CANTON – In its return to play, New England Pro Am Hockey’s High School/Prep Summer Hockey League played their third week of the season on July 16 at the Canton Ice House.
Blue Jackets 5 vs. Redwings 4
After struggling out of the gate, the Blue Jackets (1-2-0) took advantage of a hot start to their contest and downed the Red Wings (0-3-0), 5-4, for their first victory of the summer season.
It was three in the first for the Blue Jackets that set the tone for the contest; Nolan Anderson, John Walsh and Mike Tierney all getting on the scoresheet. Ross Dexter scored for the Wings in the first half to leave it at a manageable 3-1 heading into the break.
Trailing close behind, the Red Wings made a run with three goals of their own in the second – Andrew Shannon, Dexter again, and Robert Dumais – but the Blue Jackets kept pace with a pair of goals of their own to keep their victory intact.
Sharks 5 vs. Predators 5
It was perfectly balanced, as all things should be as the Sharks (1-1-1) and the Predators (2-0-1) played to a 5-5 draw. The game and each half played to even scores as it was two aside in the first, three aside in the second and five for both sides in the game.
Two points was good enough to lead the contest in scoring, a distinction that went to six different players, each with a goal and an assist. Brennan Jewett, Leo Owens, Gavin Connor and Jake Curley pair for the Preds, while Adam Regan and Aidan Boucher both had multi-point performances for the Sharks.
Flames 7 vs. Wild 4
The summer season has just begun, but the Flames (3-0-0) domination over it remains underway as they defeated the Wild (1-2-0) 7-4 in their most recent contest.
First half goals from Zachary Manganaro, William O’Brien, Ryan Gottwald and Bradley Powers all but put the game away for the Flames.
The Wild kept pace with a pair of goals in the first and a pair of goals in the second, but they were never able to equal or pass their foes on the scoreboard as the Flames still had plenty of scoring of their own left to do in the final frame. Three to be exact, to close out the 7-4 final.
Gottwald closed the evening as the night’s leading point scorer, credited with three goals and one assist.