NESHL 2019 Sports4Life Classic Day 2: Tournament-defining matches all around (3/9/19)

NEP Wildcats Celebrating after goal

A terrific first day laid the groundworks for the 2019 NESHL Championship group stages and today continued the excitement.

In Division A, the Northeast Passage Wildcats and Pittsburgh Mighty Penguins took the 1 and 2 seeds respectively, defeating their other opponents in convincing fashion. If these teams take care of business in the semifinals, we’ll see a rematch of the best round-robin match in the final. The Wildcats-Mighty Penguins match was neck and neck until the last 5 minutes, when the Wildcats scored 4 rapid fire goals to pull away.

NEP Wildcats Celebrating after goal
NEP Wildcats celebrated after their game-tying goal in a game they would eventually win 5-1. (3/9/19)

The Gaylord Wolfpack squad struggled to find players for their first match on Friday, but they bounced back Saturday morning. After a scoreless first period with the Philadelphia Flyers they piled on six unanswered goals including the following goal by Rachel Grusse (#4) assisted by Josh Buglione (#91). They would finish their group stage later with an 8-0 loss at the hands of the hometown NEP Wildcats.


Rachel Grusse (#4) with a slick put back against the Philadelphia Flyers! Goal #3 for the Gaylord Wolfpack on their way to a 6-0 victory to kick off day 2 of the NESHL Championship!!

In the B division, we’ll see two matchups where the teams know each other well. First, it’s North vs South as both of the Columbus Blue Jackets teams will face off. The South team had the edge in the group stage, finishing with a 3-0 record, while the North team took a loss to the New England Warriors. En route to their perfect group stage, Blue Jackets South took down the Warriors today 5-0. With a four goal performance, Ben Musselman (#2) showed incredible control over the match. The Warriors will take on Atlantic rivals the Springfield Thunderbirds in the other semifinal, and the winners will face each other for the B division title!

Columbus/New England Faceoff
CBJ’s Zeb Reese faced off with a New England Warriors player (3/9/19)

In Tier II of the B division, the second teams of the Northeast Passage Wildcats and Pittsburgh Mighty Penguins took the top two spots. Facing off against them in the semifinal round will be the Ohio Warriors and the Boston Shamrocks. Will the B teams hold strong in the semifinals, or can the Warriors and Shamrocks pull off the upset?

Keep scrolling for full Day 2 results, the finalized playoff schedule and the full photo album and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to stay posted during the final rounds!

Day 2 Scores

TimeGroupVisitor (score)Home (score)
9:30
am
APhiladelphia Flyers (0)Gaylord Wolfpack (6)
11:00
am
B
Tier II
Northeast Passage Wildcats (7)Spaulding Shamrocks (0)
12:40
pm
AColumbus Blue Jackets North (5)Springfield Thunderbirds (1)
2:10
pm
B
Tier II
Pittsburgh Mighty Penguins B (5)Ohio Warriors (2)
3:00
pm
APittsburgh Mighty Penguins A (1)Northeast Passage Wildcats (5)
3:50
pm
BNew England Warriors (0)Columbus Blue Jackets South (5)
4:30
pm
BColumbus Blue Jackets North (3)Central VT Pioneers (1)
5:20
pm
B Tier IIOhio Warriors (4)Spaulding Shamrocks (7)
6:10
pm
APittsburgh Mighty Penguins A (5)Philadelphia Flyers (1)
7:00
pm
BSpringfield Thunderbirds (0)Columbus Blue Jackets South (7)
7:40
pm
AGaylord Wolfpack (0)Northeast Passage Wildcats (8)
8:30
pm
BJohnstown Sitting Bulls (0)New England Warriors (3)

Day 3 Schedule

TimeGameVisitor Home
8:15
am
B Semis
Columbus Blue Jackets NorthColumbus Blue Jackets South
8:30
am
B SemisCentral VT PioneersNew England Warriors
9:45
am
A SemisGaylord WolfpackPittsburgh Mighty Penguins A
10:00
am
A SemisPhiladelphia FlyersNortheast Passage Wildcats A
11:25
am
B Tier II SemisSpaulding ShamrocksPittsburgh Mighty Penguins B
11:40 amB Tier II SemisOhio WarriorsNortheast Passage Wildcats B
12:55
pm
B FinalWinner of B SemisWinner of B Semis
1:10
pm
A FinalWinner of A SemisWinner of A Semis
2:50
pm
B Tier II FinalWinner of B Tier II SemisWinner of B Tier II Semis
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