Three points from Blue Jackets captain Cole Miller and two points apiece from Kory Diponio, Cody Brekke and Graham Broadfoot gave the Ohio Jr. Blue Jackets a 4-1 victory over the Maine Nordiques on day two of the Chipotle-USA Hockey Youth Tier I 18U National Championships.
“I think we played hard all game long,” said Darryl Noren, head coach for the 18U Ohio Jr. Blue Jackets. “We knew our backs were against the wall and we had to win and we got the job done.”
The Blue Jackets opened the scoring less than five minutes into the first period. Diponio tipped the puck in off a shot from Miller from the top of the slot.
With three minutes left to play in the first, Maine fought to get on the board with a flurry of scoring chances, including multiple chances from Justin Mexico, Ryan Panico and Miles Harrington.
After 10 minutes had expired off the clock in the second, the Blue Jackets claimed a two-goal lead when Brekke knocked in a loose rebound right in front of the net. Miller and Diponio both earned assists on the play.
Ohio took a 3-0 lead into the second intermission after Broadfoot cleaned up another rebound off a give-and-go from Brekke and Noah Holt.
Anthony Galante put the Nordiques on the board with 12:40 to play in the third to make it 3-1.
After Maine took a penalty for too many men with 9:06 to play in the third, Miller scored on a wrist shot from the point 15 seconds into the power play to make it 4-1 in favor of Ohio.
“We take it one day at a time,” Noren said. “We can’t look too far ahead. We have a tough game tomorrow morning that we’re getting prepared for and we’ll see where we end up.”
Nolan Kahl scored twice and Brett Robinson earned two points in Car Shield’s 5-2 victory over Sioux Falls. Goaltender Matthew Smith made 21 stops for Car Shield.
In a back-and-forth battle, Shattuck St. Mary’s defeated Culver Academy 6-5 after the game went into a shootout. Samuel Harris scored twice for Shattuck during regulation while Luca Ricci and David Tolan each recorded two assists.
David Chen scored a hat trick in Rochester’s 7-3 victory against the Rocky Mountain Roughriders. In addition to Chen, two other Rochester players tallied three points, including Ryan Walsh (1g, 2a) and Bauer Morrissey (3a).
Yusuf Gendergunoev scored two goals and Nicholas Sewecke collected two assists as the Pittsburgh Penguins Elite downed the Boston Jr. Eagles 3-1. Pittsburgh’s emergency backup goaltender Carson Frye made 29 saves in net for the Penguins.
Four different goal goal scorers were highlighted in Meijer’s 4-2 win against the Anaheim Jr. Ducks. Carson Galin, Tyler Agnew, Evan Burkle and Colin Whaley each capitalized on a goal for Meijer and Jakub Hall collected two assists.
The RI Saints scored two goals in the third period to overcome the Nashville Jr. Predators, 3-1. Owen McLaughlin (1g, 1a), Jayden Sison (1g, 1a) and Sixten Jennersjo (2a) each recorded two points for the Saints.
NJ Avalanche racked up nine goals on day two of the tournament to defeat the Esmark Stars 9-2. Michael Emerson scored twice and Michael Casey tallied a goal and an assist.