Post-season crossover play kicks in this weekend when best-of-three semifinal series in Philadelphia and New Hampshire start tomorrow. The Philadelphia Little Flyers tangle with the Walpole Express and the N.H. Junior Monarchs take on the Connecticut Oilers. The Little Flyers, Express and Oilers all swept their quarterfinal series last weekend while Monarchs were extended to three games by the Northern Cyclones.
Monarchs outlast Cyclones
Connor Powell’s goal at 14:34 of overtime in Game Three settled the series. The game was scoreless until New Hampshire’s Matt Quercia broke through at 9:48 of the third period. The Cyclones’ Chris Dumont countered just 1:20 later. Goalies Drennan Atherton (59 saves) of the Cyclones and Kyle Madore of the Monarchs (45 saves) were sensational.
New Hampshire grabbed the series lead with a 6-3 Game One win, scoring the game’s first four goals. Powell had a pair. The Cyclones extended the series with a 4-3 OT win in Game Two on Joey Meehan’s second goal, on the power play just 4:03 into the extra session. The Monarch’s Powell had two goals in this one as well.
Walpole squeezes Bandits
The Express advanced with a pair of 2-1 wins as goalie Connor Rodericks turned back 70-of-72 shots. The Bandits’ Kenny Graham was nearly every bit as good, turning back 59 of the 63 shots sent his way.
In Game One, the Bandits’ Eduards Tralmaks and Walpole’s Hunter Saunders matched first-period goals. Walpole’s Michael Saunders won it at 10:58 of the third period. In Game Two, Walpole’s Tim Thurneau ended it at 18 seconds of overtime. Walpole’s Cody Rorick (first period) and the Bandits’ Tim Larocque (second period) scored in regulation.
Oilers bounce Wolfpack
The Battle of the Nutmeg State went to the Oilers. The teams combined for 163 total shots with the Wolfpack blasting 86 at the Oilers’ Michael Tilford. Kyle Carducci and Michael Dion split games for Hartford and faced 76 shots.
Charlie Pelnik, Jason Kalinowski (goal, assist) and Walker Harris (goal, two assists) scored in a 9:35 stretch spanning the first and second periods that gave the Oilers a 3-1 lead in a 5-3 Game One win. Jeff Thompson and Todd Jackson also scored for Connecticut. Nyle Sockbeson, Klas Tegnemyr and Machlan Sawden connected for Hartford. In Connecticut’s 5-4 Game Two win, Harris broke the tie with the game-winner at 16:19 of the third period. Kalinowski scored twice and Jackson and Philip Kreuser had a goal apiece. Zach Palmer scored twice for Hartford.
Little Flyers rule Philly
The regular-season champs scored a relatively straightforward 3-1 win in Game One. Their 5-4 Game Two OT series clincher was anything but.
The Flyers doubled up the Revolution in shots on goal (44-23) in the series opener, but Cayden Primeau (41 saves) kept the Revs in the game. Peter Hatton, Oleg Potemkin and Pavel Mikhasenok scored for the Flyers. Bruce Witman had the Revs’ goal. Game Two was a track meet with the Revs owning 2-1 and 3-2 leads before the Flyers’ Christian Karbler ended it at 9:33 of OT. Phil Zbell had a pair of goals for the winners. Richie McCartney scored two for the Revs while Guy Roby and Witman netted one each.
PREMIER DIVISION ALL-STARS
Corey Kennedy, New York Bobcats
Connor Powell, NH Jr. Monarchs
Eduards Tralmaks, Boston Bandits
Marc Happy, Connecticut Oilers
Markuss Komuls, Vermont Lumberjacks
Cayden Primeau, Philadelphia Revolution
Pavel Mikhasenok, Little Flyers
Walter Harris, Connecticut Oilers
Austin Kelly, Little Flyers
Alexander Wilkinson, Connecticut Oilers
C.J. Valerian, N.H. Junior Monarchs
Kenny Graham, Boston Bandits