National Div 2012

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Rochester Ice Hawks outlasts New Jersey Rockets, 5-4

Rochester Olmsted RC1    Sun, Apr 01, 2012

The game between Rochester Ice Hawks and New Jersey Rockets was tight through all 60 minutes, but in the end Rochester Ice Hawks emerged with a 5-4 win.

Neither team gained more than a two-goal lead, and Chris Williford's goal in the third period proved to be the difference maker.

Rochester Ice Hawks' penalty kill excelled, as Rochester Ice Hawks gave up one goal despite allowing six power plays.

Rochester Ice Hawks forced New Jersey Rockets goalie Stephen East to work between the pipes, taking 39 shots. Rochester Ice Hawks could not stay out of the penalty box, as the team accrued 16 minutes in penalties during the game. Team's forwards weren't the only contributers offensively, and the team's defensemen showcased their scoring touch with three goals.

Rochester Ice Hawks was led by Miles Johnson, who finished with two goals. Johnson scored the first of his two goals at 7:54 into the first period to make the score 1-0 Rochester Ice Hawks. Brandt Soukup assisted on the tally. Johnson's next tally made the score 2-0 Rochester Ice Hawks with 8:56 left in the first period. C.J. Clark picked up the assist. Rochester Ice Hawks also got points from Rob Turner, who also registered one goal and one assist to lead the team in points. Justin Dungery also scored for Rochester Ice Hawks. In addition, Rochester Ice Hawks received assists from Derek Rahme, Ryan Skalski, and Tyler Beasley, who each chipped in one.

New Jersey Rockets kept Rochester Ice Hawks' goalie busy throughout the game, and Karel Popper made 31 saves on 35 shots. The defensemen of New Jersey Rockets were also effective in Rochester Ice Hawks' zone, and came away with three goals.

New Jersey Rockets was helped by Daniel Willett, who had two goals. Willett scored the first of his two goals on the power play at 10:51 into the second period to make the score 2-2. New Jersey Rockets had gotten the advantage when Rochester Ice Hawks' Shaun Lymer was sent off for interference. Frank Coscia assisted on the tally. Willett's next tally on the power play made the score 4-4 with 2:04 left in the third period. Ryan Hitchcock picked up the assist. New Jersey Rockets additionally got points from Travis Geraci, who also racked up one goal and one assist and Coscia, who also registered one goal and one assist. Other players who recorded assists for New Jersey Rockets were Chris Gambardella, Bryce Mullen, and Alec Marsh, who contributed one a piece.

Rochester Ice Hawks registered zero goals on two power play opportunities. Stephen East made 34 saves for New Jersey Rockets on 39 shots. New Jersey Rockets incurred eight minutes in penalty time with four minors.