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EHL Update: Cyclones bow in National semifinals

Despite amassing a 46-30 edge in shots on goal, the Eastern Hockey League champion Northern Cyclones fell to the North American 3 Hockey League champion North Iowa Bulls, 5-1, in Sunday’s semifinal round of USA Hockey’s Junior National Tier III Tournament in Simsbury, CT.

 

Bulls’ goalie Chris Amsden (45 saves) surrendered a tying goal to Connor Callow at 17:57 of the first period and nothing more. The Bulls put the game away with a three-goal second period, advancing to Monday’s title game where they were defeated by the USPHL Elite Division champion Jr. Bruins, 4-1.

 

The Cyclones finished the season with a 43-14-2 overall record after placing second in the EHL’s North Division during the regular season. They were 2-1 during round-robin play at Nationals, earning the single wildcard berth via goal differential.

 

The Cyclones opened tournament play with a 4-3 win against the USPHL Premier champion Springfield Pics as Jack Jenkins broke a 3-3 tie with 3:25 to play. Callow scored twice and Drew Weigman had 27 saves.

 

In Game Two, the Cyclones obliterated the Bellingham Blazers, 12-0, as Casper Dyrssen, Riley Christensen, Chris Zucarro and Daniil Kulikov all scored two goals apiece. The Cyclones dropped their final game of round-robin to the Flint Jr. Generals of the NA3HL, 5-2. Tim Bayliss and Kulikov had the goals.

 

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The EHL regular-season champion New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs were 2-1 in round-robin action and finished fifth overall. They bounced back from a tournament-opening 5-3 loss to the Jr. Bruins to defeat the Marquette Royals, 8-2, and the Helena Bighorns, 5-3, to finish the season with a 46-12-1 overall record.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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