NAPHL 16U Playoff 13

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Pittsburgh Viper Stars 16U beats California Titans 16U 6-5 after comeback scare

Troy Sports 4    Sun, Feb 17, 2013

California Titans 16U tried its best to erase a two-goal deficit, but Pittsburgh Viper Stars 16U would not be denied the victory and hung on to win, 6-5.

A goal by Troy Double put Pittsburgh Viper Stars 16U up 5-3 in the third period, but California Titans 16U pulled to within one on Ethan Somoza's tally 8:34 into the third period.

Pittsburgh Viper Stars 16U surpassed its usual scoring output this season. Pittsburgh Viper Stars 16U averages 3.6 goals per game. Pittsburgh Viper Stars 16U was ineffective while on the power play, as it was held to one goal off of nine man advantages.

Pittsburgh Viper Stars 16U was led by Adam Alavi, who registered three goals and one assist. Matt Bour also scored for Pittsburgh Viper Stars 16U. Other players who recorded assists for Pittsburgh Viper Stars 16U were Carter Ekberg, Sam Barnes, and Austin Tonkovich, who each chipped in one and Joseph Randazzo and Jonathan Dagnal, who contributed two a piece.

California Titans 16U's defense was uncharacteristically lax during the game. California Titans 16U is averaging 2.5 goals against for the season. California Titans 16U could not stay out of the penalty box, as the team accrued 16 minutes in penalties during the game.

California Titans 16U additionally got points from Jacob Hamacher, who also had one goal and one assist to lead the team in points. California Titans 16U also got a goal from Evan Somoza as well. More assists for California Titans 16U came via Danny ODonnell, who had two and Justin Apadoca, Cody Key, and Brendan Harris, who each chipped in one.

Joseph Recktenwald made 24 saves for Pittsburgh Viper Stars 16U on 29 shots. Pittsburgh Viper Stars 16U incurred 12 minutes in penalty time with six minors. Patrik Jokela took the loss and made 11 saves before being replaced by Trevin Kozlowski who made 12 saves. California Titans 16U registered two goals on four power play opportunities.