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USPHL Powerhouses, Islanders & Hitmen, to Battle for Dineen Cup

By Mike Klein, 03/06/16, 5:15PM EST

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Boston, MA (March 6, 2016) - The Islanders Hockey Club and Jersey Hitmen won their respective semifinal series to clinch their spots in the USPHL Premier Division Dineen Cup Championship.
 
The Islanders Hockey Club, winners of the Founders Cup, advanced with a sweep of the South Shore Kings. In game one of the semifinal series, the Kings drew first blood when Christian Simeone scored from Tim Sweeney early in the first period. Charlie Davis made it 2-0 with an assist from Patrick Flynn 3:18 into the second frame. Zach Mirageas put the Islanders on the board with 33 seconds remaining in the period. Brendan Soucie assisted on the play. Austin Goldstein tied the game midway through the third period with assists from Ethan and Jeremy Solat, and Tyler Sifferlen’s strike from Will Brophy and Liam Darcy 4:30 into overtime gave the win to the Islanders.
 
In game two, the Islanders jumped out to an early lead when Brendan Soucie scored from Owen Powers and Ace Cowans at 7:18 of the first period. Brent Beaudoin’s goal at 10:15 from Tyler Sifferlen and Liam Darcy gave the Islanders a 2-0 lead after the first period. Gavin Yates netted a power-play goal from Owen Campbell 5:15 into the second period to put the Kings on the board, but Sifferlen regained the two-goal lead from the Islanders with help from Brendan vanRiemsdyk with 28 seconds on the clock. Patrick Flynn pulled the Islanders back within one with 9:01 to play but the Kings could not net the equalizer.
 
In the other semifinal series, the defending champion Jersey Hitmen advance to their third consecutive Dineen Cup Championship series thanks to a two-game sweep of the Junior Bruins. In the first game, Zach Tyson put the Hitmen in front with a power-play goal from Tanner Salsberry and Connor Brassard. Jacob Schmidt-Svejstrup tied the game from Brandon Borges and Tim Doherty less than two minutes later. Walker Sommer put the Hitmen back in the lead at 9:07 with assists from Salsberry and Oscar Skiold, but Jack Kilty scored twice in the waning minutes and Vadim Vasjonkin lit the lamp with 24 seconds left in the period to give the Bruins a 4-2 lead after one.
 
Alex Whelan, Luke Novak, Jake Simons, and Walker Sommer all scored in the second period to give the Hitmen a 6-4 lead with twenty minutes to play. Sommer completed the hat trick with 8:27 remaining in regulation with assists from Simons and Oscar Skiold. Kilty’s goal from Schmidt-Svejstrup and Charlie Kelleher made the game 7-5 with 5:35 to play, but the Hitmen held strong and took the opening game of the series.
 
Saturday’s game saw David Szmyd net a power-play goal from Jake Simons and Conlan Keenan 7:29 into the game to give the Hitmen the lead. Alex Whelan tallied another power play goal from Szmyd and Jake Simons at 12:38, and goaltenders Brian McGrath (29 saves) and Josh Creelman (20 saves, shutout) kept the teams off the board for the remainder of the contest.
 
The Islanders Hockey Club meet the Hitmen after splitting the regular season series 2-2. The Dineen Cup Championship Series begins on Wednesday at 4:40 PM with game two on Thursday, also at 4:40 PM. Should a third game be necessary, it will be played on Friday at 1:30 PM. All games will be played at the New England Sports Center and are available for streaming on FastHockey.com.
 
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The United States Premier Hockey League (USPHL.com), which operates in 18 of the 50 United States, is the nation’s largest amateur ice hockey league.  The league is comprised of 167 teams representing 57 organizations.  Players in the USPHL are 8 to 21 years of age.   Over the past two years, the USPHL has seen over 500 of its players advance to the collegiate level.