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USA Hockey Nationals: Day 2 sees four USPHL teams clinch quarterfinal spots with 2-0 records

By By Joshua Boyd /, 04/04/19, 10:45PM EDT


Cape Cod Whalers 16U squad qualifies for quarterfinals at 2-0

The Cape Cod Whalers have certainly made a big statement in the Tier 1 16U National Championships, starting out 2-0 and already qualifying for the Saturday semifinal round even before their final round robin game on Friday.

After a close 3-2 win to open on Thursday, they put up a 6-2 score on the Honeybaked team out of Detroit, Mich.

The Whalers’ Brendan Dumas started the scoring at 7:57 of the first, and then Cape Cod went one better in the second and two better in the third for a 1-2-3 period-by-period scoring line.

Early in the second, Honeybaked tied the game 1-1, and it would remain that way until 11:26 in the second, when Bobby Luca put Cape Cod up 2-1.

The gem of the day, however, was Joseph Kramer’s pick and breakaway on the penalty kill, when he skated it in and scored the eventual game-winner with 36 seconds left in the second.

Luca scored his second at 4:19 of the third, before Joseph Schubert and Cody Sealey (shorthanded) scored the fifth and sixth goals for Cape Cod. James Tepper and David Sacco each had two assists in the game, and Christian Demers made 19 saves in net for the win.


South Kent Selects Academy 18U qualify for quarterfinals

The South Kent Selects Academy 18U team, representing the Central Connecticut Youth Hockey Association at Nationals, took a 5-2 win over the Washington Little Capitals on Thursday.

Hank McDonough started the scoring in the first, followed at the 1:28 mark of the second by Artur Turansky.

Just 21 seconds after Washington scored its first goal, Turansky scored his second for a 3-1 lead. Will Margel made it 4-1 before the end of the period. Washington made it interesting for a while, scoring for a 4-2 showing on the scoreboard, one that lasted more than 10 minutes.

Ryan Coughlin scored the “better than insurance” marker at the 12:34 mark of the third and the Selects held on from there.

Stephen Kyrkostas and Primo Self each had two assists, and Turansky added a helper for a three-point performance. Trevor Giwerowski made 18 saves for the victory.


Three-goal third period spurs comeback, Jr. Eagles qualify for QFs

Ben Meehan and Jayden Struble scored 31 seconds apart to register what stood as the game-tying and game-winning goals, respectively, in a huge comeback win for the Boston Jr. Eagles.

The Jr. Eagles, facing the Belle Tire team from Taylor, Mich., were down as much as 3-1 in the Thursday game that they eventually won 5-3.

James Perullo scored late in the first, but his goal for the Jr. Eagles was sandwiched by two Belle Tire goals and the score was 2-1 for the Michigan team after the first. Late in the second, it was Liam Connors scoring to pull the Jr. Eagles within one to end that period.

After Meehan (at 5:25) and Struble (5:56) scored their game-changing goals, Tommy Lyons bought some supplemental insurance to set the final score at 5-3. Derek Mullahy made 32 saves for the win, including a game-saver with 2:30 left.


New Jersey Rockets 15’s win with late goal to sit at 2-0, clinch quarterfinal spot

Cole Hanan came down the left side and tucked a shot in the short side for the game-winner at 12:46 of the third period. That helped the Rockets win 4-3 over the higher-ranked (No. 3) Little Caesars team out of Detroit, Mich., in a game played on the home ice of the U.S. National Team Development Program in Plymouth, Mich.

The Rockets thanked their lucky stars for Hanan’s heroics, after a 3-0 lead was whittled away by Little Caesars to a 3-3 tie score late in the third. William Lawrence IV scored two goals and assisted on the opener by Matthew Balzarotti.

The Rockets get to play for pride in their third game of the round robin, against the Sioux Falls (S.D. Power) on Friday at 2 p.m.


Maine Moose 16U squad starts with win at Tier 2 Nationals

The Maine Moose opened the Tier 2 Junior Nationals in Plano, Texas, with an 8-3 win over the Spokane Jr. Chiefs.

Cody Ivey started the scoring for the Moose in what was otherwise a quiet first. By the end of the second, though, the Moose were up by a 5-2 score and just kept building on that. Ivey finished with a goal and two assists, Carson James had two goals and Thomas Labbe and Quincy Tobias each had two assists. Also picking up goals for the Moose were Owen Arend, Jake Gates, Brock James, Nathan Newgard and Nathan Marcotte. Josh Girard stopped 20 in the net for the Moose.

The Moose move on to face Team South Dakota at 7 p.m. EST on Friday for Game 2.


Maine Moose 18U opens with victory against Affton Americans

The Moose 18’s offered a nice upset win against the higher-ranked Affton Americans, 3-1, on Thursday afternoon in San Jose, Calif.

The Moose held a 3-0 lead in this game, not giving the Americans a whiff of a goal until their score at 14:06 of the third. Before that, Joe Clark scored the second goal and assisted on the other two. Dylan Cunningham had a goal and an assist and Gage Poulin also scored a goal.

The Moose face the Ashburn XTreme out of Virginia at 7:15 p.m. EST on Friday.


NorthStars Make Statement in Nationals Debut with 5-1 Victory over Philadelphia

National stage? No problem.

The NorthStars Hockey Club of the EHF Tier I Black Division kicked off their championship run in the 14U Tier II, 3A Division, with a 5-1 win over the Philadelphia Blazers at The Ice Box in South Bend, IN.

From end-to-end, the NorthStars gave a complete team effort in all areas of play. On offense, 11 skaters tallied points, with all five goals being scored by a different player. On defense, goaltender Dylan Brand performed well, making 12 saves on 13 shots from the Blazers. Special teams also played a key role for the NorthStars, holding Philadelphia to just one power-play goal on seven opportunities (.143).

The NorthStars will look to punch their ticket to the knockout round when they play the Texas Tigers tomorrow at 10:15 a.m. at Notre Dame’s Compton Family Ice Arena.


Mid-Fairfield 18U rebounds with Thursday win, stays in quarterfinal hunt

The Mid-Fairfield Jr. Rangers put up a 5-3 win against the Esmark Stars on Thursday evening to remain in sight of advancement out of the round robin portion, depending on how they and the rest of their pool perform on Friday.

After their 3-1 loss to the Iowa Wild on Wednesday, Mid-Fairfield (who play part of their season in the EHF Selects Division of the USPHL) came back from being down 2-1 to get the win.

Briggs Gamel put in the first Mid-Fairfield goal, before teammates Ryan Colwell, Gentry Shamburger and Joe Musa gave Mid-Fairfield a 4-2 lead by early in the third.

Esmark tied it again with two in the third, but Charles Shaffer was the game-winning hero with the power play goal at 14:42. Alex Aslanidis made 24 saves for the win.


Providence Hockey Club Overwhelms Jr. Hurricanes in 14U Tier II Opener

Providence Hockey Club opened their 14U Tier II, Division 2A championship run with a dominating 6-2 victory over the Carolina Jr. Hurricanes at The Ice Box in South Bend, IN.

The EHF Elite Division squad gained plenty of momentum as they scored five unanswered goals in a 17:26 span to build a 5-0, third-period lead over the Jr. Hurricanes.

Benjamin Mercurio (2G) and Samuel Faulkner (1G, 1A) led the way on offense for PHC with a pair of multi-point games.

In net, Jason Mandeville shined for Providence by saving 25-of-27 shots (.926).

PHC’s penalty kill unit also impressed, shutting out Carolina on all six of their power-play opportunities.

Providence will look to secure their spot in the next round tomorrow at 4 p.m. when they play the home team, the Irish Rovers, at Notre Dame’s Compton Family Ice Arena.

Cape Cod Whalers 15’s fall to Chicago Mission

The Whalers held tight with the Mission through a good portion of the game, remaining tied 2-2 as late as the 12-minute remaining mark of the second period. From there, the Mission went on a 7-2 scoring run the rest of the way to capture the win by a 9-4 score and hand the Whalers their second defeat of the Nationals. The loss officially left the Whalers mathematically ineligible to advance out of pool play after also falling to Shattuck-St. Mary’s, 3-1, on Thursday.

The teams were tied 1-1 after the first period, when C.J. Monturio answered the Mission’s early goal at the 10:27 mark.

At 11:18 of the second, Will Murphy again countered a Mission goal with a second tying mark for the Whalers.

A mad flurry of three goals in less than a minute left the Whalers behind 4-3 (after two Chicago goals and Murphy’s second goal). After that, it was all swimming uphill against the Mission as Chicago pulled away in the last few minutes of the second and all of the third.

Monturio scored his second of the game (at 8:41 of the third), but it was too little too late. Monturio now has three goals and one assist in two games.


Northwood falls to top-ranked Shattuck-St. Mary’s

In a battle of the No. 1 vs. No. 3 ranked 18U teams in the country, according to, the lower seeded Northwood School (a USPHL 18U Affiliate member) fell by a 5-1 score on Thursday.

Northwood held Shattuck’s off the board for the entire first period, but the second period was a rough patch for Northwood. Shattuck’s scored four of their five goals in that 20-minute stretch, with the sole exception being a goal by Northwood’s Tommy Bannister. One more goal by Shattuck’s in the third set the final score. Northwood still has a chance to move into the quarterfinals, as they are tied in points with Victory Honda going into Friday’s final round robin games.


Two South Shore Kings’ EHF Selects teams see very different results

The South Shore Kings’ 16U team that plays in the EHF Selects split-season division earned a big 3-2 victory in its first day at the Tier 2 16U Nationals. Unfortunately, scoring information was not available at the time this was published. The Kings will try to go 2-0 when they face the Littleton (Colo.) Hawks on Friday.

The Minnesota Moose handily defeated the Kings’ EHF Selects 18U squad by several goals, and that Kings team will hope to regroup quickly on Friday against the Tri-City Eagles (of Maryland).

South Shore Kings 14U Topped by Jr. Sabres in Third-Period Surge

The EHF Elite’s South Shore Kings suffered their second straight defeat in 14U Tier I championship as they fell to the Buffalo Jr. Sabres, 5-2 at the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex in Cranberry Township, Pa.

An early power-play goal by Michael Callow would give South Shore a 1-0 lead just 2:33 into the first period. It’s the second consecutive game Callow would net the game’s opening goal.

The Kings would manage to hold their lead deep into the second period, including successfully killing off a pair of penalties, but a last-minute goal by Buffalo’s Ryan Conmy would knot the game, 1-1, heading into the third period.

The Jr. Sabres would take their first lead of the game just 1:06 into the final frame, when Patrick Geary would put Buffalo up, 2-1.

South Shore would respond almost immediately, when Grayson Badger found the back of the net just 42 seconds later to tie the game, 2-2.

Buffalo would seize the lead shortly after, scoring twice in a span of a minute to put themselves up by two, 4-2, at the 5:13 mark.

South Shore would pull the goaltender in a last-ditch effort, but the Jr. Sabres would score on the empty net with 1:49 remaining to wrap up the game, 5-2.

With the loss, South Shore is eliminated from championship contention.

The Kings play their final game against the Colorado Thunderbirds on Friday, April 5, at the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex.