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SCHSHL Junior Varsity Quarterfinals Recap



The SCHSHL JV Semifinals are set to begin on Monday March 4th. Last night the #1 seed Smithtown Hauppauge Bulls, #2 seed PatMed Raiders, #3 seed Sachem and #4 seed East Islip Chiefs all punched their ticket to the second round. Here’s our recap of last night’s action. 

Business As Usual For The Bulls

Christian Semetsis potted two goals in a four point performance as the #1 seed Smithtown Hauppauge Bulls lit the lamp eight times in an 8-1 victory over the #8 seed Middle Country Cougars. Connor Dubeau found the back of the net once in a three point performance. Brayden Beltrani lit the lamp twice for the Bulls. Smithtown Hauppauge starting goaltender Jack Pring was superb in net and was awarded the Bulls game belt.

Christian Semetsis, Nick Rindfuss and Brayden Beltrani scored as the Bulls took a 3-0 lead in the 1st period. 

Harold Stauffer scored to make it 3-1 in the second stanza, but Connor Dubeau answered the bell to put the Bulls back up by three. 

John Avlonitis and Christian Semetsis scored in the 3rd period for the Bulls. After falling behind 6-1, Cougars starter Andrew Martens was replaced by Kenny Bridgeford Jr. Both netminders made some nice saves in the eventual 8-1 loss. Draven Cacciani and Brayden Beltrani found the back of the net after the goaltending change. Draven Cacciani added an assist in a two point performance. Aiden Landrigan added two helpers on the night as well.

Raiders Slay Lions  

Michael Marturellio’s four point performance powered the #2 seed PatMed Raiders to victory over the #7 Longwood Lions by a final score of 8-2. Marturiello assisted on the game winner and tacked on the insurance goal in a strong showing for PatMed. Michael Noone scored two goals including the eventual game winner. Chris Suriano scored once in a three point performance. Luke Tannenbaum was stellar in net for the Raiders 

Jake Raineri and Jake Strong each scored an unassisted goal to give the Raiders a 2-0 lead in the 1st period.

Michael Noone scored the eventual game winner in the second stanza to put PatMed up 3-0. Brandon Nicotri and Michael Clemente scored to make it 3-2. Longwood starting goaltender Sebastian Martins made some key saves to keep the game tight, but PatMed would not be denied. Michael Marturiello and Chris Suriano answered back to give the Raiders a 5-2 lead heading into the 3rd period. 

Alex Gapanoff, Michael Noone and Rocco Azzara all found the back of the net for the Raiders in the final frame. The Raiders captain, Rocco Azzara, was one of five PatMed players including Michael Marturiello, Michael Noone, Jake Strong and Chris Suriano to tally two points or more in the Raiders win. The captain’s younger brother, Luca Azzara, was a steadying presence on the back end with Gabriel Vignato III out of the lineup due to illness.

Sachem Rains On St. Anthony’s Parade

Logan Stoltenberg scored the eventual game winner in a two goal performance as #3 seed Sachem defeated the #6 seed St. Anthony’s Friars 6-3. James Drago found the back of the net once and led all scorers with three points. Caiden Marcus tacked on one gino and one apple. Anthony Mare got the nod in net for Sachem. 

Tyler Anderson went end-to-end before sniping stick side high to put Sachem up 1-0. Caiden Marcus jabbed one home to extend the lead to 2-0 in the 1st period. 

Jeffry Grasso collected the puck in the Friars defensive zone, dangled through four defenders, and went top shelf to make it 2-1 in the second stanza. Logan Stoltenberg responded by scoring back-to-back goals to put Sachem up 4-1. Matt Bispo scored a power play goal to extend the lead to 5-1. John Iwankiw cashed in on a 3 on 1 opportunity to make it 5-2. Gianluca Bravin sniped top shelf from the blue line to cut the lead to two. 

James Drago redirected one past the Friars netminder on the power play to put Sachem up 6-3. Sachem’s Anthony Mare and St. Anthony’s Declan Heffernan traded saves for the remainder of regulation. Heffernan made some key saves in the Friars loss, and continues to look the part of a future varsity goaltender.

EI Edges Out KPC  

Patrick O’Shea was outstanding in net as the #4 seed East Islip Chiefs defeated the #5 seed Kings Park Commack Knights by a final score of 3-1. James Walsh scored the insurance goal on the power play, Caleigh Chocko opened the scoring for EI and Logan Barton impressed in a two point performance. 

Jack Franke sniped top shelf to score a breakaway goal to give KPC an early 1-0 lead in the opening frame. 

Niko Stavropoulos fired a shot that was redirected by Jack Connors, and Caleigh Chocko tapped a rebound home to tie the game at 1-1 in the second stanza. Logan Barton scored the eventual game winner after getting to work in transition in the second frame. 

James Walsh’s dagger on the power play ended up sealing the deal for the East Islip Chiefs in the final frame. KPC was without their leading scorer Gavin Boccard (undisclosed) in the eventual 3-1 loss. The Knights made a valiant effort to tie the game late, but O’Shea stonewalled KPC at every turn. 

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