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UHL Round Up
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UHL ROUNDUP – 7/17/22 Week 10
Viking 13, Phantoms 1
The Vikings wasted no time in setting the tone against the Phantoms, scoring five unanswered goals in the first period, including two each from James Dixon and Jayden Auger on their way to identical hat tricks. Kyler Bouvier added a pair of goals and assists in the rout, while Cody Katz chipped in with two goals and three points. Defenseman Nick Kane’s one-timer blast on the power play late in the second period off a pretty set up from Jared Capella and Mac Kahwati surprised Vikings netminder Cole Currier for the Phantoms’ lone goal of the contest. Connor Peterson turned aside all nine shots he faced as the starting goaltender for the winners.
Patriots 9, Dracut-Tyngsboro 7
The Patriots relied on a five-goal third period, powered by a pair of tallies each from Shawn Meyers and Conner Lavery, to survive a late Dracut-Tyngsboro rally and snap a two-game skid. Despite Meyer’s hat trick and Lavery’s overall four points, North Middlesex didn’t put the win away until Max Caliri deposited an empty-netter with 44 seconds remaining thanks in large part to D-T forward Mikey DesMarais’ four-goal performance. Drew DuRoss added a goal and set up two others in the D-T loss, while Jacob McDougall recorded three assists in the comeback bid.
Huskies 9, Jr. Lions 3
The Junior Lions were seeking their second West Division upset in three weeks when they jumped out to an early 2-0 thanks to a pair of goals from Mike Spitz. But the late-arriving Huskies’ offense accounted for the game’s next nine goals over the final two periods, including a hat trick from Brendan Driscoll, to cruise to victory in the showdown for the division lead. Brothers Alex and Jesse Gertz scored twice for the surging Huskies, while Gavin Asimakopulos posted three assists. Jack Sheehan notched a goal and assist for the Junior Lions, while goalie Nathan Medeiros posted his third straight win for the Huskies.
Ghosts 5, Crusaders 2
Four goals in the third period, including Ben Mulgrew’s second power-play tally of the game, allowed the Ghosts to post their third consecutive victory and remain a point behind the Lions atop the East standings. Both of Mulgrew’s conversions helped erase one-goal Crusaders advantages, but it was Ben Solari’s ninth of the season with 6:20 left that proved to be the game-winner. Nick Burns (3 points) added an insurance goal three minutes later for Westford, while goalie Connor Mierz turned aside 19 of 21 shots in the win. Ryan Bushnell and Jack Van Pelt accounted for the Crusaders scoring, while Groton starting goaltender Caden Woolfrey stopped 13 of the 14 shots he faced.
Lions 12, Islanders 4
The East Division-leading Lions broke open a close contest in the second period with five consecutive goals over a six-minute span, highlighted by a natural hat trick off the stick of UHL top scorer David Wood. Wood also set up four other Chelmsford tallies, including two each of Joe Stagnone and A.J. Bogiorno’s identical game-best four goals. The Islanders offensive production came from four players, including Brett Anderson’s fifth of the season.