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USA Nationals Action Continues

by Staff Writer / Pittsburgh Penguins
The USA Hockey 18-and-under National Championships continued Thursday with all 12 teams in action. Shattuck-St. Mary’s tallied a 3-2 victory over Team Maryland, while the Pittsburgh Hornets fell, 5-1, to the Dallas Stars.

In other second-day action, Mid-Fairfield Blues defeated Russell Stover, 3-2, in a shootout; the Philadelphia Jr. Flyers edged out the Los Angeles Jr. Kings, 4-2; Cleveland Barons dropped the Buffalo Regals, 6-0; and the Boston Jr. Bruins beat the Detroit Little Caesars, 3-1 (Full game recaps below).

Round-robin competition concludes Friday, with the semifinals set for Saturday and the championship game Sunday.

Among the featured games Friday, the Pittsburgh Hornets meet Detroit Little Caesars at noon.

For a complete schedule, results, standings and statistics, please go to

Dallas 5, Pittsburgh 1
Blake Coleman netted two goals to help the Dallas Stars best the Pittsburgh Hornets with a 5-1 tally at the Olympic Arena on Thursday afternoon.

Coleman notched the first two scores of the game with a goal in the first period and a power-play goal in the second period. The Hornets Derek Jacobsen tallied the lone goal for his team at 11:21 in the second period to cut Dallas’ lead in half. However, the Stars scored three unanswered goals from Axel Boyer, Anthony Hamburg and Jeff McMinimy.

Hornets netminder Matthew Skoff turned aside 30 shots in the contest.

Boston 3, Detroit 1
The Boston Junior Bruins gained a 3-0 lead after two periods to eventually defeat the Detroit Little Ceasars, 3-1, Thursday at the Icoplex at Southpointe.

Christopher Brown and Francis Drolet each tallied a goal and an assist in the Bruins' win. Jake Turrin netted the first goal of the game at 10:43 of the first period. Boston netminder Sam Marotta turned aside 32 shots in the win.

Stephen Obarzanek notched Detroit’s lone goal - unassisted - in the third period.

Shattuck-St. Mary’s 3, Team Maryland 2
Blake Matecjcek scored the game-winning goal to help Shattuck-St. Mary’s edge Team Maryland, 3-2, at Clearview Arena on Thursday.

Team Maryland took an early lead in the game with a goal from Michael Chen but Shattuck-St. Mary’s tied the score at 1-1 with 30 seconds left in the first period with a goal from Jean-Paul LaFontaine.

Nicholas Sorkin helped Team Maryland jump into the lead again in the second period but Shattuck-St. Mary’s Erik Haula converted a power-play goal to tie the game at 2-2 in the second period.

Shattuck-St. Mary’s goalie Garrett Jensen turned aside 26 shots in the contest.

Mid-Fairfield 3, Russell 2 SO
Mid-Fairfield’s Michael Garlasco tallied a goal and an assist and Andrew Flynn and Kevin Goumas scored shootout goals to help propel the Blues to a 3-2 victory over Russell Stover at Clearview Arena.

Mid-Fairfield ran out to a 2-0 lead in the first period on goals by Garlasco and defenseman Danny Biego. Russell’s Patrick Kirtland cut into the lead with a first-period tally and Ryan McElhone tied the game in the second period with a power-play score.

Mid-Fairfield edged out Russell, 2-1, in the shootout with tallies from Flynn and Goumas. Will Suter scored the lone Stover goal in the shootout.

Philadelphia 4, Los Angeles 2
The Philadelphia Junior Flyers ran out to a 4-1 lead en route to its 4-2 triumph over the Los Angeles Juniors Kings at Olympic Arena.

Thomas Seravalli, Billy Latta, Brian Christie and David Macalino each tallied a goal for the Flyers while Matthew O’Brien and Dan Dupell notched assists. Goaltender Justin Fielding made 21 saves for the win.

Shane McColgan and Ryan Frost netted scores for Los Angeles with Beau Bennett, Taylor Aronson and David Marabella assisting.

Cleveland 6, Buffalo 0
Brandon Stroad scored two goals and goaltender Brian Phillips made 18 saves to help the Cleveland Barons shutout the Buffalo Regals with a 6-0 victory at Clearview Arena.

Ryan Taylor notched two points (G+A), while Kyle Gibbons, Rhod Rees and Ryan Seibolt also scored for the Barons. Kevin Irwin recorded two assists while Grant Gettinger chipped in a helper.

Regals goalie Danny Green faced 51 shots, turning aside 45.

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