The first day of the 2016 Powerhockey Cup was kicked off right at the Opening Ceremonies with player introductions by Philadelphia Flyers long time in house announcer Lou Nolan and the singing of the Canadian and American National Anthems by the Flyers own, #1 ranked anthemist in the NHL, Lauren Hart. Click here to view the opening ceremonies.
The games followed shortly as the hosting team, the Philadelphia PowerPlay, took on the Toronto Lake Raiders. Philly fell behind 1-0 but quickly rebounded with 5 straight goals on their way to a commanding 10-7 win. The Saints and Capitals played a physical game that ended with 24 PIM between the two teams. Jacob Ritter’s hat trick sparked Minnesota to a 5-3 win.
Day 1 was highlighted with a back and forth game between the Michigan Mustangs and Toronto Rock. After the Mustangs scored 2 goals 11 seconds apart in the second period, the Rock came back to tie the game and take the lead with a late goal by Harris Farid with 48 seconds left in regulation. The second game for both the PowerPlay and the Capitals was a low scoring defensive affair that went the distance. The first OT game of the tournament was won on a powerplay breakaway goal for Ottawa’s Mathieu Gagnon.
In the last two games of the evening, both the Michigan Mustangs and Minnesota Saints won by wide margins with the Mustangs defeating the Lake Raiders 12-5 and the Saints pulling out a 6-1 win over the Rock.
All games for the remainder of the 2016 Powerhockey Cup will be live streamed at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/powerhockey-cup-2014. The live stream can also be accessed at the top of the page by clicking on Watch Live!. Tune in!
Game 1 – Philadelphia PowerPlay 10 vs Toronto Lake Raiders 7
Game 2 – Minnesota Saints 5 vs Ottawa Capitals 3
Game 3 – Toronto Rock 6 vs Michigan Mustangs 5
Game 4 – Ottawa Capitals 3 vs Philadelphia PowerPlay 2
Game 5 – Toronto Lake Raiders 5 vs Michigan Mustangs 12
Game 6 – Minnesota Saints 6 vs Toronto Rock 1
Click here to view the stats from day 1.
2016 Powerhockey Cup Standings
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