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Jersey Wildcats squeaks by Suffolk Juniors, 5-3

Aspen Ice at Randolph    Sat, Jan 21, 2012

In a game where neither team could get a cushion, Jersey Wildcats escaped with a 5-3 victory over Suffolk Juniors.

Neither team gained more than a two-goal lead, and Geoffrey Smith's goal in the second period proved to be the difference maker.

Both teams had a hard time staying out of the box, and they combined for 21 penalties during the game.

Jersey Wildcats' offense efficiently hummed along to the tune of 35 shots put on Suffolk Juniors' net. Jersey Wildcats could not stay out of the penalty box, as the team accrued 20 minutes in penalties during the game. The leading offender was James Trenkle, who totaled six minutes in penalty time with three minors.

Jersey Wildcats was led by Ryan Gecawich, who grabbed one goal and one assist. Gecawich scored 22 seconds into the first period to make the score 1-0 Jersey Wildcats. Austin Nye assisted on the tally. Jersey Wildcats additionally got points from Trenkle, who also finished with one goal and one assist. Nicholas Hall also scored for Jersey Wildcats. More assists for Jersey Wildcats came via Gage Malinowski, who had two and Nicholas Skerlick, Austin Gordon, Nicholas Hermann, and Matthew Sangalli, who each chipped in one.

Suffolk Juniors' offense operated below it season average. Suffolk Juniors averages five goals per game. Suffolk Juniors kept Jersey Wildcats' goalie busy throughout the game, and Grant Perry made 29 saves on 32 shots. Suffolk Juniors found itself short handed often, totaling 25 penalty minutes and allowing eight power plays. The leading offender was Casey OLeary, who totaled 11 minutes in penalty time with three minors and one major.

Suffolk Juniors was helped by Christian Habberstad, who racked up one goal and one assist. Habberstad scored on the power play 16:06 into the second period to make the score 3-3. Suffolk Juniors had taken the advantage when Jersey Wildcats' Trenkle got sent off for unsportsmanlike conduct. OLeary picked up the assist. Suffolk Juniors also got points from OLeary, who also tallied one goal and one assist. Suffolk Juniors got a goal from Brian Kesler as well. Other players who recorded assists for Suffolk Juniors were William Dresch and Daniel Lore, who contributed one each.

Suffolk Juniors' Anthony Pupplo stopped 30 shots out of the 35 that he faced. Suffolk Juniors registered two goals on five power play opportunities.