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NESHL Sled Hockey Tournament - Day One

Written by: David Nicoletti

Saturday morning at 1ST SUMMIT ARENA kicked off a two-day tournament that consisted of games hosted by the Northeast Sled Hockey League (NESHL). Our first day would consist of seven games, while day two will host five games.

Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Johnstown Sitting Bulls

To start, why not kick things off right with some local hometown action. The Johnstown Sitting Bulls took to the ice for an 8:30 a.m. match-up against the Columbus Blue Jackets. No not the NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets, but nice try :D.

The first period ended scoreless, but the ball got rolling when things hit the second frame. Columbus came out the gate by scoring the only two goals in that period. Jaydon Jenkins and Alex Schoemaeker tallied on those marks. Heading into the third with the Blue Jackets up 2-0.

Jenkins added onto the total early in the period, as well as one midway from Sam Mumper, who tallied two assists prior to his first lamp lighter. Aiden Green tallied the apple off the Mumper goal, as the game drew to a close with Columbus taking this one over Johnstown 4-0.

Columbus goalie Emily Hamilton recorded the shutout, stopping all 5 shots faced.

Johnstown goalie Ron Spory stopped 6/10.

Space Coast Blast vs. Philadelphia Hammerheads

Next up was a 10:00 a.m. match-up between the Space Coast Blast and Philadelphia Hammerheads.

The first period saw Philadelphia coming out storming at the gate. Rocco Cauvin kicked us off by scoring the opening goal, which was later added by two short-handed goals from Tim Jones. Assists went to Chad Bareiszis, and Stevie Bareiszis (2). Space Coast eventually got the power-play goal off the stick of Beau Corbett.

Heading to the second with Philly up 3-1, the Hammerheads added the frames only one off the stick of Stevie Bareiszis. Matt Wendig and Tim Jones tallied the assists.

Space Coast would look alive in the third, as the comeback attempt was on. The Blast’s shots on goal went up a ton early on, Madeleine Gallagher and Bailey Tinder both added goals. Philadelphia called a timeout, and the momentum came back on their side. Kevin Skiba added a late goal with the assist coming from captain Miguel Jimenez-Vergara. Philadelphia took this one at a final score of 5-3.

Philadelphia goalie Chuck Cauvin stopped 7/10, recording the win.

Space Coast goalie Harry Benson stopped 2-5, while back-up Sean Gallagher stopped 5/7.

Wings of Steel vs. Bennett Blazers

Coming up is a 11:30 a.m. contest between Wings of Steel and Bennett Blazers.

The first 15 minutes wouldn’t see that much action until late, as Isaiah Beck from Wings of Steel scored the period’s only goal. Steven Belcher tallied the assist.

The second period then saw some life, as both teams combined for six goals, but Bennett was the one leading with a 4-3 score heading into the second period. Wings of Steel goals came from Beck and Wes Evans. Blazers goals came from Sean Thomason (2), Jake Buchanan, and Hunter Williams. All assists came from Bennett’s side, with them going to Logan Soleas (2), Louis Schaab, and Buchanan.

The Bennett Blazers took this one after a scoreless third period at a 4-3 final over Wings of Steel.

Bennett goalie Tolu Ojo recorded the win, stopping 12/15.

Wings goalie Danny Wheeler stopped 7/11.

Ohio Warriors vs. Hagerstown Kodiaks

Next up is a 1 p.m. contest between the Ohio Warriors, and Hagerstown Kodiaks.

The first period ended with a late Ohio goal from Paul Majewski with the assist coming from Cody Isaac to make it 1-0 after 15 minutes. The Warriors outshot the Kodiaks in that period 6-0.

Majewski added his second goal with the score being 2-0 Warriors going into the third.

Isaac added one early, with the assist from Jason Miller. Followed up with a goal from Rob Hall, assist going to Bryan Brumfield.

Ohio goalie Todd Fewell recorded the shutout, stopping 6/6.

Hagerstown goalie Rich Wilson stopped 13/17.

Pittsburgh Mighty Penguins vs. Johnstown Sitting Bulls (0-1)

The Johnstown Sitting Bulls returned to the ice for a 2:30 p.m. match-up against the Pittsburgh Mighty Penguins.

The first period ended with Johnstown up 1-0, thanks to a goal from Lorenzo Favor.

Pittsburgh then responded to start the second period with a goal from #87 Floyd Gladman. The lone assist went to Kaden Herchenroether. Thus followed shortly after with a goal from Manny Hilton to make it 2-1 Pittsburgh. Johnstown however did tie it up at 2-2, sending the game into the third period.

Looking late into the period, Johnstown’s Wesley Hunter got the Sitting Bulls infront 3-2 with just over five minutes to go. Ethan Buchkovich then added two goals with assists off both goals going to Hunter and DJ Wilson. That was all she wrote, as Johnstown took 5-2 over Pittsburgh.

Johnstown’s Ron Spory stopped 4/6, recording the win.

Pittsburgh goalie Lance Hupkovich ended with 11/16.

Hagerstown Kodiaks (0-1) vs. Wings of Steel (0-1)

Somebody is bound to get their first win in our next match-up. At a scheduled 4 p.m. puck drop, it's the Hagerstown Kodiaks, taking on Wings of Steel.

The Kodiaks striked first in this one with a goal from Ethan Yamashita, assist going to Jeff Quelet. They then went up on the power-play, but it was Wings of Steel who scored two goals short-handed from Yosef Ismael and Isaiah Beck. Issac Sullivan from Wings of Steel, and two goals from Hagerstown’s Quelet made it 3-3 later on, Yamashita gained both assists for the Kodiaks.

Moving to the second, Yamashita struck again, making it 4-3 with Michael Barnhart earning the assist. Beck then struck for Wings of Steel to tie it back up again. Assist going to Wes Evans. Yamashita again struck, recording the hat-trick, Quelet tailed the apple, and later his hat-trick. Another Yamashita from Quelet scored late, as the third saw another Quelet from Yamashita tally. Hagerstown took the win 8-4 over Wings of Steel.

Hagerstown’s Rich Wilson stopped 11/15, earning the win.

Wings of Steel’s Danny Wheeler 4/7 stopped.

Philadelphia Hammerheads (1-0) vs. Columbus Blue Jackets (1-0)

Almost like last game, only this time, someone was bound to gain their first loss, while the other will remain undefeated. In our final match of the day scheduled for 5:30 p.m. We got the Philadelphia Hammerheads taking on the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Columbus got the ball rolling first, scoring a goal off the stick of AJ Digby 19 seconds into the contest. Jaydon Jenkins tallied the assist. Philadelphia then responded with a short-handed goal from Miguel Jimenez-Vergara to tie it up. Theo Hardesty then got the power-play goal to give Columbus a 2-1 lead. Sam Mumper got the assist off the goal. Tim Jones then tied it back up for Philly late, with Stevie Bareiszis tallying the apple.

Jones got things kicked off in the second midway through, putting the Hammerheads up 3-2. However Mumper tied it up with 16 second remaining in the period with the assist going to Jenkins. Tying the game up at 3-3 as we head to the games final frame.

Another Mumper from Jenkins play was the site to break the tie for Columbus midway through the third. That is all that was needed, as the Blue Jackets walked away with this one 4-3.

Columbus’ Emily Hamilton stopped 10/13, gaining the win.

Philadelphia’s Chuck Cauvin stopped 7/11.

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