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EHL Mini-Showcase Weekend Preview

By EHL/EHLP, 10/05/22, 3:00PM EDT


Philly HC, NH Avalanche Host Pair of Mini Showcases Over the Holiday Weekend

BOSTON, MA -- The next leg of the EHL Showcase Series will take two stops; one in Sewell, New Jersey and the other in Hooksett, New Hampshire.

Between Friday and Saturday, six games will take place in Hollydell Ice Arena, home of the Philadelphia Hockey Club, where all five teams in the South Division will play two games along with one game each for the Connecticut RoughRiders and New York Apple Core. Sunday and Monday will feature 12 games at Ice Den Arena, home of the New Hampshire Avalanche, as the other 12 teams in the league will play two games apiece.

While things won’t be as hectic as the Worcester showcase, there are still some great matchups to look ahead too.

Battle of the South

For a second straight year, the South Division could prove to be the toughest in the EHL. Every team has a winning record except for the Philadelphia Little Flyers, though they are coming off a 2-0 victory against the defending EHL champion New Jersey 87’s, so things could be looking up for them too.

They’ll have an opportunity to climb back up into the standings with a game against the first-place Protec Jr. Ducks on Friday and a rematch against the 87’s on Saturday.

Team Maryland may be in second place, but they have the best winning percentage in the South (.750) with a 4-1-1 record. Coming off an impressive 2-0-1 showing in Worcester, they too will face the 87’s and the Ducks this weekend.

Philadelphia Hockey Club will be the only team facing teams out of the South, as they play host to the Connecticut RoughRiders on Friday and New York Apple Core on Sunday, but will nevertheless have an opportunity to build off their 3-2-1 record as they continue their first season in the league.

Return of the 'Sparty Party'

The Seacoast Spartans are the hottest team in the EHL right now, winning six straight after losing the opening game of the season. William Pray leads the league with 18 points (9g, 9a) in seven games, while Drew Olivieri sits third in the league with 11 points (6g, 5a). They will face the Seahawks Hockey Club on Sunday, then go up against a North Division foe in the Vermont Lumberjacks on Monday.

Home sweet home

Coming into the Hooksett Mini-Showcase, the hosting New Hampshire Avalanche has a 3-2-0 record and sits at the bottom of a four-team North Division. The Avs will get an opportunity to climb the standings, but to do so, they will face the top two teams in the Central Division in the Connecticut Chiefs and HC Rhode Island.

Speaking of the Chiefs, they currently sport a 5-1-1 record for the top spot of the Central Division coming into their matchup against the Avalanche. They had recently swept Apple Core in a home-and-home including a thrilling 7-6 shootout victory in Brewster, NY. Ethan Lim picked up the hat trick in the road win, as five of the Chiefs’ first seven games this season went beyond regulation. Like the Spartans, the Chiefs will be a team to watch out for in this Mini-Showcase Weekend.

Anthony Di Paolo

Anthony Di Paolo covers the EHL for HNIB and can be followed on Twitter @DiPaolo_016

Anthony Di Paolo has spent the last five seasons with the New Jersey 87's organization. Anthony's familiarity with the junior hockey landscape at the Tier II and Tier III levels will help him dive right into covering the EHL. 

Anthony will cover our league showcases and events, as well as write weekly features and player spotlights throughout the 2022-23 season.