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Four Teams Go 2-0 at Eastern Hockey League Showcase

By Tom Robinson, 11/14/17, 4:15PM MST


In USHL action, Curtis Hall’s hat trick boosts Phantoms

The Eastern Hockey League showcase was a perfect one for the Vermont Lumberjacks, Boston Junior Rangers, Philadelphia Revolution and host Valley Junior Warriors as they each went 2-0, winning games Sunday and Monday.

Vermont and Boston won both games in regulation. Philadelphia and Valley each needed a shootout for one of their wins.

The Lumberjacks allowed just 13 shots in a 1-0 win over the Connecticut Oilers, then got a goal and two assists from Patrick Manning in a 6-3 win over the New York Bobcats.

Daniil Ovchinnikov scored his fifth and sixth game-winning goals of the season, each coming in one-goal victories by Boston.

Reading, Massachusetts native Danny Sorabella scored twice for the Junior Rangers in a 4-3 win over the Philadelphia Little Flyers. Nolan Egbert then made 29 saves in a 2-1 win over the Philadelphia Junior Flyers.

Justin Meers scored twice in the first 11 minutes for the Revolution in a 6-2 win over the Walpole Express. Meers and Samir Abouelhana, both St. Louis products and alums of the St. Louis Selects, each finished the game with two goals and two assists. Martin Kapoian had a goal and an assist in a 3-2 shootout win over the Total Athletic Seahawks.

Jimmy Pelton scored in regulation and the shootout when Valley let a 3-0 lead get away but recovered for a 4-3 shootout win over the Bobcats. Riley Sims had 29 saves in a 4-1 win over the Connecticut Oilers.

USHL ROUNDUP: Curtis Hall had a hat trick and added an assist Sunday to lead the Youngstown Phantoms to a 5-4 United States Hockey League victory over the Muskegon Lumberjacks.

Hall, a Yale commit and member of the U.S. National Under-18 Team at the 2017 Hlinka Memorial, had a goal and assisted on the overtime game-winner a day earlier in a 4-3 win over the Lumberjacks.

Ex-St. Cloud State goalie Zach Driscoll had a 29-save shutout for the Omaha Lancers in Friday’s 5-0 win over the Green Bay Gamblers, but his weekend work was not done. Driscoll came off the bench to stop 19 of 20 shots over the final two periods Saturday in a 5-2 win over the Gamblers.

Clarkson commit Adam Tisdale got his first three USHL goals in the same game and added an assist Saturday when the Dubuque Fighting Saints fell to the Central Illinois Flying Aces, 6-5, in overtime.

The Waterloo Black Hawks and Tri-City Storm split 1-0 games Friday and Saturday.

NEW LEADER: The Steamboat Wranglers took over the Rocky Mountain Junior Hockey League lead by winning three straight road games from the defending champion and former leaders, the Pikes Peak Miners, 4-2, 3-2 and 5-3.

Shawn Catudal scored consecutive goals to end the first period in Sunday’s finale and open a 3-1 lead for the Wranglers.

NEW LEADERS: The Lone Star Brahmas and Aberdeen Wings completed weekend sweeps Saturday to take over North American Hockey League division leads.

Lone Star is 12-5-1 to lead the South after Saturday’s 3-2 win over the Amarillo Bulls in which Ryan Orgel scored his second goal of the game with 1:27 left in regulation to break a 2-2 tie.

Aberdeen, which leads the Central at 10-6-2, got 25 saves from Matt Vernon in his first win for the team, 3-2, over the Brookings Blizzard. Vernon is the son of longtime NHL goaltender Mike Vernon.

ONE-TIMERS: Larry Jungwirth’s hat trick for the Corpus Christi Ice Rays in Friday’s 5-2 NAHL win over the Topeka RoadRunners included the game-winning goal. … Brooks Mitzel’s hat trick helped the Gillette Wild improve to 5-0-1 in its last six North American 3 Hockey League games with Saturday’s 9-2 win over the Bozeman Icedogs. … Dominick Glavach and Austin Martz scored two goals each when the Pittsburgh Vengeance beat the Southern Tier Xpress, 5-1, Friday to extend an NA3HL winning streak, which was since broken, to 10 games.

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By USA Hockey Officiating Program 01/27/2023, 6:30am MST

QUESTION: If you have a player with a suspension, and you tell the referee to record it on the scoresheet before a game because the player is sitting out, but the referee comes over before the game a tells you he talked to the league and said he can play what should you do?

ANSWER: All suspensions and other forms of discipline are managed by the local USAH Affiliate of the team, and referees cannot determine player eligibility. Ultimately, it is the responsibility of the Team Coach to make sure players serve their suspensions. Therefore, it would be wise to receive any disciplinary notice from the local Affiliate first-hand.


QUESTIONA player is in the penalty box serving a minor penalty. Play continues 5 v. 4 while the player complains about the call. Play is stopped when the referee assesses the penalized player a second minor penalty for Unsportsmanlike Conduct. Should two minutes be added to the time remaining on the scoreboard for the player's first penalty, or should a second penalty be placed on the scoreboard with play then continuing "5 v. 3"?

ANSWER: In this situation, the same player earned both penalties. Therefore, two minutes must be added to the remaining time on the player’s first penalty and play resumes 5 v. 4.


QUESTIONAttacking team in the attacking zone gets a delayed penalty for High-Sticking. The defensive team clears the puck out of the zone and the penalized team's goalie plays the puck. I would like to know where the ensuing face-off should take place.

ANSWER: Since play stopped due to the offending team’s goalkeeper securing possession and control of the puck, the face-off would be located at the nearest face-off spot (in the same zone) as where the goalkeeper played the puck.


QUESTIONIf a goalie kicks the net off, can a goal still be scored? Situation is a goal mouth pass came from left to right, goalie slid across, knocking the net off, and a pass was then sent back across to the for an open net goal. Ref called it a "goal" and then realized the net was off and called it "no goal".

ANSWERRule 610.e in the USA Hockey Playing Rules states:

“Play shall be stopped immediately when the goal frame has been displaced from its normal position.”

Therefore, if the officials are 100% certain that the goal frame was displaced before the puck entered the goal, they must disallow the goal.


QUESTION:  If a player of the opposing team swears at a coach, what is the punishment for that player?

ANSWERRule 601.c in the USA Hockey Playing Rules states:

“A misconduct penalty shall be assessed to any player who commits the following actions:

Persists in any conduct where they were previously assessed a minor penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct.

Using obscene, profane or abusive language to any person anywhere in the rink before, during or after the game.

Intentionally knocking or shooting the puck out of the reach of an official who is retrieving it during a stoppage of play.

Not proceeding directly and immediately to the penalty bench or to the dressing room, after being penalized and ordered to do so by the officials (equipment shall be delivered to him by a teammate, if necessary).

Entering or remaining in the Referee’s Crease, unless invited to do so.

Interfering in any non-physical manner with any Game Official including the Referee, Linesman, Timekeepers or Goal Judges in the performance of their duties.”


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