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EHL South Division Preview

Philadelphia Little Flyers

As the Little Flyers hit the first week of November they found themselves in an enviable position – a comfortable division lead and

Garrett Gallagher

Garrett Gallagher

games in hand on all but one opponent.  Defense has been a strength as the Little Flyers have yielded a shade more than two goals per game while building a +39 differential.

 

Goalies Trevor Micucci (1.91, .935) and Greg Procopio (2.01, .918) have excelled while splitting time. Garrett Gallagher (15 points), Gabe Chuckran, Jacob Paluch, Brien Caseria and Kyle Martin form the nucleus on defense.

Drew Gannon

Drew Gannon

Cam Berry

Cam Berry

Trevor Micucci

Trevor Micucci

Gabe Chuckran

Gabe Chuckran

Drew Gannon (22 pts) is scoring at nearly a goal a game clip. Cameron Berry, Zach Felser, Austin Kelly and Blake Delisle have all scored at least four goals and a dozen players already have multiple goals.

 

Philadelphia Junior Flyers Will Pose Challenge

Evan Williams

Evan Williams

Jeff Beck

Jeff Beck

Steve Beck

Steve Beck

Jon Ruiz

Jon Ruiz

Based on early performances, the Junior Flyers may well pose the biggest challenge to the Little Flyers. PJF doesn’t score a lot – a touch better than three goals per game – but is built to win from the goal out.

Quentin Prokopetz (2.34, .916) and Tom Bay are a stout tandem of goalies. They are fronted by defensemen Evan Williams, Bill Huber, AJ Wallace, Nick Luke and Chris Butryn.

Forward Jon Ruiz has gotten off to an incendiary start with 12 goals and 19 points. Jeff Beck and Steve Beck has combined for another 11 goals and 25 points. Justin Plumhoff and Jasper Lonnberg add to the attack.

 

 

New Jersey Titans Within Striking Distance

The Titans are within striking distance of the leaders – for now. However they could also drop out of site unless defensive deficiencies (66 goals allowed) are addressed in short order.

Forwards Cian Derder, Rich McCartney, Brian Miller and Caleb Callaway are off to productive starts. Andrew Yasenchock and Ryan Price add depth in the front.

Cian Derder

Cian Derder

Rich McCartney

Rich McCartney

Trevor Ralph

Trevor Ralph

Brian Miller

Brian Miller

Trever Ralph gets the bulk of the work in goal and is backed by Michael DePhillips. Adam Morton, Josh Hinderliter, John Shanley, Dylan Sobczyk, Kade McCartin and Dylan Decandia will be looked to help stabilize the D Zone.

 

Philadelphia Revolution Look To Turn Things Around

The Revolution have scuffled in the early going, slowed as much by a low-scoring offense as a leaky defense. They began the month of November 14 points behind the division leader.

Zach England

Zach England

Tim Murphy

Tim Murphy

Dean Zerby

Dean Zerby

Daniil Gerasimov

Daniil Gerasimov

Three forwards – Zach England, Tim Murphy and Dean Zerby – have combined for 15 of the Revs’ 34 goals. Jamie Crane has chipped in as well. Primary goalie Daniil Gerasimov (.928) has held up relatively well despite being under constant assault. Brandon Spognardi, Steve Mallory, Brandon McLennan and Josh Suboyu are the top defensemen.

 

New Jersey Rockets Hope To Launch Winning Ways

Plagued by similar problems, the Rockets are waiting for their offense to launch. For the time being they sit at the bottom looking up, standing at minus-53 while surrendering more than five goals per game.

Chris Gambardella (10 goals) ranks among the league’s more creative forwards. He is supplemented by forwards Joseph Napoli and Alex Kalemba and defensemen Cam Dineen and Nicholas Fiorentino.

Chris Gambardella

Chris Gambardella

Nick Fiorentino

Nick Fiorentino

Simon Butula

Simon Butula

Joseph Napoli

Joseph Napoli

Simon Butala, Connor Cooley and Dillon Greene also patrol the back line while Stephen East and Brian Nazzaro share the goaltending.

 

 

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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