USPHL Weekend Wrap-Up (2/25/19)

USPHL Weekend Recap


Saturday, February 23rd

Connecticut Jr. Rangers (25-16-1-2) – 5
Syracuse Stars (22-17-2-1) – 1

Dylan Rallis scored at 8:05 of the second to make the score 2-1, but Connecticut scored once more before the end of the second regaining their two goal lead. They then went on to score two more third period goals putting this one out of reach. David Otter made 47 saves on 52 shots.


Sunday, February 24th

Connecticut Jr. Rangers (26-16-1-2) – 4
Syracuse Stars (22-18-2-1) – 3

Syracuse came out extremely flat in the first period of this one and Connecticut took advantage by scoring four goals on 16 shots. Donald Borgula got Syracuse on the board at 6:54 of the second on a goal assisted by Buster Larsson and Alexander Schemel. Larsson scored a power-play goal at 3:14 of the third cutting the deficit to two goals. Jeremy Gabrielle and Gregory McGunigle assisted on the power-play goal.

With the goalie pulled for an extra attacker, Dominik Bogdziul was able to sneak one through the legs of the Rangers goalie making it 4-3 with 28 second left. Unfortunately, that is how the game would end. Syracuse had a plethora of chances down the stretch, but the Rangers goalie once again stood on his head similar to Friday night and helped his team preserve the win. Nick Wiencek finished with 42 saves and made some huge stops during the second and third to keep the game within reach for the Stars.


Syracuse is on the road this weekend where they will first face the Rangers again on Friday at 12:30pm. They’ll then travel to Rochester and play the Monarchs Saturday at 8:00pm and again Sunday at 4:30pm.

NOTE: The postponed game versus the New Jersey Rockets from earlier this season is scheduled to be made up on Monday, March 11th at 7:30pm in Utica. The game was postponed after the first period when the zamboni cut an unrepairable hole in the ice. Syracuse was winning 1-0 at the time of the postponement. The game will resume at the start of the second period, and is only being played if the results would affect the standings.


Syracuse hosted Rochester in the first round of the USPHL Premier Playoffs over the weekend.

Friday, February 22nd

USPHL Premier Playoffs (Best-of-3)

Rochester Monarchs (11-30-1-0) – 1
Syracuse Stars (21-8-3-2) – 3

Syracuse opened up their first-round playoff series by firing 60 shots on goal in a 3-1 win over their I-90 rivals from Rochester. After allowing the game’s first goal only 31 seconds into the first period, Tripp Clarke was a wall the rest of the way and finished with 48 saves.

Morgan Clarke-Pizzo scored at 11:06 of the first to tie the game at 1. Brennan Ash and Solandis Pak assisted. At 17:48 of the second Ole Henrik Arnesen scored a power-play goal to give the Stars the 2-1 lead. Bryce Grennan and Tyler Knicley assisted on the goal. The third goal was scored at 3:04 of the third by Yaroslav Tatarenko with assists going to Tyson Rohrer and Grennan.


Saturday, February 23rd

USPHL Premier Playoffs (Best-of-3)

Rochester Monarchs (11-30-1-0) – 0
Syracuse Stars (21-8-3-2) – 4

Syracuse once again fired exactly 60 shots on goal for the second straight game. Dalton Blundell opened the scoring at 9:49 of the first assisted by Tatarenko and Garrett Schnorr. Clarke-Pizzo scored his second of the weekend near the end of the second assisted by Kyle Cronin. This set up Syracuse with a comfortable two goal lead with only one period left to play.

In the third, Cronin scored a power-play goal at 10:13 that was assisted by Knicley and Arnesen. Henry Froass sealed the deal with a short-handed goal at 17:26 that was assisted by Cronin and Luke Olivo. Aleksandr Solovev stopped 34 Rochester shots for his third shutout of the season.


The Stars move on to face the Springfield Pics (24-17-2-1) this weekend in another best of three series. The games are scheduled for 12:30pm Thursday and Friday, then 8:30pm Saturday, if necessary. Syracuse defeated Springfield 2-1 early in the season thanks to a two-goal game by Froass and 30 saves from Solovev.

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