Hitmen 16U Premier Surges to Shootout Win over Palmyra
Down but not out, the Hitmen rallied from a 2-0 deficit and overcame a late Palmyra goal to defeat the Black Knights 4-3 in a shootout.
Trailing 2-0 late in the second, Connor Sedlak blocked a Palmyra point shot and rushed the puck down the ice on a 2 on 1. Sedlak drove wide and made a nifty pass to Arthur Tsimerman who banged home a one-timer to put the Hitmen on the board.
Tony Wang knotted the game at two with just under seven minutes to play as he scored on a beautiful snap shot after gathering the puck deep in the offensive zone. Riding the momentum, Aidan Garabed picked up a puck in the neutral zone and attacked the net with speed, scoring on a hard low snap shot to give the Hitmen a 3-2 lead with 2:12 remaining in the third.
With their goalie off, Palmyra scored on a scramble in front to tie the game at three with 52 seconds left. The Hitmen then had to rely on their red-hot penalty killing to keep Palmyra off the board in overtime as they successfully killed off a four on three.
Nick Johansson was excellent in the shootout as he stopped all three attempts. ’03 Defenseman Jake Geraci delivered, scoring the only shootout goal to give the Hitmen a 4-3 victory.
The 18u Hitmen beat Team Virtua at home mid-week, 3-2 off of two 3rd period Brett Schnieder goals and a 24 save performance by John Werber. The week continued traveling up to Marlbough MA for the Boston Jr. Bruins Showcase. The 18u team opened the weekend up against the 2018 National Championship Runner-up Cape Cod Whalers. I tight contest prevailed with a Nate Defares tally from Vlasic and McLinskey which proved to be the only goal in the game. John Werber was locked in making 49 saves in 1-0 shutout.
Saturday featured the Hitmen Playing a very deep Eastern Mass Senator team. Again Brett Schnieder found the back of the net followed by Will Frassetto burying his first two of the year and Everest Schnieder getting on the score sheet. John Werber made 34 saves in a game which ended in a 4-4 tie. Later that day the Hitmen dropped the puck again the South Florida Hockey Academy. Once again Brett Schnieder continued his hot play scoring two goals off of feeds from Tristian Frese, Oscar Worob and Rory Mauer. Connor Tartaglione found the back of the net to break a 2-2 tie late in the second period. Artem Kobylyansky made 24 saves in the 3-2 win.
18u team went 2-1 this weekend. On Friday night the Hitmen beat the Jersey Shore Whalers by a score of 4-1. The hot power play went 2 for 2 seeing goals from Everest Schnieder and Connor Tartaglione. Two even stregth tallies by Oscar Worob rounded out the scoring. Artem Kobylyansky secured his first win of the season turning away 16 shots in a very solid first start.
The 18U Hitmen took a bus road trip to Northwood Prep in Lake Placid, NY the following day. A very physical, tighly matched game eventually needed overtime to decide a winner. Tristian Frese got the scoreing going on the Power Play from a crisp feed from Brett Schnieder and Liam McLinskey late in the first. Northwood answered back in the second period with an even stregth goal. In overtime an Everest Schnieder pass sent Brett Schneider on a breakaway and with a very silky move he burried the puck with ease. John Werber continued his consistent play turning away 33 saves, with some huge timley saves at the end of the 3rd period and a few to start overtime.
Sunday saw Northwood Prep bounce back with a 5-0 W a game in which they controlled the puck posession and physicallity of the game. The 18U Hitmen will look to get back on track with a mid-week match up with Team Virtua Wednesday night at the Ice Vault as well as the Boston Jr. Bruins Shootout in Mass this weekend which they will match up against: Cape Cod Whalers, Eastern Mass Senators and South Florida Hockey Club.