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NA3EHL Weekend Wrap-Up: Final regular season edition

March 2, 2015
The NA3EHL regular season came to a close this past weekend as the 2015 playoffs are now upon us.  Here is a look at the weekend results.  A playoff preview will be posted later this week:
 
Friday, Feb. 27
 
Wilkes-Barre 7 vs. Lockport 4 - In a playoff preview, Wilkes-Barre's Daniel Leisser had a big offensive game, scoring two goals and contributing two assists in his team's 7-4 win over Lockport Leisser found the back of the net 6:53 into the first period to make the score 2-0 Wilkes-Barre and again while on the power play 13:11 into the third to make the score 7-3 Wilkes-Barre. Wilkes-Barre also got points from Arturs Bush, who also had one goal and one assist, Guillaume St. Germain, who also racked up one goal and one assist, and Derek Bureau, who also registered two goals and one assist. Krystof Rykala also scored for Wilkes-Barre. In addition, Wilkes-Barre received assists from Michael Tugo, who had two and Johannes Leitner, Brenden Walch, Jan Mendel, Francois Lacroix, and Austin Bandura, who contributed one each. Lockport forced Wilkes-Barre goalie Nolan Bivolcic to work between the pipes, taking 34 shots. Lockport was helped by Nicholas Siracuse, who grabbed one goal. Siracuse scored 18:40 into the second period to make the score 3-2 Lockport. Alex Bottenfield picked up the assist. Others who scored for Lockport included Dillon Hayes, Mark Friol, and Ryan Logar, who scored one goal each. More assists for Lockport came via Anthony Merante, who had one. Bivolcic recorded 30 saves for Wilkes-Barre. Lockport's Tyler Shotwell stopped 45 shots out of the 52 that he faced.
 
Cape Cod 10 vs. East Coast 1 - Cape Cod opened up a six-goal lead after the first period and did not look back en route to a 10-1 win over East Coast. Cape Cod's offense was sparked by Chris Harris, as he ended with seven assists in a victory against East Coast. Cape Cod stifled East Coast's power play, and did not give up a single goal while down a man. East Coast was unable to stop Cape Cod from sending pucks towards the net, and Cape Cod eventually piled up 57 shots on goal. Cape Cod found the back of the net more times than it usually has this season. Cape Cod averages 3.3 goals per game. Cape Cod got an offensive boost from its blueliners, who contributed five goals during the game. Cape Cod additionally got points from Anthony Giannelli, who also tallied one goal and one assist and Andrey Stankevich, who also finished with one goal and one assist. Others who scored for Cape Cod included Casey Zawojski, who had two and JC Moritz, Ilya Koposov, Colton Hutton, Charles Antoine Malenfant, Isaac Bosse, and Colton Hart, who each put in one. In addition, Cape Cod received assists from Tyler Stoll, Frank Oakley, Tim OShea, and Jean Sebastien Dufort, who contributed one each. East Coast managed to stay out of the box better than usual, tallying one minor for two minutes in penalty time. East Coast finished below its season average of 17.0 penalty minutes per game. Patrick Spaulding rejected 16 shots on goal for Cape Cod. Cape Cod incurred six minutes in penalty time with three minors. East Coast's Aidan Critchlow stopped 47 shots out of the 57 that he faced. 
 
Roc City 5 vs. Syracuse 1 - Roc City relied on the scoring touch of Brian Wade, who netted two goals, to beat Syracuse, 5-1. Wade's tallies came at 11:32 into the first period to make the score 1-0 Roc City and on the power play 6:25 into the second to make the score 2-0 Roc City. Syracuse was stymied by Roc City's netminder Justin Nevinger, who stopped 26 shots during the victory. Nevinger certainly lowered his goals against average, which was 4.64 entering the contest. Roc City's offense rang up 39 shots on Syracuse's net. Roc City also got points from Anthony DePetres, who also racked up two goals and one assist to lead the team in points. John Papas also scored for Roc City. More assists for Roc City came via Wesley Austin, who had two and Bryan Smith, Joseph Gardner, Aiden Conolly, Benjamin Myles, John Melcher, and Zach Bucholz, who contributed one each. Syracuse did not reach the goal total it has come to expect this season. Syracuse averages 3.2 goals per game. Syracuse was led by Felix Landry, who scored the team's only goal. Landry scored on the power play 13:05 into the second period to make the score 2-1 Roc City. A tripping penalty on Myles had put Syracuse on the power play. Braeden Pearl picked up the assist. Roc City incurred six minutes in penalty time with three minors. Hunter Andersen recorded 34 saves for Syracuse. Syracuse incurred four minutes in penalty time with two minors.
 
Saturday, Feb. 28
 
Wilkes-Barre 4 vs. Lockport 3 (SO) - Three periods of regulation and an overtime session were not enough to settle matters as Wilkes-Barre defeated Lockport in a shootout 4-3 (3-2 SO). The shootout featured nine attempts between both teams. Lockport got shootout goals from Frank II Vecchio and Dillon Hayes. Wilkes-Barre's other shootout goals were scored by Zoltan Eross and Guillaume St. Germain. In a losing effort, Lockport was led by Christopher Gasiewicz, who racked up two goals. Gasiewicz scored the first of his two goals at 15:55 into the second period to make the score 2-2. Nicholas Siracuse provided the assist. Gasiewicz's next tally made the score 3-3 with 12:12 left in the third period. A tripping call on Giancarlo Muglia put Lockport on the penalty kill. In the losing effort, Lockport was led by Gasiewicz, who had two goals. Wilkes-Barre forced Lockport goalie Muglia to work between the pipes, taking 46 shots. Wilkes-Barre was helped by Derek Bureau, who tallied one goal. Bureau scored on the power play 11:48 into the first period to make the score 1-0 Wilkes-Barre. Wilkes-Barre had gotten the advantage when Lockport's Austin Kasperek was sent off for cross checking. Arturs Bush assisted on the tally. Wilkes-Barre also had goals scored by Jan Mendel and Krystof Rykala, who scored one goal each. More assists for Wilkes-Barre came via Daniel Leisser, who had two and Austin Bandura and Hunter Hackling, who contributed one each. Lockport also got a goal from Jordan Pocobello as well. In addition, Lockport received assists from Anthony Merante, who had one. Nolan Bivolcic made 26 saves for Wilkes-Barre on 29 shots. Wilkes-Barre incurred four minutes in penalty time with two minors. Muglia rejected 42 shots on goal for Lockport. Lockport incurred 12 minutes in penalty time with six minors.
 
Roc City 6 vs. Syracuse 3 - Wesley Austin netted a hat trick to lead Roc City over Syracuse, 6-3. Austin got on the scoresheet 9:17 into the second period. He then added goals at 16:54 into the second and at 12:23 into the third. Roc City's offense rang up 54 shots on Syracuse's net. Roc City outdid its season average for goals scored. Roc City averages 3.9 goals per game. Roc City also had goals scored by John Papas, Connor Guay, and John Melcher, who scored one goal each. In addition, Roc City received assists from Anthony DePetres, who had three, Bryan Smith and Aiden Conolly, who contributed one each, and Brian Wade and John Wise, who each chipped in two. Syracuse was helped by Braeden Pearl, who had two goals and one assist. Pearl scored the first of his two goals on the power play at 1:12 into the first period to make the score 1-0 Syracuse. Syracuse had gained a power play chance when Guay was whistled for tripping. Derek Berard picked up the assist. Pearl's next tally on the power play made the score 2-2 with 8:58 left in the second period. Felix Landry provided the assist. Syracuse additionally got points from Landry, who also racked up one goal and two assists to lead the team in points. Other players who recorded assists for Syracuse were Valters Midegs and Dan Buehler, who contributed one each. George Collins made 26 saves for Roc City on 29 shots. Roc City incurred six minutes in penalty time with three minors. Syracuse's Ryan Scheide stopped 48 shots out of the 54 that he faced. Syracuse incurred 10 minutes in penalty time with five minors.
 
New Hampshire 7 vs. Maine 2 - New Hampshire had a three-goal lead after two periods and cruised the rest of the way en route to a 7-2 win over Maine. New Hampshire's offense rang up 45 shots on Maine's net. New Hampshire's goal total was higher than its season average. New Hampshire has scored at the pace of 4.3 goals per game during the current campaign. New Hampshire was helped by Tim Casey, who grabbed one goal. Casey scored 4:44 into the second period to make the score 2-0 New Hampshire. Nicholas Bartholomew assisted on the tally. New Hampshire additionally got points from Bartholomew, who also racked up one goal and one assist, Alex Peddle, who also tallied one goal and one assist, Nick Pino, who also registered one goal and two assists to lead the team in points, and Chris Babineau, who also finished with one goal and one assist. Others who scored for New Hampshire included Mike Heffernan and Andrew Gass, who scored one goal each. In addition, New Hampshire received assists from Frederic Pugin, who had one and Brett Bittner, who had two. Maine got an offensive boost from its blueliners, who contributed two goals during the game. Maine struggled to stay out of the sin bin throughout the game as it finished the game with 18 penalty minutes for five opposing power plays. Maine was led by Ben Henderson, who had two goals. Henderson scored the first of his two goals on the power play at 13:17 into the second period to make the score 3-1 New Hampshire. A cross checking penalty on Bartholomew had put Maine on the power play. Drew Sommerhof provided the assist. Henderson's next tally on the power play made the score 5-2 New Hampshire with 13:08 left in the third period. Ryder Parkhurst picked up the assist. Other players who recorded assists for Maine were Matt Henderson, who had one. Claes Endre rejected 27 shots on goal for New Hampshire. New Hampshire incurred 16 minutes in penalty time with eight minors. Jon Fields made 38 saves for Maine on 45 shots. Maine registered one goal on four power play opportunities.
 
Cape Cod 2 vs. East Coast 0 - Cape Cod took the lead against East Coast in the first period and maintained it until the end of the game to secure a tight 2-0 victory. Colton Hart provided Cape Cod with the game-winning tally when he scored 5:48 into the first period. Chris Harris picked up the assist. Cape Cod was paced by Hart, who finished with one goal. Cape Cod excelled on the penalty kill, not giving up a single goal in four chances. Cape Cod's defense was surprisingly good. Cape Cod allows 2.9 goals per game. East Coast was unable to stop Cape Cod from sending pucks towards the net, and Cape Cod eventually piled up 32 shots on goal. Colton Hutton also scored for Cape Cod. In addition, Cape Cod received assists from Frank Oakley and Jean Sebastien Dufort, who contributed one each. Kevin Belanger made 22 saves for Cape Cod on 22 shots. Cape Cod incurred 20 minutes in penalty time with five minors. Aidan Critchlow recorded 30 saves for East Coast. East Coast incurred 20 minutes in penalty time with five minors.
 
Sunday, Mar. 1
 
Cape Cod 2 vs. New England 1 (OT) - Colton Hart gave Cape Cod a 2-1 (OT) victory over New England when he scored 4:44 into the extra period. Hart had a great game for Cape Cod, netting two goals. New England was stymied by Cape Cod's netminder Brent Petrowski, who stopped 25 shots during the victory. Petrowski certainly lowered his goals against average, which was 1.83 entering the contest. More assists for Cape Cod came via Chris Harris, Jean Sebastien Dufort, and Charles Antoine Malenfant, who each chipped in one. New England did not reach the goal total it has come to expect this season. New England averages 3.7 goals per game. New England was led by Ryan Gauvin, who scored the team's only goal. Gauvin scored 2:16 into the first period to make the score 1-0 New England. Andre Nybo provided the assist. Cape Cod incurred six minutes in penalty time with three minors. Dane Pauls recorded 21 saves for New England. New England incurred four minutes in penalty time with two minors.
 
New Hampshire 4 vs. Maine 3 (SO) - Three periods of regulation and an overtime session were not enough to settle matters as New Hampshire defeated Maine in a shootout 4-3 (2-0 SO). The shootout featured eight attempts between both teams. In addition to the clincher, New Hampshire got a shootout goal from Brett Bittner. Maine was unable to stop New Hampshire from sending pucks towards the net, and New Hampshire eventually piled up 33 shots on goal. New Hampshire struggled to stay out of the sin bin throughout the game as it finished the game with 18 penalty minutes for seven opposing power plays. New Hampshire was helped by Frederic Pugin, who registered one goal. Pugin scored 6:35 into the second period to make the score 3-2 New Hampshire. Others who scored for New Hampshire included Mike Heffernan and Tyler Burton, who scored one goal each. In addition, New Hampshire received assists from Bittner, who had two and Alex Peddle and Mike Callaghan, who each chipped in one. Maine's offense rang up 34 shots on New Hampshire's net. Maine could not stay out of the penalty box, as the team accrued 26 minutes in penalties during the game. Maine was helped by Drew Sommerhof, who tallied one goal. Sommerhof scored on the power play 14:14 into the first period to make the score 1-1. Maine had gotten the advantage when New Hampshire's Grant Lundquist was sent off for holding. Zach Gagne picked up the assist. Maine also had goals scored by Ryder Parkhurst and Matt Henderson, who each put in one. More assists for Maine came via Noel Fischer and Drew Lupardo, who contributed one each. Adam Higdon recorded 31 saves for New Hampshire. New Hampshire registered one goal on six power play opportunities. Maine's Lucas Osborne stopped 29 shots out of the 32 that he faced.
 
Roc City 7 vs. Syracuse 0 - Wesley Austin was all over the ice for Roc City, as he tallied one goal and five assists in Roc City's 7-0 win over Syracuse. Austin beat Hunter Andersen with a shot 18:45 into the first period to make the score 1-0 Roc City. John Melcher provided the assist. Austin dished an assist on Anthony DePetres's goal that made the score 2-0 Roc City at 12:14 into the second period. He then added assists on James Lockamyeir's goal at 1:04 into the third, on John Papas's goal at 7:03 into the third, on DePetres' goal at 13:04 into the third, and on Melcher's goal at 14:55 into the third. Roc City was boosted by Ian Stahl, who turned in a shutout with 30 saves. Stahl certainly lowered his goals against average, which was 3.84 entering the contest. Roc City forced Syracuse's netminders to work between the pipes, taking 36 shots and forcing 29 saves. Andersen made 13 stops and Ryan Scheide made 16. Roc City put up an impenetrable defensive front on the penalty kill, and did not allow Syracuse to score on any of its three power plays. Roc City found the back of the net more times than it usually has this season. This season, Roc City averages 4.0 goals per contest. Roc City also got points from Papas, who also tallied one goal and two assists, Melcher, who also racked up one goal and one assist, and DePetres, who also registered two goals and three assists. Roc City also got a goal from Aiden Conolly as well. In addition, Roc City received assists from Jared Tam-Grimshaw and John Wise, who each chipped in one. Syracuse's offense operated below its season average. Syracuse puts an average of 3.1 pucks into the net per game. Roc City incurred six minutes in penalty time with three minors. Syracuse incurred eight minutes in penalty time with four minors.
 
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