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NSHL Weekend Wrap-up: Stars earn dramatic shootout win over Mariners, fall to Islanders - Junior Hockey News

Published: Tuesday, 8 Jan 2013
By: NSHL Media

The NSHL kicked off 2013 with a bang last weekend as the first game of the New Year saw the New England Stars earn a dramatic come from behind shoot-out win over the Mariners. On Sunday, the Cape Cod Islanders defeated the Stars 3-0 on the road.

As the NSHL schedule enters the second half of the season, the Junior Mariners, New England Stars, and Cape Cod Islanders all entered this weekend vying for much needed points as they begin their perspective playoff pushes.

Sitting in the fourth spot at 10-11-1, the Mariners looked to defend home ice at the Salem Ice Center on Saturday when the New England Stars came to town. The Mariners jumped out to an early lead in front of their home fans when leading scorer Andrew Mathieu pounced on an opportunity that was set up by line-mates Tyler Boudrow and Colin Walsh. The hometown Mariners were not satisfied with the one-goal lead however, and Morin doubled the home side's lead with a tally just :30 later.

The Stars were able to weather the early onslaught of the Mariners, and Joe Sartorelli restored order for the visitors by scoring at the 5:42 mark of the first. The two teams went into the break and came out for the second looking for a pivotal goal that could change the course of the game. Both Matt White and Sean Simas were able to keep their opponents at bay, and the two teams went into the locker room at 2-1 after a scoreless second.

The Stars took the ice in the third period with an extra spring in their step, and forward Steve Upton brought the visitors level when he capitalized on a beautiful combination from Sheehan and Mulligan. The hometown Mariners were determined to quickly turn the momentum that New England had gained, and the power-play unit of the Mariners restored their lead when Mathieu buried another beautiful setup from Boudrow, who took a pass from Morin.

Facing a 3-2 deficit late in the third, New England began taking chances on the forecheck and the added pressure proved successful when Garrett Martel injected a huge surge of energy into the visitors by converting on a chance set up by Upton and Mulligan with 2:48 left on the clock.

The two teams ended regulation without finding a late game-winner, and after a scoreless overtime went into the shootout looking for the extra point in the standings. With the score in the shootout tied in the final round, defenseman Jake Sartorelli, brother of Joe, put the visiting Stars into the win column with a nifty deke.

After their emotional shootout win on Saturday, New England returned home on Sunday to host the Cape Cod Islanders. Coming into Sunday's game having taken points from their last four contests, the streaking Islanders looked to take advantage of New England's tired legs and found their edge on special teams. After a scoreless first, defenseman Justin Demone put the visitors in front with a long-range blast that was set up by Caleb Ganelli. The Islanders carried the one-goal lead into the third and reigning NSHL Offensive Player of the Week, Colton Hart, doubled the Cape Cod lead on a beautiful individual effort on the power-play. Trailing by two and on the power-play late in the third, the Stars sent all five players to crash the net, leaving themselves vulnerable. Colton Hart sent Viktor Kanerva on the break who converted the short-handed chance to seal the victory and two much needed points on the road.



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