Saturday, February 9th
Boston Bandits (20-14-0-3) – 2
Syracuse Stars (19-15-2-2) – 4
The Stars came dominated the first two periods of play in a penalty filled game Friday night in New Hartford. Cannon Green scored a power-play goal 7:38 into the game assisted by Gregory McGunigle and Jeremy Gabriele. Freddie Macciocchi scored his first of the season a minute later with assists going to Dylan Rallis and McGunigle. It was Macciocchi’s first game in a Stars sweater. He just joined the team after spending the beginning of the year in the North American Hockey League splitting time between the Northeast Generals and the Maryland Black Bears.
McGunigle continued his epic night by scoring two goals in the second period to put Syracuse ahead 4-0 with one period to play. His first goal came at the 11:57 mark assisted by Kabore Dunn and Seth Benson. The second McGunigle goal was scored at 19:06 while on the power-play. Assisting on that tally were Dominik Bogdziul and Buster Larsson.
Boston scored two third period goals at 16:04 and 16:42 to make it interesting. Nick Wiencek stood his ground and finished the game with 24 saves including a sprawling cross-crease save with about a minute to play in regulation.
Sunday, February 10th
Boston Bandits (20-15-0-3) – 1
Syracuse Stars (20-15-2-2) – 2
The Sunday game was much more calm compared to Saturday. The intensity was still high, but without the chippiness that plagued the first meeting Saturday night. Griffen Sanom got Syracuse on the board at 11:51 of the first assisted by Larsson and goaltender David Otter (33 saves). Boston tied the game in the second before Green scored the game winner 1:07 into the third.
The NCDC travels to Foxboro Sports Center in Massachusetts for the SSK Presidents Day showcase February 14th-16th. They will face-off against Islanders HC, South Shore Kings, and the Northern Cyclones.
Wednesday, February 6th
Syracuse Stars (21-14-2-1) – 4
Rochester Monarchs (11-24-3-0) – 2
Syracuse outshot Rochester 47-20 en route to their 4-2 win. Defenseman Drazen Medich scored his first goal of the season to put Syracuse ahead 1-0 6:59 into the first. Rochester responded less than a minute later to tie the game 1-1. Syracuse received three second period goals, all from Yaroslav Tatarenko to go ahead 4-1 with one period to play. The Monarchs added their 2nd goal with under 30 seconds left to play. Tripp Clarke finished with 18 saves.
Thursday, February 7th
Syracuse Stars (21-14-2-2) 4
Connecticut Jr. Rangers (15-17-3-1) – 5 (Shootout)
Neither team found the back of the net in the first period, but 3:21 into the second Tyler Knicley put the Stars ahead 1-0 on an unassisted goal. The Rangers tied the game at the 18:42 of the mark which set up for an exciting third.
Syracuse battled back from a 2-1 deficit and a 4-2 deficit to force overtime. Dalton Blundell scored at 5:19 assisted by Knicley to tie the game at 2. The Rangers then scored two goals three minutes apart to take a 4-2 lead. Knicley scored at 12:56 assisted by Kyle Cronin to get within one goal. Only 40 seconds later Tyson Rohrer tied the game assisted by Garrett Schnorr.
Each team had their chances in overtime, but neither found the back of the net. Connecticut scored on their gist shot in the shootout after Cronin was stopped from Syracuse. Knicley and a Rangers shooter were stopped in round two. In round three Tatarenko scored tying it 1-1, but the final Rangers shooter scored to win it for the home team. Clarke finished with 48 saves on 52 shots.
The Premier team also travels to Foxboro SSK Presidents Day showcase. They will play four games in those three days.