In the New England Chapter of the IBLA, the Nor’Easters evened their record at 2-2 with a come from behind, 16-11 defeat of the 0-3 Aviators. No fewer than five players registered hat tricks in this highly entertaining match-up.
The Aviators jumped out to a 3-0 lead before five minutes came off the clock. Jack Boydon (5G) converting a sweet feed from Tyler Simich (1a) followed by a short-handed tally from Andrew Gallagher (2g) potting a setup from Andrew Forrester. The rally continued with Forrester (4g,2a) putting home an unassisted marker.
The Nor’Easters fired back with a pair from Kenny Keirstead (4g) less than a minute apart to make it a 3-2 contest. Kyle Rumberger (2g) spun the scoreboard to make it 3-3 before Boydon made it 4-3 and Rumberger answered but Gallagher and Forrester tallied at 16:59 and 18:41 to close the entertaining first quarter with a 6-4 Aviators lead.
Bobby Carey (2g) nailed a pair just a minute and thirty seconds apart. This was followed by a highlight goal from Joe Weber (1g) that flipped the lead to the Nor’Easters at 7-6. Boydon and Cole Franklin (1g) exchanged goals and Boydon and Forrester counters to keep the Nor’Easters in front,9-8. Kierstead completed his hat trick with a man-up tally and an even-strength marker. Just like that, it was a 10-9 Nor’Easters advantage.
Luke Jaber (3g,2a) kicked off his big game to close the middle stanza with an 11-9 Nor’Easters lead. Onto the final stanza. They would go and Boydon made it a one-goal game on the man advantage at the 6:50 mark. Mike Maggio (3g) with a pair and a single marker from Jaber set the stage for a wild finish. Forrester and Maggio set the end score with Jaber adding another advantage goal to end the scoring. The Nor’Easters went 2 of 3 on the advantage with the Aviators posting 1 for 2. Nor’Easters evened their record in this victory.