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EHL Elite Division: Despite lead, Monarchs can’t get comfortable

James Pelton Monarchs

James Pelton

A front-loaded schedule has seen the first-place Monarchs play more games (20) than any other team. They have used that to their advantage, opening an eight-point gap on the second-place Express. However, the Monarchs can’t get comfortable as the teams in third through sixth place — Rangers, Bandits, Cyclones and Wolves — hold as many as eight games (Bandits) and at least four games (Wolves) in hand with plenty of time to make a push.

Joe Nutting Monarchs

Joe Nutting

A quartet of Monarchs have already eclipsed the 20-point barrier: James Pelton (15-15-30),  Adrian Sjoqvist (7-17-24), Joe Nutting (8-14-22) and Ethan Homitz (12-9-21). Lead goalie Devin Sadovnick owns a 2.28 gaa/.927 save pct./2 SO stat line. Predictably, New Hampshire leads the league goals (103) and has a plus-53 differential.

It’s a busy weekend for the Bandits, who have a home-and-home with the Wolves tonight (Laconia) and tomorrow (Bridgewater) before hosting the Warriors (Bridgewater) on Sunday. The Monarchs meet the Warriors Saturday night and take on the third-place Rangers Sunday afternoon, both at Tri-Town. The second-place Express face off with the Lumberjacks this evening at Rodman and host the fifth-place Cyclones tomorrow morning.
Mike McPherson Jr. Rangers

Mike McPherson
Jr. Rangers


Points — Mike McPherson, Rangers, 31
Goals — Mike McPherson, Rangers, 16
Assists — Jonny Andrews, Rangers, 19
Goals Against Avg. — Jake Pelton, Monarchs, 1.00
Save Pct. — Mike Paglucca, Rangers, .959
Wins — Devin Sadovnick, Monarchs, 8
Statistics courtesy of http://www.easternhockeyleague.org/


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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