NAPHL 18U 2013-2014
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Esmark Stars 18U hangs on, beats California Titans 18U 2-0
Story by Narrative Science.
Esmark Stars 18U took the lead against California Titans 18U in the first period and maintained it until the end of the game to secure a tight 2-0 victory.A goal 12:23 into the the first period by Adam Alavi proved to be the game winner, and powered Esmark Stars 18U to the victory Esmark Stars 18U earned a power play opportunity when Cody West was put in the box for cross checking. Brian Dee picked up the assist.
California Titans 18U's power play was ineffective against Esmark Stars 18U's penalty kill, which allowed zero goals while shorthanded.
Esmark Stars 18U was led by Alavi, who had one goal and one assist.
Esmark Stars 18U was often in penalty trouble, totaling seven minors and one major for 49 minutes in penalty time. The total exceeded the 28.0 minutes per game Esmark Stars 18U had been spending in the box. Esmark Stars 18U stifled California Titans 18U's power play, and did not give up a single goal while down a man.
California Titans 18U forced its penalty killing units to work especially hard during the game, picking up nine minors and one major for 53 minutes in penalty time. California Titans 18U surpassed its season average of 33.0 penalty minutes per game. California Titans 18U's penalty kill managed to stymie Esmark Stars 18U's power play, giving up only one goal while playing with a man down.
Joseph Recktenwald recorded 20 saves for Esmark Stars 18U. For Esmark Stars 18U, Carmen Dalesandro was ejected from the game. California Titans 18U's Joe Licata stopped 24 shots out of the 26 that he faced. California Titans 18U ran into serious disciplinary problems during the contest, and Kyle Ljunggren was ejected from the game.