Five-goal third powers Team Black to 9-6 victory in All-Star Game
Release Date : Dec 10 2016
ASTON, PA – Team Black used four unanswered goals as part of a five-goal third period to rally from a 5-3, second-period deficit to down Team Red, 9-6 in the North American 3 Atlantic Hockey League All-Star Game Friday.
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights forward Troy Smith (Churchton, MD), Long Island Royals forward Bryan Whelan (Rockville Center, NY), and Exton Bulls forward Erik Stager (Myerstown, PA) powered the Team Black offense with two goals each and Jersey Wildcats goaltender Ondrej Smalec (Cranford, NJ) picked up the win in relief.
NA3AHL leading scorer Jake Fuss (Fairfield, CT) led team Red with two goals and Metro Fighting Moose netminder Thomas Sullivan (Floral Park, NY) had 14 saves.
“It was a great event,” commented NA3AHL commissioner Blake MacNicol. “Our top players showcased their talent in an entertaining game that displayed the type of talent we have in the NA3AHL.”
Jersey’s James Durante (Mahwah, NJ) opened the scoring at the 12-minute mark, beating Wilkes-Barre’s Christian Pellegrino (Arnold, MA). Vincent DeGeorge (Staten Island, NY) answered on the ensuing shift to tie the game at one. Fuss answered for Team Red to give his team a one-goal advantage at the first intermission.
Long Island’s Keith O’Brien (East Setauket, NY) opened the second to give Team Red a 3-1 lead. Wilkes-Barre’s Josh Edwards (Mountain Top, PA) brought Team Black to within one with his only goal of the game. The NA3AHL’s leading scorer among defensemen, Matthew Araujo (Brookhaven, NY) found the back of the net for Team Red to again push the advantage back to two before Smith beat Central Penn’s Danny Miller (Newark, DE) to again bring Team Black to within one.
After David Pfoestl (Merano, Italy) scored to give Team Red a 5-3 edge, Hendrick Simard (Pont-Rogue, Quebec, Canada) trimmed the lead with four seconds to play in the second period to give Team Black momentum heading into second intermission. Then the Team Black offense took over.
Whelan opened the final-period scoring five minutes into the period to knot the score at five. Fuss netted his second of the game to again give Team Red the advantage but four unanswered goals over the final 5:21 gave Team Black the win.
Stager began the flurry, beating Miller to tie the game at six. Whelan and Smith would finally put Team Black in front, pushing the puck past Miller 28 seconds apart. Stager would add his second of the game, burying the puck into an empty net to provide the game’s final margin.
Game photos are available in the NA3AHL Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/TheNA3AHL/