The Boston Bandits shook the gate, but could not get it open. The Junior Bruins were able to come away with the 2-0 win, giving them their second shutout in a row, as well as a quarterfinal win in the NCDC playoffs.

Yaniv Perets stopped 36 shots and the Junior Bruins got goals from Mike Brown and Jonny Mulera to earn the victory.

“It feels great. We faced a lot of adversity through the year with ups and downs, but we learned through that,” said Perets, a ‘00 from Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Que., who is committed to Quinnipiac University. “We played a great two games today and yesterday. I’m happy to move on to finals.”

As strong a performance as Perets had, he gave the full credit to his teammates for helping him out of jams throughout the two-day series, in which the Junior Bruins outscored the Bandits 8-0.

“Our whole team had my back, clearing plays, picking up sticks making sure I could see, staying out of the box,” said Perets. “They did a bunch of stuff that made my job easier. I owe it to all these guys for sure.”

Head coach Mike Anderson certainly praised his whole team for Sunday’s performance, but specifically mentioned the impact Perets made this weekend.

“We wouldn’t be here without Yaniv,” he said. “It’s not just the saves, but the timing of a few that really could have changed the momentum. Those saves made these games a lot different.”

On the goals side, Casey Carreau broke in shorthanded to the Bandits zone in a 2-on-1 formation with Mike Brown, who sent it home for the 1-0 lead at the 8:33 mark of the second.

Less than seven minutes later, Casey Carreau carried the puck from the sideboards to the front of the net, and then Mulera jumped on the loose puck for the 2-0 lead.  

“I’m happy for the guys, and excited and happy that we’re advancing,” said Coach Anderson. “It’s really hard to knock a team out, I don’t care at what point in the playoffs it is. [The Bandits] showed up today, battled hard, and had some decent opportunities late. We got tired late.

“I’m happy we’re moving on,” he added. “We’ll get the guys some rest and get ready for the Cyclones.”

Indeed, the Northern Cyclones pulled off the mammoth 8-over-1 upset last weekend over the New Jersey Hitmen to advance to semifinals.

“We just played them twice last week. They beat us up pretty good at their place, then we got them down here,” said Anderson. “I think it’ll be a very close, competitive series. They play really really hard and physical. They’ve got some guys who can make plays. We’ll have a good week of preparation and be ready to go.”

NCDC Playoffs: Cyclones upset Hitmen to advance, joining Islanders and Rangers

By Joshua Boyd / USPHL.com 03/16/2019, 10:45pm EDT

The playoffs in any league can be a funny place. You’ve played all season to earn a spot, and if you’re the New Jersey Hitmen, you’ve won and won and won some more to solidify first place overall and home ice throughout.

But then it comes down to two - two - games that can either propel you forward or put the halt on an otherwise amazing season. The latter happened to the Hitmen, as the Northern Cyclones traveled south to New Jersey and took care of business in short order.

The Cyclones’ 2-1 win on Saturday sealed a 2-0 series win and a spot in the semifinals. They will have to await the results of the Junior Bruins vs. Boston Bandits series to see where they will play next, as will the two other teams that advanced.

The Islanders Hockey Club won their second one-goal game over the New Hampshire Monarchs in this postseason to secure their semifinals spot and keep their Dineen Cup defense campaign going.

The Connecticut Jr. Rangers came back from being down 1-0 after two periods to win 3-2 and make it into the semifinals. The Junior Bruins got their playoff series underway Saturday and left no doubt as to whose house it was, winning 6-0 on their home ice, the New England Sports Center.

 

Cyclones 2, Hitmen 1

Artyom Borshyov started the party at the 14:22 mark of the first period to put the Cyclones on top 1-0 off a slapshot from the high left point. Cade DeStefani and Michael Mackenzie earned assists off very adept long passes to set up the Quinnipiac recruit Borshyov.

A Sutton shot from the right faceoff circle went in off Mackenzie’s skate for the eventual game-winner at the 8:02 mark of the second.

Riley Sims made 80 saves in the two games against the Hitmen - 39 in Game 1 and 41 in Game 2 - as the Hitmen kept pounding away, but the ‘00 from Edmonton was more than equal to the task. It took 20 players pulling on the same end of the rope, however, to defeat a Hitmen team that lost only nine total times (seven regulation, two OTL) in the regular season.

“It was a full team effort, the boys worked hard all week to prepare,” said head coach Bill Flanagan from the bus back to Hudson, N.H. “I am proud of this group for buying in and coming together at the right time.”

The Hitmen didn’t leave fully empty-handed, as Casey Rhodes sent home a loose puck that came dribbling across the crease after a Jericho Petkovich shot from low in the right faceoff circle. The Hitmen threw more than 20 more shots on net after that, but Sims kept up his end of the bargain and the Cyclones got the momentous win.

 

Islanders 3, Monarchs 2

After Joe Mancuso took the puck away behind the New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs’ net, he was able to send it out to the front of the net, where Hunter McCoy came streaming in for the quick shot. This goal, with 2:37 remaining, ended up as the game-and series-winning goal for the Islanders Hockey Club, who won the game 3-2 and the series 2-0.

The Islanders defeated the New Jersey Hitmen two games to one for the 2018 Dineen Cup last spring.

It was the Monarchs, however, who had the early lead to start the contest. Mitchell Shaheen brought it into the zone and then swooped along the goal line to the front. The puck was dislodged there from Shaheen - right onto the stick of Wil Crane for the opening goal at 9:04.

Mancuso wristed in a rebound for the Islanders Hockey Club’s first goal on the power play. McCoy’s second of the playoffs and first of the game came at 10:23. Mancuso had the opportunity to score just like he had on his first, but instead slid it across to high slot for McCoy’s one-time goal.

 

Rangers 3, Stars 2

The Connecticut Jr. Rangers should feel fortunate to escape this series with a 3-2 win and 2-0 series victory.

After all, after two periods, it was the Stars - in their last-ever game as the Syracuse Stars, before they become the Utica Jr. Comets next year - that held the 1-0 lead.

The first goal was a pretty one, as Dylan Rallis and Mathieu Gervais, in what would turn out to be their final junior games, went 2-on-1 into the Rangers’ zone. Rallis made it to the goal line, where he executed a spin-o-rama one-timer pass to Gervais for the opening goal. That goal stood up through 40 minutes, despite the Rangers outshooting Syracuse 28-15 in those two periods.

On a perfectly executed breakout in the third period, Samuel Timonen (son of former NHLer Kimmo Timonen) knocked in a pass into the crease from Benjamin Kuzma. That started the Rangers comeback.

Colin Slyne scored off a point shot at the 5:27 mark, but it was not until 19:12 of the third when you had the ultra-rare empty net game-winning goal. Philip Ekberg sent it 200 feet for the riches, but that didn’t stand up as the GWG until the 19:41 mark, when Kabore Dunn shot in a wrister from one knee, a 6-on-5 goal. Nineteen seconds was just not enough time to get one more, though, and Syracuse’s game, season and existence as the Stars came to an end. The Rangers will move on to host their semifinal round against an opponent to be determined.

 

Junior Bruins 6, Boston Bandits 0

It took the Junior Bruins 12 shots to get their offensive show rolling, but once they were in drive they were not about to stop for anyone.

The Junior Bruins got six goals from six different players, and it was all started by Jonny Mulera’s opener at the 18:19 mark of the first. The second period was also relatively quiet, save for Luke Rowe’s goal at 14:40. The Junior Bruins didn’t really break this one open until late in the third. They scored their last three goals in the space of 3:29, the last going in just before the one minute remaining mark of the third period.

Jamie Armstrong, Matt Allen, Riley Prattson and Ryan Lovett joined the scoring party in the third to close out Game 1 in the Junior Bruins’ favor.

"That's really huge for us. Coming off last weekend, we needed to play hard today," said Mulera. "We just did the little things, that's what Coach [Mike Anderson] always tells us to do. All of us really just bought in. It's playoff time, so we need that." 

Game 2 faceoff is at 2:50 p.m. at New England Sports Center - see it there live or at USPHL.HockeyTV.com.

The Northern Cyclones ended up as the No. 8 of eight seeds in the 2019 NCDC Playoffs. Now, they are one win away from the semifinals. 

The Cyclones traveled to Wayne, N.J., to take on a Hitmen team that defeated the Cyclones in all four of their meetings during the regular season. 

Just 50 seconds into the overtime on Friday night, Lukas Uhler (‘99/Upland, Calif.) swatted at a loose puck in the crease to give the Cyclones the 1-0 series lead. It was Uhler’s second goal of the game. 

After a scoreless first period, the Hitmen got on the board in the second period to start the game’s scoring. Originally posted as a Jericho Petkovich goal, it was eventually awarded to Casey Rhodes (‘99/Huntington, Beach, Calif.)

Owen Bourdow (‘99/Saginaw, Mich.) put in a one-timer pass from behind the net from Niklas Bretschneider (‘99/Wien, Austria) to even the score at 1-1 at the 2:51 mark of the third period.

The Hitmen’s Mickey Burns (‘00/Wayne, N.J.) came around the back of the Cyclones net, got just over the goal line and threw a shot in from a sharp angle for the Hitmen’s second lead of the game, 2-1. 

Uhler scored his first of his two straight goals by hitting in a rebound after some nice tic-tac-toe passing at the 16:51 mark of the third, the goal that stood up to force OT. 

 

Islanders Hockey Club 2, New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs 1 (OT)

Ethan DeStefani (‘99/Bedford, N.H.) sent home the overtime game-winner at the 9:05 mark of the overtime period. That goal followed a second-period goal by Hunter McCoy (‘00/Newburyport, Mass.) 

The Monarchs got the scoring started in the game, when Kevin Paganini (‘99/Harrison, N.Y.) rang it up at the 7:10 mark of the second period. 

 

Connecticut Jr. Rangers 4, Syracuse Stars 0

Colten Lancaster (‘98/Charlie Lake, B.C.) stopped 26 shots for his first NCDC shutout, while two goals were scored by each of Philip Ekberg (‘99/Goteborg, Sweden) and Colin Slyne (‘98/Greenwich, Conn.) for the total of four. 

NCDC Playoffs Spotlight: Junior Bruins

By James Murphy / USPHL.com 03/16/2019, 9:30am EDT

 

The Junior Bruins earned the second seed in the 2019 NCDC playoffs with a 32-15-2-1 record and 67 points. 

They finished with the second best goal differential as well, scoring 200 goals and allowing 139. The Junior Bruins will host the seventh-seeded Boston Bandits (23-18-2-4, 58 pts) in the first round.

The Junior Bruins dominated out of the gate, save for an opening loss to the New Jersey Rockets. From Game 2 of the season on Sept. 15 until Oct. 20, no one was beating the Junior Bruins. 

They became a little more human after that, and were up and down to the point of going 4-6 over a 10-game stretch ending in mid-December. 

However, their early success propelled them to take and hold on to second place for the remainder of the season, giving them the second seed overall. 

 

Head-to-Head vs. Boston Bandits 2018-19

The Junior Bruins struggled against the Boston Bandits this season going 1-4-0. They lost 6-1 in their first meeting in November. 

They took losses of 6-2 at Bridgewater on Jan. 12 and 3-2 also there on Feb. 1. They lost at home 2-1 to the Bandits on Feb. 2. Their lone win against the Bandits came January 23 when they won 7-1.

 

Here is how the Junior Bruins fared against the rest of the playoff field:

Vs. Jersey Hitmen: 2-1-1; Vs. Connecticut Jr. Rangers: 3-2-0-0; Vs. Islanders Hockey Club: 4-1-0-0; Vs. New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs: 2-3-0-0; Vs. Syracuse Stars: 2-2-0-0; Vs. Northern Cyclones: 4-1-0-0.

 

 

Players to Watch

Sasha Peresunko (‘00/Kharkov, Ukraine) led the Junior Bruins in assists with 42 helpers and points with 60. He was third in the league in both of these categories. He might have scored more, but he represented his home country at the Division 1 World Junior Championships in December. 

Providence recruit Jonny Mulera (‘99/Rockville, Md.) led the Junior Bruins in goals with 27 lamplighters. On defense, Air Force recruit Luke Rowe (‘98/Succasunna, N.J.) was second in the league in assists by defensemen with 26, and tied for fourth among defensemen in goals with 11. He was one of five defensemen in the league to surpass 30 points in the regular season. 

Quinnipiac recruit Yaniv Perets (‘00/Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Que.) was the league’s wins leader at 23-10-1-0 with a 2.48 GAA and .929 save percentage. 

 

First Round Schedule

Boston Bandits (7) at Junior Bruins (2)

 

Sat., March 16: 5:30 p.m.   

 

Sun., March 17: 2:50 p.m.   

 

Mon., March 18: Time TBD (if necessary)   

 

All games to be played at New England Sports Center, Marlboro, Mass. 

NCDC Playoff Spotlight: Islanders Hockey Club

By James Murphy / USPHL.com 03/15/2019, 5:00pm EDT

The Islanders Hockey Club finished fourth in NCDC with a record of 27-18-4-3 and 59 points. The Isles will host the New Hampshire Monarchs in a best of three opening round matchup. The Islanders come into the playoffs on a 4-0-1-0 run.

The Islanders stumbled in their first few games of the start of their Dineen Cup defense campaign, going 0-3-1-0 in their first four. After that initial feeling-out period, though, the Islanders earned points in seven of their next eight games, going 5-1-2-0 to get themselves into the mix.

By November’s Thanksgiving break, the Islanders pulled themselves into eighth, and never let go of a playoff spot after that. They remained at mostly seventh and eighth right into February, but by the middle of that month, they had vaulted into fifth place. Their season-ending run - and their favorable matchup record against the New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs - sealed up fourth place and home ice advantage to start the playoffs.

 

Head-to-Head vs. New Hampshire 2018-19

The Islanders were 3-1-0 against the New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs this season. In fact, a 5-1 win over the Monarchs on Sept. 23 helped lift the Islanders out of their early stumble.

After a few months away, the Islanders beat the Monarchs 1-0 on January 12 and 6-5 on Feb. 3 3. The Monarchs got their only win, 4-2, at their home Tri-Town Ice Arena on Feb. 2.

 

Here’s how the Islanders Hockey Club fared against the rest of the playoff field:

Vs. Jersey Hitmen: 0-5-0-0; Vs. Junior Bruins: 1-4-0-0; Vs. Connecticut Jr. Rangers: 1-1-2-0; Vs. Syracuse Jr. Stars: 1-2-0-1; Vs. Boston Bandits: 2-2-1-0; Vs. Northern Cyclones: 1-3-1-0

 

Players To Watch

Hunter McCoy (‘00/Newburyport, Mass.) led the Islanders in goals (18), assists (43) and in points with 61. His 61 points were second in the league, and his 43 helpers were the second most in the NCDC, as well. Joseph Mancuso (‘99/Pottstown, Pa.) had 17 goals and 24 assists.

Between the pipes, Kalle Andersson (‘99/Stockholm, Sweden) went 19-13-0-1 with a 2.85 GAA and .906 save percentage.

His creasemate Ismael Ralsten (‘98/Huntington Beach, Calif.) went 3-0 in March, stopping 127 of 135 shots faced for a .940 save percentage for the month.

 

First Round Schedule

New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs (5) at Islanders Hockey Club (4)

 

Fri., March 15: 6:30 p.m.   

 

Sat., March 16:  4 p.m.

 

Sun., Mar 17: 2 p.m. (if necessary)

 

All games to be played at Lawler Arena, Merrimack College, North Andover, Mass.

 

NCDC Playoff Spotlight: Syracuse Stars

By Joshua Boyd / USPHL.com 03/15/2019, 3:00pm EDT

All year long, the Syracuse Stars went on a series of winning streaks - typically towards the turn of one month to the next - to keep themselves in the playoff hunt.

After a tough start that saw the team sitting in 10th place as of the Thanksgiving break, head coach Paul Kelly’s team began a turnaround that eventually landed them the sixth seed in the NCDC playoffs. A seven-game winning streak between Jan. 27 and Feb. 15 went a long way to helping them seal up their postseason berth.

Going into their final two periods of play in the continuation of a game halted earlier in the year due to ice issues, they could finish anywhere from sixth to eighth. For the former, they had to win in regulation those last two periods against the New Jersey Rockets.

Mission accomplished, and the Stars were off to Connecticut this week to start a series against the Jr. Rangers on Friday night.

 

Head To Head Vs. Connecticut 2018-19

The Stars and Rangers clashed five times this year, but it wasn’t until the Stars were on their season-ending four-game winning streak that they finally beat the Rangers, 5-2, on March 7. They earned all three of their points in the final two matchups with the Rangers, forcing them to OT on March 1 (3-2).

 

Here is how the Stars matched up against the rest of the NCDC playoff field:

Vs. New Jersey Hitmen: 0-4-1-0; Vs. Junior Bruins: 2-2-0-0; Vs. Islanders Hockey Club: 3-0-1-0; Vs. New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs: 2-2-0-0; Vs. Boston Bandits: 3-1-0-0; Vs. Northern Cyclones: 1-3-0-0.

 

Players To Watch

Buster is a very fitting name for the Syracuse Stars’ leading scorer. He busted goalies’ confidence 21 times off his goals alone. Buster Larsson’s 21 goals were good for seventh in the entire NCDC, but it may just be his playmaking that is the main weapon right here - the ‘98 from Sweden was fifth in assists with 38, and he was Mr. Setup down the stretch with 12 assists in his seven March games. Overall, he had 56 points in 45 games.

Say Mr. Larsson doesn’t make life tough for the Jr. Rangers - after that, they still have three other 40-point scorers to worry about. They are also all ‘98’s who do not want their junior careers to end in the first round.

Dominik Bogdziul (Vilnius, Lithuania) was good for 16 goals and 31 assists for 47 points, while Mathieu Gervais (Kingston, Ont.) was nearly even with 20 goals and 22 assists for 42 points, and Dylan Rallis (Minneapolis, Minn.) was right up there for setups with Buster, posting 33 assists along with nine goals for 42 points.

Gregory McGunigle (‘99/Melrose, Mass.) was one of just five NCDC defensemen to pass the 30-point mark offensively for the Stars this year. He had a very forward-like points breakdown of 16 goals and 15 assists for 31 points.

The Stars have two strong goalies in Nick Wiencek and David Otter. Wiencek (‘98/Eden Prairie, Minn.) went on a four-game winning streak in March, stopping 176 of 182 shots in his last four games, for a .946 save percentage in March so far. Otter (‘98/Farsta, Sweden) had two games that saw him stop 45 of 48 in March.

 

Schedule:

Syracuse Stars (6) at Connecticut Jr. Rangers (3)

Fri., March 15: 7:00 p.m.

Sat., March 16: 4:00 p.m.

Sun., March 17: 1:00 p.m. (if necessary)

All games to be played at Chelsea Piers, Stamford, Conn.

Utica Jr. Comets merge with Syracuse Stars for 2019-20 and beyond

By Joshua Boyd / USPHL.com 03/15/2019, 1:45pm EDT

Founder and President of the Syracuse Stars Don Kirnan announced today that beginning next season, the Syracuse Stars will merge with the Utica Jr. Comets and rebrand as such.

Kirnan along with his daughter, Nicole Kirnan-Kelly, have run the Stars for 34 years, and will both join forces with Comets President Robert Esche, Vice President Adam Pawlick, and President of the Mohawk Valley Youth Hockey Association Tony Martino to run the Junior teams out of the Adirondack Bank Center in Utica, N.Y. 

There will be minimal coaching changes, with Paul Kelly heading up the Utica Jr. Comets junior program. Paul, along with Nicole and Adam Pawlick, will have oversight over the remaining teams.  

The Stars are no strangers to the Adirondack Bank Center, as it is the arena they started calling their home in 2018.

The merger creates a direct path within the Jr. Comets organization beginning at Mites (youth hockey) and running all the way up to college hockey. 

They will add an NCDC (National Collegiate Development Conference), Premier, U18 Midget, U16 Midget team, and U15 Midget team to the Jr. Comets program. 

The Utica Jr. Comets junior program will develop and advance the careers of hundreds of talented young hockey players in the USPHL, with many continuing on to higher levels

Past graduates of the Syracuse Stars junior program have gone on to play in the NHL, AHL, OHL, USA Hockey U18 Team, US Olympic Team, USA National Junior Team, and Division I and III college hockey programs. 

Some graduates of the Syracuse Stars junior program include Esche, Pawlick, Tom and Tim Sestito, Tim Connolly, Brian Gionta, Dustin Brown, Alex Tuch, Nick Palmieri, and Ryan Callahan. 

The rebrand and expansion of the Utica Jr. Comets organization could not have occurred at a more opportune time, with the recent announcement of $22 million dollars from the State for the Nexus Center, a three-sheet recreation-based tournament-play facility that will be connected to the Adirondack Bank Center. 

Nexus will connect the threads of youth hockey throughout the Northeast, serving as the epicenter for the larger cities and demographics of Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Buffalo, Boston, New York City, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and more. 

The Utica Jr. Comets program will utilize the Nexus Center for all of their local tournaments as well as training sessions, adding the sheet of ice at the Adirondack Bank Center to bring the total sheets up to four. 

“The opportunity to join forces with the Utica Jr. Comets is exciting for both the Syracuse Stars and our family,” said Nicole Kirnan-Kelly. “This is the most exciting time in the history of youth hockey in Central New York. The opportunity is there for kids to wear Comets jerseys from mites all the way through tuition-free juniors. We are grateful to Rob, Adam, and their tremendous staff; the resources afforded by merging these brands ensures that our mission of developing and advancing the careers of youth players through the ranks and on to college hockey will live on indefinitely.”

“We couldn’t be more excited to be able to create a direct path to college hockey through youth hockey,” said Esche. “The workability of Don and Nicole, along with Tony Martino, was paramount to our future vision for the sport. Finding the path to college has been one of the toughest things for area youth hockey players, and we are proud to have created one seamless pipeline to simplify these stages of their hockey careers.”

The next few months will be a transitionary period for the Utica Jr. Comets junior program as they rebrand from the Syracuse Stars; the process will include a new website, jersey design, and more.

Players who are interested in trying out for any Utica Jr. Comets team can head to www.uticajrcomets.org, where all news announcements and tryout information will be updated and posted daily. 

Players will have multiple options to try out for the Jr. Comets; the first of these opportunities will be on April 6 and 7 at the NCDC Early Bird. This tryout will be held at Meachem Ice Arena in Syracuse and costs $99. 

For all news releases and new information, be sure to follow Utica Jr. Comets on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram at @UticaJrComets. 

NCDC Playoff Spotlight: New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs

By Joshua Boyd / USPHL.com 03/14/2019, 11:00pm EDT

The key word for the NCDC this 2018-19 season was parity. Any team could beat their opponent on any given night. 

So, it should come as no surprise that there are two teams that finished with the exact same points and wins total. In the end, it was the Islanders Hockey Club that earned home ice at fourth overall due to their head-to-head record against No. 5 New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs (27-18-2-3).

The Islanders finished 27-18-4-1, so both teams had 59 points. It came down to the Islanders’ 3-1-0-0 record over the Monarchs that set New Hampshire on the road down I-93 to North Andover. 

The Monarchs were up as high as third place for several weeks this season, their first in the NCDC. The season started a bit slow for general manager/head coach Ryan Frew’s team, as they went 1-5-0-1 in September, winning their NCDC premier against Connecticut. The rest of their success mainly came from October on, starting with a 2-1 stand at that month’s Hitmen Classic. From Oct. 27 through Nov. 15, they won seven in a row to put themselves into the top group.

A 3-6-0-1 January, however, slowed their momentum and eventually put them on the bus to start the 2019 playoffs. 

 

Head to Head Vs. Islanders 2018-19

Frew, who cut his junior hockey teeth coaching under Islanders GM/head coach Sean Tremblay, had his first NCDC meeting against his old boss in Game 4 of the season, a 5-1 defeat to the Islanders. 

After that Sept. 23 meeting, the two teams didn’t see each other again until January. From there, they couldn’t avoid each other, facing off four times in the space of three weeks. 

After a pair of one-goal losses (one in a shootout) over the Jan. 12-13 weekend, the Monarchs finally broke through on Groundhog Day, winning 4-2. The next day, it was a 6-5 shootout loss for New Hampshire. The Monarchs’ record against IHC was 1-2-0-2. 

 

Here is how the Monarchs fared against the remainder of the playoff field: 

Vs. New Jersey Hitmen: 1-3-0-0; Vs. Junior Bruins: 3-2-0-0; Vs. Connecticut Jr. Rangers: 3-1-0-0; Vs. Syracuse Stars: 2-1-0-1; Vs. Boston Bandits: 1-4-0-0; Vs. Northern Cyclones: 1-3-1-0. 

 

Players To Watch

Aidan Curran (‘01/Dracut, Mass.) was the second-youngest player to lead an NCDC team in scoring this year, with 49 points off 12 goals and 37 assists in 50 games. Curran, a University of New Hampshire recruit, yielded the youngest team leader title to Dartmouth commit Ryan Sorkin, of the New Jersey Rockets, born roughly five months after Curran. 

Trent DeNuccio (‘99/Leesburg, Va.) was a sniper of the highest order this year, scoring 23 - tying himself with three other players for third in the league in the goals category. 

Matt Pasquale (‘00/North Reading, Mass.) was the team’s saving grace in net all year, posting the league’s sixth-best goals against average (2.74) and eighth-best save percentage (.917). 

 

 

New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs (5) at Islanders Hockey Club (4)

 

Fri., March 15: 6:30 p.m.   

 

Sat., March 16: 4 p.m.  

 

Sun., Mar 17: 2 p.m. (if necessary)

 

All games to be played at Lawler Arena, Merrimack College, North Andover, Mass.