Eastern Hockey League – Showcase Series Continues This Weekend; Total Of 44 Games In Haverhill, Lawrence (MA)

Anthony DiPaolo
Anthony DiPaolo
Anthony Di Paolo has been working in various levels of hockey over the last five years, ranging from juniors to the pros. Di Paolo spent four seasons as the Communications Director and play-by-play announcer for the New Jersey Titans of the North American Hockey League (2016-2020), and is entering his fifth season in a similar role with the New Jersey 87’s of the Eastern Hockey League. Graduating from Seton Hall University in 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism, the New Jersey native covered Division I athletics for his school’s radio station, WSOU, and spent two years writing for the Fischler Report, a newsletter run by U.S. Hockey Hall-of-Fame inductee Stan Fischler.

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The Eastern Hockey League showcase series continues this weekend as the teams will play at the Paul T. Gilmartin Arena in Haverhill, Massachusetts as well as Valley Forum Ice Arena in nearby Lawrence, MA.

A total of 44 games will be played throughout the weekend, with 27 EHL games and 17 EHLP contests. Here are some storylines and matchups to watch as the league gets ready to play at the Valley Jr. Warriors’ home rink.

Aden Hotchkiss
NH Avalanche

An Avalanche in the North

The New Hampshire Avalanche are the hottest team in the EHL right now, riding a five-game winning streak and a nine-game point streak. They lead the league with 69 goals as a team, and the offense is led by veteran forward Aden Hotchkiss with 24 points (6g, 18a) in 15 games. Rory Andriole is also red-hot for New Hampshire with four goals and six points over his last three games.

This weekend the Avs will face New York Apple Core, who have won three straight, as well as two opponents from the gauntlet of the South Division in the Philadelphia Little Flyers and the first-place Protec Jr. Ducks.

Speaking of offense in the North Division, three of the four teams have reached the 60-goal plateau including the Vermont Lumberjacks (65) and the New England Wolves (64). The Seacoast Spartans ‘only’ have 48 goals so far, but their 39 goals against is tied for 4th lowest in the EHL.

Jr. Rangers lead the way

After a tumultuous 0-4 start to their season, the Boston Jr. Rangers went on a 9-3-0 stretch to take over the top spot in the East Division. Much of that can be attributed to their new starting goalie, David Filak. The Michigan native has a 6-3-0 record with a 1.47 goals against average and a .951 save percentage. As a team, the Jr. Rangers have held their opponents to two goals or less in seven of their last eight games.

That defense will be put to the test as they go up against offensively talented teams in the Vermont Lumberjacks and the Philadelphia Hockey Club.

Another team to watch in the East Division is the Seahawks Hockey Club. While they lost their last two games, they did take three out of four points in a back-to-back against the red-hot Jr. Rangers. They also have a new forward in Cade Herrera, who has eight goals in his first five games with the Seahawks. It may not be a sustainable pace, but it nevertheless makes Herrera a player to watch out for this weekend.

Nick Hebert
Protec Ducks

Ducks’ season?

The Protec Jr. Ducks are still flying high in the South Division with a 12-6-1 record. While they have played the most games of any team in the South, the Ducks still lead the division with a .658 points percentage, plus they are 5-0-1 in their last six games while taking five out of six points in three straight road games against Team Maryland.

Protec has three players who have already eclipsed the 20-point mark, including forwards Nick Hebert (10g, 13a) and Graham Broadfoot (10g, 11a) as well as defenseman Jacob Gates (7g, 13a). They also have a solid goaltending tandem in Alexis Giroux, who has a 2.70 goals against average and .920 save percentage, and Adam Casper who has a 2.76 goals against average and .913 save percentage. This weekend, the Ducks will face HC Rhode Island, the Railers Hockey Club and the Avalanche.

Philadelphia Hockey Club may be third in their division, but they have the best goal differential in the South at +19, and they are coming off a shootout victory over the defending EHL champion New Jersey 87’s. On Friday they will go up against the Boston Jr. Rangers, and will close out their weekend against the Seacoast Spartans. A good weekend for the expansion team could put some real pressure on the other South Division teams.

Jack Wineman
Railers JHC

Stuck in the Central with you

Another team that is gaining momentum after a slow start is the Worcester Railers JHC. They have won three straight and are now three points behind the first-place Connecticut Chiefs. Jack Wineman leads the Railers with nine goals and 19 points through 16 games, and defenseman Tristan Boyer has terrific offensively with four goals and 12 points. They open the showcase against the host Valley Jr. Warriors and will then face the Ducks and Team Maryland.

Nick Sweet

It should also be mentioned that New York Apple Core is riding a three-game winning streak heading into the showcase. They are tied with the Railers with 16 points in the Central, and their offense is being led by veteran Joe Lachase (7g, 9a) and first-year player Nick Sweet (8g, 9a). Max Banoun has been excellent between the pipes, sporting a 7-3-0 record with a 2.46 goals against average and .938 save percentage.

Apple Core will have a tough showcase with games against the Avalanche, Wolves and Seahawks, but a strong weekend here could vault them over the Railers and Chiefs for the top spot in the Central.

Ryan Arendes
PA Huntsmen

Around the EHLP

Back at the Worcester Showcase in September, the Pennsylvania Huntsmen earned their first win as a franchise in their first-ever EHLP game. Now they lead the Mid-Atlantic Division with a 12-3-1 record and are second in the league with 72 goals scored. Ryan Arendes has been an enormous part of that offense, leading the EHLP with 34 points (19g, 15a) through 16 games. If they continue that dominance against teams outside the Mid-Atlantic, they could be looked upon as serious contenders for Providence.

Meanwhile, the defending EHLP champion Boston Jr. Rangers are determined in their quest for a repeat by starting out with a 13-1-1 record. Akezhan Melis and Drake Tomak are both scoring in bunches with 20-plus points each while Nicholas Mutschler is rocking a .940 save percentage in goal, as the Jr. Rangers have a league best +41 goal differential. They’ll play two games this weekend by facing the Philadelphia Little Flyers and the Adirondack Jr. Thunder. The Vermont Lumberjacks have a 12-3-0 record and lead the New England Division by five points. Three of the top six scorers in the EHLP are Lumberjacks, including Brendan Manning (9g, 19a, 28pts), Peppi Delliquadri (13g, 11a, 24pts) and Justin Prim (4g, 19a, 23pts). Their biggest matchup will be on Saturday when they face the Railers, a team with a 12-4-1 record and only trails the Jr. Rangers by two points in the Boston Division.

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