The 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs are underway, and over 20 alumni from the United States Premier Hockey League (USPHL), Eastern Hockey Federation (EHF), and their member organizations are battling it out for NHL supremacy. To see the full listing of alumni, CLICK HERE
The storm rages on in Brooklyn as the Carolina Hurricanes defeated the New York Islanders, 2-1, in Game 2 of their second round series. The Hurricanes now take a commanding 2-0 series lead as they return south for Games 3 and 4.
New York maintained a 1-0 lead for a majority of the game following a Matthew Barzal goal at 13:17 of the first period. It wasn't until the early stages of the third period that Carolina would make their strike with a pair of goals in a 48-second span by Warren Foegele and Nino Niederreiter.
Now carrying a 2-1 lead, the Hurricanes required a standout effort from backup goaltender Curtis McElhinney, who replaced an injured Petr Mrazek in the second period. He went on to maintain a clean sheet, saving all 17 shots he faced, to help Carolina hang on for the win.
In addition to Mrazek, USPHL alum Trevor van Riemsdyk (NH Jr. Monarchs) left the game with an upper body injury. His status for Game 3 is unknown.
ALUMNI STATISTICS - CAROLINA
Brett Pesce (CAR) - 0G | 0A | 0P | +/- 0 | 1 SOG | 24:29 TOI
Trevor van Riemsdyk (CAR) - 0:36 TOI (Left Game with Injury)
San Jose kept fighting until the very end of Game 2, but the Colorado Avalanche refused to relinquish the lead in the third period as they held on for the 4-3 victory in San Jose.
With the victory, Colorado now holds home-ice advantage as they head home for the next two games.
New Jersey Rockets alum Kevin Labanc had a quiet evening for San Jose, only recording one shot on goal in 15:10 of ice time.
ALUMNI STATISTICS - SAN JOSE
Kevin Labanc (SJ) - 0G | 0A | 0P | -1 | 1 SOG | 15:10 TOI