The Hitmen 15 Pure team started league play with three wins and a loss over Labor Day Weekend at Chelsea Piers. Game 1 was a 3-2 victory over PAL islanders. goals by Tommy Gilligan (2) and Jake Leale provided the Hitmen offense. Joe Bossolina contributed with 2 assists and some good hard physical play. David Lee turned away 18 shots and made some key saves down a man towards the end of the game to preserve the lead.
Game 2 was a come from behind win over a tough Philadelphia Hockey Club. After an early goal by Tommy Gilligan, the 15 team fell behind 2-1 late and scored 2pp goals by Matt Imbriano and Michael Angeletti. Imbriano added an empty net goal. Ricky Demario and Tommy Gilligan added assists on the pp goals late. Michael Bussanich was very strong in net keeping the team in the game most of the way.
Game 3 was a 6-2 loss to a tough NJ Rockets team. Goaltender David Lee played well throughout turning away 48 saves. Tommy Gilligan had two goals. John Dunphey added an assist. The 15 attempted a come back cutting the lead to 1 in the second but fell short as the Rockets converted two late goals.
Game 4 was a 4-2 win over the palm beach hawks. the offense put the Hawks goaltender under siege for most of the game putting up nearly 40 shots to their 17. goals were provided by Michael Angeletti, Matt Imbriano, Jack Noel and Daniel Ilizarov. Bussanich turned away 15 shots. The team played well throughout the weekend.