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Connecticut's comeback falls short, NY AppleCore wins 7-5

SoNo Ice House    Sun, Mar 10, 2013

The Connecticut Oilers almost clawed their way back from a three-goal deficit, but the NY AppleCore Minor B managed to pull out a 7-5 win in the end.

NY AppleCore led by three goals at one point and ended with the victory. The largest advantage in the game came when the Minor B's Nolan Pues's scored at 13:34 in the second period to put NY AppleCore up 5-2.

The Minor B got the win thanks to a great game by Blake Manginell, who had two goals and one assist. Manginell scored the first of his two goals at 19:57 into the first period to make the score 2-1 NY AppleCore. Jonathan Kaszuba assisted on the tally. Manginell's next tally made the score 3-1 NY AppleCore with 19:23 left in the second period. Kaszuba provided the assist.

NY AppleCore's offense rang up 43 shots on Connecticut's net. The Minor B surpassed their usual scoring output this season. NY AppleCore has scored at the pace of 4.0 goals per game during the current campaign. The Minor B gave up more goals than its normal season average. NY AppleCore is averaging 2.3 goals against for the season. The Minor B capitalized on the Oilers' penalties, netting three goals while skating with a man advantage.

NY AppleCore additionally got points from Michael Conslato, who also registered one goal and two assists and Pues, who also had one goal and one assist. Others who scored for NY AppleCore included Andrew DeAngelis, who had one and John Stevenson, who had two. Other players who recorded assists for NY AppleCore were Cale Schoenberg, Michael Rodriguez, and Kevin T Miller, who each chipped in one and Jonas Toupal and Nicolas Jasmin, who contributed two a piece.

Connecticut forced Minor B's goaltenders to work all game long, totaling 31 shots and forcing 26 saves. Justin Kapelmaster made six stops and Christoph Mutschin made 20. The Oilers' goal total was higher than their season average. This season, Connecticut averages 2.8 goals per contest. The Oilers' defensemen played an important role in the offense, chipping in two goals.

Connecticut was helped by Thomas Worsfold, who tallied one goal. Worsfold scored short handed 6:31 into the third period to make the score 5-4 NY AppleCore. The Oilers played down a man on Stephan Seeger's hooking. Connecticut also got points from AJ James, who also racked up one goal and one assist to lead the team in points. Connor Dahlman also scored for Connecticut. In addition, Connecticut received assists from Erik Nergaard, who had two and Matthew Stewart and Tenzer, who each chipped in one.

NY AppleCore incurred 22 minutes in penalty time with six minors. Christopher Bastone made 36 saves for Connecticut on 43 shots. The Oilers incurred 12 minutes in penalty time with six minors.