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USPHL 18U Playoffs: Hitmen To Face CP Dynamo, South Florida vs. Skipjacks in Semis

By Joshua Boyd / USPHL.com, 02/22/20, 11:15PM EST

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On Saturday, the last round of USPHL 18U Round Robin games came to an end, with advancement storylines going right to the last game. In that last contest, South Florida Hockey Academy was able to earn two points - one more than the Northwood School, to advance to the semis. They will face the 3-0 Skipjacks Hockey Club at 10 a.m. on Sunday.

Additionally, the Jersey Hitmen went 3-0, setting up a meeting with the CP Dynamo on Sunday at 10 a.m. CP Dynamo had a 2-1 record that matched Northwood Prep, but CP Dynamo’s win over Northwood Prep broke that tiebreaker. 

Read all about Saturday’s 18U action: 

 

Jersey Hitmen 6, Islanders Hockey Club 2

The Hitmen became the first team to go 3-0, as Oscar Worob scored a hat trick and Connor Sedlak posted three assists to stand tall and push the Hitmen into the semifinals. John Werber made 33 saves off 35 shots. 

The Islanders went 1-1-1 and were unable to advance beyond the Round Robin. 

 

South Shore Kings 3, Northern Cyclones Academy Premier 2

The Kings were down 2-1 after two periods, but bounced back with a pair of goals in the third by Matthew Lombardi and Zac Garneau, who had the game-winner. The Kings, with the win, finished 1-1-1 with three points and closed out their season with a “W.” 

 

Twin City Lightning 5, Philadelphia Hockey Club 1  

Two goals apiece by Nathan Marcotte and Scott Bugarin put the Lightning ahead of the PHC for good, and set them up after their game temporarily in a tie with pool leader Skipjacks Hockey Club, who still had one game remaining. Dekker Kiely stopped 36 of 37 shots for the victory. 

 

Northwood Prep 4, Palmyra Black Knights 2

Northwood Prep were beneficiaries of four different goal-scorers, and Austin Scheine broke a 2-2 tie at the 6:05 mark of the second for the game-winner. At the 12:00 mark, Erik Hegyi scored for the insurance and a spot tentatively at the top of their Pool with a 2-1 record. 

 

Rockets Hockey Club 4, CP Dynamo 2

The Rockets put together a three-goal second period onslaught to eventually defeat the higher-seeded CP Dynamo, who were looking to go 3-0, but were stymied in that attempt. While the Rockets finished 1-2 and were unable to advance, they played the role of spoiler as CP Dynamo stood in a points tie at the top of their pool. 

As had been the theme of the weekend, four different goal-scorers made it happen for the Rockets. Chris McGuaran had a goal and two assists, and Tucker Forte had the eventual game-winner with 38 seconds left in the second period. 

 

Skipjacks Hockey Club 8, Junior Bruins 1 

The Skipjacks cemented their spot in Sunday’s proceedings with its third straight win, all with authority.

With a goal and four assists from Ethan Hoover and a 2-2-4 line from Finnegan Sayers, the Skipjacks jumped out early with four goals in the first period and had a 5-0 mark before the Junior Bruins could answer. 

 

Northwood 5, New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs 2 

The Northwood School’s Felix Trudeau was up to old tricks with a hat trick on Saturday evening, pushing Northwood to a big and much-needed win for its hopes to advance with one last game on the 18U Round Robin schedule. 

Ray Fust had a goal and two assists, and Johann Tremblay-Kau stopped 41 of 43 shots in goal. 

 

South Florida Hockey Academy 5, Jersey Shore Whalers 2

Jakub Zepletal scored two goals and added one assist for the South Florida Hockey Academy to help the team to a win and to hopscotch the Northwood School into a semifinal spot. South Florida asserted itself early with four goals to one for the Whalers.