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Mass Maple Leafs beats Springfield Jr Pics 6-5 after comeback scare

Olympia Ice Center    Sat, Jan 21, 2012

Mass Maple Leafs survived a determined comeback attempt by Springfield Jr Pics on the way to a 6-5 win.

Mass Maple Leafs took a 6-3 lead during the third period, only to have Springfield Jr Pics storm back on a Zachary Smith goal 16:08 into the third period to pull to one goal down.

Joseph Fernandes had two goals and one assist to lead Mass Maple Leafs. Fernandes scored the first of his two goals at 8:51 into the first period to make the score 1-0 Mass Maple Leafs. Michael Owen picked up the assist. Fernandes' next tally made the score 5-3 Mass Maple Leafs with 11:36 left in the third period. Sidney Thomas provided the assist.

Springfield Jr Pics was unable to stop Mass Maple Leafs from sending pucks towards the net, and Mass Maple Leafs eventually piled up 46 shots on goal. Mass Maple Leafs gave up more goals than its normal season average. Mass Maple Leafs is averaging two goals against for the season. Mass Maple Leafs could not stay out of the penalty box, as the team accrued 16 minutes in penalties during the game. The leading offender was Rick Loveless, who totaled four minutes in penalty time with two minors.

Mass Maple Leafs also got points from Adam McGrath, who also grabbed one goal and two assists. Ryan McCarthy also scored for Mass Maple Leafs. More assists for Mass Maple Leafs came via Ryan Fehnel, who had two.

Springfield Jr Pics forced Mass Maple Leafs goalie Cody Stocker to work between the pipes, taking 32 shots. Springfield Jr Pics found the back of the net more times than it usually has this season. Springfield Jr Pics averages two goals per game. Springfield Jr Pics got an offensive boost from its blueliners, who contributed two goals during the game.

Springfield Jr Pics was helped by Brendon Lyver, who had one goal and one assist. Lyver scored 13:55 into the third period to make the score 6-4 Mass Maple Leafs. Tyler DeMarco picked up the assist. Springfield Jr Pics additionally got points from DeMarco, who also grabbed one goal and one assist. Springfield Jr Pics got a goal from Patrick McManaman as well. Other players who recorded assists for Springfield Jr Pics were Ben Emory, who had two and John Curran and Robert Smith, who contributed one each.

Stocker recorded 27 saves for Mass Maple Leafs. Mass Maple Leafs registered one goal on three power play opportunities. Springfield Jr Pics' John Howell stopped 40 shots out of the 46 that he faced. Springfield Jr Pics incurred 12 minutes in penalty time with six minors.