Thursday, March 7th
Syracuse Stars (24-19-3-1) – 5
Connecticut Jr. Rangers (30-17-1-2) – 2
The Stars and Rangers faced-off for the fourth time in fourteen days, and after losing the first three, Syracuse came out ahead in this one. Gregory McGunigle opened the scoring at 11:31 of the first on a power-play goal assisted by Buster Larsson and Dominik Bogdziul. The Stars added two more goals late in the first on tallies from Tristan Hughes at 18:58 and Trevor Bollinger at 19:56.
Connecticut scored the only goal of the second setting up Syracuse with a 3-1 lead heading into the final period. Dylan Rallis scored at 46 seconds into the third extending the Stars lead to 4-1. The Rangers scored two minutes later to pull back within two. Seth Benson scored at 19:08 assisted by Mathieu Gervais and Griffen Sanom to seal the victory. Nick Wiencek played another solid game in net stopped 48 of 50 Rangers shots.
Saturday, March 9th
New Jersey Rockets (19-23-5-1) – 1
Syracuse Stars (25-19-3-1) – 6
The Stars were all over New Jersey right from the get go in this one. Syracuse fired 26 shots on net in the first period alone as they cruised to a 6-1 victory and finishing with a 59-47 shot advantage.
Sam Lau scored his second goal of the season at 14:27 assisted by Larsson and Bogdziul begin the onslaught. Just over a minute later Benson extended the lead to two goals. That goal was a power-play goal assisted by Larsson and McGunigle. Donald Borgula scored at 2:38 of the second assisted by Hughes and Gervais.
The Stars didn’t let up in the third and McGunigle scored only 21 seconds into the period assisted by Larsson. Kabore Dunn scored at 4:20 assisted by Bogdziul and Larsson followed by a Benson goal only 34 seconds later with assists going to Rallis and Alexander Schemel. The Rockets scored a power-play goal ay 7:32, but it was the only shot that beat Stars goaltender Wiencek who finished with 46 saves.
Sunday, March 10th
New Jersey Rockets (19-23-5-2) – 3
Syracuse Stars (26-19-3-1) – 4 (Shootout)
Syracuse peppered the New Jersey goalie with 66 shots, but this game still needed a shootout to decide a winner. Benson scored 11:10 into the first assisted by Larsson and Bogdziul to put the home team ahead 1-0, but the Rockets would even it up before the end of the first.
At 1:59 of the second Sanom put Syracuse ahead once again 2-1 with assists going to Borgula and Hughes. New Jersey scored two goals at 4:27 and 7:05 to put the Rockets up 3-2 heading into the third. Benson scored his second of the game at 16:32 while on the power-play to even the score at three a piece. Bogdziul and McGunigle assisted on the tying goal.
Each time had opportunities in overtime, but neither found the back of the net. Larsson scored in the first round of the shootout for Syracuse and David Otter stopped all three Rockets shooters to earn the Stars their third win in a row. Otter finished with 45 saves.
Monday, March 11th
Syracuse Stars (27-19-3-1) – 5
New Jersey Rockets (19-24-5-2) – 1
The first period of the game was played in New Jersey where it was postponed due to an ice issue. This was the continuation of that game from January. Syracuse was ahead 1-0 after the first period thanks to a goal scored by Bogdziul assisted by Larsson and Hughes.
Freddie Macciocchi scored at 11:54 assisted by Cannon Green and Sam Lau to put the Stars ahead 2-0. That lead was extended to 3-0 when Gabriele sent a break out pass ahead to Larsson who skated into the Rockets zone and sent a beautiful slap pass to Bogziul who tapped it into a wide open net.
McGunigle scored a power-play goal early in the third assisted by Schemel and Rallis giving Syracuse a 4-0 lead. The Rockets snuck one by Wiencek (48 saves) at 13:04 before Green redirected a Connor Smith shot to make it 5-1 with only 28 seconds left.
With the Stars four straight wins they moved into 6th place in the standings and will travel this weekend to play the third place Connecticut Jr. Rangers in a best of three first round series.
Games are scheduled for Friday at 7:00pm, Saturday at 4:00pm and if necessary Sunday at 1:00pm.
USPHL Nationals – Round Robin
Saturday, March 9th
Syracuse Stars (0-1-0) – 0
Hampton Roads Whalers (1-0-0) – 4
Syracuse started the tournament with a tough draw against the defending champion Hampton Roads Whalers and despite outshooting them 42-20, lost the opening game of the USPHL Nationals tourney by a score of 4-0.
The Stars were behind 1-0 after the first period. Even though they outshot the Whalers 15-9 in the second period they allowed two more goals and were down 3-0 with only 20 minutes to play. Despite three power-play opportunities, the Stars couldn’t crack the Whalers goaltender who finished with a 42 save shutout. The Whalers added an empty net goal late in the game. Aleksandr Solovev made 16 saves for the Stars in the loss.
Syracuse Stars (0-1-1) – 4
Florida Eels (0-1-1) – 4
Offensively the Stars got out to a much better start in their second game of the tournament scoring 4:10 into the first period. Henry Froass scored assisted by Kyle Cronin and Drazen Medich. That lead was doubled at 8:25 when Tyler Knicley found the back of the net with assists going to Froass and Ole Henrik Arnesen.
Florida got one back midway through the second, but Dalton Blundell responded putting the Stars back up by two goals at 14:12 of the period. Medich picked up his second assist of the game on the Blundell goal.
Florida scored three unanswered goals in the third period to go ahead 4-3 with just under 3:30 to play. The Stars rallied late and Froass scored the game tying goal at 19:15 of the period assisted by Garrett Schnorr. Tripp Clarke was in net and stopped 13 of 17 shots.
By only gaining one point and Hampton Roads winning their game versus the Pittsburgh Vengeance, the Stars were mathematically eliminated from playing in the semi-finals Monday.
Sunday, March 10th
Syracuse Stars (1-1-1) – 2
Pittsburgh Vengeance (1-2-0) – 1
This was a meaningless game in the sense that both teams knew they were not moving to semi-finals, but both teams played hard wanting to end their season on a high note. After the first period ended in a 0-0 tie, Yaroslav Tatarenko scored an unassisted goal at 14:03 of the second period to put the Stars ahead 1-0. Kyle Cronin put the Stars ahead 2-0 at 17:13 of the third assisted by Logan Sutton and Brennan Ash. Pittsburgh scored at 18:49, but Syracuse held on for the win. Solovev finished with 22 saves.
The Premier team finished with a record of 21-18-3-2, 3rd place in the North East division, and 29th in the league out of 51 teams. They defeated the Rochester Monarchs and Springfield Pics in the preliminary rounds prior to the USPHL Nationals tournament this weekend.