UHL ROUNDUP – 6/6/21 Week 5

Indians 9, Warriors 2
The Indians raced out to a seven-goal lead after two periods on the strength of a pair of goals from both Carter Amidon (4 points) and Brendan Driscoll (PPG, 3 points) before surrendering one to the Warriors. Amidon set up older brother Caleb for two more in the third, while Indians goalie Thomas Kelly turned aside 16 shots in his season debut to earn his first UHL victory. Tyler Lautieri netted the Warriors’ first goal early in the final period and later set up Jesse Gertz to cap the scoring.

Crusaders 7, Jr. Crusaders 5
Ahead, 4-3, behind a natural hat trick off the stick of Caleb Filin, the Junior Crusaders added to their first third-period lead of the season when John Cronin scored in the opening minute. However, the Crusaders, who also benefited from a natural hat trick early in the game from Dylan Cianci, managed to tie the game by the 8:23 mark on an even-strength goal from Andrew Cappella followed by an unassisted, power-play tally from Gus Kahwati. The score didn’t remain deadlocked for long, though, as Jerry Fang netted the eventual game-winner for the Crusaders unassisted with 2:52 remaining. Kahwati potted an insurance goal 1:28 later for his second of period to cement the victory. 

Ghosts 6, Jr. Ghosts 1
Junior Ghosts forward Ben Mulgrew spoiled netminder Jon Doherty’s shutout bid with a power-play goal with less than three minutes remaining for their lone goal as the Ghosts cruised to their fifth straight victory. Sean Milanette added to his league-leading scoring totals with a pair of goals, while Evan Twombly also scored twice in the win. Doherty stopped 17 of the 18 shots he faced for the Ghosts, while Tyler Frazee (23 saves) kept the Junior Ghosts in the game with several challenging saves throughout the game.

Islanders 5, Dracut-Tyngsboro 1
The Islanders extended their unbeaten streak to three games (2-0-1) with their second straight convincing win thanks to a four-goal first period. Dominick Cerundolo scored twice in the first to power the Isles offense, joined by Patrick Gallavan and Noah Proulx. Brian Putney, who leads the league with six helpers, chipped in with a pair of assists in the victory, while goaltender Gavin Geraghty saw his shutout bid ruined by Dracut-Tyngsboro forward Nate Freelove, who roofed a shot short side from a tough angle with just 3:24 left in the game. D-T goaltender Damien Carter was busy turning aside 32 of the 37 shots he faced in the loss.

UHL ROUNDUP – 5/23/21 Week 4

Ghosts 8, Dracut-Tyngsboro 2
The Ghosts remained undefeated thanks to a five-goal explosion in the first period, powered by pair of goals from league points leader Sean Milanette. David Mills and Ryan Ratte contributed with two goals and an assist apiece, while Evan Twombly added a goal to go with two assists for the Ghosts, who have outscored their opponents, 27-9, over four contests. Dracut-Tyngsboro goalie Damien Carter was bombarded with 45 shots, while Nate Freelove and Mike Desmarais accounted for offense in the D-T loss.

Warriors 7, Jr. Crusaders 3
Team specials were indeed just that for the Warriors, who scored a pair of shorthanded goals along with a power-play tally in outlasting the Junior Crusaders. Grady Chretien’s second of his league-best, four-goal performance came on the penalty kill late in the first period as the Warriors built a 3-0 lead. Chretien scored the next two goals as well for the winners before Jonah Winsor (shorthanded) and Caleb May (power play) iced the game for the Warriors late in the third. Cody Katz was credit with the first official goal of the season for the Junior Crusaders, who had been held off the scoreboard the previous two games after being awarded a Week 1 forfeit victory. Alex Bartoshevich and Ryan Hardy also lit the lamp in the loss.

Islanders 9, Crusaders 2
Holding a slim 3-2 advantage early in the second, the Islanders accounted for the game’s final six goals to pull away from the Crusaders. Austin Kaminaris powered the Isles with two goals and two assists, while Patrick Gallavan contributed with a pair of tallies of his own. Brian Putney posted three assists in the win, while Brett Anderson added a goal and assist. Jack Vanpelt scored his team-high third goal of the season for the Crusaders, while Cole Beigel notched his first. Both players assisted on the other’s tallies.

Jr. Ghosts 7, Indians 4
Forced to play minus a goaltender and with a sixth skater on the ice for the entire game, the Indians remarkably were tied, 3-3, with the Junior Ghosts until Will Tarbox jammed home a loose puck with just :01 left in the second period to give the unbeaten victors their first lead of the day. The Junior Ghosts, who hadn’t surrendered a goal in their first two contests of the season, put the game out of reach with three more in the third, including the final one with 4:11 left from Mike Faia to complete a hat trick. Tarbox also scored again in the final period after setting up linemate Ben Mulgrew (goal, assist) just 26 seconds earlier. Goaltender Kyle McGrath turned aside 36 of 40 shots from the Indians, who attempted to rely on the best-defense-is-a-good-offense approach without a goalie. Ethan Fradkin proved stellar playing the would-be netminder for the Indians, making 12 courageous saves, while teammates Sean Furbush and Max Caliri notched their first goals of the season.

UHL ROUNDUP – 5/16/21 Week 3

Jr. Ghosts 9, Warriors 0
Hayden Ricard notched a hat trick and Jimmy O’Keefe added two goals as the Junior Ghosts posted their second straight shutout victory behind 16 saves from goaltender Tyler Frazee. Mike Faia chipped in a power-play goal to go with an assist for the Junior Ghosts, while Daniel Son was credited with a pair of assists. Goaltender Rylan Morgan faced 30 shots for the Warriors.

Indians 6, Islanders 6 (tie)
Defenseman Kyle D’Silva’s shot through traffic off a clean faceoff win by center Josh Weigh found its way over the left shoulder of Indians goalie Jeff Guiterrez (38 saves) with just under a minute remaining to complete a four-goal comeback for the Islanders and earn the tie. The Indians built a 4-0 lead in the first behind a hat trick from Dom Hall and a single tally from Jamieson Harrington. But the Islanders chipped away at that deficit with two goals in the second, including one with the man-advantage by Noah Proulx, and three more in the third. David Hederman added a goal and assist for the Indians, while Nick Muse posted a pair of assists for the Islanders.

Ghosts 9, Crusaders 2
The Ghosts cruised to their third straight victory on the strength of three goals from Sean Milanette and two more plus an assist from Matt Cielakie. Brady Bomal and David Mills both added a goal and assist in the win, while goalie Jon Doherty turned aside 13 shots. Dylan Cianci netted a nifty unassisted shorthanded tally for the Crusaders in the second after Jack Vanpelt put them on the board early in the period.

Dracut-Tyngsboro 6, Jr. Crusaders 0
Dracut-Tyngsboro earned its first win behind single tallies in the second and third periods from both Jacob Hammar and Tommy Workman. Hammar’s first tally came unassisted while on the penalty kill early in the second period three minutes before Workman was set up by Ben Warner (2 assists) for this first of the day. D-T goaltender Damien Carter needed to stop only 10 shots to post his first shutout of the season, while his Junior Crusaders counterpart, Gabe Aroian, turned aside 23 of 25 shots faced in relief of starting goalie Cole Currier (20 saves). 

UHL ROUNDUP – 5/8/21 Week 2

Jr. Ghosts 6, Jr. Crusaders 0
Goaltender Kyle McGrath stopped all 15 shots he faced, and Ben Mulgrew scored a pair of power-play goals in the second in leading the Junior Ghosts to a dominating UHL debut victory. Ben Solari added a goal and two assists in the shutout win, while Matt Mulhern chipped in with a goal and assist. Junior Crusaders starting netminder Gabe Aroian held off 21 of 23 shots.

Warriors 10, Crusaders 0
Jonah Winsor completed a natural hat trick in the third period, while Jake Roy and Kyle Dunn posted a pair of goals as the Warriors cruised to their first victory. Goaltender Rylan Morgan saved 18 shots to earn the shutout for the Warriors, who got single tallies from Mike McLaughlin, Emma Dunn and Kyle Sanborn. Cam McCretton faced 35 shots in goal for the Crusaders.

Ghosts 6, Islanders 3
Trailing 2-1 after the first period, the Ghosts netted the game’s next five goals, including two within a minute late in the second off the sticks of Griffin Scwamb and Sam Cioffi to build a 4-2 lead by the second intermission. Sean Milanette (2 goals, assist) netted a shorthanded tally midway through the third to cap the scoring for the winners. Brian Putney led the Islanders with a goal and assist, while goalie Gavin Geraghty turned in 27 saves.

Indians 8, Dracut-Tyngsboro 5
A four-goal second period snapped a 1-1 tie and powered the Indians to their first victory, backstopped by a 15-save effort by netminder Jeff Guiterrez. Chris Viscione and Tom Hardy both posted a goal and two assists, while Dom Hall added a goal to go with an assist in the win. Dracut-Tyngsboro kept the result in doubt with three goals in the third period, including power-play tallies from Josh Savoie and Jacob Hammar. D-T goalie Calvin Martel turned aside 25 of 28 shots in the loss, including  a whopping 16 in the first period.

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Crusaders 3, Warriors 2
Jack Vanpelt’s unassisted goal with just :06 remaining lifted the Crusaders past the Warriors, who had knotted the score at 2-2 just three minutes earlier while on the power play off the stick of Jonah Winsor. Cole Beigel set up Colin Flood with the go-ahead goal for the Crusaders midway through the third period after both clubs scored once in the second, including a nifty individual-effort shorthanded goal from Winsor.

Ghosts 4, Islanders 2
A three-goal third period allowed the Ghosts to double up the Islanders, who held a 2-1 lead entering the final stanza. The Ghosts netted the three tallies in a 3:33 span late in the period off the sticks of Dan Campbell (shorthanded), Ryan McCarthy, and Brady Bomal. Caleb Acacena (shorthanded) and Brett Anderson’s second-period goals gave the Islanders the lead entering the final 15 minutes, and goaltender Gavin Geraghty turned aside 20 of 24 shots.

Jr. Crusaders 1, Indians 0 (forfeit)