Northeast Generals Playoff Week in Review: A Split well earned

For a team that had to be perfect with its final home games to earn a trip on the road against the East Division Regular Season Champs, the Northeast Generals did not look out of place. They stormed to a series opening win by a 4-1 margin with 52 saves from Cullen DeYoung before the Titans earned a split with a 6-2 win on Saturday.

The Generals now have home ice advantage as they need two more wins to move to the next round. This feat can be accomplished by winning their next two games on Friday and Saturday. Should a game five be needed it will happen on Sunday, one week from today.

Head Coach Bryan Erikson had some thoughts on the first two games.

He said “Obviously not the result we wanted last night but we are happy coming back to Attleboro with home ice advantage. On Friday I thought we did a good job setting the tone physically which led to some very timely scoring. Last night I thought we got away from what had given us success against NJ this season. But overall I am very happy with the situation we are in.”

On the growth of DeYoung he added “His focus is just amazing as is his work ethic. He never quits on pucks and has a knack for a huge save. He’s playing with a ton of confidence and we in return have a ton in him.”

Northeast Generals 4 at New Jersey Titans 1 – Status: Final
Friday, April 22, 2022 – Middletown Ice World Arena

Northeast 1 2 1 – 4
New Jersey 0 1 0 – 1

1st Period-1, Northeast, Scott 1 (McCarthy, krause), 15:07. Penalties-Posma Njt (holding-minor), 0:33; Ardagna Nte (kneeing-minor), 5:41; Farrell Njt (roughing-minor), 13:03; Calafiore Njt (slashing-minor), 16:35; Keresztes Njt (slashing-minor), 19:16.

2nd Period-2, Northeast, Keefer 1   1:56 (SH). 3, New Jersey, Posma 1 (Coughlin, Keresztes), 3:22 (PP). 4, Northeast, Andreychuk 1 (Schubert), 9:56. Penalties-Gordon Nte (cross checking-minor), 1:33; Mollica Njt (boarding-minor), 5:29; McCarthy Nte (tripping-minor), 10:40; Scott Nte (hooking-minor), 13:26; Posma Njt (slashing-minor), 13:44; Karlsson Njt (hooking-minor), 17:11.

3rd Period-5, Northeast, Andreychuk 2   6:23. Penalties-Wites Nte (hooking-minor), 3:04; Farrell Njt (slashing-minor), 19:48.

Shots on Goal-Northeast 17-11-5-33. New Jersey 14-20-19-53.
Power Play Opportunities-Northeast 0 / 8; New Jersey 1 / 5.
Goalies-Northeast, DeYoung (53 shots-52 saves). New Jersey, Takacs (33 shots-29 saves).
Referees-Robert Esposito, JR Stragar.
Linesmen-Daniel Haas, Kieran Green.

Northeast Generals 2 at New Jersey Titans 6 – Status: Final
Saturday, April 23, 2022 – Middletown Ice World Arena

Northeast 0 2 0 – 2
New Jersey 1 3 2 – 6

1st Period-1, New Jersey, Mollica 1 (Ring, Posma), 11:33. Penalties-Andreychuk Nte (tripping-minor), 8:53; Calafiore Njt (tripping-minor), 9:34; Scott Nte (high sticking-minor), 10:34; Sanborn Njt (cross checking-minor), 14:59.

2nd Period-2, New Jersey, Coughlin 1 (Dumas, Posma), 0:19. 3, Northeast, Schubert 1 (Andreychuk), 1:16. 4, Northeast, Ramm 1 (Friberg), 9:41 (SH). 5, New Jersey, Ring 1 (Posma, Dumas), 18:32. 6, New Jersey, Calafiore 1 (Charpentier, Carroll), 18:40. Penalties-Friberg Nte (slashing-minor), 2:56; Schubert Nte (slashing-minor), 7:50; Ramm Nte (roughing-double minor), 10:09; Farrell Njt (roughing-minor), 10:09; Luik Njt (cross checking-minor), 12:39.

3rd Period-7, New Jersey, Ring 2 (Mollica, Karlsson), 3:53. 8, New Jersey, Brednich 1 (Feczko, Posma), 17:26 (PP). Penalties-Andreychuk Nte (unsportsmanlike conduct-10 minute misconduct), 16:23; Keefer Nte (tripping-minor), 16:23; Ardagna Nte (roughing-minor), 18:39; Dumas Njt (high sticking-minor), 18:48.

Shots on Goal-Northeast 7-12-10-29. New Jersey 14-15-10-39.
Power Play Opportunities-Northeast 0 / 3; New Jersey 1 / 7.
Goalies-Northeast, DeYoung (39 shots-33 saves). New Jersey, Takacs (29 shots-27 saves).
Referees-Robert Esposito, JR Stragar.
Linesmen-Daniel Haas, Kieran Green.

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