USPHL Weekend Wrap-Up (9/23/19)


Saturday, September 21, 2019

Utica Jr. Comets (1-2-0) – 4
South Shore Kings (1-2-1) – 1

It took three games, but the Jr. Comets have notched their first W of the season. In their opening game of the Junior Bruins Shootout Utica defeated the South Shore Kings 4-1.

Utica once again found themselves in penalty trouble taking three minor penalties in a six minute span midway through the first period. Luckily the Kings did not convert any of their chances and finished the period only registering three shots on goal.

Utica opened the scoring while on a power-play in the second period. Kevin Sadovski scored his first goal of the season at 2:19 assisted by Mikey Giampapa. The lead was extended to 2-0 when Giampapa picked up his second assist on a Christopher-Robin Ericson power-play goal. The Kings got one back late in the period cutting the Utica lead to one goal.

The Jr. Comets put the game out of reach with two goals in the third. Radek Prosek scored at 3:47 followed by an empty net goal at 19:12 by Maj Tavcar. Isak Johansson picked up his first USPHL win making 19 saves in the process.


Sunday, September 22, 2019

Utica Jr. Comets (1-3-0) – 3
Junior Bruins (3-1-0) – 4

The Jr. Comets and Junior Bruins were up against each other once again. This was the 3rd meeting in 4 games between the two teams. Utica fared much better than last weekend. Although they didn’t grab the win they stayed with the defending champions and lost by only a goal.

Utica took a 2-1 lead into the second period thanks to goals from Sam Techel and a buzzer beater from Trevor Bollinger. The Junior Bruins controlled the second period and took a 3-2 lead into the final intermission.

Bollinger tied the game at three with his second of the game at 4:59 of the third, but Boston regained the lead less than a minute later. That goal stood as the game winner and Utica fell by a score of 4-3. Johansson was in net again and finished with 20 saves.


Monday, September 23, 2019

Twin City Thunder (4-1-0) – 2 (OT)
Utica Jr. Comets (1-3-1) – 1

The Jr. Comets ended the Junior Bruins Shootout with an overtime loss to the Twin City Thunder, who just joined the NCDC ranks this season. Prosek gave the Jr. Comets a 1-0 lead only 2:09 into the game. Tavcar and Andy Antiles picked up the assists. The Thunder tied at 11:42 of the period.

Neither team scored in the remaining periods and it was off to overtime! It only took 38 seconds for Twin City to score and win the game on their 4th shot of the extra period. Johansson finished with 25 saves.


The Jr. Comets NCDC will host the Jersey Hitmen this weekend at the Adirondack Bank Center. Games are scheduled for 6:00pm Saturday and 2:10pm Sunday.


Radek Prosek - 2 Goals
Christopher-Robin Ericson - 1 Goal, 1 Assist
Trevor Bollinger - 2 Goals


Saturday, September 21, 2019

Utica Jr. Comets (2-0-1) – 3
Springfield Pics (1-0-0) – 4 (SO)

John Gutt scored twice, but it wouldn’t be enough as the Jr. Comets lost in a shootout to the Springfield Pics in their opening game of the Junior Bruins Shootout.

Gutt scored at 5:17 of the first while on the power-play assisted by Anthony Morin and Mike Herrera. Springfield answered back 23 seconds later tying the game at one before taking a 2-1 lead at 13:46 of the period.

Utica tied the game at two when Gutt scored his second goal of the game at 5:52 of the second. The Pics regained their lead at 11:56 putting the pressure on Utica in the third. Christian Cupani responded by tying the game up at the 4:44 mark. Gutt picked up his third point of the game with an assist. The secondary assist went to Josh Kalinowski, his first point of the year.

The game went to overtime, but neither team was able to find the back of the net. Springfield’s first shooter scored in the shootout and after Hererra and Morgan Clarke-Pizzo were stopped it was up to Gutt to tie things up. Unfortunately, Gutt was stopped and the Comets dropped their first game of the season.

Tripp Clarke was in net for the Jr. Comets.


Sunday, September 22, 2019

South Shore Kings (2-1-1) – 6
Utica Jr. Comets (2-1-1) – 1

Utica got out to a slow start in this one and found themselves down 4-0 midway through the second period. Hererra scored at 15:38 assisted by Kalinowski and Kurt Reger. That was unfortunately the only goal the Comets could muster. The Kings scored two more in the third to take this one 6-1. Colin Frost was in net for this one.


Monday, September 23, 2019

Connecticut Nighthawks (0-3-0) – 2
Utica Jr. Comets (3-1-1) – 8

This one was totally opposite of the Sunday game and was dominated by the Jr. Comets. They fired 20 shots on goal in the first period alone, and 56 total in the game.

Logan Dorfman, Kalinowski, Hererra (2), Cupani and Tyler Morin scored six unanswered goals before Connecticut finally got one past Jr. Comets goaltender Matthew Peterson who finished with 6 saves in 28:30 of action. Tripp Clarke started the game and stopped 5 of 5 shots he faced in 31 minutes of game time. Ronald Alesandro and Clarke-Pizzo scored two more goals giving the Jr. Comets an 8-2 win.


The Premier team returns home for two games against the New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs Wednesday and Thursday at 1:15pm


Mike Herrera - 3 Goals, 2 Assists
Kurt Reger - 4 Assists
John Gutt - 2 Goals, 1 Assist

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