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York, PA (September 18, 2016) – The U-18 Skipjacks Hockey Club continued its dominance of foes this past weekend against the Connecticut Jr. Rangers by sweeping both games on Saturday (7-0) and Sunday (6-2) at the York Ice Arena. The U-16 Skipjacks split the weekend with a convincing win on Saturday night (5-2) and a shootout loss (3-2) on Sunday morning.
In the U-18 game Saturday night, Andrew Hipp started the scoring spree against the Rangers with a goal at the 9:58 mark of the first period with an assist by Ian McCollum. A minute and 21 seconds later, Connor Ferdorek put the puck in the back of the net for a 2-0 lead. Cade Groton scored the first of his two goals in the game before the period ended at the 5:39 mark to give the Skipjacks a 3-0 lead at the first period buzzer after outshooting their opponents 24-3.
The second period saw McCollum score the lone tally of the period with 8:11 left from a Hipp pass. The Skipjacks threw 24 more shots on goal for a two period total of 48.
The final period had three more goals added to the final score with goals from Alec Fryberger, Hunter Alden and Groton. Groton lead the team scoring with two goals and three assists. The Skipjacks defense held the Rangers with zero shots on goal in the final period. Jack’s goalie, Travis Spangle made 7 saves in the game to backstop the 7-0 victory.
Earlier in the night, the U-16 Skipjacks team took the lead less than five minutes into the first period with a goal from Riley Mays, assisted by Joey Baez and Clark Kerner on a power play goal. A little over a minute later, the Rangers tied the game with a power play tally. With 4:57 left in the period, Skipjacks regained the lead on a power play goal from Kerner. The Jacks lead 2-1 at the end of the first period after being outshot 10-14.
Jack Craycroft scored the lone goal of the second period with less than two minutes left to give the Skipjacks a 3-1 lead with one period of hockey remaining.
Less than one minute into the third period, the Rangers closed within one goal of the Jacks. At the 12:19 mark, Noah Watkins gave the Skipjacks a little breathing room on a power play goal assisted by Jake Putnam and Jake Carlson. The Jacks added one more power play goal with 20 seconds left in the game to win 5-2. The potent Skipjacks power play unit went 4 for 5 on the extra man advantage. Goaltender Alex Hanson made 29 saves to claim his second win of the season.
On Sunday morning, the U-16 Skipjacks team and CT Jr. Rangers held each other scoreless through the first two periods.
In a penalty filled third period, the Jacks got on the scoreboard first with a Riley Mays power play goal at the 11:37 mark to break the scoreless tie. The Rangers tied the score with a 5-on-3 power play goal less than two minutes later. While still on the man advantage, the Rangers took the lead (2-1) fifty-two seconds later. The Skipjacks battled back to a tie game with an unassisted goal from Jarri Linna. The third period ended in a 2-2 tie with the Skipjacks leading the shot advantage 56-31 as Jacks’ tender Alex Hanson made 29 saves.
The 5-minute overtime period saw each team with a power play. However, the defenses held strong keeping their opponents scoreless. In the shoot-out, the Rangers won 1-0 to take the win over the Skipjacks 3-2.
The U-18 Skipjacks team completed their sweep of the CT Jr. Rangers on Sunday afternoon. Both teams held each other scoreless in the first stanza with the Jacks outshooting the Rangers 10-2.
Less than three minutes into the second period, Ian McCollum gave the Skipjacks the lead on a goal assisted by Lucas Bahn. Bahn added two more goals in the period at the 7:10 and 6:51 mark of the period. A late Rangers goal with 35 seconds left closed the score to 3-1 at the end of the second period.
Jumping on the Rangers less than a minute into the third, the Jacks went back up by three goals thirty-seven seconds in on an Andrew Hipp goal. Once again the Rangers closed within two six minutes later. Cade Groton scored with 5:35 left in the game to extend the score to three goals (5-2). A minute later, Justin Fowlkes found the back of the net to secure the 6-2 Skipjacks victory with tender Isaiah Kahn in goal making nine saves in the game. Defenseman, Lucas Bahn led the Jacks in scoring with two goals and three assists in his five point game.
Next weekend, the Skipjacks travel to New England Sports Center in Marlborough, Massachusetts for the Jr. Bruins Tournament. The U-18 team will take on Nichols (Friday), CT Jr. Rangers (Friday) and Rochester Monarchs (Saturday) in the round robin round. The U-16 team will play Rochester Monarchs (Friday), CT Jr. Rangers (Saturday) and Islanders Hockey Club (Saturday). The playoff round and championship games will be on Sunday.
More information about the Skipjacks Hockey club may be found at www.skipjackshockey.com.