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2019 Spring Showcase: Day 2 highlights

By Joshua Boyd / USPHL.com , 05/11/19, 3:30PM EDT

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The 2019 USPHL Spring Showcase is in Day 2, and many teams are getting into a position where they'll be able to continue to play on Sunday, while others know Saturday will be it for the weekend. 

Following are scores and recaps of the games thus far: 

16U: Islanders Hockey Club 3, Palmyra Black Knights 3

Six different goal-scorers put points on the scoreboard in the Saturday morning opener. The Islanders were down 3-1 late in the second half, but scored at 3:34 and 1:34 remaining to tie the game. The Islanders have a win and a tie, and Palmyra stood with two ties after this game. 

 

16U: New Jersey Rockets 8, Boston Bandits 1

The Rockets had their second win of the tournament, and eight different goal-scorers made it happen for the Rockets. 

 

Premier: Somang Hockey Club 18U 9, Junior Bruins 2

Eight different goal-scorers made it happen for the team out of Terrebonne, Que.

 

16U: Jersey Hitmen 3, Utica Jr. Comets 0

Connor McDonough ('04) turned aside all of the Comets' shots for the shutout victory for the Hitmen. 

 

16U: New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs 6, New York Aviators 3

The Monarchs came back from being down 2-1 to come back for the victory. The Monarchs stood at 1-1 after that game, and the Aviators fell to 0-2. 

 

NCDC Red: Jersey Hitmen White 3, Utica Jr. Comets 0

Danick Rodrigue made 20 saves for the winning Hitmen. 

 

18U: Islanders Hockey Club 2, New York Aviators 0

 

18U: Jersey Hitmen 5, Philadelphia Hockey Club 0

Connor Sedlak ('02) scored the first two goals for the Hitmen and Cam Holbrook ('01) earned the shutout win. The Hitmen moved to 2-0, and Philadelphia fell to 0-3. 

 

18U: New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs 5, Palmyra Black Knights 1

The Monarchs had four different goal-scorers help them to a 2-0 record heading into their final game at 3:40 p.m. Palmyra went 0-2-1 to that point. 

 

Premier: Hockey Students Montreal 4, Florida Eels 1

Mathis Savard ('01) scored two goals for the victorious Hockey Students Montreal team. 

 

NCDC Green: Twin City Thunder 3, Rochester Monarchs Gold 1

Rochester scored with 29 seconds left in the second half to get on the board, but it was too late against Twin City. The Thunder improved to 2-0, and the Monarchs Gold fell to 1-1. 

 

NCDC Red: Islanders Hockey Club 8, New Jersey Rockets Red 1

Connor Gatto ('00) scored a pair of goals as the Islanders struck early and often towards their second victory. The Red Rockets fell to 0-2. 

 

NCDC Red: Jersey Hitmen Navy 9, Rochester Monarchs Blue 0

T.J. Schweighardt ('01) registered a pair of goals, and Jeremy Brunet ('00) was perfect in the crease for the 2-0 Hitmen. 

 

NCDC Green: South Shore Kings 2, Junior Bruins Gold 2

The Kings scored to tie the game with 9 seconds remaining, and they went into their third game at 1-0-1. The Junior Bruins Gold are 0-1-1. 

 

NCDC Green: Boston Bandits 4, New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs 2

Louis-Philippe Morin ('00) scored one goal and one assist as the Bandits rebounded from an early 1-0 deficit to win. The Bandits moved to 1-1 and the Monarchs fell to 0-2. 

 

NCDC Green: Northern Cyclones 4, Jersey Hitmen Carolina 0

Tanner Beals ('00) got the SO in the net for the Cyclones. The Cyclones moved to 1-1 and the Hitmen Navy squad fell to 0-2. 

 

Elite: Hitmen Futures 7, Islanders Hockey Club 16U Orange 4

Anthony Tittanegro ('04) scored a hat trick to help the Hitmen Futures to their first win in a 1-2 record. The Islanders fell to 0-2. 

 

Elite: Somang 16U 2, Florida Eels Elite 0

Lea Morissette ('03) got the shutout win in net for Somang, who moved to 3-0. The Eels Elite stood at 1-1 after that contest. 

 

Premier: South Shore Kings 5, Islanders Hockey Club 18U Blue 4

South Shore scored three straight second period goals to get the win, including the game-winner with 3:28 remaining. The Kings stood at 1-0-1 after this game, and the Islanders dropped to 0-2. 

 

16U: Palmyra Black Knights 9, CP Dynamo 0

Cole McCulley and Adam Grimmie (both '03's) had matching hat tricks for the victorious Black Knights. 

 

Premier: Jersey Hitmen Elite 3, Springfield Pics Elite 1

Joseph Vocca ('01) had one goal and one assist, and Ryan Keaveney ('02) earned two assists. Vocca's goal came with 52 seconds remaining in the second half for insurance. The Hitmen moved to 2-0, and the Pics fell to 0-2. 

 

16U: P.A.L. Jr. Islanders 3, Islanders Hockey Club 2

Five different goal scorers put points on the scoreboard in this close contest, with the Islanders Hockey Club doing their best for the tie. They scored their second goal with 3:04 remaining. That was P.A.L.'s first win, as they finished 1-2-0, and the Islanders HC's first loss, as they came in at 1-1-1. 

 

16U: New Jersey Rockets 5, Jersey Shore Whalers 0 

Jared Kordonsky ('03) scored the first and last goals of this game, the Rockets' third win of the tournament. At 3-0, they are all set for Sunday's playoffs. The Whalers took their first loss to stand at 2-1. 

 

16U: New Jersey Hitmen 9, New York Aviators 1

Ben Friedman ('04) scored two of the Hitmen's last three goals, as they improved to 2-0-1 for the showcase. The Aviators dropped to 0-3. The Hitmen will move on to Sunday's playoffs. 

 

16U: Utica Jr. Comets 5, Boston Bandits 5

Utica and Boston kept battling back against each other throughout a thrilling contest, one which saw the Bandits score the first two to rebound from being down 5-3. 

Each team had 1-1-1 records through the weekend. 

 

18U: CP Dynamo 1, Islanders Hockey Club White 1

CP Dynamo took its first tie to move to 2-0-1, while the Islanders took their second tie for a 1-0-2 record. 

 

18U: Palmyra Black Knights 3, New York Aviators 2

The Black Knights held off a furious comeback attempt by the Aviators, including a goal with 44 seconds remaining. Two goals by Gavin Buck ('02) helped the Black Knights to victory and their first victory. They finished 1-2-1. The Aviators came in at 0-3. 

 

18U: Jersey Hitmen 4, N.H. Jr. Monarchs 0

In a preview of a Sunday morning playoff matchup, the Hitmen won with a 4-0 score, with eight points (goals and assists) coming from different players. The Hitmen's John Werber ('01) earned the shutout victory en route to a 3-0 round robin record for the Hitmen. 

 

NCDC Red: New Jersey Rockets Red 6, Connecticut Jr. Rangers 0

Two goals from each of Joben Al-Darraji ('01) and Harris Blackwood ('01), along with 21 saves from Connor Duffy ('00) put the Red Rockets at 1-2 for the round robin. The Rangers came in at 1-2. 

 

Premier: Junior Bruins 5, Florida Eels 3

Both teams went 1-2 for the round robin. 

 

NCDC Green: New Jersey Rockets White 3, Twin City Thunder 1

Christopher Henn ('00) scored a goal and added two assists for the Rockets' second victory and a 2-1 record. The Thunder also finished 2-1 and both teams were still in the mix to advance as of 8 p.m. Saturday night. 

 

NCDC Red: Jersey Hitmen Navy 5, Junior Bruins Black 4

The Hitmen scored with 1:43 remaining to capture the victory and a 3-0 record for the round robin portion of the tournament. 

 

NCDC Red: Springfield Pics Premier 4, Rochester Monarchs Blue 4

The Monarchs finished 1-1-1 and the Pics came across the finish line with their first point and an 0-2-1 record. 

 

NCDC Green: Hitmen Carolina 5, Rochester Monarchs Gold

Five different goal-scorers got on the board for the Hitmen Carolina squad. Kellum Foster-Pellum ('01) scored the game-winner at 1:02 remaining, and he also assisted on the tying goal with 3:08 left scored by Dylan Greeley ('99). The Hitmen Carolina and Rochester teams each finished 1-2. 

 

NCDC Green: Boston Bandits 8, P.A.L. Jr. Islanders White 0

The Bandits and P.A.L. Jr. Islanders teams both joined the crowd of squads standing at 2-1 after the round robin portion of the showcase. 

 

NCDC Green: South Shore Kings 5, New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs 2

The Kings scored the first two goals and the last two goals of this contest. Quinn McCarthy ('00) scored a hat trick, including those first two goals and the last of the contest. The Kings finished the round robin 2-0-1, and the Monarchs closed out at 0-3. 

 

NCDC Green: Northern Cyclones 3, Junior Bruins Gold 2

Alex Cannon ('00) scored the game-winning goal with 11:45 remaining in the second half to put the Cyclones at 2-1. The Junior Bruins Gold finished at 0-2-1. 

 

NCDC Red: Utica Jr. Comets 4, Islanders Hockey Club 2

The Jr. Comets (1-2) got their first win, which kept the Islanders (2-1) just outside of the playoff picture.

 

NCDC Red: Hitmen White 6, P.A.L. Jr. Islanders Orange 2

Patrick Doyle ('01) registered a hat trick for the Hitmen White, who finished 2-1 overall. The Islanders Orange finished 1-2. 

 

16U: Philadelphia Hockey Club 8, CP Dynamo 1

The combination of the win and the low goals against helped the Philadelphia Hockey Club to make its way into Sunday's playoffs in the final 16U round robin contest. They finished 2-1, and the CP Dynamo finished 1-3. 

 

Elite: Islanders Hockey Club Orange 7, Florida Eels 4

In a back-and-forth track meet, the Islanders' three goals helped them outlast the Eels. However, the Eels still were able to make it into the Showcase Championship Game Sunday against the Somang 16U team at 10 a.m. 

 

Premier: Islanders Hockey Club 18U Blue 4, Hockey Students Montreal 1

The Islanders scored all four of their goals in the second period to come back for the victory. The Islanders went 1-2 for the round robin and the HSM squad finished up 1-1-1. 

 

Premier: Springfield Pics Elite 2, South Shore Kings 1

The Pics scored what stood up as the game-winning goal with 12:23 remaining in the second half. That first win for Springfield put them at 1-2, and the Kings finished the round robin at 1-1-1. The last game of the round robin for the entire tournament would determine the seedings for the Premier division...

 

Premier: Somang 18U 5, Jersey Hitmen Elite 3

Powered by five different goal-scorers, the Somang team was able to score four second period goals to go 3-0 in the round robin and claim the top seed for Sunday's Premier playoffs. The Hitmen Elite finished second at 2-1.