Empire JHL 2012/2013

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Connecticut hangs on, beats Springfield 3-1

Olympia Ice Center    Sun, Dec 16, 2012

Adam Luchak scored the go-ahead goal in the first period, and the Connecticut Oilers held off the challenges of the Springfield Pics in a tough 3-1 win.

A goal 23 seconds into the the first period by Luchak proved to be the game winner, and powered Connecticut to the victory Thomas Worsfold provided the assist.

Jake Rosen was all over the ice for the Oilers, as he finished with two goals in the win. Rosen found the back of the net 3:30 into the second period to make the score 2-0 Connecticut and again while on the power play 10:48 into the second to make the score 3-1 Connecticut.

Connecticut racked up the penalties in the contest, and ended with nine minors and one major for 43 minutes in penalty time. The total exceeded the 20.0 minutes per game the Oilers had been spending in the box. Springfield was unable to stop Connecticut from sending pucks towards the net, and the Oilers eventually piled up 51 shots on goal. Connecticut had trouble converting on the power play advantage, managing just one goal on 11 chances.

In addition, Connecticut received assists from Connor Dahlman, who had two and Philip Prins, Mark Leprine, and Roman Pfennings, who each chipped in one.

The Pics were held below their usual level of production. Springfield puts an average of 3.5 pucks into the net per game. The Pics could not stay out of the penalty box, as the team accrued 72 minutes in penalties during the game.

Springfield was led by Mario Fontanella, who scored the team's only goal. Fontanella scored on the power play 7:03 into the second period to make the score 2-1 Connecticut. The Pics had gotten the advantage when the Oilers' Nicholas Desimone was sent off for hooking. William Carrabino picked up the assist.

Christopher Bastone made 23 saves for Connecticut on 24 shots. Ian Milosz rejected 48 shots on goal for Springfield. The Pics registered one goal on four power play opportunities.