Two goals apiece from Dean Bauchiero and Nicholas Rexine helped Rochester defeat Culver Academy, 8-1, to advance to the semifinals of the Chipotle-USA Hockey National Championships.
Rochester led, 3-0, after the first period with two goals from Bauchiero. The scoring began 7:05 into the first period when Bauchiero found the back of the net off a one-timer just below the faceoff dot after Sam Deckhut dished him the puck from below the goal line.
Culver's Timofey Spitserov attempted to even the score when he landed a shot on net and cleaned up his own rebound, but both attempts were deflected away by Rochester goaltender Austin McNicholas.
Ryan Walsh extended Rochester’s lead to 2-0, when he chipped in a pass from Deckhut right in front of the net with 6:54 to play in the first.
Bauchiero scored his second of the game thanks to a 3-on-2 rush with 4:09 to go in the first to make it 3-0, in favor of Rochester.
Just as the first period was coming to a close, Culver’s Slade Streeter passed the puck off to Patrick Brandeburg, who rifled a shot that deflected off the top of McNicholas’ stick.
Rochester claimed a four-goal lead to kick off the second period with a goal from Liam Lesakowski, who added two assists on the night to finish with three total points.
Walsh saw another good opportunity on the power play with a quick-release wrist shot, but Culver goaltender Cole Evans, who entered the game at the start of the second period, deflected it into the corner.
Just past the halfway mark in the second, Rochester added three goals in six minutes to take a commanding 7-0 lead. Jared Mangan, Rexine and Deckhut took credit for the goals.
Culver got on the board with less than 10 minutes to play in the third after Spitserov capitalized on the power play. Rexine added an insurance goal for Rochester, his second of the game, to solidify the score at 8-1.
Shattuck St. Mary’s held on to defeat the Ohio Jr. Blue Jackets 4-3 to advance to the semifinals. Four different players recorded goals for Shattuck, including Samuel Harris, William Whitelaw, Scott Morrow and William Staring. Joseph Chaykowski notched two of the three Blue Jackets’ goals.
Overtime was not enough and the decision came down to a shootout as the NJ Avalanche defeated the Boston Jr. Eagles, 5-4, to advance to the semifinals. Matthew Brille scored twice for the Avalanche during regulation, including the game-tying goal with 6:13 to play in the third period to force overtime. Vitaly Levyy, Michael Emerson and Evan Brown each scored in the shootout for the Avalanche.
The RI Saints advanced the semifinals after defeating Pittsburgh Penguins Elite 6-3 in the quarterfinals. Zachary Aben scored twice and Owen McLaughlin finished wit two points (1g, 1a) for the Saints. Pittsburgh’s Jackson Morehouse scored all three goals for the Penguins to earn the hat trick. Both Thomas Heaney for the Saints and Justin Cataldo for the Penguins finished with 28 saves.