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USPHL Premier: A Look At The North Region

By Jim DenHollander/, 11/07/19, 2:30PM EST


It was a relatively quiet weekend for the USPHL Premier North Region, but highlights included a pair of wins for Philadelphia and the Islanders Hockey Club remaining perfect.


Northern Cyclones 1 @ Twin City Thunder 3

Twin City Thunder 2 @ Islanders HC 8 

Twin City Thunder 5 @ New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs 4 

Teams were even after the first (0-0) and second (1-1) periods, the difference being a pair of third period goals for the Thunder.

Stavos Rigas (‘00/Laval, Que.) fired the game winner in the second minute of the period, Danylo Sukhonos (‘99/Odessa, Ukraine) adding the insurance goal later.

After this past weekend, the Islanders Hockey Club is the lone undefeated team in the Premier League, earning another sound victory. 

Up 3-0 after a period, the Isles boosted its margin to 7-1 in the second led by North Forward Of The Week Ryan Barrett (‘01/Wilmington, Mass.) with two goals and two assists.

The Thunder shrugged off their loss to the Islanders and grabbed their second win of the weekend at Tri-Town Arena Sunday.

Rigas led the way again for the Thunder, this time firing three goals, his final one with 4:57 to go lifting the Thunder in front for a final time after the Monarchs battled back from a 4-2 deficit.

Esa Maki (‘99/Jay, Maine) stopped 39 shots to backstop the win in a game that saw the Thunder outshot 43-17.


Skipjacks Hockey Club 2 @ Philadelphia Hockey Club 5

Skipjacks Hockey Club 2 @ Philadelphia Hockey Club 9 

The first of two between the Skipjacks and Philadelphia at Hollydell Ice Arena went to the home team, led by Kristers Klavins (‘01/Riga, Latvia) with a two goal game including the game winner late in the second period.

In Game 2, the Skipjacks scored first halfway through the opening period, but the home side evened it up 20 seconds later and piled on another four before the Skipjacks found the net again.

Mat Thurston (‘01/Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.) and Markus Odermatt (‘00/Sapporo, Japan) both scored twice for Philly and William Miller (‘99/Murray, Utah) sank the game winner.


Lake Erie Bighorns 4 @ Buffalo Thunder 3

The Thunder played another Great Lakes Division opponent, this time coming up just short at the SNI-Cattaraugus Community Center against the Bighorns. 

Pat Faliero (‘99/Buffalo, N.Y.) was in on all three Thunder points, scoring one and assisting on the other pair as the Thunder rallied early in the third to recover from a 3-1 deficit only to give up the game winner with 3:02 remaining.


P.A.L. Islanders 4 @ Jersey Hitmen 7 

Jersey Hitmen 5 @ P.A.L. Islanders 1 

The Isles hit the board first 7:53 into this one but trailed 4-1 by the end of the opening period. A three goal second for the Isles made it close, but a pair of unanswered third period goals put it away for the Hitmen.

Robbie Gapp (‘99/Winnetka, Ill.) scored twice for the Hitmen, Tyler Browning (‘99/Cary, N.C.) notching the game winner along with a couple assists.

The Hitmen wrapped up a sweep in its home and home weekend set with a win Sunday at The Rinx.

Kellum Foster-Palmer (‘01/Montclair, N.J.) scored twice for the Hitmen and Ryan Kong (‘01/Coquitlam, B.C.) provided the game winner.


Rochester Monarchs 0 @ Junior Bruins 6

Rochester Monarchs 4 @ Junior Bruins 5 (SO)

Three unanswered first period tallies was more than enough but the Bruins made sure with another in the second and two in the final frame.

Salvatore Caterina (‘00/Cambridge, Mass.) picked up five points with a goal and four helpers and the game winner came from Tyler Sadak (‘00/Glastonbury, Conn.) Kyle Myer (‘01/Tampa, Fla.) and Kolin Grogesky (‘00/Reading, Mass.).

The Jr. Bruins wrapped up a sweep, but the Monarchs salvaged a point, getting to within three minutes of a win before Dylan Feoli (’00/Holland, Penn.) notched the equalizer for the Bruins, sending the game to overtime with his second of the night.

Richard Lyons (‘99/Bedford, Mass.) and Gleb Kurichov (’02/Magnitogorsk, Russia) both scored in the shootout for the Bruins.


Boston Bandits 2 @ Springfield Pics 5

Pics all but put this one away with three unanswered first period goals, both teams notching two in the second and playing through a scoreless final frame.

Five different shooters stepped up for the Pics including Brock Baumann (‘01/Pittsfield, Mass.) with the game winner for the Pics.


Upcoming Games

Among the key games for the North Division this coming weekend will be a rematch between the Pics and Bandits, this time at Bridgewater Ice Arena, Saturday afternoon.