The 2020 USPHL 18U Playoffs began on Friday at the Olympia Ice Center in Springfield, Mass. Here are recaps of the day’s action.
Jersey Hitmen 6, South Shore Kings 0
Cameron Holbrook made 35 saves for the victorious Hitmen, and Aiden Grieco led the way with two goals and one assist. Kevin Johnston (0-2-2) and Sean Vlasich (1-1-2) also had multiple points.
Skipjacks Hockey Club 9, Twin City Lightning 1
Five different players for the Skipjacks had three-point performances, led by Spencer Johnston and Finnegan Sayers with two goals and one assist apiece. Johnny Wescoe scored one goal and added two assists, and Cade Baker and Corey Popowcer each had three assists. Hunter Thomas stopped all 36 shots he faced, and Michael Lenhart stopped 12 of 13 shots.
Islanders Hockey Club 7, Northern Cyclones Academy Premier 5
Garrett Alberti scored a hat trick as the Islanders pulled away from the Cyclones early. The Cyclones scored all of their goals in the last two periods in a comeback attempt. Henry Pendleton scored two goals and one assist, and Brett Worster had three helpers.
Boston Junior Bruins 7, Philadelphia Hockey Club 3
Mitchell McKay was all over the scoresheet with three goals and two assists, while Nick Salvatore and Brett Reale scored two apiece (Salvatore also adding one assist). Tyler Borys registered three assists for the Junior Bruins.
CP Dynamo 5, Palmyra Black Knights 0
Ronan Mobley’s 25 saves for the shutout spurred several of his teammates, as the CP Dynamo scoring was spread out - nine different players registered points and there were five separate goal-scorers.
Chris Paige, Thomas McKiernan and Nick Serafin each had one goal and one assist, and Nate Cieszynski and Mike Bievenue each rang up two assists.
Northwood Prep 2, Rockets Hockey Club 1
Elias Fleischman scored the game-winner at the 5:10 mark of the third, and Bo Solomon had 34 saves on 35 shots for the victory.
South Florida Hockey Academy 4, Northwood School 3
Nicholas Amaya scored with 12 seconds remaining on the clock to give South Florida its first victory. Four different goal-scorers helped South Florida come back from a 3-2 deficit to pull ahead and keep that lead towards the close win.
New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs 8, Jersey Shore Whalers 3
Jake Gates and Vladislav Romanov each scored two goals, Jake Gates posted a 1-3-4 line, and Domenick Evtimov and Giovanni Perillo posted two assists apiece in a clear victory for the Monarchs.
South Shore Kings 3, Islanders Hockey Club 3
The Islanders were up 3-0, but the Kings came surging back. Zach Pappas scored the game-tying goal at the 9:38 mark of the third period.
Jersey Hitmen 6, Northern Cyclones Academy Premier 2
Matthew Zdanowicz scored five of the Hitmen’s goals, Oscar Worob had the other and Kevin Johnston registered three assists as the top-seeded Hitmen cruised to their second win.
Twin City Lightning 6, Boston Junior Bruins 5
Dominic Chasse led the way with two goals and one assist to give the Lightning their first win and help them stay alive for Saturday’s final round.
Skipjacks Hockey Club 6, Philadelphia Hockey Club 0
The Skipjacks won their second game, with six different goal-scorers chipping in, including Cole Danielson who also had two assists, getting in on half the Skipjacks’ offense in their second win of the day, putting them in the driver’s seat for their pool.
Northwood School 4, Jersey Shore Whalers 0
Northwood got into the win column as Kannon Flageolle stopped all 43 Whalers shots for the shutout win. Felix Trudeau posted two goals and Elijah Devereaux had two assists.
New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs 4, South Florida Hockey Academy 4
Things got real interesting in Pool D, where three teams have either three or four points going into their final contests on Saturday. The Monarchs struck first (and second), then South Florida came back with a pair. Giovanni Perillo tied the game at the 12:35 mark of the third.
CP Dynamo 3, Northwood Prep 1
Mike Bievenue, Thomas McKiernan and Nate Cieszynski all scored for CP Dynamo to push them into the lead of Pool C.