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EHL Premier Playoffs: Semifinal match-ups are set

Post-season crossover play kicks in this weekend when best-of-three semifinal series in Philadelphia and New Hampshire start tomorrow. The Philadelphia Little Flyers tangle with the Walpole Express and the N.H. Junior Monarchs take on the Connecticut Oilers. The Little Flyers, Express and Oilers all swept their quarterfinal series last weekend while Monarchs were extended to three games by the Northern Cyclones.


Connor Powell Monarchs

Connor Powell

Monarchs outlast Cyclones

Connor Powell’s goal at 14:34 of overtime in Game Three settled the series. The game was scoreless until New Hampshire’s Matt Quercia broke through at 9:48 of the third period. The Cyclones’ Chris Dumont countered just 1:20 later. Goalies Drennan Atherton (59 saves) of the Cyclones and Kyle Madore of the Monarchs (45 saves) were sensational.

New Hampshire grabbed the series lead with a 6-3 Game One win, scoring the game’s first four goals. Powell had a pair. The Cyclones extended the series with a 4-3 OT win in Game Two on Joey Meehan’s second goal, on the power play just 4:03 into the extra session. The Monarch’s Powell had two goals in this one as well.

Connor Rodericks Walpole Express

Connor Rodericks
Walpole Express

Walpole squeezes Bandits

The Express advanced with a pair of 2-1 wins as goalie Connor Rodericks turned back 70-of-72 shots. The Bandits’ Kenny Graham was nearly every bit as good, turning back 59 of the 63 shots sent his way.

In Game One, the Bandits’ Eduards Tralmaks and Walpole’s Hunter Saunders matched first-period goals. Walpole’s Michael Saunders won it at 10:58 of the third period. In Game Two, Walpole’s Tim Thurneau ended it at 18 seconds of overtime. Walpole’s Cody Rorick (first period) and the Bandits’ Tim Larocque (second period) scored in regulation.


Jeff Thompson CT Oilers

Jeff Thompson
CT Oilers

Oilers bounce Wolfpack

The Battle of the Nutmeg State went to the Oilers. The teams combined for 163 total shots with the Wolfpack blasting 86 at the Oilers’ Michael Tilford. Kyle Carducci and Michael Dion split games for Hartford and faced 76 shots.

Charlie Pelnik, Jason Kalinowski (goal, assist) and Walker Harris (goal, two assists) scored in a 9:35 stretch spanning the first and second periods that gave the Oilers a 3-1 lead in a 5-3 Game One win. Jeff Thompson and Todd Jackson also scored for Connecticut. Nyle Sockbeson, Klas Tegnemyr and Machlan Sawden connected for Hartford. In Connecticut’s 5-4 Game Two win, Harris broke the tie with the game-winner at 16:19 of the third period. Kalinowski scored twice and Jackson and Philip Kreuser had a goal apiece. Zach Palmer scored twice for Hartford.

Pavel Mikhasenok Little Flyers

Pavel Mikhasenok
Little Flyers

Little Flyers rule Philly

The regular-season champs scored a relatively straightforward 3-1 win in Game One. Their 5-4 Game Two OT series clincher was anything but.

The Flyers doubled up the Revolution in shots on goal (44-23) in the series opener, but Cayden Primeau (41 saves) kept the Revs in the game. Peter Hatton, Oleg Potemkin and Pavel Mikhasenok scored for the Flyers. Bruce Witman had the Revs’ goal. Game Two was a track meet with the Revs owning 2-1 and 3-2 leads before the Flyers’ Christian Karbler ended it at 9:33 of OT. Phil Zbell had a pair of goals for the winners. Richie McCartney scored two for the Revs while Guy Roby and Witman netted one each.


First Team


Corey Kennedy, New York Bobcats

Connor Powell, NH Jr. Monarchs

Eduards Tralmaks, Boston Bandits


Marc Happy, Connecticut Oilers

Markuss Komuls, Vermont Lumberjacks


Cayden Primeau, Philadelphia Revolution

Second Team


Pavel Mikhasenok, Little Flyers

Walter Harris, Connecticut Oilers

Austin Kelly, Little Flyers


Alexander Wilkinson, Connecticut Oilers

C.J. Valerian, N.H. Junior Monarchs


Kenny Graham, Boston Bandits

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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