Matthew Simoncelli netted a hat trick to lead Roc City over Wilkes-Barre, 7-3.
Simoncelli got on the scoresheet 10:40 into the second period. He then added goals at 15:48 into the second and at 6:15 into the third.
Roc City\’s penalty kill excelled, as Roc City gave up zero goals despite allowing six power plays.
Roc City forced its penalty killing units to work especially hard during the game, picking up 11 minors and one major for 27 minutes in penalty time. Roc City had been averaging 22.0 minutes in penalties per game. Roc City stifled Wilkes-Barre\’s power play, and did not give up a single goal while down a man. Roc City kept Wilkes-Barre\’s goalie busy throughout the game, and Devin Peterson made 41 saves on 48 shots. Roc City surpassed its usual scoring output this season. This season, Roc City averages 3.6 goals per contest.
Others who scored for Roc City included Cameron Clark, who had two and Aidan Conolly and Brandon Corey, who each put in one. Other players who recorded assists for Roc City were Anthony DePetres, who had four and Jared Tam-Grimshaw, Robert Vasta, and Sam Cammilleri, who contributed one each.
Roc City was unable to stop Wilkes-Barre from sending pucks towards the net, and Wilkes-Barre eventually piled up 31 shots on goal. Wilkes-Barre could not stay out of the penalty box, as the team accrued 54 minutes in penalties during the game.
Wilkes-Barre was helped by Stephen Aponik, who had one goal. Aponik scored 11:21 into the third period to make the score 5-3 Roc City. Zacharia Ouladelhadjahmed provided the assist. Wilkes-Barre also had goals scored by Derrick Wruble and Ruben Gonzales, who scored one goal each. In addition, Wilkes-Barre received assists from Ryan Flanagan, Nicholas Vitanovec, and William Romanowski, who each chipped in one.
Ian Stahl recorded 28 saves for Roc City. Roc City registered one goal on seven power play opportunities. For Wilkes-Barre, Gonzales was ejected from the game.