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2019 Playoffs Preview: USPHL 15U Division 

By James Murphy / USPHL.com, 02/20/19, 12:00AM EST

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The New Jersey Rockets ran the table in the regular season and now it’s time for the “real” season! 

Can they complete an undefeated season by winning through the playoffs? 

Here’s a look at the rockets and the teams that stand in the way of history in the 15U playoffs round-robin tournament. 

The tournament takes place this Friday through Sunday, Feb. 22-24. All games take place at the Skate 3 Arena in Tyngsborough, Mass. 

 

Group A

 

New Jersey Rockets (21-0-0-0, 42 Pts; 1st place) - The Rockets scored 154 goals in the regular season and only allowed 28 for a league-leading and astonishing +126 goal differential.

They were led by Gleb Veremyev who led all 15U skaters with 43 points. He was second in assists with 26 helpers and 4th in goals with 17 lamplighters. 

Teammates William Lawrence IV and Jared Kordonsky led the league in goals with 21 lamplighters. Between the pipes, Matthew Bridger was first in wins (11), GAA (1.15) and save percentage (.939). Goalie partner Daniel Gerts was third in wins (9), second in GAA (1.43) and 4th in save percentage (.913). 

Here are the Rockets’ round robin games and their record against each team:

Friday, Feb. 22, 3:20 PM; vs Northern Cyclones (2-0-0-0)

Saturday Feb. 23, 8:50 AM; vs Jersey Shore Whalers (3-0-0-0)

Saturday Feb. 23, 6:30 PM; vs Springfield Pics (1-0-0-0)

 

Northern Cyclones (13-10-0-1, 27 pts; 4th place) - The Cyclones finished the season on a four-game winning streak. Will Woodruff led the way for the Cyclones as he was second in the league in goals with 19 lamplighters and sixth in points with 32. 

 

Here are the Cyclones’ opening round games and their record against each team:

Friday, Feb. 22, 3:20 PM; vs New Jersey Rockets (0-2-0-0)

Saturday Feb. 23, 9:10 AM; vs Springfield Pics (5-0-0-0)

Saturday Feb. 23, 6:40 PM ; vs Jersey Shore Whalers (0-4-0-0)

 

Jersey Shore Whalers (13-12-0-1, 27 pts, 5th place) - The Whalers were 6-3-0-1 in their last ten games. Chris Laureigh was second in the league in goals with 19 lamplighters and finished with 30 points.

 

Here are the Whalers’ opening round games and their record against each team:

Friday, Feb. 22, 5:20 PM; vs Springfield Pics (3-0-0-0)

Saturday Feb. 23, 8:50 AM; vs New Jersey Rockets (0-3-0-0)

Saturday Feb. 23, 6:40 PM; vs Cyclones (3-0-0-0)

 

Springfield Pics (2-15-0-2, 6 pts, 10th place)

 

Here are the Pics’ opening round games and their record against each team:

Friday, Feb. 22, 5:20 PM; vs Jersey Shore Whalers (0-3-0-0)

Saturday Feb. 23, 9:10 AM; vs Northern Cyclones (0-5-0-0)

Saturday Feb. 23, 6:30 PM; vs New Jersey Rockets (0-1-0-0)

 

Group B

 

Jersey Hitmen (19-6-1-0, 39 pts, 2nd place) - The Hitmen have not lost in regulation for 12 games, going 11-0-1-0 during that span. Thomas Gilligan was fourthth in assists with 20 helpers and finished the season with 28 points. 

Thor Hansen also had 28 points and scored 13 goals. Between the pipes, David Lee was second in GAA (2.58) and save percentage at .917. He was 8-3-1-0. Michael Bussanich Jr. was also stellar, going 11-3-0-0 an finishing third in save percentage (.914) and fourth in GAA at 2.67.

 

Here’s the opening round games for the Hitmen and their record against each team:

Friday, Feb. 22, 4 PM; vs Philadelphia HC (2-0-0-0)

Saturday Feb. 23, 10:50 AM; vs PAL Islanders (3-0-0-0)

Saturday Feb. 23, 8:30 PM; vs Islanders HC (2-0-0-0)

 

Philadelphia HC (16-6-1-0, 33 pts, 3rd place) - Philadelphia went 6-3-0-1 in their last 10 games. Jason Player and Thomas Rockey each finished second in points in 15U with 39 each and first in assists with 27 helpers a piece. Between the pipes, Matt Lynch was 10-5-1-0 with a 2.90 GAA and .893 save percentage. 

 

Here are the opening round games for Philadelphia and their record against each team:

Friday, Feb. 22, 4 PM; vs Jersey Hitmen (0-2-0-0)

Saturday Feb. 23, 11 AM; vs Islanders (2-2-0-0)

Saturday Feb. 23, 8:40 PM; vs PAL Islanders (4-0-0-0) 

 

P.A.L. Jr. Islanders (9-15-2-0, 20 pts, 7th place) - Tristan Daneau is a player to watch for P.A.L. as he finished the season with nine goals and 11 assists. 

 

Here are the opening round games for PAL and their record against each team:

 

Friday, Feb. 22, 6 PM; vs Islanders (2-2-0-0)

Saturday Feb. 23, 10:50 AM; vs Jersey Hitmen (0-3-0-0)

Saturday Feb. 23, 8:40 PM; vs Philadelphia HC (0-4-0-0)

 

Islanders Hockey Club (9-17-0-0, 18 pts, 8th place) - Caleb Patrick is a player to watch for the Islanders as he netted 11 goals and set up 13. 

 

Here’s the Islanders’ opening round games and their record against each team:

Friday, Feb. 22, 6 PM; vs PAL Islanders (2-2-0-0)

Saturday Feb. 23, 11 AM; vs Philadelphia HC (2-2-0-0)

Saturday Feb. 23, 6:30 PM; vs Jersey Hitmen (0-2-0-0)