Royals remain unbeaten, Fuss on record-setting pace, in week ten play
Release Date : Nov 15 2016
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. – The Long Island Royals remained among the four Tier 3 unbeatens with wins over Exton and Central Penn, Jake Fuss (Fairfield, CT) remained on pace to shatter a Tier 3 junior hockey scoring record (per Tier3juniorhockey.com), and the Metro Fighting Moose and the Jersey Wildcats were also victorious during week ten play in the North American Hockey League.
Fuss produced an eight-point weekend, extending his season total to 88 (40 goals 48 assists) in helping the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights sweep a pair of game to remain two points behind the Royals atop the NA3AHL standings. Fuss now has a 15-point lead in the NA3AHL scoring race and sits just a single point behind Long Beach forward Martins Vitolins among all Tier 3 players. According to Tier3juniorhockey.com, Fuss (along with Vitolins) is on pace to shatter the Tier 3 scoring record of 123 points, set in the 2013-14 season. According to the website, Fuss has already crossed into the top 100 single-season totals and the forward’s 40 goals is on pace to shatter the single season mark of 60, also set in the 2013-14 season.
After the teams exchanged goals in the first period, Joe Ferrante (Fair Lawn, NJ) and Brian Modzelewski (Staten Island, NY) scored in the second frame to put the hosts up a goal heading into the final frame.
Erik Stager (Myerstown, PA) scored the second of his two goals to again tie the game at 4:37 into the final period. However, Vincent DeGeorge (Staten Island, NY) scored two minutes later to reclaim the lead for the Moose. Patrick Quinn (Hazlet, NJ) added an insurance goal at 10:46 and Flemen scored his second of the game at 18:42 to provide the final margin.
Troy Smith (Churchton, MD) opened the game’s scoring with his 10th goal of the year, before Fuss netted two of his three goals to extend the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton lead to 3-0 at the 17-minute mark of the first. Cory Madison (Stewartstown, PA) beat Carson Bonk (Clinton Corners, NY) at 18:09 to get the Panthers on the board, however, Matthew Proski (Plymouth, PA) 93 seconds later to give the Knights a 4-1 lead at the first intermission.
Colin Asmonga (Frederick, MD) did his best to keep Central Penn in the game, scoring a natural hat trick over the second and third periods to even the game. He began the rally at 10:09 of the second, beating Bonk for his third goal of the season. He pulled the Panthers to within one at 14:42, beating Bonk off a feed from Quinn Gilbert (Lancaster, PA) and completed the Central Penn comeback, and his hat trick, beating Bonk for the third time 51 seconds into the third period.
Samuel Mutkus (Jonestown, PA) then gave Central Penn its first lead of the game at 2:19 to complete the four-goal swing. The lead would be short lived, however, as Zachary Gielarowski (McMurray, PA) tied the game just 29 seconds later. The teams would remain tied as the third-period buzzer sounded to force overtime, where Fuss beat Garret Baldacci (Fair Lawn, NJ) 2:00 into the extra frame to secure the victory.
Central Penn has played in each of the three overtime games in the NA3AHL. However, the Panthers have yet to find a way to earn the extra point, suffering losses in all three games.
Michael Walsh (Hicksville, NY) opened the game’s scoring, beating Nick Anastasia (Philadelphia, PA) at 17:56 of the first period. Anastasia did a remarkable job of keeping the high-scoring Long Island offense at bay, making 27 saves in the opening period, however the Royals scored six times on 25 shots in the second period to break the game open.
Walsh, Aiden Boehm (Nesconset, NY), Joseph Walsh (East Meadow, NY), Matthew Araujo (Brookhaven, NY), Michael Haggerty (Hauppauge, NY) and Frank Anastasio (North Babylon, NY) each had a pair of goals the Royals. Gabe Evans (Telford, PA) had the lone goal for Exton.
Joe Ferrante scored the lone goal of the first period to give the Moose a 1-0 lead. Calendine and Ryan Messinger (New York, NY) combined for 17 saves to set an early tone for a defensive battle. DeGeorge and Kyle DiLeo (Port Washington, NY) pushed the Moose lead to 3-0 with second-period goals before Joe Albert (Philadelphia, PA) got New Jersey on the board with his first goal of the season at 12:09 of the second.
Calendine and Messinger settled down from there, keeping both offenses off the board until DeGeorge’s empty-net goal provided the game’s final margin.
Sean Gordon (Westwood, NJ) made 21 saves for his fourth victory of the season.
Anthony Zyller (Hauppauge, NY) and Joseph Walsh scored power-play goals forty seconds apart in the first period to give the Royals a 2-0 cushion. Zyller’s goal came on a delayed penalty against Central Penn’s Dennis Kohajda (Felton, PA) with the Panthers already short handed because of a Collin Asmonga trip.
Cory Madison pulled Central Penn to within one, beating John Krause (Oakdale, NY) at 1:28 of the second period for the frame’s only tally. It would be the only blemish on Krause’s sheet, however, as the netminder swatted away 20 shots over the remainder of the game to pick up the victory.
Jake Fuss again paced the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton offense with two goals and three assists. Hendrick Simard (Pont-Rogue, Quebec, Canada) added two goals and Josh Kim (Livonia, NY) had a goal and two assists.
Christian Pellegrino (Arnold, MA) rebounded from a shaky performance in his last outing to pitch an 18-save shutout for his third scoreless appearance of the season.