The New England Stars had 3 games this past weekend. They were on the road Friday and Saturday at the Northeast Generals and Maine Wild, then returned home Sunday to host the L/A Fighting Spirit.
On Friday, January 13, the Stars traveled to the Northeast Generals for a 8:30 PM start. The Stars would score just 1:32 in on a power play. John Krapian would be awarded the goal with assists going to Ryan Paul and Tim Paige. Ian Gately would extend the Stars lead to 2 with just 2:46 remaining in the first. This one being assisted by Derek Flynn and Peter Menzies. The Generals would edge their way back in to the game scoring 3 goals in the 2nd period to take a 1 goal lead heading in to the 3rd period. Brandon Hammner would tie the game up 7:58 in to the period. The goal was assisted by Nathan Butkowski and Nolan Arbuckle. Unfortunately, the Stars would give up a goal just 12 seconds in to overtime to lose by a score of 4-3. Greg moon stopped 21 of 25 shots in net for New England.
On Saturday, January 14, the Stars traveled to face-off against the Maine Wild in a 7:30 PM start. Maine would score first with the sole goal in the first period. The Stars would fight their way back with 2 goals in the 2nd. The first coming from Ryan Paul, 7:26 in, assisted by Brandon Hammner and Nathan Butkowski. The 2nd goal coming from Eric Glover, 11:24 in, assisted by Ryan Paul and Nathan Butkowski. The 3rd period would be all Stars scoring 2 more. These two coming from Ryan Gauvin, 7:26 in, assisted by John Krapian; and the final goal coming with 0:22 left by Tyson Gudaitis, assisted by Ian Gately and Aidan Conlon. Sage Broda stopped 22 of 23 shots faced en route to the Stars 4-1 victory.
On Sunday, January 15, The Stars returned home to host the L/A Fighting Spirit at 1:20 PM. The Spirit came out flying scoring 3 goals in just over 5 minutes in to the first period. The Stars would finally get their feet going, notching a goal 5:31 in by Alex Pilatsky, assisted by Tim Paige and John Krapian. The second period the Stars would get two to tie the game. Ryan Paul scoring 9:19 in, assisted by Cole Archambeault and Alex Pilatsky, and Ian Gately scoring with 1:27 left in the period on the power play, assisted by Nolan Arbuckle and Derek Flynn. A scoreless 3rd period would force overtime where it would be Cole Archambeault getting the win for New England. Scoring 1:47 in to the overtime period, assisted by Ryan Gauvin and Nolan Arbuckle. Dom Lamanno got the win in net stopping 25 of 28 shots.
“It was a very satisfying and gutsy bounce back weekend for us. We played three very good games in three days against three division rivals. In order to win hockey games we need contributions from everyone and that’s exactly what we provided for ourselves. It was a well earned 5 of 6 points weekend.” – Head Coach Darryl Green
The Stars return to action next weekend as they have a home and home with the Cape Cod Islanders. Saturday they travel to Falmouth for a 2:30 PM start and Sunday they return home to battle at 1:20 PM. All Stars games can be watched live on Hockey TV!