Northeast tried to dig itself out of a two-goal hole, but Skylands held on for a 6-5 victory.
Cory Decosta had one goal and three assists to lead Skylands. Decosta scored on the power play 15:55 into the first period to make the score 2-2. Skylands had taken the advantage when Northeast\’s Kyle Hoxie got sent off for tripping. Hunter Ledwith picked up the assist.
Northeast was unable to stop Skylands from sending pucks towards the net, and Skylands eventually piled up 43 shots on goal.
Skylands additionally got points from Ledwith, who also racked up one goal and two assists and Alec Sanchez, who also registered one goal and two assists. Others who scored for Skylands included Aaron Segnello and Mike King, who each put in one. In addition, Skylands received assists from Alex Linquito, who had one.
Northeast kept Skylands\’ goalie busy throughout the game, and Evan Barghout made 26 saves on 31 shots. Northeast surpassed its usual scoring output this season. Northeast averages 2.9 goals per game. The defensemen of Northeast were also effective in Skylands\’ zone, and came away with two goals.
Northeast was led by Adam Carvalho, who finished with two goals and two assists. Carvalho scored the first of his two goals at 13:37 into the first period to make the score 2-1 Northeast. Braley assisted on the tally. Carvalho\’s next tally made the score 3-3 with 12:17 left in the second period. Alex ODowd picked up the assist. Northeast also got points from Braley, who also grabbed two goals and one assist. More assists for Northeast came via Paul MacDonald, Travis Hyde, Luke Whalen, and Zachary Needham, who each chipped in one.
Skylands incurred six minutes in penalty time with three minors. Northeast\’s Steven Murphy stopped 37 shots out of the 43 that he faced. Northeast incurred 14 minutes in penalty time with seven minors.