BOSTON, MA -- We've officially reached month #2 of the Eastern Hockey League (EHL) season. The 1st month of the year brought with it plenty of great action, and numerous candidates for the first set of TSR Hockey Stars of the Month.
The EHL is pleased to announce that Alex Ochterbeck (Philadelphia Little Flyers), James Zanca (New Hampshire Avalanche), and Nolan Egbert (Boston Jr. Rangers) have been named the TSR Hockey Stars of the Month for September.
The Stars of the Month will all receive a $20 TSR Hockey gift certificate.
Scroll down to read about each player's hot start to the season, and remember to catch the #Eshow action all year long on HockeyTV.
Ochterbeck finished the month of September as the leading scorer in the EHL, with 22 points in 8 games for the Little Flyers. While it may be hard to maintain, the '97 is currently averaging a phenomenal 2.75 points per game. If Ochterbeck was to keep this pace, the Texas native would finish the regular season with over 130 points. The 2nd year Little Flyer has been lined up all season with another EHL veteran in Joey Savel, and the 2 forwards have combined for 43 points so far this year. The Little Flyers finished September with a 6-2-0 record, and find themselves currently 4 points back of the Philadelphia Revolution for the top spot in the Mid-Atlantic Division.
Photo Credit - Snapshot Photography
Zanca and the Avalanche are off and rolling, as they won 5 of their 6 games in the month of September. The big takeaway from the 5 wins was that 3 of them were shutouts. The '97 from Maine has played a key role in his team's hot start both offensively and defensively. A minutes leader in the EHL, Zanca has been leaned on heavily to start the year, and he responded with a goal and 7 assists in September. As the calendar turns to October, the Avalanche schedule gets tougher with 10 games left this month. New Hampshire will continue to lean on their 6'1 defenseman, with the hopes of staying at the top of the New England Division standings.
Photo Credit - Dennis Woxland
There were a number of goalies that shined in September, but Egbert shined the brightest for the Rangers. Back for his 2nd season in the EHL, the '97 won 5 of his first 6 starts and currently owns a stellar 1.50 GAA. Egbert began to emerge at the end of last season, and after only allowing 9 goals in September, he's definitely a goalie to watch this season. The Rangers are off to a 5-1-0 start in large part because of their anchor between the pipes, and they will continue to lean on him as October brings with it 8 more games.
Photo Credit - Team Shred Photography