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EHL Premier Update: Bandits, Oilers Division Leaders At The Break

NORTH CONFERENCE

The Boston Bandits headed home for the holidays secure in the knowledge they will return to action with a solid four-point lead in the North Conference.

Kenny Graham Bandits

Kenny Graham
Bandits

The Bandits have climbed to the top largely on the back of the league’s best defense, allowing a meager 55 goals through 26 games. Featured goalie Kenny Graham (2.14, 929, 2 SO) has been outstanding and gets relief from equally stingy Vinny Evans (2.01, .947, 1 SO).

Eduards Tralmaks Bandits

Eduards Tralmaks
Bandits

Native Latvian Eduards Tralmarks has emerged as the Bandits’ unquestioned leader on offense. He is tied for the league lead with six GWGs and leads the team with 16 goals and 36 points.

Nate Chase (11-16-27), who hails from Illinois; Scott Donahue (9-16-25), who is from New York; and former B.C. High standout Tim Larocque (12-6-18) have produced consistently.

The Bandits return to action Jan. 8-9 with home games against the East Coast Wizards and the Valley Jr. Warriors.

Connor Powell Monarchs

Connor Powell
Monarchs

Dan Eruzione Walpole Express

Dan Eruzione
Walpole Express

The Monarchs are among the league’s highest-scoring squads (111 goals). Seven players have already eclipsed 20 points, including Connor Powell (13-22-35), Hunter Laslo (13-15-28) and Luke Bennett. Laslo hails from Irvine, CA while Powell and Bennett are native Granite Staters.

Walpole has hit the skids, dropping 7-of-10, a drop somewhat cushioned by their solid start to the year. Three of those losses came in OT as offensive production has dipped to 2.4 gpg during the slump. Eric Lipa (9-21-30), Dan Eruzione (11-17-28) and Joe Hall (10-17-27) are top producers.

Nolan Redler Northern Cyclones

Nolan Redler
Northern Cyclones

The Northern Cyclones own the conference’s best differential (plus-42). Primary goalie Drennen Atherton (1.64, .925) of Winter Haven, FL has been rock solid. Former Winchester (MA) HS standout Nolan Redler (18-22-40) and Jarrod Fitzpatrick (12-23-35) of Wakefield, MA have been dynamic up front.

The next tier of teams – Boston Jr. Rangers, Valley Jr. Warriors and Vermont Lumberjacks – have fallen off the pace set by the top four but continue to jockey for playoff positioning.

SOUTH CONFERENCE

There is certainly no lack of drama – or offense – on this side.  Four points separate the top four teams and the first-place Connecticut Oilers, second-place Hartford Jr. Wolfpack and third-place Philadelphia Little Flyers have all surpassed 100 goals scored.

Marc Happy Connecticut Oilers

Marc Happy
Connecticut Oilers

The Oilers won 9-of-10 to head into the break with a two-point lead. Balance has been the key with Walker Harris (15-20-35), Todd Jackson (16-18-34), Marc Happy (32 points) and Christian LaCroix (10-20-30) leading the way. Michael Tilford (.921 save pct.) sees the majority of work in goal with Mac Vail (2.76, .915, 1 SO) providing a solid option.

Machlan Sawden Jr. Wolfpack

Machlan Sawden
Jr. Wolfpack

The Jr. Wolfpack lurks two points off the pace. Twelve players have already achieved double-digit points with Connor Bechtel (11-22-33), Machlan Sawden (14-17-31), who recently committed to Tufts University, Nicholas Gray (12 goals) and Thomas DeFelice (26 points) leading the way. Kyle Carducci (.907, 1 SO) has seen the vast majority of work in goal, supported by Michael Dion (2.82, .907).

Pavel Mikhasenok Little Flyers

Pavel Mikhasenok
Little Flyers

The Little Flyers – second in goals scored (111), first in goals allowed (57), first in differential (plus-54) – hold multiple games in hand on every divisional foe. Primary goalies Brock Thompson and Sam Kany share time and have a shutout apiece. Offense comes from Pavel Mikhasenok (12-23-35), Austin Kelly (13-21-34), Tyler Pietrowski (12-14-26) and Mitch Ossowski (15 goals).

Aaron Maguyon Revolution

Aaron Maguyon
Revolution

The Primeau brothers drive the Revolution. Chayse Primeau (15-18-33), older by two years, leads the team in scoring while 16-year-old Cayden Primeau has been spectacular in goal with five shutouts to go along with a 1.98 gaa and a league-best .947 save pct. Aaron Maguyon (11-17-28), Dave Melaragni (24 points) and Richie McCartney (12 goals) add to the offense.

The fifth-place New York Bobcats (73 goals allowed) and the sixth-place Philadelphia Junior Flyers (74 goals allowed) have both shown themselves to be defensively sound. On the other hand, the seventh-place New Jersey Rockets lead the league with 116 goals scored but are a bottom five team on defense.

Kevin Doyle

Kevin Doyle

Kevin Doyle joined the HNIB team in 1990 and is a Senior Writer and Director of the Northern New England and Mass/R.I. High School Division camps. An award-winning veteran editor/writer of 35 years experience in the print and digital mediums, he has conceptualized, edited and produced original content and coordinated production for local and global publications and their websites. He holds degrees from Merrimack College and Boston University and won multiple NEPA and NEAP awards during his tenure 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 is a 2017 inductee into the Newburyport High School Wall of Fame. The Newburyport, MA native resides with his family in Epping, NH. Email him at [email protected] and follow him on Twitter @kdoyle40.
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