Walpole Express Grab Early Advantage
Despite hitting a bit of a bump in late October, the Express continues to set a blistering pace at the top of the division. Their responsible approach to team defense makes them a tough club to beat.
Balance is the hallmark of a strong forward group, paced by Nick Balboa (nine goals), Frankie Cefalu (nine goals) and Eric Lipa (nine goals). Alex Corvi Timmy Thurnau and Rudy Carson add to the talented mix up front.
Defensemen Bryan Nelson, Robbie Roche, Blake Walderson, Jake Leamer and Ryan Charko are charged with the protection of goalies Evan McCarthy (3.15, .919), a Miami of Ohio commit, and Connor Rodericks (2.32, .938).
Solid Start Has Boston Bandits Excited
Another team off to a solid start, the Bandits are a comfortable two points in arrears of the Express. Thus far, the Bandits have been thriving in close encounters. Although a modest +10, they are five games to the good.
The top six forwards have accounted for all but a handful of goals, paced by points leader Brandon Seal (12 points) and goals leader Connor Court (seven goals). Nick Pezz, Davis Zembergs, Clay Berger and John Stickel have all started strong.
Billy Palmer (1.90, .932) has emerged as the lead goalie with solid back-up coming from Calvin Shelley. Ryan Barnes, Zsombor Garat, Matt Michalke, PJ Johnson, Mitch DiCenso and Colm Sheehan form the defense.
Valley Jr. Warriors Hovering Around .500
The Jr. Warriors were the epitome of a middle-of-the-packer as October played out, sitting in fifth place at four games under.500 and minus-10.
A talented group of forwards is driven by Van Sullivan (seven goals) and Will Platt (seven goals) and includes Andrew Irving, Brendan Heinze, Troy Sutherland and Austin O’Rourke.
Colin Soucy logs most of the time in goal and is backed by Drew Michals. Justin DeWitz, Hunter Wilhoite, Joe Miller, Andrew McAvoy and Jack Williams make up the defense.
Good Scoring Depth A Plus For Boston Junior Rangers
The Rangers are another club loitering at the .500 mark, and at plus-3. However, eight players have already scored at least three goals, so the potential for a consistent offense is in place.
Top forwards include Jeff Pierson, Joe Berardi, Davis Algra, Derek Mecrones, Brett Mecrones, Tommy Royer, Charlie Shepard and Andrew Etheridge. Defenseman Thomas Evans (14 points) leads the team in scoring and is joined in back by Albert Krammer, Connor Fenton and Mason Nichols.
Three goalies have seen varying amounts of action – UNH commit Mike Robinson, Evan Morelli and Philip Kuznetsov.
East Coast Wizards Have Been Competitive
The Wizards stand in fourth place in the division at the moment but have been remarkably competitive through 17 games in their inaugural campaign.
Glen Wiswell (eight goals) and Ben Mello (10 points) lead the offense with CJ Grinnell (12 pts). Byron Carlisle, Connor Demore and Dylan Vrees bring depth to the front line.
Connor Maloney, Mike De Filippo and Christopher Johnson have seen action in the cage. Tanner Otts, Rickey Kramer, Nick White, Seth Cooper and Ryan Dumond take care of business in the defensive end.