EmpJHL Playoffs 2013

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Martello leads Jersey Hitmen over Springfield, 5-1

Ice Vault Rink    Thu, Mar 14, 2013

James Martello had one goal and two assists to lead Jersey Hitmen to a 5-1 victory over the Springfield Pics.

Martello got on the board by slotting home a goal 9:15 into the first period to make the score 2-0 Jersey Hitmen. Cory Sala provided the assist. Martello dished an assist on Cody Calcagno's goal that made the score 4-1 Jersey Hitmen at 15:16 into the third period. He added another helper on Luke Rodgers's goal that made the score 5-1 Jersey Hitmen at 15:45 into the third period.

The win gave Jersey Hitmen a 1-0 lead in the best of one series.

Jersey Hitmen's Jordan Hulahan was a brick wall in net, as he came up with 27 saves and let only one puck past him. Hulahan managed to improve on his goals against average, which stood at 1.5 prior to the game.

Jersey Hitmen made Pics' goaltenders to work without much rest, taking 41 shots and forcing 36 saves. Matthew Blascak made two stops and Ian Milosz made 34. Jersey Hitmen got an offensive boost from its blueliners, who contributed two goals during the game.

Jersey Hitmen additionally got points from Calcagno, who also had one goal and one assist, Robby Marsanico, who also tallied one goal and one assist, and Rodgers, who also registered one goal and one assist. Jonathan Spada also scored for Jersey Hitmen. In addition, Jersey Hitmen received assists from Justin McKenzie, Collin Kirkpatrick, and James Felice, who each chipped in one.

Springfield was led by Brandon Korytko, who scored the team's only goal. Korytko scored on the power play 12:44 into the third period to make the score 3-1 Jersey Hitmen. An elbowing penalty on Rodgers had put the Pics on the power play. Nicholas Sibilia assisted on the tally.

Jersey Hitmen incurred 20 minutes in penalty time with five minors. Springfield incurred 26 minutes in penalty time with eight minors.