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UHL ROUNDUP – 7/30/23 Week 12 (Regular Season)

 

D-T Summer 5, Patriots 3

Dracut-Tyngsboro earned the top seed in the four-team West Division round-robin playoffs with three-goal, third-period comeback to down the Patriots. Drew DuRoss’ second goal of the game tied the score at 3-3 with 12:23 left before the forward set up Tommy Jackson for the eventual game-winner less than four minutes later. Jake Haubner’s insurance tally two minutes later put the game out of reach for North Middlesex thanks to a perfect 18-for-18 save performance by goalie Aiden Theriault, who relieved starter Connor Cole (11 saves). Conor Lavery and Max Caliri posted a goal and assist for the Patriots.

 

Ghosts 10, Crusaders 1

The Ghosts dominated Groton to  finish the regular season without a loss (7-0-1), setting up a best-of-three showdown playoff series against the Lions for the East Division crown. Nick Burns, J.J. Funaro and Tyler Olsen posted a pair of goals apiece for Westford, while goalie Kerian Humphries (13 saves) was denied a  third shutout victory by forward Mac Khawati’s unassisted, second-period goal for the Crusaders.

 

Lions 11, Huskies 3

The Huskies had no answers in slowing down the Lions offense, which was paced by a four-goal, two-assist performance by David Wood. Nicky Lafreniere registered two goals and two assists in the rout for Chelmsford, while Declan Crowley posted a goal to go along with a pair of assists. Jesse Gertz scored two goals for the Huskies, including a highlight-reel, end-to-end, up-ice rush on the power play in the second period.

 

Vikings 5, Admirals 2

A three-goal third period allowed the Vikings to hold off the upset-minded Admirals, who appear ready for their best-of-three playoff series against the Crusaders. Cam Auger, Kyle Bouvier (game-winner) and Dan Cregg netted goals during the final 15 minutes after the Admirals cut the deficit to 3-2 with 13 minutes left on Dylan Macleod’s team-best fourth goal of the season. Brody Simmons also recorded a goal and assist for Nashoba Tech, which will compete as part of the four-team West Division round-robin playoffs.

 

UHL ROUNDUP – 7/23/23 Week 11 (Regular Season)

 

Lions 5, Vikings 3

After Chelmsford built a 4-1 lead 20 minutes into the game, Vikings goalie Conner Peterson entered the contest and immediately cooled off the Lions offense, turning aside 16 of the 17 shots he faced down the stretch. Power-play goals from Jack Donovan and Brody Simmons helped Nashoba Tech cut the deficit to one, but Nicky Lafreniere netted an insurance goal for Chelmsford with 3:30 remaining to secure the victory. Forwards David Wood and Nick Perria scored a pair of goals for the Lions, while alternate goalie Jack Gourley recorded 25 saves.

 

Ghosts 7, Admirals 1

The Ghosts extended their win streak to five games and unbeaten stretch to eight (7-0-1) behind a natural hat trick from J.J. Funaro and four points from Ethan Murphy (2 goals, 2 assists). Dylan Macleod’s shorthanded goal early in the second period prevented Westford goalie Keiran Humphries (13 saves) from posting his third shutout of the season. Ethan Koehr set up a pair of goals for the Ghosts before scoring one of his own in the final minute of the game.

 

Patriots 3, Huskies 2

After being held off the scoreboard for the game’s first 43 minutes, the Patriots pulled off an incredible last-minute comeback victory to stun the Huskies. Leo Haridopolos scored his second goal of the day for the Huskies with just 2:15 remaining to double their advantage, but North Middlesex was in no mood to concede. Huskies defenseman Elliott Perry was whistled for high sticking with 1:32 left and Patriots forward Connor Lavery scored immediately off the ensuing faceoff. After the Huskies iced the puck following the center-ice faceoff, they failed to clear the puck from their zone, allowing Lavery to set up Jimmy O’Keefe for the tying goal with 1:08 remaining. The Huskies regrouped and nearly netted a late game-winner, but O’Keefe forced a turnover at his own blue line and dashed down ice on a breakaway before beating goalie Cooper Kirchner, who turned in an impressive 29-save performance, with just 26 seconds left to complete the impressive eleventh-hour rally victory.

 

D-T Summer 7, Crusaders 4

Power-play goals from D-T Summer forwards Nate Freelove and Christos Panagakis in the first period and a shorthanded tally from Jake Haubner in the third proved too much for feisty Groton to overcome. Despite the Crusaders only registering 10 shots the entire contest, forward Robert Flynn posted the club’s first hat trick of the season in the loss, while goaltender Cam McCretton stopped 28 shots. Freelove (2 goals, 2 assist) finished with a game-high four points for D-TS.

 

 

UHL ROUNDUP – 7/16/23 Week 10 (Regular Season)

 

D-T Summer 5, Huskies 5 (tie)

In a back-and-forth interdivisional contest, neither club held the lead for more than a five-minute stretch as Dracut-Tyngsboro came back on three times over the final 19 minutes to earn a point in the standings. After Alex Gertz gave the Huskies their third one-goal advantage of the game early in the third, Connor Daniel scored the unassisted equalizer for D-T Summer with 9:56 remaining to cap the scoring. League-leading scorer Carter Amidon factored in all five Huskies goals, including posting his fourth hat trick of the season, while Noah Proulx netted his first two goals for D-TS and Chris Moran recorded a goal and assist.

 

Patriots 5, Admirals 0

Goalie Jack Murphy posted his league-best second complete-game shutout of the season behind 23 saves, while Shawn Meyers notched another natural hat trick to power the West Division leaders to victory. Connor Lavery and Finn McNabb also scored for the Patriots, who generated 46 shots on busy Admirals netminder James Brew (41 saves).

 

Ghosts 9, Vikings 2

The Vikings kept pace with the first-place Ghosts for the first 30 minutes until Westford turned up the pressure in the third, netting six goals to blow open the close contest. Defenseman Tom Rose dominated the game from the blue line, scoring a league-high five goals and assisting on two others for the Ghosts, who were also paced by a pair of third-period goals from J.J. Funaro. Brody Simmons and Jayden Auger scored for the Vikings.

 

Lions 13, Crusaders 1

The Lions dominated all three zones in overpowering the Crusaders, who remain winless. Mac Khawati’s second-period goal for Groton spoiled the shutout bid for Chelmsford goaltender Cooper Campo (15 saves). Meanwhile, the Lions, who recorded 48 shots on Crusaders goalie Cam McCretton (35 saves), were paced offensively by four goals from Memphis Belleville and three more from David Wood. Nicky Lafreniere and Nick Lupoli also netted a pair each for Chelmsford, which remained a point behind Westford atop of the East standings.

 

 

UHL ROUNDUP – 7/9/23 Week 9 (Regular Season)

 

Lions 6, Patriots 3

The Lions wasted no time jumping on the West Division-leading Patriots, scoring five unanswered goals in the first period off the sticks of different players, including Andy Yang, who posted a goal and two assists in the victory. Manny Carvalho added a goal and assist for Chelmsford, while goalie Cooper Campo made 20 saves on 23 shots. All three Patriots goals came on special teams, including shorthanded tallies from Max Caliri and Shawn Meyers, who also set up each other’s goals.

 

Vikings 8, Crusaders 3

The Vikings scored the game’s final four goals in the third period to pull away from the spirited Crusaders. Power-play tallies from Jayden Auger and Cody Katz helped Nashoba Tech build a three-goal advantage before the Crusaders came back with three straight of their own from Griffin Southwick, Jared Cappella and Robert Flynn by the 10:49 mark of the second. Brian Bardsley’s first goal of the season with under a minute to play in the period gave the Vikings back the lead for good before they blew the contest open over the final 15 minutes, powered by back-to-back tallies from Sean Meyers.

 

D-T Summer 8, Admirals 4

Trailing 2-1 after the opening stanza, Dracut-Tyngsboro found its scoring touch in the form of a standout, four-goal performance from Colin Underwood and a pair tallies from Christos Panagakis in doubling up the Admirals. Goaltender Connor Cole turned aside 20 shots, while both Tommy Jackson and Mike Demaris chipped in with a goal and assist for D-T Summer. Landon Briand posted a goal and assist in the loss for Alvirne-Milford.

 

Ghosts 9, Huskies 0

The surging Ghosts put together their most impressive all-around effort of the season, generating 45 shots on young Huskies netminder Cooper Kirschner while surrendering just 13 to the league’s top scoring squad in dominating the interdivisional clash. Will Tarbox and J.J. Funaro each scored twice, while Devin Marshall added another and set up three more for the East Division leaders. Not only did goalie Kerian Humphries record a league-best second shutout, he also blanked UHL leading scorer Carter Amidon, whose five-game, 17-goal scoring tear for the Huskies came to an end.

 

 

UHL ROUNDUP – 6/25/23 Week 8 (Regular Season)

 

Huskies 7, Admirals 4

The Huskies registered five second-period goals, including a pair from Braden Amidon (4 points), to outdistance the Admirals. Carter Amidon posted his third hat trick for the winners coupled with an assist, adding to his league lead in scoring (17-6—23) and extending his multiple-goal streak to five games. Eddie Marchese and Nate Ricci netted their first goals of the season for the Admirals in the third, but their comeback effort fell short.

 

Patriots 7, Vikings 6

Brady Lavery’s goal two minutes into the final period extended the Patriots’ lead to 7-3 before the Vikings attempted a late rally. Brody Simmons potted his second of the game for Nashoba Tech with under six minutes remaining before Jayden Auger scored twice three minutes apart to cut the deficit to one. However, even with goaltender Jack Ratta (13 shots, 11 saves) pulled for an extra attacker, the Vikings couldn’t convert for the equalizer thanks in large part to a 14-save, third-period effort from North Middlesex netminder Jack Murphy. Max Caliri scored twice and set up another for the Patriots, while Finn McNabb posted a goal and two assists in the win.

 

D-T Summer 5, Crusaders 5 (tie)

After defenseman Jacob McDougal extended Dracut-Tyngsboro’s lead to two on an unassisted shorthanded tally with 3:12 to play, Crusaders forwards Christian Walzel and Brady Acucena scored 1:48 apart to even the score, the latter goal coming with just 1:05 remaining, securing the first point of the season for Groton with the tie. Goalie Caden Woolfrey turned aside 26 shots for the Crusaders in a solid effort, while Colin Underwood scored his team-leading sixth goal for D-T Summer on a power play in the second.

 

Ghosts 2, Lions 1

In a well-played, defensive-minded contest, the Ghosts used a game-winning, power-play goal from Nick Burns with 5:57 left and an outstanding 24-save performance from goaltender Tyler Frazee to knock the Lions out of first place in the East Division. After a scoreless first period, Westford grabbed a short-lived lead on a Tyler Olseen goal midway through the second before Kaiden Belleville tied it up for Chelmsford 3:25 later, assisted nicely by Noah Rosado, and setting the stage for an action-packed third period. The exciting victory avenged an ugly six-goal, parity-round loss to the Lions for the rolling Ghosts.

 

UHL ROUNDUP – 6/17/23 Week 7 (Regular Season)

 

Huskies 5, Vikings 5 (tie)

The Vikings fought back twice in the third period to erase one-goal deficits as James Conway and Brody Simmons netted unassisted third-period tallies to help Nashoba Valley draw even with the Huskies. The Brothers Amidon accounted for all the Huskies offense on the day. Rookie Beckett netted his first UHL goal sandwiched between a pair from elder brother Carter that completed his second hat trick of the season by the midway point of the third. Fellow sibling Braden also netted one in the first period for the Huskies. Vikings netminders Ty Stapleton (15 saves) and Conner Peterson (16 saves) both faced 18 shots.

 

Lions 8, Crusaders 1

If not for an unassisted goal from Crusaders forward Brady Acucena with just two ticks left on the clock, substitute goalie Mark Berwirth would have notched the shutout victory for the Lions with a 17-save performance. David Wood recorded his first hat trick of the season and assisted on Manny Carvlho’s tally for the Lions, who produced 41 shots on Crusaders goalie Cam McCretton.

 

Patriots 7, D-T Summer 1

Shawn Meyers continued his torrid scoring streak with his fourth hat trick, while Brady Lavery scored twice and set up another in the Patriots’ route of the shorthand Middies. Goalies Jack Murphy and Charles Becker combined for 15 saves for North Middlesex, while Jake Haubner netted D-T Summer’s lone goal late in the second.

 

Ghosts 1, Admirals 0 (forfeit)

 

 

UHL ROUNDUP – 6/11/23 Week 6 (Regular Season)

 

Admirals 3, Crusaders 1

The Admirals snapped a scoreless tie with three second-period goals, including two from Chris Bozza, the latter with the man-advantage, to earn their first West Division victory. Goalie James Brew stopped all 10 shots he faced as the starter for Alvirne-Milford, but crease partner Kian Corcoran proved much busier, turning aside 26 of the 27 Crusaders shots in the second half of the contest. Owen Eastman accounted for the lone goal for Groton in the opening minute of the third.

 

Vikings 3, D-T Summer 1

Jack Donovan’s second goal of the game early in the middle period proved to be the game-winner for the Vikings, who were backstopped by superior goaltending from Deklan Farrell (9 saves, 10 shots) and Jack Ratta (5 saves, 5 shots). Mike Demaris’ power-play goal in the second pulled Dracut-Tyngsboro within one entering the third before Brody Simmons cemented the win for Nashoba Valley with an open-net goal in the final minute.

 

Lions 7, Huskies 7 (tie)

The Huskies claimed a one-goal lead three times in the third period only to see the Lions fight back each time for the equalizer, the last two coming off the stick of Memphis Belleville on the power play, to earn the interdivisional draw. Carter Amidon scored twice in the third for the Huskies, including on a gorgeous shorthanded solo up-ice rush, to cap a four-point effort, while his younger brother Braden also registered a hat trick. Meanwhile, David Wood scored twice for the Lions and set up two other goals, including the second of A.J. Bogiorno’s two first-period tallies.

 

Ghosts 3, Patriots 3 (tie)

Despite mustering only 14 shots on goal, the Patriots believed they secured the victory on Shawn Meyers’ second goal of the game with just 1:14 remaining. However, off the ensuring faceoff, the Ghosts immediately gained possession in the Patriots’ zone before Peter Burns snapped home the tying tally off a nice feed from brother Nick (1 goal, 1 assist) just 11 seconds later. The defensive contest’s three goalies were the unheralded stars of the game as Charles Becker (9) and Jack Murphy (11) combing for 20 saves for the North Middlesex, while Kieran Humphries turned aside 11 shots for Westford.

 

UHL ROUNDUP – 6/4/23 Week 5 (Regular Season)

 

Lions 6, Vikings 4

The Lions earned their first East Division victory thanks to converting just 14 seconds apart from David Wood (2 goals, 1 assist) and Matthew Kaplan with under five minutes left in the game. Brody Simmons had pulled the Vikings within one with 6:46 remaining on a power-play goal set up by nicely by Jayden Auger (2 assists). Memphis Belleville notched a goal and assist for Chelmsford, while Nick Lupoli scored shorthanded in the second for the victors.

 

Ghosts 7, D-T Summer 3

The Ghosts broke open a close contest with three second-periods goals, including Peter Burns’ second of the game followed by a shorthanded tally from Bryan Fitzgerald, to earn the East Division victory. Matt Mulhern also scored twice for Westford, while Ben Cardillo accounted for two of D-T Summer’s goals.

 

Patriots 8, Admirals 5

Knotted at 5-5 after the first 30 minutes in this West Division clash, the Patriots pulled away from the Admirals thanks to the third and fourth goals of the game from sniper Shawn Meyers in the third period. Max Caliri scored twice in the second for the Patriots and set up Meyers in the third for a three-point day, while Brady Lavery’s second goal of the game with 4:21 left added some insurance for North Middlesex. Bryce Laroe and Ceddy Beaulieu scored twice for the Admirals, while goalie Trent Scarbo turned aside 34 shots.

 

Huskies 12, Crusaders 5

The Huskies exploded for a league-high offensive output behind a pair of four-goal performances from Carter Amidon and Jesse Gertz, who both registered natural hat tricks at different points in the West Division contest. Caleb Acucena netted a pair of goals and assisted on another for the Crusaders.

 

 

UHL ROUNDUP – 5/21/23 Week 4 (Parity)

 

Admirals 7, Crusaders 4

The Admirals earned their first-ever UHL victory behind a hat trick from substitute forward David Wood and a 24-save performance by goalie Kian Corcoran. Cole Begel recorded a goal and assist for the still-winless Crusaders.

 

Ghosts 9, Vikings 3

Powered by a pair of shorthanded goals 1:14 apart, the Ghosts dominated the Vikings, who wound up netting the game’s final three goals after falling behind 9-0 midway through the third. Sub forward Jack Donovan posted a hat trick for Westford, including its second shorthanded tally, while Matt Mulhern added a pair of goals in the convincing win. Will Tarbox accounted for the Ghosts’ first goal while down a man after setting up Mulhern’s initial goal early in the first period.

 

D-T Summer 9, Lions 3

Dracut-Tyngsboro’s potent offense proved too much for even the undefeated Lions. D-T Summer actually fell behind, 2-1, after Chelmsford scored just 14 seconds apart early in the second period on goals from David Wood and Nicky Lafreniere. The Lions even held a brief 3-2 advantage until the Middies tied the score again on a power-play goal from Nate Freelove just past the game’s midway point. However, DTS scored five more times before the second intermission to blow the contest open, including Freelove’s second of the day on his way to a four-point outing. Colin Underwood accounted for the lone goal in the third period to cap a hat trick for winners.

 

Huskies 7, Patriots 7 (tie)

In a high-scoring, back-and-forth battle, Carter Amidon sniped a pair of third-period goals, including the final one with 3:40 remaining, to pull the Huskies even with Patriots. Jesse Gertz completed a natural hat trick earlier in the third to begin the Huskies’ comeback after North Middlesex had built a 6-4 lead during the second period on the strength of a pair of goals from Shawn Meyers (4 points), who would later net his third goal of the game early in the third.

 

 

UHL ROUNDUP – 5/13/23 Week 3 (Parity)

 

Lions 7, Ghosts 1

The Ghosts drew even with the Lions early in the first period on J.J. Funaro’s unassisted goal but had trouble staying out of the penalty box the rest of the game. The Lions took advantage by controlling the puck and scoreboard the rest of the way. Declan Crowley scored with the man-advantage midway through the middle stanza for his second goal of the game for Chelmsford, while Kaiden Belleville also added a pair of goals in the Lions’ third straight win.

 

Patriots 7, Crusaders 5

Brady Lavery completed a natural hat trick for the Patriots with 3:31 remaining to snap a 4-4 tie after Kyle Ricci netted the equalizer for the upset-minded Crusaders just 1:33 earlier. Shawn Meyers had already posted a natural hat trick of his own for North Middlesex, netting the first three goals for the Patriots by the 2:11 mark of the second. Brady Acucena posted a goal to go with two assists for Groton.

 

Vikings 2, Admirals 2 (tie)

The Vikings erased a late two-goal deficit with tallies from Jayden Auger and Brody Simmons to post a hard-earned point against the upstart Admirals, who were backstopped by an outstanding 31-save effort from goaltender Trent Scarbo. James Nemeth gave Alvirne-Milford its first lead of the season with a first-period, power-play goal before Ceddy Beaulieu doubled the Admirals’ advantage with an unassisted tally early in the second.

 

Dracut-Tyngsboro Summer 10, Huskies 0

After hanging tough through a scoreless opening period, the shorthanded Huskies proved no match for late-arriving Dracut-Tyngsboro offense, which was powered by pair of goals from both Colin Underwood (4 points) and Ben Cardillo in the Middies’ first UHL contest of the season. D-T Summer goalie Connor Cole turned aside 10 shots to earn the shutout victory.

 

UHL ROUNDUP – 5/7/23 Week 2 (Parity)

 

Vikings 11, Phantoms 1

In their lone UHL contest of the season, the shorthanded Phantoms hung with the Vikings for the opening 15 minutes until the seasoned Vikings found their scoring touch. Jack Donovan posted a five-point game with a hat trick and pair of assists, while Kyle Bouvier was close behind with three goals and an assist. Sub forward Tom Sartell spoiled the shutout bid by Vikings goalies Deklan Farrell (6 saves) and Jack Ratta (5 saves) with the Phantoms’ goal with under three minutes to play.

 

Huskies 9, Admirals 1

The Huskies dominated the Admirals by jumping out to a 5-0 lead after the first period. Elliott Cahill posted his first career hat trick at any level and added three assists for a league-best, six-point performance for the Huskies. Meanwhile, goalie Cooper Kirchner (16 saves) lost his shutout bid when Ceddy Beaulieu scored the Admirals’ first goal of the season with just 28 seconds remaining in the game.

 

Lions 6, Patriots 4

The Lions carried a slim, one-goal lead into the third thanks to Shawn Meyers’ shorthanded goal for the Patriots in the waning seconds of the second period. But Nick Lupoli’s second tally of the game with 8:45 left in the third put the victory away for the Lions. Connor Lavery scored twice for North Middlesex, while

Nicky Lafreniere notched a pair of goals for Chelmsford.

 

Ghosts 5, Crusaders 1

J.J. Funaro netted four consecutive goals for the Ghosts, including a pair of power-play tallies just 33 seconds apart midway through the third period, to pull away from a determined Crusaders squad, who were kept in the contest by a stellar 21-save performance from goalie Cam McCretton. Aegis Barros’ shorthanded, unassisted goal with 35 seconds remaining on just the eighth shot of the day for the Crusaders accounted for Groton’s lone goal.

 

UHL ROUNDUP – 4/30/23 Week 1 (Parity)

 

Lions 4, Crusaders 2

The Lions jumped out to a three-goal lead after two periods, but the Crusaders made it a game with a pair of third-period tallies. The 2022 league scoring champion David Wood appropriately netted the first goal of the season for the Lions just 33 seconds into the contest, while Kaiden Belleville posted a pair of assists in the victory.

 

Ghosts 9, Admirals 0

The Ghosts overwhelmed the Admirals in their Ultimate Hockey League   debut, limiting the league newcomers to only three shots on net for the entire 45 minutes. Nathan LoConte registered a hat trick for Westford, while Will Tarbox notched a goal to go along with two assists.

 

Vikings 6, Huskies 4

The Huskies attempted a late comeback with three third-period goals, but the Vikings’ early four-goal advantage was too much to overcome. Five different players accounted for the Vikings scoring, led by a goal and assist from Brody Simmons, while Braden Amidon paced the Huskies with a goal and two assists.

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