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USPHL 16U National Playoffs: Junior Bruins to Face South Florida; Rockets Take On Palmyra In Semis

By Joshua Boyd / USPHL.com, 02/22/20, 11:45PM EST

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Palmyra’s three-goal explosion in the third period gave them the differential edge they needed to advance to the semifinals out of the very last Round Robin game for the USPHL 16U Division. 
 

South Florida Hockey Academy 6, Northern Cyclones Academy Premier 0

Six different goal-scorers chipped in for South Florida, and goaltender Brody Lim stopped all 33 shots for the shutout victory. That temporarily put them into the lead in Pool C, but it would not last for long. 

 

Philadelphia Hockey Club 5, Connecticut Jr. Rangers 2

Philadelphia tied South Florida at the top of Pool C thanks to their Saturday morning win, so everything would hinge on that evening’s games for which of the two teams would move on. 

Thomas Rockey scored a hat trick for Philadelphia to propel his team. All-Star Jason Player set up each of those, including the third which was a shorthanded marker. 

 

Junior Bruins 6, Skipjacks Hockey Club 0

Aidan Bickford stopped all 34 Skipjacks shots faced to post the shutout win and help the Junior Bruins to their second win to stand atop the Pool B standings and keep themselves in prime position to advance. All-Star Chris Delaney posted a goal and three assists, Mike Santonelli had three assists and the Junior Bruins also had three other multi-point scorers. 

 

Rockets Hockey Club 4, New Jersey Rockets 3 

William Lawrence’s goal was the Rockets’ fourth of the second period and, despite one last by the Monarchs just 5:54 later, it stood up as the game-winning goal. 

Not only did the Rockets push into a tie for first place with the Islanders Hockey Club in Pool A, but they also eliminated the Monarchs from being able to advance into the semifinals. 

Matthew Balzarotti, Gregory Spitznagel and Gleb Veremyev also scored for the Rockets in the second. 

 

Islanders Hockey Club 6, Utica Jr. Comets 1

Tanner Freed led the way with a goal and two assists, and he was one of six Islanders goal-scorers as the defending champions put themselves into a great place to advance, tied in points atop the Pool A standings with the Rockets Hockey Club. The two teams were set to play each other later that evening in what could be a winner moves on, losing team goes home situation. 

Myles McKay also had three assists for the Islanders, and Colin Androlewicz stopped 29 of 30 shots in net. 

 

Palmyra Black Knights 4, Jersey Hitmen 1

The Black Knights’ Adam Grimmie scored two goals in the row for insurance and to keep the Black Knights technically still afloat in the conversation of who moves forward. 

 

South Florida Hockey Academy 3, Philadelphia Hockey Club 2

The South Florida Hockey Academy sealed their entry into the semifinals with their third straight win. The SFHA broke a 2-1 Philadelphia lead in the third with goals 1:35 apart by Blake Andreoni and Riley Rosenthal. 

 

Rockets Hockey Club 3, Islanders Hockey Club 1

Three different goal-scorers rang it up against the Islanders to seal up their 3-0 record and a spot in the semifinals. Stepan Kuznetsov, Kayetan Berezniak and Jared Kordonsky scored in each period to seal the deal. All-Star Nicholas von Kaufmann made 28 saves for the W in net. 

 

Junior Bruins 7, Jersey Hitmen 2

Shane Baker scored three goals and one assist, Caiden Hess had a goal and three assists and Jack Felicio posted a 1-2-3 scoring line as the Junior Bruins had fun in posting a 3-0 record with the best goal differential in the tournament (+12). 

 

New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs 3, Utica Jr. Comets 0 

Paul Dalessio made 27 saves for the shutout and Charlie Ross posted a goal and an assist for the victory. Aren Francis and C.J. Cagnina also registered goals and Eduard Gadhbrakhmanov had two assists for the Monarchs’ sole victory in the tournament. 

 

Northern Cyclones Academy Premier 4, Connecticut Jr. Rangers Blue 2

The Rangers and Cyclones split goals throughout the second period for a 2-2 tie at the second intermission ice cut. The third was all Cyclones, however, as they got goals from Kobe Ottesen and Coby Fox. 

 

Palmyra Black Knights 4, Skipjacks Hockey Club 1

Palmyra’s last hope was to score at least three goals more than the Skipjacks in order to make it into the semifinals. Cole McCulley scored two goals and one assist, including the crucial fourth goal for the big win. Noah Leach had a goal and two assists, while Colin Kerrigan stopped 28 of 29 shots.