Last-second goal leads Wildcats to Game 1 win
March 12, 2016
East Division Semi-Finals, Game 2: Cape Cod Islanders 7 vs. Skylands Kings 2 (Cape Cod wins best of 3 series, 2-0) - The win by Cape Cod clinched the best of three series at 2-0. Cape Cod kept Skylands's goalie busy throughout the game, and Mathias Yttereng made 36 saves on 43 shots. Cape Cod also got points from Eric Szeker, who also registered one goal and two assists and Steven Mathews, who also registered one goal and one assist. Others who scored for Cape Cod included Anthony Giannelli, who had one and Maxime Dordet, who had two. More assists for Cape Cod came via Chris ODonnell, who had three, Dan Moore, who had two, and Max Campbell, Jake Davis, Joe Brennan, Mike Jessman, and Zack Goodman, who contributed one apiece. Skylands kept Cape Cod's goalie busy throughout the game, and Anton Zemba made 33 saves on 35 shots. Skylands were helped by Cole Skelly, who registered one goal. Skelly scored in the first period to make the score 1-0 Skylands. Skylands also had goals scored by Alex Linquito and Skelly, who scored one each. In addition, Skylands received assists from Hunter Ledwith, who had one.
West Division Semi-Finals, Game 1: New York Aviators 10 vs. Roc City Royals 5 (New York leads best of 3 series, 1-0) - After the loss made the series score 1-0 in the best of three series, Roc City faces elimination next time out. The game was close after the first frame, but New York banged in five goals during the second period to put the victory out of reach for Roc City. New York kept Roc City's goalie busy throughout the game, and Justin Nevinger made 13 saves on 35 shots. New York had trouble converting on the power play advantage, managing just one goal on ten chances. New York additionally got points from Alexei Pilatsky, who also registered one goal and one assist, Martin Grinberg, who also registered one goal and three assists , Jimmy Warrick, who also registered two goals and one assist , and Nick Jean-Louis, who also registered one goal and one assist. New York also had goals scored by Sean Lake and Dominick Sacco, who each put in one. In addition, New York received assists from Phillip Garcia and Sam Shaheen, who each chipped in two and Eric Hewitt, Alex Rojas, Nicholas Lermer, and Shawn Eastman, who contributed one apiece. Roc City kept New York's goalie busy throughout the game, and Stephen Mundinger made 47 saves on 52 shots.
East Division Semi-Finals, Game 1: Lewiston/Auburn Fighting Spirit 5 vs. New England Stars 1 (L/A Fighting Spirit leads best of 3 series, 1-0) - Dylan Vrees had a four-point game for Lewiston/Auburn, assisting the team to a 5-1 over New England, giving them a 1-0 lead in the three game series. Vree’s goal came at 9:49 of the first period to tie the game at one. He went on to tally three assists in the remaining two periods. Other goal scorers for Lewiston include Brett Bittner, Jordan Crowe, Linder Kenyon, and Kyle Secor, who secured the win with a power play goal at 9:59 of the third. Other assists for Lewiston came via Bittner and Kenyon with two each, and Thomas Puetz and Jon Paul Chauvin, who each racked up one in the match. The lone scorer for New England came via Kyle Weiss to open the game at 9:30 of the first period. An assist on the goal came from Steve Crocker. Claes Endre made 30 saves on 31 shots for Lewiston, and Dominic Lamanno stopped 27 of the 32 shots he faced for New England.
West Division Semi-Finals, Game 1: Jersey Shore Wildcats 3 vs. Lockport Express 2 (Jersey Shore leads best of 3 series, 1-0) - In a game that looked like it was headed to overtime, Dylan Plsek of Jersey Shore scored at 19:59 of the third period to make the score 3-2 Jersey Shore and ending the game in regulation. The win gave Jersey Shore a 1-0 lead in a three game series. Other scorers for Jersey Shore include Bogdan Khatov and Travis Valvo, who netted one a piece. Assists on these goals came from Jared Karas with two, and Marcus McCall, Christian Cooley, Freddie Schaljo, and John Rubin, with one each. For Lockport, both goals came from Justin Andriaccio. The first goal was scored at 16:52 of the first to make the score 1-1, and the second came at 13:57 to tie the game again, this time at 2. Assists for Lockport came via Jordan Pocobello, Frank Vecchio II, Christopher Gasiewicz, and Ryan Logar. Scott Albertoni stopped 31 of 33 shots on net for Jersey Shore, while Sam Fitzpatrick saved 44 of the 47 shots he faced for Lockport.