Boston, MA- The Valley Jr. Warrior Classic is in the books and as the season approaches the halfway point, the division leaders appear to have opened the gaps, but beyond that, little is settled.
After an up-and-down start to the year, the New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs have built an impressive seven-game winning streak. Thursday saw the Monarchs and goaltender Zach Andrews pick up a shutout win over the Huskies. The weekend continued with a 3-2 win over the South Shore Kings on Friday and a 3-1 win over Springfield on Saturday. The Monarchs now sit in second in the North, trailing the Junior Bruins by six points.
In their other action, the Kings picked up a 3-0 win over Rochester on Saturday despite Stars goalie Gordon Ceasar making 50 saves.
The Bruins, by the way, kept rolling with two wins: a 5-1 decision over Apple Core on Saturday and a 4-1 victory over the Boston Bandits on Sunday.
In their only action of the week, Bay State fended off the Bandits for a 3-2 win on Wednesday.
Apple Core started things off with a convincing win in New Jersey over the Hitmen on Wednesday and a 3-2 overtime win over Rochester on Friday.
Philadelphia left Haverhill with four points. On Friday, the Revolution saw themselves down 3-0 after the first half but netted four goals in the second to take the contest 4-3. On Saturday, Jamie Regan picked up his first shutout of the season in a 2-0 win over the Bandits.
Valley also picked up a win over Rochester, with Fabian Sivnert stopping all 18 shots he faced in the win. For the Stars, goaltender Josh Opladen kicked away 43, only allowing one goal in a 2-0 loss.
Springfield bounced the Huskies 4-3 on Friday, but the Huskies rebounded on Saturday with a shutout over Apple Core.
The Green Mountain Glades stayed in the chase for second in the North with a weekend sweep of the Capital District Selects in Vermont.
WEEKEND PREVIEW: The Hitmen face Apple Core on Long Island on Thursday before welcoming the Bandits for two over the weekend and Philadelphia on Wednesday. Apple Core then travels to Kingston, MA, for a weekend pair with the Bay State Breakers. The Rochester Stars host the New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs for a weekend series. Springfield returns to Haverhill for a Saturday night tilt with Valley before traveling to Foxboro for a Sunday morning meeting with the South Shore Kings. The Kings also host Valley on Wednesday night. The Green Mountain Glades meet the Junior Bruins in Marlboro for a weekend series. The Huskies host Philadelphia for a weekend series and then meet the Bandits in Bridgewater on Wednesday night. All games will be broadcast on FastHockey.com.
COLLEGE COMMITMENT: Apple Core's Zander Masucci will play at Williams College in the fall.
ALUMNI UPDATE: Doug Carr (UMASS-Lowell /South Shore Kings), Maine teammates Joey Diamond (Apple Core) and Brian Flynn (New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs), Steve Moses (University of New Hampshire/ Junior Bruins), T.J. Syner (UMASS/ Springfield Pics), Tim Schaller (Providence College/ New England Huskies), Connor Toomey (Merrimack College/ Monarchs) and Riley Wetmore (Lowell/ Green Mountain Glades) appeared on the Hockey East top performers list. Aaron Kesselman (Princeton University/ Monarchs) was nominated for ECAC Hockey rookie of the week. Eric Mihalik (Colgate University/ Bay State Breakers) was nominated for goaltender of the week. Cody Sharib (University of Connecticut/ Monarchs) and Robert Morris University teammates Nick Chiavetta (Apple Core) and Brooks Ostergard (Bay State) were named to the Atlantic Hockey weekly honor roll.
EJHL Players of the Week
Offensive Player of the Week
Cam Brown (New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs)
Cam Brown notched 6 points on a 3-3-6 line in 3 games over the weekend. The Maine recruit has been red-hot and totally changed a couple games over the weekend including a 3-2 win over South Shore where he scored 2 goals within 40 seconds of each other. A Natick, MA, resident, Cam is in his second season with the Monarchs.
Honorable Mention: Mike Bronzo (New York Apple Core), Sam Pinsler (Green Mountain Glades)
Defensive Player of the Week
Gordon Ceasar (Rochester Stars)
Gordon enjoyed another stellar weekend in net for the Stars, making 84 saves and allowing only five goals in two games. He currently sits second in the EJHL with a .930 save percentage and seventh in goals against average with 2.88. The 1991-born goaltender hails from Oak Park, CA.
Honorable Mention: Jamie Regan (Philadelphia Revolution), Tyler Kapp (Boston Bandits), Zachary Andrews (New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs), Fabian Sivnert (Valley Jr. Warriors)
Rookie of the Week
Josh Opladen (Rochester Stars)
Josh made the most of his one game this past weekend, making 43 saves and only allowing one goal. He currently boasts a 2.68 goals against average and a .936 save percentage in seven games this season. The 1994-born goaltender is a native of Greece, NY.
Honorable Mention: Paul Falanga (Philadelphia Revolution)