Hitmen 16U Premier Earns Three League Wins at Showcase
It was a good weekend for the Hitmen 16U Premier squad as they defeated the Newbridge Academy 2-0, South Shore Kings 4-1 and the Springfield Pics 2-1.
The Hitmen opened up play on Friday night, knocking off the Newbridge Academy 2-0. Matt Esquerre and Connor Sedlak each scored while Tristan Neubart was solid in net making 30 saves for the win.
On Saturday night the 16U Premier team defeated the South Shore Kings 4-1. Will Fortescue and Tony Wang scored early in the first period and the Hitmen never looked back. Troy Clement added a goal late in the second and tallied three points in the game. Cole Brennan added an empty net goal to put the game out of reach. Nick Johansson made 12 saves in net for the victory.
The Hitmen returned to action on Sunday night, beating the Springfield Pics 2-1. The 16U Premier team dominated in quality scoring chances but the Springfield goalie was equal to the challenge. Luke Johnson and Tommy McCarren tallied a goal each to send the Hitmen to a 2-1 win. Neubart was strong in net making 22 saves.
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.