Friday Finals: Express win OT thriller over Aviators
Cape Cod 4 @ East Coast 1 - Cape Cod had a two-goal lead after two periods and cruised the rest of the way en route to a 4-1 win over East Coast. Cape Cod's Clayton Pierce was a brick wall in net, as he came up with 26 saves and let only one puck past him. Cape Cod was led by Chuck Costello, who finished with one goal and one assist. Costello scored 11:01 into the second period to make the score 2-0 Cape Cod. Aaron Deady picked up the assist. Cape Cod forced East Coast goalie Aidan Critchlow to work between the pipes, taking 38 shots. Cape Cod also got a goal from Maxime Dordet as well. In addition, Cape Cod received assists from James Brosnan, Anthony Giannelli, Dan Moore, Chris ODonnell, and Eric Szeker, who contributed one each. East Coast was led by Mason Smith, who scored the team's only goal. Smith scored 19:20 into the second period to make the score 3-1 Cape Cod. Jon Macdonald assisted on the tally.
Skylands 4 @ Jersey Shore 5 - Jersey Shore, which led by three goals at one point, survived a comeback attempt by Skylands and clinched a 5-4 victory. Jersey Shore led by three goals at one point and ended with the victory. The largest advantage in the game came when Jersey Shore's Jared Karas scored at 14:11 in the first period to put Jersey Shore up 4-1. Karas had a great game for Jersey Shore, netting two goals. Jersey Shore additionally got points from Michael Fary, who also finished with one goal and one assist and John Rubin, who also racked up one goal and one assist. Jersey Shore also got a goal from Christian Cooley as well. Other players who recorded assists for Jersey Shore were Alexander Tan, who had two and Scott Hansen, Drew Brown, Marcus McCall, Frederic Ampleman, Freddie Schaljo, and Dylan Plsek, who each chipped in one. Skylands was helped by Hunter Ledwith, who had one goal and one assist. Ledwith scored on the power play 18:10 into the first period to make the score 4-3 Jersey Shore. Cory Decosta picked up the assist. Skylands also got points from Dan Demarco, who also grabbed one goal and one assist and Decosta, who also registered one goal and one assist. Tim Vant also scored for Skylands. In addition, Skylands received assists from Cole Skelly, Mike King, and Joshua Mead, who contributed one each. Scott Albertoni made 17 saves for Jersey Shore on 21 shots. Skylands' Ryan Bartholomew stopped 49 shots out of the 54 that he faced.
New York 5 @ Lockport 6 (OT) - Lockport's Brendan McFall scored 3:15 into overtime to beat New York, 6-5 (OT). Lockport overcame a three-goal deficit to capture the victory. Lockport trailed 4-1 after a power play goal by New York's Corey Rees at 8:59 in the second period. Lockport tied things up at 5-5 on a goal by Ryan Logar at 18:40 in the third period. Lockport got the win on the strength of a great game by Christopher Gasiewicz, who had two goals and three assists. Gasiewicz scored the first of his two goals at 6:24 into the first period to make the score 1-1. Logar assisted on the tally. Gasiewicz's next tally made the score 4-3 New York with 13:28 left in the third period. Gibson Stuart picked up the assist. Lockport forced New York goalie Stephen Mundinger to work between the pipes, taking 36 shots. Lockport also got points from Logar, who also grabbed three goals and one assist. More assists for Lockport came via Mark Friol and Devin Kasperek, who contributed one each. New York kept Lockport's goalie busy throughout the game, and Tim Schiess made 43 saves on 48 shots. New York was helped by Robert Kalata, who registered two goals. Kalata scored the first of his two goals at 11:30 into the first period to make the score 3-1 New York. Rees assisted on the tally. Kalata's next tally made the score 5-4 New York with 11:27 left in the third period. Backstrom picked up the assist. New York additionally got points from Rees, who also finished with one goal and one assist and Phillip Garcia, who also had one goal and one assist. Eric Hewitt also scored for New York. Other players who recorded assists for New York were Ricky Regala, who had three and Jimmy Warrick and Augie Onorato, who each chipped in two.
L/A Fighting Spirit 2 @ New England 4 - In a game where neither team could get a cushion, New England escaped with a 4-2 victory over Lewiston/Auburn. No lead was more than two goals during the contest, and the winning goal was scored by Kyle Weiss at 11:32 of the third period. Weiss had two goals to lead New England to victory. New England also got points from Jake Latham, who also racked up one goal and one assist. New England also got a goal from Steve Crocker as well. More assists for New England came via Brian Glover, who had three and Tim Paige, Ian McNamara, Brendan Miller, and Ryan Gauvin, who contributed one each. Lewiston/Auburn was helped by Brett Bittner, who grabbed one goal and one assist. Bittner scored 5:58 into the first period to make the score 1-1. David Fish assisted on the tally. Lewiston/Auburn additionally got points from Mike Heffernan, who also registered one goal and one assist. Dominic Lamanno made 23 saves for New England on 25 shots. Lewiston/Auburn's Claes Endre stopped 33 shots out of the 36 that he faced.