After a rough start to the season there has been some roster turn around with the NCDC team as they look to find the right pieces to be competitive. Samuel Mojzis came over from the Connecticut Jr. Rangers (NCDC), Tyler Bost joined the team last week from the Topeka Pilots (NAHL), Connor Canterbury from the Kenai River Brown Bears (NAHL), and Connor Close also joined the team. Players who have moved on are Daniils Berzins Potomac Patriots (Premier), Oldrich Matejka (Tottenham Steam GMHL), and others.
Saturday, October 5, 2019
P.A.L. Junior Islanders (4-1-2) – 4
Utica Jr. Comets (1-5-2) – 2
Despite firing 49 shots on goal, the Jr. Comets lost their fifth game in a row falling to 1-5-2 on the season. The Islanders were up 2-0 after two periods and added another at 1:38 of the third to take a 3-0 lead.
The Comets were finally able to solve the P.A.L. goaltender and get on the board at 2:05. Lucas Kucera scored his first goal of the season assisted by newcomer Sebastian Heden and Kevin Sadovski. The Comets pulled within a goal only 45 seconds later when Donny Borgula potted his fourth of the season. Radek Prosek and Maj Tavcar assisted.
The Islanders scored an insurance goal at 8:02 of the period. The Comets outshot the Junior Islanders 18-9 in the third as they threw everything on net. Comets goalie Connor Close finished with 30 saves in his first career NCDC game.
Sunday, October 6, 2019
P.A.L. Junior Islanders (4-1-3) – 2
Utica Jr. Comets (2-5-2) – 3 (SO)
This game was a shootout from the beginning with the teams sending a combined 115 shots on net. Just like Saturday the first period ended with neither team scoring, but Utica struck first in the second this time around. Sam Techel lit the lamp at 3:57 of the second assisted be Heden and Kucera. The Junior Islanders scored with just over a minute remaining in the period tying the game at one.
The Jr. Comets regained their lead at 3:53 of the third thanks to a Sam Techel power-play tally. Max Techel and Christopher-Robin Ericson assisted in Tecehl’s third of the season. P.A.L. tied the game less than a minute later. The Comets recorded 25 shots in the third period alone, but once again the Junior Islanders goaltender was up to the task.
The Comets outshot the Islanders 5-1 in the extra five minute period, but this one was decided in a shootout. Each team scored in the first two rounds of the shootout, Heden and Prosek for the Comets. It came down to the third round where Borgula scored and Isak Johansson made the save. He finished with 55 saves for the game.
The Jr. Comets NCDC team is at home for the last time in the month of October Sunday, October 13th at 7:00pm and Monday the 14th at 1:30pm. They will be facing off against the Islanders Hockey Club (3-4-0)
The Premier team also hosted the P.A.L Junior Islanders and extended their winning streak to 5 games. Their two wins moved them into second place in the entire 52 team USPHL Premier Division. The first place Florida Eels (8-2-0) have played one more game than Utica.
Saturday, October 5, 2019
P.A.L. Junior Islanders (1-2-0) – 1
Utica Jr. Comets (6-1-1) – 3
Utica outshot the visitors 54 to 26 in this one as they skated to their fourth consecutive win. Bryce Grennan opened the scoring 1:27 into the second with assists going to Tyler Morin and Anthony Morin. The Islanders scored just over 2 minutes later tying the game at one goal apiece.
Michal Biben scored midway through the third to give the Comets a lead they wouldn’t relinquish. Coby Smith and Brennan Ash assisted on the go ahead tally. With just under 5 minutes to play Josh Kalinowski added an insurance marker assisted by Kurt Reger and A. Morin. Colin Frost made his third start of the season earning the victory while making 25 saves.
Sunday, October 6, 2019
P.A.L. Junior Islanders (1-3-0) – 2
Utica Jr. Comets (7-1-1) – 7
The offense had their foot on the gas pedal right from the start in this one as well outshooting the Junior Islanders 65 to 30. That total included 33 shots in the second period alone.
John Gutt lead the way for Utica recording a hat-trick before the game was even half over. He scored his first at 3:06 of the first period to open the scoring. The Islanders tied it up two minutes later, but it wouldn’t last long. Only three minutes after the P.A.L. goal, Gutt scored his second of the game with assists going to A. Morin and Jeff Ransom. Coby Smith and Ransom added two more goals giving Utica a 4-1 lead after the first period.
Gutt finished off the hat-trick at 6:03 of the second. Morgan Clarke-Pizzo and Mike Herrera assisted on that goal. Grennan increased the lead to 6-1 at 9:12 of the period. Tyler Morin added one more in the third. The win was the fifth in a row for the Comets. Tripp Clarke and Henry Bradford shared the duties in net. Clarke played the first two periods stopping 16 of 17 shots. Bradford stopped 12 of 13 in the third.
The Premier team does not play again until Thursday, October 17th when they travel to Rochester to play the Monarchs (1-4-0). Following that game they will head to New York City to face the Connecticut Junior Rangers (1-4-0) the 19th and 20th.