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Day 1 at USA Hockey Nationals productive for USPHL, EHF Selects teams

By James Murphy and Joshua Boyd / USPHL.com, 04/03/19, 10:15PM EDT

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Eagles Fly High In Opener

The 18U Boston Jr. Eagles let the 18U Tier Nationals tournament teams know they mean business, sending a resounding and loud message by beating the Washington Jr. Capitals, 10-1, in their first game of the round robin stage Wednesday.

The Junior Eagles scored 10 straight goals before the Junior Capitals lit the lamp and will look to continue their dominance against Belle Tire tomorrow at 1:20 p.m.

Jayden Struble led the way for the Junior Eagles with a goal and three assists. Tom Lyons had two goals and an assist; James Davenport had two goals; Liam Devlin and Chase McInnis each had a goal and an assist; Liam Connors, Connor Joyce and Ben Meehan each lit the lamp and Jake Flynn and Jack Cronin each had two helpers.

Between the pipes, Derek Mullahy made 19 saves.

 

South Kent Selects deflate Belle Tire

The South Kent Selects Academy 18U team beat Belle Tire 9-1 in their opening game of the round-robin stage of the 18U Tier 1 Nationals in Grand Rapids, Mich.

Will Margel (two goals, three assists) led the way with five points and Matt Crasa (goal, three assists); Stephen Kyrkostas (four assists) each had four points; Primo Self (two goals, assist) had three points; Joe Santoro (two goals), Killian Rowlee (goal, assist) and Jack Robilotti (two assists) had two points each and Ryan Coughlin lit the lamp as well for the Selects.

Between the pipes, Dominic Basse had 19 saves and Trevor Giwerowski made seven stops.

The Selects play the Washington Jr. Capitals next on Thursday at 11 a.m.

 

Cape Cod Whalers 16’s take down the Ducks

The Cape Cod Whalers 16U team won their first game at the USA Nationals 16U Tier 1 Tournament in Grand Rapids, Mich., on Wednesday, 3-2, over the Anaheim Jr. Ducks.

Ian Moore had two goals and William Tripp scored what proved to be the game-winner at 5:46 of the second. That goal made it 3-0 Whalers but the Ducks would score the next two goals.

The Whalers were able to stave off the rally though and will now play HoneyBaked Thursday at 9 a.m.

Riley Duran had three assists and Pete Kramer had two helpers as well. In goal, Christian Demers made 16 saves.

 

Iowa Wild beat Mid-Fairfield 18U squad

The Mid-Fairfield Jr. Rangers 18U’s lost their opener at the 18U Tier 1 Nationals in Grand Rapids, 3-1, to the Iowa Wild. The Rangers took an early 1-0 lead when Gavin Puskar scored 5:46 into the opening frame, but the Wild scored the next three goals to get the win.

The Rangers now play Esmark in their second game of the round-robin round.

Tom Richter and Gabe Blanchard had the assists on the Puskar goal and Cam Fernandez made 27 saves in the loss.

 

Shattuck-St. Mary’s 15 Only squad defeats Cape Cod

Christian Monturio scored the Cape Cod Whalers’ only goal in their Tier 1 15 Only National Championships 2019 debut in Plymouth, Mich.

Shattuck-St. Mary’s scored one in the first and two more in the third to pin the loss on the Whalers.

The Whalers start their second game at 11:45 a.m. on Thursday, going up against a Chicago Mission team that defeated the San Jose Jr. Sharks, 8-3.

 

Rockets take off with Day 1 victory

At the USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth, Mich., the New Jersey Rockets 15U team started out with a 3-0 lead over the Pittsburgh Penguins Elite squad by the end of the first period.

Jared Kordonsky scored just 2:20 into the game on the power play, and another 10 minutes passed before William Lawrence IV made it 2-0. Cole Hanan, who assisted on the prior two goals, then made it 3-0 on the power play.

Johnny Fratto scored his first of two for Pittsburgh in the second period and brought Pittsburgh to within one in the third, but the Rockets rode out the victory.

 

Northwood School earns comeback win

Ryan Wilson stopped 25 shots in net, and Will Arquiett and Josh Waters each scored third period goals to come back from being down 1-0 after two periods to win 2-1 over Honeybaked (of Detroit, Mich.) at the Tier 1 18U Nationals. 

 

South Shore 14U team experiences setback vs. Compuware

The South Shore Kings, of the Eastern Hockey Federation, kicked off their run at a 14U Tier I championship against Compuware at the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex in Cranberry Township, Pa.

Michael Callow would open the game's scoring by finding the back of the net just six minutes into the game, giving the Kings an early 1-0 lead.

Compuware would find their stride just over three minutes later, scoring their first of nine straight in what would become a 9-1 victory over South Shore.

Connor Foley added an assist on the Callow goal, the only other point tallied by the Kings.

South Shore will look to rebound Thursday at 3:30 p.m. as they return to the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex to face the Buffalo Jr. Sabres.