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PAL Jr. Isles Open Harbin Tournament With Two Wins

by Jesse D. Eisenberg / New York Islanders

The PAL Jr. Islanders Bantam and Peewee teams each won their opening games in Harbin, China on Friday. The Bantam’s prevailed in a nail biter against an impressive Harbin team playing on home ice, while the Peewees cruised to a victory over Qiqihar.

Islanders captain Jake Giannone and assistant captain Danny Weight scored goals 1:14 apart in the second period to lift the Islanders to a 3-2 win over Harbin. Playing in front of a sizeable home crowd, an energized Team Harbin tilted the ice towards the Jr. Isles end early on, but could not capitalize. Goaltender Jacob Zacharewicz kept Harbin at bay with key stops in the opening period and forward Britt Bischoff gave the Islanders a 1-0 lead late in the frame. Harbin tied the score in the second period, but two quick strikes from Giannone and Weight opened up a two-goal lead after 40 minutes. Harbin surged in the third period and cut the deficit to a goal in the final minute of regulation, but could not find the equalizer.

Anthony De Lorenzo had a hat trick and eight different Islanders scored goals in an emphatic 10-2 win over Team Qiqihar. The Jr. Isles scored five goals in the opening period and did not allow a shot until midway through the second. Cole Brennan was credited with a goal and two assists, while physical forward Timothy Duffy had a two-point night (one goal, one assist).

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