Friday, March 1st
Syracuse Stars (22-18-3-1) – 2
Connecticut Jr. Rangers (28-16-1-2) – 3 (OT)
For the third game in a row the Rangers defeated the Stars, but this time it took an extra period to do it. Donald Borgula got Syracuse out to a 1-0 lead 4 minutes into the game before CJR tied it up 2:30 later. There was no scoring in the second, but CJR took a 2-1 lead at the 6:15 mark of the third. In the dying minutes of the game while on the power-play Gregory McGunigle scored the tying tally assisted by Buster Larsson and Dominik Bogdziul. Unfortunately, Connecticut scored 1:04 into overtime for the win. David Otter made 45 saves in the loss.
Saturday, March 2nd
Syracuse Stars (23-18-3-1) – 4
Rochester Monarchs (14-33-1-1) – 2
This game was controlled by the Stars right from the drop of the puck. Alexander Schemel scored his second of the season assisted by Andrew Erwin and Cannon Green 2:36 into the game. Rochester tied it up in the second, but Borgula regained the lead before the end of the period. Schemel and Green assisted on the tying goal.
The Stars extended their lead on third period, special team, goals from Griffen Sanom and Freddie Macciocchi. Sanom scored on the power-play at 4:57 assisted by Green and Dylan Rallis. Macciocchi scored shot-handed at 13:08 with assists going to Connor Smith and Kabore Dunn. Rochester scored 1:30 later. Nick Wiencek made 34 saves in net.
Sunday, March 3rd
Syracuse Stars (23-19-3-1) – 2
Rochester Monarchs (15-33-1-1) – 3
The Monarchs jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first, then extended that lead to 3-0 early in the third. A Rochester player was assessed a major penalty for slashing and the Stars took advantage scoring twice on the man advantage, but still fell short 3-2. Bogdziul scored his first at 11:25 assisted by Mathieu Gervais and Larsson. Bogdziul then netted another goal at 14:42 assisted by Schemel and Larsson. Otter finished with 20 saves.
The NCDC team travels back to Chelsea Piers for another game against the Connecticut Jr. Rangers this Thursday at 12:30pm. After that they will return to the Adirondack Bank Center for a set of three games against the New Jersey Rockets to close out the regular season. The first game is Saturday at 2:00pm, followed by a 10:00am game Sunday. Monday’s game is scheduled for 2:00pm, and is a continuation of an earlier postponed game when the zamboni cut a hole in the ice. The game will begin in the second period with Syracuse leading 1-0.
Thursday, February 28th
Premier Second Round, Game 1 (best-of-3)
Syracuse Stars (3-0) – 4
Springfield Pics (0-1) – 2
Syracuse took a 1-0 series lead after defeating Springfield 4-2 on Thursday afternoon. Only 13 seconds after springfield took a 1-0 lead, Tyson Rohrer scored to tie the game at 1 assisted by Bryce Grennan and Yaroslav Tatarenko. Springfield took a 2-1 lead at 16:03 of the second, but again Syracuse was quick to respond with Ole Henrik Arnesen scoring at 17:16 to even the score again. Kyle Cronin and Anthony Morin earned assists.
The Stars scored two in the third to seal the game 1 victory. First at 3:33 Luke Olivo scored unassisted. Then only 15 seconds later Dalton Blundell scored assisted by Henry Froass. Tripp Clarke was in net and finished with 27 saves.
Friday, March 1st
Premier Second Round, Game 2 (best-of-3)
Syracuse Stars (4-0) – 2 (OT3)
Springfield Pics (0-2) – 1
Syracuse took a first period lead after Arnesen scored at 13:54 with assists going to Morgan Clarke-Pizzo and Cronin. Springfield tied the game midway through the second, and a scoreless third sent the game into overtime. Finally, at 4:56 of the third overtime Rohrer* scored on the Stars 65th shot of the game. Assisting on the game winner were Clarke-Pizzo and Henry Froass. Aleksandr Solovev finished with 63 saves.
*Parents of Stars players have said on social media that the game winner was scored by Olivo, but the box score says Rohrer.
Syracuse now advances to USPHL Nationals this weekend in Middleton, Massachusetts. For Nationals there will be 4 round robin brackets consisting of 4 teams each. The brackets are determined using regular season standings and tie breakers.
Right now the Stars are scheduled to play the Hampton Road Whalers Saturday at 10:45am and the Florida Eels at 9:00pm. The fourth team in their bracket has not been announced at this time.