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Junior Notebook: Five Teams Post Two Wins At Eastern Hockey League Showcase

By Tom Robinson, 12/21/17, 6:15AM MST


In USHL, Buccaneers win wild one over Lincoln Stars

Five Teams Post Two Wins At Eastern Hockey League Showcase

The Boston Division-leading Boston Junior Rangers were one of five teams to post Eastern Hockey League Showcase wins both Sunday and Monday.               

Boston defeated the Connecticut Oilers, 5-2, and the New York Bobcat Royals, 4-0.              

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights, Philadelphia Little Flyers, East Coast Wizards and host Walpole Express also won twice, but none were as dominant as the Rangers, the only one of the four division leaders to go 2-0 at the event.               

Zach Norby scored twice to build first-period leads of 1-0 and 2-1 against Connecticut. Filip Steussloff added a goal and two assists in the game while Nolan Egbert made 25 saves.               

The Junior Rangers outshot the Bobcat Royals 37-12 in Monday’s victory.              

Dan Barry had a goal and an assist while Ben Parker got the shutout.               

SEEING DOUBLE: Five players scored two goals each Saturday night when the Des Moines Buccaneers held off a Lincoln Stars comeback bid to secure a 7-5 United States Hockey League victory.              

The Buccaneers had leads of 4-0 in the first period and 6-1 just 3:13 into the second before the Stars closed within a goal.               

Erik Urbank had two first-period goals for Des Moines. Julian Napravnik scored two goals early in the second period. Brian Halonen stopped the Lincoln comeback on his second goal, an empty-netter.               

Defenseman Carter Long and Josiah Slavin had two goals each for Lincoln.               

Marshall Rifai had three assists for the Buccaneers.              

USHL ROUNDUP: Josh Dunne scored four goals in the last four games, including two in Saturday’s 4-1 win over the Madison Capitols to help the Green Bay Gamblers take sole possession of second place in the Eastern Conference.               

Tri-City went scoreless for 60 minutes with the Dubuque Fighting Saints Saturday, then Filip Forsmark scored 36 seconds into overtime to lift the Storm to a 1-0 victory.               

The Omaha Lancers used a 3-2 overtime win over the Sioux Falls Stampede Saturday to extend their winning streak to eight games.               

NA3HL SHOWCASE: The Louisiana Drillers came from two goals down to defeat the Wausau RiverWolves 4-3 in overtime Sunday morning to open the three-day North American 3 Hockey League Showcase in Blaine, Minnesota.               

Owen Routheut’s two goals helped Wausau to a 3-1 lead midway through the third period.              

Brandon Vukasin, who had all three of Louisiana’s regulation goals, rallied the team to force overtime, then Drew Wotta tipped in the game-winner.               

In the tournament’s second day of action on Monday, R.C. Randall scored the game’s only goal on a 2-on-1 with three seconds remaining to lift the Binghamton Junior Senators over the Texas Brahmas, 1-0.       

NAHL REPORT: Ryan Keane allowed just two goals on 37 shots while leading the Philadelphia Rebels back into the North American Hockey League East Division lead with back-to-back wins over the Johnstown Tomahawks.              

Keane made 21 saves in Friday’s 4-1 win, then added 14 in a 2-1 overtime victory Saturday.               

Isaac Kobienia had consecutive game-winners in a sweep of the Austin Bruins, giving the Minnesota Wilderness a three-game winning streak and moving the team to within one point of the lead in the NAHL Central Division.               

Springfield Jr. Blues forward Jeff Skinner has 15 points during a 10-game scoring streak that includes a hat trick in Friday’s 5-3 win over the Topeka RoadRunners.            

ONE-TIMERS: Chayse Primeau, a forward from Voorhees, New Jersey, playing with Dubuque in the USHL, has committed to play at the University of Nebraska Omaha. … Matt Jurusik stopped 34 of 35 shots Friday, then turned away 10 of 11 shootout attempts to lead the Sioux City Musketeers to a 2-1 USHL win over the Central Illinois Flying Aces.

Story from Red Line Editorial, Inc.

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