USPHL Weekend Wrap-Up (2/18/19)

USPHL Weekend Recap

NCDC

Thursday, February 14th

Syracuse Stars (21-15-2-1) – 4 (Shootout)
Islanders Hockey Club (22-15-3-1) – 3

Syracuse jumped out to a 1-0 lead at the 5:26 mark thanks to a Buster Larsson goal. That goal was assisted by Dominik Bogdziul and Gregoy McGunigle. IHC scored in the second tying the game 1-1, but the Stars scored two goals only 13 seconds apart to go ahead 3-1 late in the second. McGunigle (Bogdziul, Larsson) scored at 17:39 followed by Jeremy Gabriele (McGunigle) at 17:52.

IHC scored twice in the third to force overtime. Overtime wasn’t enough so it was off to a shootout. Seth Benson shot first, but was stopped. Nick Wiencek (35 saves) stopped the first IHC shooter keeping the score even. Up next was Donald Borgula and he scored for Syracuse. Wiencek stopped the Islanders shooter putting all the pressure on Larsson to score and end it. He did just that beating the IHC goalie and giving Syracuse the 4-3 shootout win.

BOX SCORE

Friday, February 15th

South Shore Kings (13-28-1-1) – 2
Syracuse Stars (22-15-2-1) – 5

Syracuse won their 7th game in a row as McGunigle continued his hot streak. He scored the games opening goal 8:50 into the first assisted by newcomer Dilan Savenkov while short-handed. Cannon Green scored a power-play goal as the period wound down, assisted by Gabriele and Larsson. Another player who just the Stars prior to the weekend showcase, Alexander Schemel scored at 13:42 of the second putting Syracuse ahead 3-0. South Shore managed to get one back before the end of the period. Schemel previously played 31 games this season with South Shore.

Bogdziul added his 11th of the season assisted by Larsson and Mathieu Gervais at 11:33 of the third, followed by a South Shore goal a minute later. Gervais scored a power-play empty netter at 19:23 giving the Stars a 5-2 victory. David Otter made 25 saves.

BOX SCORE

Saturday, February 16th

Syracuse Stars (22-16-2-1) – 2
Northern Cyclones (22-17-3-1) – 3

After a 0-0 first period, Green scored assisted by Schemel at 5:53 of the second giving Syracuse a lead they would hold onto until the third. The Cyclones tied it up early, but Kabore Dunn scored a power-play goal at 4:42 regaining the lead. Unfortunately the Cyclones would score again at 8:18 and 18:10 to take a 3-2 lead they would not relinquish. Wiencek finished with 33 saves.

BOX SCORE

The NCDC team plays two games at home against the Connecticut Jr. Rangers Saturday at 8:00pm and Sunday at 12:30pm. Both games are being played at the New Hartford Rec Center.

Premier

Thursday, February 14th

Syracuse Stars (21-15-2-2) – 0
Boston Bandits (30-7-3-1) – 4

The Stars started off the weekend showcase with a 4-0 loss to Boston. Aleksandr Solovev made 19 saves in the loss.

BOX SCORE

Friday, February 15th

Islanders Hockey Club (23-13-2-3) – 4
Syracuse Stars (21-16-2-2) – 0

IHC outshot Syracuse 35-17 and won this one 4-0. Tripp Clarke finished with 31 saves.

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Twin City Thunder (20-17-5-0) – 4 (OT)
Syracuse Stars (21-16-3-2) – 3

Syracuse finally scored a goal after getting shutout in the first two games of the weekend. Yaroslav Tatarenko (assisted by Tyson Rohrer and Garrett Schnorr) scored at 8:32 of the first. Dalton Blundell (Tyler Knicley, Henry Froass) scored his 15th of the season at 17:08 giving the Stars a 2-0 lead. The Thunder answered back scoring two of their own before the end of the period. Cody O’Brien (Blundell) scored the only goal of the second putting Syracuse ahead once again. At 4:53 of the third Twin City tied the game once again before winning it at 4:08 of the extra period. Solovev made 33 saves.

BOX SCORE

Saturday, February 16th

Syracuse Stars (21-17-3-2) – 2
Hartford Jr. Wolfpack (11-29-2-0) – 3

The Stars wrapped up their weekend with another loss. Despite out shooting Hartford 25-15, the Stars still fell by a score of 3-2. Anthony Morin and Brendon Beaver scored the Syracuse goals. Clarke made 12 saves.

BOX SCORE

The Stars have one more game Tuesday at the Connecticut Jr. Rangers before hosting the Niagara Falls Thunder for a best-of-3 series this weekend to open the USPHL Premier playoffs.

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