‘Cats split competitive weekend at Home

New England 2 @ Bobcats 3 (SO) – A tense back-and-forth affair between the Sharks and Bobcats came down to shootout heroics by Bay State’s Zakary Justice and Gordon Ogden, who both scored in the breakaway contest to give their team a 3-2 win. After a scoreless first period, Nic Gustafson put New England up early in the second, before Troy Harwell equalized for Bay State. The Sharks entered the third again up by a goal, but Harwell came to Bay State’s rescue with another strike late in the game to force extra time. Zack Roncarati of Bay State and Greyson Skirpan of New England were both stellar between the pipes, each stopping 46 of 48 shots in the contest, but Roncarati’s two saves in the shootout pushed him ahead for the victory.

Springfield 3 @ Bobcats 2 – Jr. Hat Tricks goalie Nathan Hadley had a career game, making 58 saves in a 3-2 win on Sunday. The Jr. Hat Tricks took a 1-0 lead in the 1st period thanks to a goal from Matti Tauriainen. The Bobcats responded early in the 2nd period with a goal from Zakary Justice to make it 1-1. The Hat Tricks regained the lead later in the period with a goal from Connor Lefkof. Midway through the 3rd period, the Bobcats tied the game again as Karl Nordin scored to make it 2-2. With under four minutes remaining, Tauriainen struck again to give the Hat Tricks the 3-2 win. Zack Roncarati made 27 saves in the loss.