On December 2 in the Pee Wee Minor division, Team Maryland National edged out the Connecticut Jr. Whalers National 6-4. Team Maryland netted five short-handed goals as Carter Johnson, Dominik Sedlak-Braude, Mate Tardi, Justin Vlassis and Charlie Trethewey scored with assists from Gavin McCarthy, Trethewey, Vlassis and Tardi. James Holden also added a goal on a power play. The Whalers kept the game close as Thomas Matzelle scored with assists from Luke Morin and Cooper Deko, and power-play goals were netted by Russell Kelleran, Luke Dow (assisted by Kelleran) and Jack Marisca.
In their second matchup, Team Maryland National blanked the Connecticut Jr. Whalers National 5-0. Goalie Jack Faricy stopped 14 shots while Carter Johnson had a hat trick in the first period, with assists from Alexander Milota, Braiden Galaida, Martyn Ogorodnikov and Charlie Trethewey, along with additional goals by Justin Vlassis (assisted by Brody Cook and Dominik Sedlak-Braude) and William Weller, with assists from Mate Tardi and Trethewey.
Virtua Hockey’s Tommy Browne scored two goals in a 4-1 victory over the Philadelphia Junior Flyers American. Cameron DeLeo and Lucas Riccardi also scored for Virtua, while Nicholas LaBuono netted one for the Junior Flyers.
The Connecticut Chiefs American scored five goals in the second period to win 8-2 over the Philadelphia Little Flyers American. The Chiefs’ Jake Soboleski racked up a hat trick and two assists, plus Tucker Labrecque netted two and Ryan Goodwin, Jay Pinover and Cameron Peltz also scored. Dalton Smith contributed with two assists. The Little Flyers’ Alexei Burkley and Alec James both scored in the first period to keep it close early.
The Mercer Chiefs National defeated the New Jersey Devils Youth American 7-2, led byBrady Logue with three unassisted goals. He added an assist on one of two goals by Joseph Argentina. Emmett Auch and Eddie Brown also scored for the Chiefs.
The New Jersey Colonials National shut out the Long Island Royals National 8-0 behind two goals each by Nicholas Desiderio and Shane Melly, with additional scores by Alex Mimaud, Grace Morin, Ryan Tartaglione and Jacob Campbell. Goalie Rasmus Bergman shut out the Royals, plus Tartaglione had two assists.
In the Pee Wee Majors, Team Maryland National edged out the North Jersey Avalanche National 3-2. Blake Groton scored the game-winner at the 7:24 mark with an assist from Julian Brown. Nathan Whipkey and Malcom Baar also scored for Team Maryland. Finn Doherty and Otto Gross netted one each for the Avalanche. Goalies Daniel Daggett (Team Maryland, six saves) and Ty Levy (Avalanche, 16 saves) kept the score close.
Virtua Hockey National won 5-4 after holding off a comeback from the New Jersey Devils Youth American. Cole Longacre, Kalib Capecci, Porter Byrd-Leitner and Nicholas Basile all scored for a 4-1 Virtua lead through the second period, with Byrd-Leitner netting another goal in the third. Hudson Rocheville scored a goal in the second period for the Flyers, and Gary Hu scored with an assist by Dylan Ah Now in the third. Hu then returned the favor with an assist on a Now goal. Christian Adamski then scored, with another assist by Hu, but Virtua held on for the victory.
The Long Island Gulls American defeated the Connecticut Jr. Whalers American 2-1 where goalies Marko Vucemilovich (Gulls) and Slade Engstrom (Whalers) made the game a tight one. Lucas Lewin scored in the first period for the Gulls with an assist from Peter Allen, and the second period saw them add another with a goal from Sam O'sei, assisted by Steven Ggras. The Whalers’ Brandon Chan scored an unassisted goal in the third period, but the Gulls blanked them the rest of the game.
The New Jersey Jr. Titans National outpaced the New York Saints National 5-3. The third period was exciting with six goals scored between the teams. The Titans’ Allen Fang and Thomas Mantellino netted two goals each in the third, along with a goal by Michael Schmelzer, who had two assists, as well. The Saints’ Evan Jones scored two goals in the third, and Jared Rothman tied the game in the first period.
The New Jersey Colonials National won 3-0 over the Long Island Royals National that saw the Colonials outshoot the Royals 41-10. After a goal by John McNelis in the first period, with assists from Michael Padula and Max Pendy, Callum Hughes scored in the second and third periods with assists from Andrew Check, Reid Pehrkon and Padula. Colonials’ goalie Sam Straff got the shutout, while Ethan Ramonetti was busy, making 38 saves for the Royals.
Team Maryland National won 7-1 over the Mercer Chiefs American with goals by six players. Blake Groton, Julian Brown, Quinn McKenzie, Caden Bell and Malcom Baar all scored, with two by Aiden Barbee in a 43-shot barrage. Team Maryland goalie Daniel Daggett made 17 saves, with one goal allowed, which came from the Chiefs’ Jackson Chicola in the second period.
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