Hitmen (1-0-0-0)

    Saturday Feb. 23, 5:30 PM vs Junior Bruins (2-1-0-0)

     

    Junior Bruins (25-7-0-1, 51 pts) - The Junior Bruins won six straight games to close the season. Chris Delaney finished 1st overall in 16 U in assists with 35 helpers and was fourth in points with 50. Between the pipes, Mike Salvatore was 11-4-0-1 with a 2.41 GAA and .898 save percentage. 

    Here are the Junior Bruins’ opening round games and their record against each team:

    Friday, Feb. 22, 5:30 PM @ Jersey Hitmen (1-0-0-0)

    Saturday Feb. 23, 8 AM @ New Jersey Rockets (1-0-0-0)

    Saturday Feb. 23, 5:30 PM @ CP Dynamo (1-2-0-0)

     

    Jersey Hitmen (18-8-3-2, 41 pts) - The Hitmen finished the season 5-2-2-1 in their last ten games. Connor Sedlak led the team with 16 goals, 18 assists and 34 points. Between the pipes, Nick Johansson was 11-3-3-1 with a 2.42 GAA and .898 save percentage.

     

    Here are the opening round games for the Hitmen and their record against each team:

    Friday, Feb. 22, 5:30 PM vs Junior Bruins (0-1-0-0)

    Saturday Feb. 23, 8 AM vs Dynamo (0-1-0-0)

    Saturday Feb. 23, 7 PM @ Rockets (0-1-0-0)

     

     

    New Jersey Rockets (21-7-2-0, 44 pts) - The Rockets were 5-0-1-0 in their last six games and 8-1-1-0 in their last ten games. Kyle Contessa provided plenty of offense for the Rockets, with 23 goals, 20 assists and 43 points. Between the pipes, Thomas Heaney was 13-3-1-0 2.29 GAA and a .914 save percentage.

     

    Here are the Rockets’ opening round games and their record against each team:

    Friday, Feb. 22, 3:20 PM vs Dynamo (1-0-0-0)

    Saturday Feb. 23, 8 AM vs Junior Bruins (0-1-0-0)

    Saturday Feb. 23, 7 PM vs Jersey Hitmen (0-1-0-0)

     

    Group B

     

    Islanders HC (21-5-1-1, 44 pts) - The Islanders haven’t lost in regulation for nine games, going 8-1-0-1 during that span. Johan Rosenquist had a monster season leading 16U in goals with 30 lamplighters and points with 60. 

     

    Here’s the opening round games for the Islanders and their record against each team:

    Friday, Feb. 22, 1:50 PM vs Kings (3-0-0-0)

    Saturday Feb. 23, 11:40 AM vs Pics (1-0-0-0)

    Saturday Feb. 23, 7:20 PM vs New Hampshire Monarchs (2-0-1-1)

     

    South Shore Kings (5-22-0-0, 10 pts) - Chris Jenkins led the Kings with nine goals and 12 assists for 21 points.  

     

    Here are the opening round games for the Kings and their record against each team:

    Friday, Feb. 22, 1:50 PM @ Islanders (0-3-0-0)

    Saturday Feb. 23, 11:40 AM @ New Hampshire Monarchs (0-2-0-0)

    Saturday Feb. 23, 9:10 PM vs Pics (1-1-0-0)

     

    Springfield Pics (20-12-3-1, 44 pts) - Daniel Murnieks was a force for the Pics this season, finishing third in goals (27) and assists (30) and second in points with 57.

     

    Here are the opening round games for the Pics and their record against each team:

    Friday, Feb. 22, 1:30 PM ET vs Monarchs (0-1-0-0)

    Saturday Feb. 23, 11;40 AM @ Islanders (0-1-0-0)

    Saturday Feb. 23, 9:10 PN @ Kings (1-1-0-0)

     

    New Hampshire Monarchs (19-8-0-1, 39 pts) - David Bazile led he Monarchs with 14 goals and nine assists for 23 points.

     

    Here’s the Monarchs’ opening round games and their record against each team:

    Friday, Feb. 22, 1:30 PM @ Pics (1-0-0-0)

    Saturday Feb. 23, 11:40 AM vs Kings (2-0-0-0)

    Saturday Feb. 23, 7:20 PM @ Islanders (0-2-1-1)

     

    Group C

     

    Newbridge Academy (3-4-0-1, 7 pts) 

     

    Here’s the Newbridge opening round games and their record against each team:

    Friday, Feb. 22, Noon vs Cyclones (0-0-0-0)

    Saturday Feb. 23, 9:50 AM @ TV16 (0-0-0-0)

    Saturday Feb. 23, 7 PM @ Selects (0-0-0-0)

     

    Selects Academy

     

    Here’s the opening round games for the Selects and their record against each team:

    Friday, Feb. 22, 1:30 PM vs TV16 (0-0-0-0)

    Saturday Feb. 23, 10:10 AM vs Northern Cyclones (0-0-0-0)

    Saturday Feb. 23, 7 PM vs Newbridge (0-0-0-0)

     

    TV16 (0-0-0-0)

     

    Here’s the opening round games for TV16 and their record against each team:

     

    Friday, Feb. 22, 1:30 PM @ Selects (0-0-0-0)

    Saturday Feb. 23, 9:50 AM @ Newbridge (0-0-0-0)

    Saturday Feb. 23, 8:50 PM vs Northern Cyclones (0-0-0-0)

     

    Northern Cyclones (24-7-1-1, 50 pts) - Rookie goalie Roman Shiryaev was a monster between the pipes for the Cyclones going 10-1-0-0 with a 1.86 GAA and finishing fourth overall with .929 save percentage.

     

    Here’s the Cyclones’ opening round games and their record against each team:

    Friday, Feb. 22, @ Newbridge (0-0-0-0)

    Saturday Feb. 23, 10:10 AM @ Selects (0-0-0-0)

    Saturday Feb. 23, 8:50 PM @ TV16 (0-0-0-0)

     

    Group D

     

    Skipjacks Hockey Club (23-5-0-0, 48 points) - The Skipjacks finished first in the National this season. Oliver Frontini was fifth overall in assists with 28 helpers and in points with 46. Between the pipes, Brandon Heck was spectacular going 12-2-0 with a 1.73 GAA and third in 16U with a .928 save percentage. 

     

    Here’s the Skipjacks’’ opening round games and their record against each team:

    Friday, Feb. 22, 3:40 PM vs Rochester Monarchs (0-0-0-0)

    Saturday Feb. 23, 9:50 AM vs PAL Islanders (3-0-0-0)

    Saturday Feb. 23, 5:10 PM vs Palmyra Black Knights (2-1-0-0)

     

    Rochester Monarchs (16-3-0-1, 33 pts) The Monarchs bring a three-game win streak into the playoffs. Rochester was blessed with one of the best goaltending tandems in 16U this season. Pieter Bartelse was 7-1-1-0 with a 1.23 GAA and .923 save percentage and Lenny Perno was 9-2-0-0 with a 1.27 GAA and .939 save percentage. 

     

    Here’s the Monarchs’ opening round games and their record against each team:

    Friday, Feb. 22, 3:40 PM @ Skipjacks (0-0-0-0)

    Saturday Feb. 23, 8:20 AM @ Palmyra Black Knights (0-0-0-0)

    Saturday Feb. 23, 8:50 PM @ PAL Junior Islanders (0-0-0-0)

     

    PAL Islanders (11-12-0-0, 22 pts) - Nate Hanley was third in 16U with 51 points. He lit the lamp 21 times and had 22 helpers. Between the pipes, Brendan Williamson was 9-1-0-0 with a 2.20 GAA and .910 save percentage.

     

    Here’s the Monarchs’ opening round games and their record against each team:

    Friday, Feb. 22, 3:20 PM @ Black Knights (2-1-0-0)

    Saturday Feb. 23, 9:50 AM @ Skipjacks (0-3-0-0)

    Saturday Feb. 23, 8:50 PM vs Rochester (0-0-0-0)

     

    Palmyra Black Knights (17-12-2-1, 37 pts) - Harrison Peairs was solid between the pipes for the Black Knights at 8-3-0-1 with a 2.42 GAA and .898 save percentage. 

     

    Here’s the Black Knights’ opening round games and their record against each team:

    Friday, Feb. 22, 3:20 PM vs PAL Islanders (2-1-0-0)

    Saturday Feb. 23, 8:20 AM vs Rochester (0-0-0-0)

    Saturday Feb. 23, 5:10 @ Skipjacks (1-2-0-0)

    2019 Playoffs Preview: USPHL Elite / Florida Division

    By Jim DenHollander/USPHL.com 02/21/2019, 5:45pm EST

    The Tampa Bay Juniors (32-10-1-1) won their final four games of the season and wrapped up an 8-1-0-1 run to the finish line to capture the big prize in the Elite Florida Division, a ticket to the National Championship tournament.

    That leaves longtime rivals the Florida Eels and Florida Jr. Blades to battle it out in a best-of-three winner-take-all set for the other National Championship tournament berth.

     

    Jr. Blades @ Eels 

    Friday, Feb. 22, 2:45 p.m. ET

    Sunday, Feb. 24, 3:45 p.m. ET

    Monday, Feb. 25, 2:45 p.m. ET (If necessary)

    All games to be played at Hertz Arena, Estero, Fla.

    Like their Premier Division brothers, the Jr. Blades (10-33-0-0) will be in their own locker room for the key series but will be considered visitors in their own rink against the Eels (28-12-4-0). 

    The Eels, with a 40-point edge on the Blades will be overwhelming favorites, but all it takes for the upset and a trip to Nationals is one big weekend.

    The teams met eight times this season and all eight went to the Eels, holding a sizeable goal differential in the process. These two teams played five times after the Christmas break, but the Eels’ defense proved near-impossible to break in each. 

    The Blades will have nothing to lose though heading into this weekend. Sometimes, that can make a team dangerous.

    Tampa enjoys a break of nearly three weeks before heading to the National Championships while the winner of this series will also have nearly two weeks to prepare.

    2019 USPHL Playoffs: Boston Bandits earn first series win of Elite postseason

    By Jim DenHollander/USPHL.com 02/21/2019, 5:15pm EST

    The opening two games of the USPHL Elite postseason went the way of the favored Boston Bandits. 

    The Bandits punched their ticket to the USPHL Elite North Division semifinals on Thursday afternoon, wrapping up a sweep and sending the Springfield Pics to the sidelines with an 8-3 win at Bridgewater Ice Arena.

    After taking the opener 8-4 the previous evening, the Bandits were unable to connect in a scoreless first period Thursday, but carried a 4-2 cushion into the third.

    The Pics had one last push near the halfway mark of the third, getting to within a goal again, but the Bandits fired the final four, in a span of just under five minutes to clinch the win and the sweep.

    Cam Gibbs (‘00/Weymouth, Mass) led the Bandits, firing a hat trick and assisting on two others while Joseph Lechevin (‘98/Nergine, France) added two goals and a set up. Tom Clancy (‘98/Weymouth, Mass.) had a goal and one assist. Matt Tetreault (‘00/Fall River, Mass.) and Tyler Lord (‘01/Fairbanks, Alaska) also scored goals. 

    Brandon Bieda (‘02/Chicopee, Mass.) faced 52 shots in goal for the Pics.

    On Wednesday, it wasn’t until Cam Grant (‘00/Topsham, Maine) sank his second of the contest just 93 seconds from the final buzzer that the Bandits could breathe easy. Grant also picked up a couple assists for the Bandits. 

    Another goal, from Adam Mazurowksi 31 seconds later widened the gap for an 8-4 final as the Boston Bandits moved to within a goal of advancing to the second round of the Elite North Division playoffs and the Springfield Pics one game away from elimination.

    Tom Clancy (‘98/Weymouth, Mass.) scored a goal and added two assists, with the other Bandits goals coming from Tetreault and Chad Marescalchi (‘98/Beverly, Mass.). Tyler Savino (‘99/Dumont, N.J.) turned aside 29 shots to secure the win in goal.

    Emile Cossette (‘00/St-Ignace de Loyola, Que.) also scored twice while setting up another in the win.

    The Bandits will move on to face the Northern Cyclones next weekend with one of two divisional spots at Elite Nationals on the line. 

    The other North Division opening round series between the Islanders Hockey Club and Boston Junior Bruins begins Friday at 1:30 p.m. at Skate 3. The winner of that series moves on to face the division champion New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs in the second round.

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