SoCal Express 2019s Take Two in OT at the Crab Feast

The SoCal Express 2109s captured two overtime victories at the Crab Feast to finish pool play with a 2-1 record. Strong performances by goalie Zane Handy, as well as the defense and faceoff play of Joseph Lee and Stuart Pollard factored heavily in both wins.  The SoCal Express 2018s were not as successful, ending the day with an 0-3 record.

The 2019s opened the tournament with a 5-4 win over Philadelphia Freedom. Koa Todd (2 goals, 1 assist) scored the game winner.  Riley Ahern (1g), Thomas Anderson (1g) and Destry Burton (1g, 1a) also found the back of the net in game one.  Keenan ResslerStephen Deck,  Kevin Groeninger handed out assists in the first game.

The overtime fun continued into game two as the 2019s defeated Long Island based Team 91 White 7 – 6. Groeninger  (2g, 2a) scored the game winner.  Jack Allender (2g, 2a), Pollard (1 goal) and Koa Todd ( 2 goals) also scored for the Express.

The 2019 closed the day with a 6-2 loss to Connecticut’s 2019 Eclipse.   SoCal was not able to get a shot off in the first half and was down 4-0 at the end of the half. In the second half both the offense and defense stepped it up, but not enough to cover the deficit.  Allender (1g, 1a) and Burton (1g) provided the offensive production.
Eric Fries (1g,1a), Josh Fox (1g), Conrad Hampson (1g), Ellis Geis (4g, 1a), Justin Welling (2g), Garret Kuntz (1g, 1a), Quentin Buchman (1g) and Michael Walsh (1g, 1a) scored for the 2018s.