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Springfield beats Connecticut 5-4 after comeback scare
Story by Narrative Science.
The Springfield Pics survived a determined comeback attempt by the Connecticut Oilers on the way to a 5-4 win.
Springfield made the score 5-1 on a goal by Nicholas Sibilia at 16:58 in the second period, and Connecticut got as close as 5-4 when Troy Lynch scored 19:28 into the third period.
The Pics pulled out the victory even though they were hit with 26 penalty minutes.
Springfield made Oilers' goaltenders to work in net, ripping 37 shots and forcing 32 saves. Zachary Geller made 17 stops and Christopher Bastone made 15. The Pics stifled the Oilers' power play, and did not give up a single goal while down a man.
Springfield was led by Joe Mercadante, who finished with one goal and three assists. Mercadante scored 6:40 into the second period to make the score 4-1 Springfield. Thane Schinabeck provided the assist. Springfield also got points from Sibilia, who also racked up one goal and one assist, Riley Green, who also tallied one goal and one assist, and Schinabeck, who also finished with one goal and one assist. Adam Collier also scored for Springfield. Other players who recorded assists for Springfield were Chase Broten, who had two and Brandon Korytko and Mario Fontanella, who contributed one a piece.
Connecticut kept the Pics' goalie busy throughout the game, and Matthew Blascak made 32 saves on 36 shots. The Oilers could not stay out of the penalty box, as the team accrued 18 minutes in penalties during the game.
Connecticut was led by Adam Luchak, who registered one goal and two assists. Luchak scored 18:56 into the third period to make the score 5-3 Springfield. Jack Gilson assisted on the tally. Connecticut also got a goal from Tyler Wilmot as well. More assists for Connecticut came via Stephan Seeger, Patrick Iodirno, and Max Mahood, who each chipped in one.
Springfield registered one goal on two power play opportunities. The Oilers registered zero goals on seven power play opportunities.