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EHL Elite Division: Monarchs Hold Early Lead

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

Johann Gustavsson Monarchs

Johann Gustavsson

Joe Nutting Monarchs

Joe Nutting

James Pelton Monarchs

James Pelton

Devin Sadovnick Monarchs

Devin Sadovnick

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.

Cam Cordio Walpole Express

Cam Cordio
Walpole Express

Eric Wright Walpole Express

Eric Wright
Walpole Express

Mark Indelicato Walpole Express

Mark Indelicato
Walpole Express

Brad Arvanitis Walpole Express

Brad Arvanitis
Walpole Express

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.

Mike McPherson Jr. Rangers

Mike McPherson
Jr. Rangers

Johnny Andrews Jr. Rangers

Johnny Andrews
Jr. Rangers

Jr. Rangers Right In The Mix

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.

Andrea Maino Bandits

Andrea Maino

Riley Kraemer Bandits

Riley Kraemer

Pat Vinci Bandits

Pat Vinci

Curry White Bandits

Curry White

Ricky Beckwith Cyclones

Ricky Beckwith

Nick Ciarvanella Cyclones

Nick Ciarvanella

Matt Moscati Cyclones

Matt Moscati

Dan DaSilva Cyclones

Dan DaSilva

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

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.

Brendan Hussey Valley Warriors

Brendan Hussey
Valley Warriors

Nick Caputo Valley Warriors

Nick Caputo
Valley Warriors

Ricky Cincotta Valley Warriors

Ricky Cincotta
Valley Warriors

Kevin Rodgers Valley Warriors

Kevin Rodgers
Valley Warriors

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

Zander Allen NE Wolves

Zander Allen
NE Wolves

David Rosales Lumberjacks

David Rosales

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.

Brody McDougal NE Wolves

Brody McDougal
NE Wolves

Cam Russell Lumberjacks

Cam Russell


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.

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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