On Saturday January 24th, the North Jersey Junior Avalanche played the Jersey Wildcats. The Avalanche ended the game with a 5-2 win.
During the first period, the Avalanche were able to score four goals while the Wildcats, could not score against the Avalanche’s goaltender. Martin Zahora was first to score just 38 seconds into the first period. Nicholas Brown, Tom Palestina and Sasha Miniouchine also scored a goal.
In the second period, the Wildcats scored their only two goals of the game each by Matt Hazuda assisted by Billy Nichols. The Avalanche were able to maintain their lead with Miniouchine scoring again in the third period closing the game with a 5-2 win for the Avalanche.
The Avalanche continued to keep their winning streak alive Sunday the 25th, when they played the Philadelphia Revolution.
Stephen Zabrowski from the Avalanche scored both goals in the first period each assisted by Kevin Murphy, while the Revolution were unable to get the puck in the net.
In the second period, Max McGee and Kevin Murphy from the Avalanche were able to get past the Revolution’s goalie, Matt Stewart. Andrew Bean and Zach Pamaylaon scored for the Revolution closing the period with a 4-2 lead to the Avalanche.
The Avalanche’s goaltender, Tyler Morrel said, “[I] thought we came flying out of the gates, and our lead became dominant as we came to the end of the 2nd [period].”
In the third period, Bean was able to score again, but the Revolution failed to be a match against the Avalanche with Noah Dorfman and Martin Zahora scoring ending the game 6-3.
Morrel continues, “[We] looked like a new team again in the 3rd period when we closed them out with a pair of goals. I thought it was strong game for Schapiro with his veteran presence among a young dcore with Hefferan, Shanley and Hanson out of the lineup. At the end of the day, we came out of the game with a big two points to make it four straight.”
During this weekend the Avalanche were able to gain points as they now stand in fourth place for the Mariconda division in the Metropolitan Junior Hockey League.
Max McGee, one of the Avalanche’s forwards said, “I thought that we played strong in the first [period], but we let the lead get to our heads in the second. I feel like in the third period, we came together to grab a win for Picinic.”
***Chris Picinic from the Avalanche was injured during the game.
Peace, love, toodles.