A recap on the eight EHL Elite teams a little more than a month into the season…
Monarchs Boast The League’s Most Potent Attack
Buoyed by the league’s most potent attack – through 15 games, the Monarchs were humming along at 5.0 goals per game – New Hampshire had nudged its way into first place.
James Pelton (11-12-23) ranked amongst the league leaders in both goals and points through October. Adrian Sjoqvist leads the league with 14 assists while Joe Nutting (7-10-16), Ethan Homitz (10-5-15), Cam Neary (13 points) and Jimmy Perry (11 points) add to the attack. This group is more than capable of keeping the offense going after Chris Peters, who was leading the Elite Division is scoring, was recently dealt to the New England Wolves Premier squad.
Devin Sadovnick (2.23 gaa, .925 save pct., 2 SO) is off to a stellar start in goal. Aaron Brickman (3.00/.909/1SO) is a strong second option. Johann Gustavsson, Seth Lawrence, Mathew Bloomer and Bradley Sargent make up the core of a sound defense.
Express Off To Impressive Start
The Express, who have started off 10-3-0, have matched the Monarchs stride for stride. They held two games in hand on the league leaders through games of Oct. 25.
Six-foot, three-inch 205-pound power forward Cam Cordio (11-7-18) and Eric Wright (7-6-13) have emerged as the primary options at forward. They get support from Mike Wise (9 points), Logan Stark (9 points), Jared Balzarini (8 points), Ryan Gilboy (6 goals) and Peter Hereu.
Aaron Forman, Nick Oliver and Mark Indelicato have been steady performers on the back line. Goaltending is split between Bradley Arvanitis (2.45/.937/1 SO) and Ray Feeley, who has won each of his five starts.
Jr. Rangers Right In The Mix
BOSTON JR. RANGERS
The Rangers are just getting started. They too own games in hand on the leaders and already shown themselves to be a team that will bear watching and stellar on defense, building a plus-27 differential while surrendering just 13 goals.
Six-foot, four-inch Mike Paglucca (1.20/.947/1 SO) and 6-2 Harrison Vangellow (1.33/.957/1SO) are off to equally flashy starts in goal. Brendan Horgas, Daniel Gunning, Jared Bernis and Damien Dangueuger have been solid on defense.
Forwards Mike McPherson (11-11-22) and Nikita Kuznetsov (6-9-15) of St. Petersburg, Russia are off to fast starts. Johnny Andrews (7-3-10), Jason Smith, Luke Klecker, and Brendan Boyle add to a balanced attack.
Boston Bandits Have Just One Regulation Loss
The Bandits arrived at Halloween Weekend with multiple games in hand on the two leaders and well positioned to make a pre-Thanksgiving statement. They have been playing sound two-way hockey, evidenced by their plus-15 differential.
Goaltender Christian Cellini (1.83/.940/1 SO) has been outstanding in a lead role, unbeaten (4-0-2) through his first six starts. Brendan Sullivan provides back-up. Top defensemen include Mick Deaver (4 goals), Curry White, Shawn Sullivan and Blake Chapman.
Andrea Maino (5-9-14) – from Bolzano, Italy and a product of the Ontario Hockey Academy – leads the offense along with Riley Kraemer (7-5-12) and P.J. Vinci (5-6-11). Rodahn Evans and Victor Lombardi are also off to productive starts.
Cyclones Ready To Make Their Move
There is plenty of room – and time – for improvement by the Cyclones, who were outscored by 13 goals through their first seven games but have played fewer games than all but one other team.
Forwards Ricky Beckwith (3-4-7), Nick Ciavarella, John Fine-Lease, Shane Noviello, Jeff Eppright and Brian Dee (3 goals) have shown the potential for a productive offense in the early going.
Kriz Onizua, Matt Moscati, Stuart Shanley and Phil Garcia form the top four on defense. Dan Desilva gets most of the work in goal while Jason Blier picked up a win in his only start.
Warriors Appear To Have Righted The Ship
VALLEY JR. WARRIORS
Lodged in the middle of the pack, the Warriors followed a rugged 0-7-0 stretch with a three-game winning streak that should help settle things heading into November.
The forward unit shows promise behind the trio of Brendan Hussey (7-10-17), Sean Crowley (5-8-13) and Richard Cincotta (5-5-10), Adam Czarnecki (8 points), Ivan Mikhailov (7 points) and Peter Menzies (6 goals) add to the mix.
The Warriors still need to sort things out in the defensive end. Andrew Yvars (3.54/.900/1SO) is solid as the primary goalie. Kevin Rodgers, Kyle Copp, Nick Caputo and Bruno Machado are top defensemen.
Wolves, Lumberjacks Hope To Make Noise
NEW ENGLAND WOLVES
They’re doing it again. Zander Allen (7-7-14) and Kyle Carignan (6-7-13), who lit up New Hampshire Division Two hockey the previous two years at Spaulding High School, have emerged as the Wolves’ premier weapons through 11 games.
Native Muscovite Mikhail Astakhov, Ryan Padden, Zachary Allard and Andrew D’Amour add depth up front. Shawn Sullivan and Brody McDougal man the defense in front of goalies Ben Bragg and Noah Stock.
The early season has been a challenge for the Lumberjacks, who have experienced particular problems on defense while being outscored by a wide margin thus far.
Defenseman Ethan Bartlett (6-5-11) has been a bright spot and leads the team in scoring. Cameron Russell, David Rosales, Zeberiah Scheffler and Andrew Bechard are top forwards while defenseman Nick Cramer has three goals. Chris Mattone (.893 pct.) gets the bulk of the work among three goalies.