March 25, 2016
NA3EHL Championship Finals, Game 2: Cape Cod Islanders 4 @ Jersey Shore Wildcats 5 (Jersey Shore wins series, 2-0) - Even though Cape Cod opened the game with two goals in the first 5 minutes of the first period, Jersey Shore came out on top with three unanswered goals in the third to end the game at 5-4 Jersey Shore. With the win, Jersey Shore wins the series 2-0, and makes them the 2015-16 NA3EHL Champions. It is their second championship in a row and the final time that the NA3EHL Championship trophy will be handed out as the league will become part of the NA3HL next season.
Mike Jessman opened the game at 0:59 of the first for Cape Cod, assisted by Zack Goodman and Aaron Deady. Minutes later, at 4:41, James Brosnan scored from Frank Oakley and Anthony Gianelli to make the score 2-0 Cape Cod. The score after 20 minutes was 2-1 Cape Cod after John Rubin netted one at 12:09 for Jersey Shore. Rubin’s goal was assisted by Ben Wingbermuehle.
Jersey Shore’s Christian Cooley scored less than two minutes into the second period to make the score tied at two. Assists on Cooley’s goal came from Freddie Schaljo and Bogdan Khvatov. Cooley was the lone scorer of the second from either team.
With the game tied, Maxime Dordet scored to take the lead for Cape Cod with a goal at 1:50 of the third. Dordet’s goal was assisted by Chris O’Donnell and Dan Moore. With the score 3-2, Cape Cod doubled their lead with a goal from Oakley at 5:36 of the period, assisted by Brosnan and Eric Szeker.
With the score 4-2 and only 10 minutes left to play, Jersey Shore pushed forth with their backs against the wall. Rubin found the back of the net again, with a helper from Dylan Plsek, to cut the lead in half and making the score 4-3 Cape Cod. Minutes later, Frederic Ampleman of Jersey Shore tallied an unassisted goal to tie the game at four. The game winner for Jersey Shore came via Khvatov at 14:54 of the third period, assisted by Wingbermuehle and Cooley.
Goal keeping on both sides was strong and kept busy, and Steven Schmitt stopped 38 shots on net for Cape Cod, while Scott Albertoni made 20 saves on 24 shots for Jersey Shore.
Congratulations to the Jersey Shore Wildcats, the 2015-16 NA3EHL Champions!