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EHL Central Division Review

Wilkes Barre/Scranton Off To Great Start

Dan Perez

Dan Perez

Blake Brazil

Blake Brazil

John Regnart

John Regnart

Kenny Graham

Kenny Graham

By virtue of having played more games than any other team, the Knights lead the league in goals scored. That’s the good news. They’ve also allowed more than only a handful of teams. Not so good.

 

Pontus Okerblad

Pontus Okerblad

Double-digit goal-scorers Pontus Okerblad (22) and Dan Perez (15) form a lethal one-two punch. Tanner Bennett, Blake Brazil (27 pts), David MacGregor and Zach Remers are all off to productive starts.

 

Top defensemen John Regnart, Cole Karklins and Austin Arnold have all shown offensive initiative. Joining them along the back line are John Ryan, Lukas Olehn and Hank Hilts. Kenny Graham gets the bulk of the work in goal with Tyler Huberty providing backup.

 

 

New York Bobcats Within Striking Distance

The Bobcats have only outscored opponents by 12 goals through 15 games but have shown the ability to withstand the pressure of close matches. Thus they found themselves 10 points back of WBS in early November but with five games in hand.

Carlos Ross

Carlos Ross

Corey Kennedy

Corey Kennedy

Joey Maguire

Joey Maguire

C.J. Totillo

C.J. Totillo

Top forwards Corey Kennedy, C.J.Totillo, Tyler Bullard, Lucas Brown, Ian Harris and David Kleyman have all contributed to a balanced attack. Defensemen Carlos Ross and Joey Maguire jump into the attack whenever able and are aided in the defensive end by Shawn Geary, Charles Barber and Vinny DaBrowa.

 

Brandon Rathwell (.935 save pct.) and Jordan Severo (.928 save pct.) log equal time in goal and are both off to stellar starts as the anchors of the defense.

 

Connecticut Oilers Starting To Roll

Off to a solid start at seven games better than .500 through the first seven weeks, the Oilers have displayed an above-average offense and also held three games in hand on WSB in early November.

 

The attack has been the epitome of balance with six players already having scored six or more goals. Forwards Joe Pizzimenti, Jim Buckingham and Lucas Bombardier, defenseman Alex Wilkinson have emerged as prime marksmen. Support comes from forwards Sebastian Foster, Todd Jackson, and Nick Jermain.

Joe Pizzimenti

Joe Pizzimenti

Alex Wilkinson

Alex Wilkinson

Chris Bastone

Chris Bastone

Cam Cundy

Cam Cundy

Sebastian Foster

Sebastian Foster

Cam Cundy, Grant Hazel, Oscar Arfelt, Josh Victor and Sam Salvino complete the defense. Chris Bastone has emerged as a solid top keeper and is backed up by Michael Tilford.

 

Hartford Wolfpack Have Been Very Competitive

The Wolfpack were the fourth of this competitive division’s teams above .500 heading into the final week of October. And, with just 15 games under their skates through November 2nd, the ‘Pack certainly has plenty of early wiggle room to make a strong pre-holiday move.

 

Ben Mariano

Ben Mariano

The offense produced at 4.1 goals per game in the early going, powered by the top forward trio of Ben Mariano, Jamie Lukas and Todd Schauss. Strong support comes from Gabe Lampron, Tyler Hines and Conner Bechtel.

 

Andreas Radin and Max Ross are emerging as quality two-way performers on defense. Will Gaspar, Austin Dittenhafer, Dante Tomassini and Tim Biddle also man the back line in front of goaltenders Tyler Ellor and Kyle Carducci.

Jamie Lukas

Jamie Lukas

Todd Schaus

Todd Schaus

Andreas Radin

Andreas Radin

Max Ross

Max Ross

 

New York Applecore Finding Its Rhythm

Dan Mainello

Dan Mainello

Zach White

Zach White

Mike Zidansek

Mike Zidansek

Blake Wojtala

Blake Wojtala

Applecore is still finding its rhythm but certainly is in the mix in the early going.  Shoring up the D-Zone is a priority moving forward as opponents are scoring close to four goals per game.

 

Zach White, Dan Mainello, Ken McLean, Pontus Palmborg, Caleb Fizer and Keaton Baum have emerged as the most consistent forwards. The trio of Mike Zidansek, Mark Leprine and Alessandro Bianchi has been pulling time at both forward and defense.

 

Mike Rodriguez, Will Thorpe and Trey Kerns complete the defense corps. Blake Wojtala (.932 save pct.) see most of the action in the goal with Tim Sestak in a back-up role.

 

 

Coming Soon: EHL Boston Division Review

 

 

Kevin Doyle

Kevin Doyle

Kevin joined HNIB in 1990 and is a Senior Writer and Director of the Northern New England and Mass/R.I. High School Division camps. A veteran editor/writer of 40 years in the print and digital mediums, he has edited and produced original content and coordinated production for local and global publications and websites. He holds degrees from Merrimack College and Boston University and won multiple industry awards as Sports Editor of The Daily News of Newburyport and News Editor of The Amesbury News. He is the 2016 recipient of the North Shore Lifetime Commitment From the Community award presented by Moynihan Lumber and a 2017 Newburyport High School Wall of Fame inductee. He resides with his family in Portsmouth, NH. Email him at [email protected] and follow him on Twitter @kdoyle40
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