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Premier team extends streak by sweeping Lumberjacks

By Anthony Di Paolo, 10/26/18, 10:30AM EDT


Sean Carver picks up a hat trick in OT win as Premier team wins seven straight

The New Jersey 87's Premier team swept the Vermont Lumberjacks this past weekend and extended its winning streak to seven games.

Four different players had multiple-point games between Saturday's 4-3 overtime win and a 5-3 win on Sunday. Sean Carver picked up the hat trick and overtime winning goal on Saturday, landing him a TSR star of the week honor from the Premier Division.

"It was a good test for us. It was on the road, and we haven't been on the road for an overnight this year yet, and to play against an organization like Vermont and to get four points out of that, we're pretty ecstatic," said 87's head coach Adam Houli. 

Brad Heuer opened the scoring on Saturday at 6:31 of the first period. Vermont evened the score 56 seconds later to make it 1-1 at the end of the first period. The Lumberjacks scored again with a power-play goal midway through the second, but Carver responded with two power-play goals of his own to give New Jersey the lead back. 

Vermont forced overtime with a third-period goal, but Carver capped off the victory with his third power-play goal of the game with 35 seconds remaining in overtime. Heuer finished with three points (1g, 2a) while Jeremy Connor made 32 saves in the win.

The following day, New Jersey jumped to a 3-1 lead in the first period with goals from Luke Satkowski, Joe Minio and Tom Swartwout. Early in the second period, Swartwout scored again to make it 4-1 in the 87's favor. 

Vermont did not go down without a fight, as Ryan Mosher and Grant Rosenberger struck twice within the final ten minutes of the second, cutting their deficit to one goal. The comeback effort fell short, however, as Simon Fitzgerald scored at 16:42 in the third period to cap off the 5-2 win.

Houli said the weekend was not perfect, but also noted that the 87's ultimately came away with the weekend sweep.

"There's things we still need to work on. We had the lead in both games and kind of relinquished that through the game, and then we were able to fight back and get it," Houli said. "It's another growing spot for this team that seems to find ways to win whether we play well or don't play well. Ultimately they continue to grow and that's all we can ask for." 


Look Ahead:


Friday Oct. 26: vs. Lehigh Valley Jr. Rebels - 12:15 p.m.

Saturday Oct. 27: @ Lehigh Valley Jr. Rebels - 4:00 p.m.



Saturday Oct. 27: @ Central Penn Panthers - 12:15 p.m.

Sunday Oct. 28: vs. Central Penn Panthers - 7:30 p.m.