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EHL Update: Rodman Arena hosting MLK Day Showcase

The Eastern Hockey League has returned to full action following the extended holiday break. League teams gather this weekend for the MLK Day Showcase, which starts tomorrow and continues through Monday at Rodman Arena in Walpole, MA. It is the last of the league’s in-season Showcases.

Three of the four divisional races remain hotly-contested as a single point separates last year’s playoff finalists New Hampshire Monarchs and Northern Cyclones in the North Division; Wilkes-Barre/Scranton owns a four-point edge on the Connecticut Oilers and an eight-point bulge on the Hartford Jr. Wolfpack in the Central; and the Walpole Express are three points ahead of the Boston Bandits and four points up on the Boston Junior Rangers in the Boston Division with five games in hand on both

Meanwhile, the Philadelphia Little Flyers continue to blitz through the South Division with a 21-point lead on the second-place Philadelphia Junior Flyers. The Little Flyers are the league leaders in most goals scored (149) and fewest goals allowed (56) and are also the second least-penalized teams (11.6 minutes per game). Contrast that to the league-leading Connecticut Oilers (21.5 mpg).

In some of the key games from the past week:

– The Little Flyers overpowered Hartford, 8-3, putting the game away with four goals in the third period.  Cam Berry went for a hat trick and five points while Zach Felser had a goal and three assists.

– Five players had a goal apiece as the Jr. Ranger dumped the Bandits, 5-1. Joe Berardi, Derek Mecrones, Brett Mecrones (two assists), Andrew Amick and Davis Algra found the net while Evan Morelli had 35 saves.

– The Junior Flyers shut out Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in crossover action, 3-0, behind 33 saves from Johan Blomquist. Bill Huber, Charles Freshman and Steve Beck netted the Flyers’ goals.

– The Jr. Monarchs secured a one-point divisional lead with a 5-4 decision of the Cyclones. The Monarchs opened a 5-2 lead through two periods with Joey Lindberg’s power play strike at 17:54 of the second period the game-winner. Simon Leiva (37 saves) excelled in the New Hampshire net while Jimmy Poreda and Drennen Atherton combined for 35 saves for the Cyclones.

IN THE NEWS

– The 1994 Prospects Game will be held this coming Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Rodman Arena. Forty-five players are participating.

– The EHL Spring Showcase for U16, U18 and U20 squads will be held May 15-17 at two sites, the Haverhill Valley Forum and Cyclones Arena in Hudson, NH. All EHL programs will be entering a minimum of two teams in the event.

COMMITMENTS

Dylan Sobczyk, D, N.J. Titans – University of Southern New Hampshire (2015)

Luke Formica, D, Northern Cyclones – Utica College (2015)

Ben Mariano, F, Hartford Jr. Wolfpack – SUNY-Pottsdam

PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

Offense – Cam Berry, F, Little Flyers

Defense – Trey Decker, F, Jr. Flyers

Goalie – Evan Morelli, Jr. Rangers

LEADERS

Goals – Pontus Okerlad, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, 28

Assists – John Nugent, Little Flyers, 33

Points – Luke Babcock, NH Junior Monarchs, 44

Goaltender – Simon Leiva, NH Junior Monarchs, .955 save pct.

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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