The December 2 AYHL Bantam Major games saw the Valley Forge Minutemen National never relinquish its early lead for a 7-2 win over the New York Saints American. Dylan Shane and Jake Kloss scored in the first period for the Minutemen, followed by goals from Anthony Sparo, Vinny Borgesi, Josh Peabody and Wyatt Baar in the second. Brendan Wark added a final score in the third period. Shane also had three assists for the Minutemen. Matthew Doherty scored the Saints’ two goals.
The Connecticut Jr. Whalers American took an 8-3 win over the New Jersey Jr. Titans American. The Whalers’ Tyler Wishart racked up a hat trick, along with scores by Ben Cohen, Peter Unger, Hayden Hanes, Luke Cummins and Alex LoGuercio. Justin Solovey, Jace Koenigsmark and Spencer Lee scored for the Titans.
The Long Island Royals National won 4-1 over the Mercer Chiefs American on two goals by Dominic Mastromonica. Max Gorzelnik and Brendan Maher scored for the Royals, as well, while Michael English had two assists. The Chiefs’ Paolo Colavita scored late in the third period, and Royals goalie Jake Anderson had 22 saves.
The Connecticut Chiefs American won 5-1 over the WB/Scranton Jr. Knights American by opening a 4-0 lead with two goals by Cole Schoen and scores by Trevor Nielson and Cameron Barone. Jeremy Simonson scored for the Knights in the second period, while Jason Fisher rounded out the scoring by the Chiefs.
The Connecticut Chiefs American also cruised to a 7-1 win over the WB/Scranton Jr. Knights American. Ryan Michonski netted two scores and two assists, and Thomas Guidone had a goal and two assists, in addition to scores by Marcus Padula, Jayden Billings, Samuel Russo and Conor Johnson. Chiefs goalie Mason Cormier turned back 20 shots.
Virtua Hockey American had a big win over the New Jersey Colonials American 8-0, outshooting them 61-12. Virtua put on the hurt offensively, with Michael Markowski posting a hat trick and two assists; Sammy Phillips scoring two goals with two assists; Brandon Burt netting two; and Zach Crain scoring twice with two assists. Chase Hannon and Scott McNulty both had two assists, as well.
Team Maryland National defeated Elite Hockey American 2-0 in a battle of stouthearted goalies. Team Maryland’s Chase Hornbecker posted the shutout on 22 shots, while Elite Hockey’s Arthur Smith stopped a whopping 46 shots. Micah Berger netted the first goal, and he had an assist on Cameron O'Neill’s score in the third period.
Goalie Pete Sterling led the way as the Washington Little Capitals National shut out the New Jersey Devils Youth National 2-0. Sterling had 28 saves, and Capitals goalie Matiss Bars had 13 stops as the game was scoreless through two periods. But in the third period, Tyler Rothermund scored, with assists from Evan Gould and Dylan Chun. Tyler Rothermund and Jeremy Wilson then provided an assist to Connor Frazer’s shorthanded goal.
The Bantam Minor games had the New Jersey Devils Youth National defeat the Washington Little Capitals National 6-2. After a William Underwood goal (with an assist by Hudson Gorski) in the first period, the Devils exploded for five goals in the second. Luke Benitez, Emporio Ienciu, Thomas Klochkov, Archer Brown and Patrick Walsh all scored to put the game out of reach. Walsh, Benitez and Gorski all had two assists each, too. Brady Silverman and Will Jamieson scored for the Capitals.
The Mercer Chiefs American served up four third-period goals (including an empty-net score) to win 6-4 over the Virtua Hockey American. The Chiefs’ Ethan Garlock scored first, with an assist by Luke Walters. Massimiliano Scotto-di-Carlo then scored the first of two goals, thanks to assists from Andrew Barrasso (who had two total) and Jake Butler. After Virtua’s Brian Bowman second-period goal, Patrick Karbach tied the game in the third, but the Chiefs’ Ethan Garlock, Peter Sechny and Scotto-di-Carlo scored to win the game, along with an empty-net score by Jack Fidacaro. Chris DeLellis kept the game close with two third-period goals with assists from Avery Hudson and Richie DeFulvio, who both had two.
The New Jersey Colonials National won 7-3 over the Long Island Royals National. After the Royals took a 2-0 lead in the first period with goals by Tanner Adams and James Guiffre (his first of two), the Colonials answered with a score by John Michael Danks. The Colonials outscored them 6-1 the rest of the way, with a goal by Roshean Nissangaratchie, then two scores each by Nicholas Faccone and Jake Gutwirth, and Richard Rucireto finishing off the scoring barrage. John Olsen had two assists for the Colonials.
The Connecticut Jr. Whalers National shut out the Philadelphia Little Flyers American 3-0 with goalie Francis McGreal stopping 20 shots and goals by John Baird-Gajados, Tommy Augustine and Tanner Duncan. Baird-Gajados and Augustine had assists on each other’s scores. Braedon Gallante and Tyler Vitolo also had assists for the Whalers.
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