A full pre-Thanksgiving slate of games kicked off Wednesday night with the New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs rattling off five unanswered third-period goals to pull away from the Walpole Express, 7-3, and the Northern Cyclones registering a methodical 4-2 decision of the New England Wolves in North Conference action.
Trailing, 3-2, after a goal by second-place Walpole’s Austin Bianchi with 12:15 to play, the fourth-place Monarchs pulled even on Connor Powell’s first of two goals with 11:13 left, then got the game-winner from Derek Neal with 8:05 to play. Justin Goldman (12:24), Powell (17:20) and Hunter Laslo (18:05) rounded out the closing blitz. Kyle Madore had 27 saves for the win.
The third-place Cylcones prevailed on third-period goals by Nolan Redler and Joey Meehan. Cam Bando and Jarrod Fitzpatrick also scored while Drennen Atherton picked up the win with 25 saves. Ryan Dunn and Matthew Donald Toombs tallied for the Wolves.
This weekend the first-place Boston Bandits look to hold their ground when they visit the struggling Wolves on Saturday and Sunday while the Cyclones and Monarchs square off Saturday night.
In the South Conference, the first-place Philadelphia Revolution will ride an 11-game winning streak into Saturday night’s game against the Connecticut Oilers. The Revs have doubled up their opponents on the scoreboard (80-40) and have a nine-point bulge but the third-place Oilers have two games in hand with a chance to close the gap just a bit.
Meanwhile, two teams that sit in stalking mode with five games in hand on the Revolution – the second-place Hartford Jr. Wolfpack and the fourth-place Philadelphia Little Flyers – face off in a key two-game set at Ice Line Quad Rinks Saturday and Sunday.
Boston Bandits – Ryan O’Donnell, Fitchburg State
Hartford Jr. Wolfpack – Connor Bechtel, Salve Regina; Thomas DeFelice, SUNY Fredonia, Zach Palmer, Nichols College.
Philadelphia Revolution – Dave Melaragni, Northeastern; Cayden Primeau, Northeastern; Chayse Primeau, Canisius.
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
George Blinick, G, Junior Flyers
Austin Kelly, F, Little Flyers
Sean Kuhn, G, Jr. Rangers
Points – Anthony Del Gaizo, New Jersey Rockets, 36
Goals – Anthony Del Gaizo, New Jersey Rockets, 18
Assists – Donny Flynn, New Jersey Rockets, 23
Goals Against Average – Cayden Primeau, Philadelphia Revolution, 0.91
Save Percentage – Cayden Primeau, Philadelphia Revolution, .975
Wins – Connor Rodericks, Walpole Express, 10.