BOSTON, MA -- The Eastern Hockey League (EHL) finished off the second showcase of the season this past weekend at the Haverhill Valley Forum. In total, 10 of the 16 #EHLShowcaseSeries games were decided by just two goals or less, with the North Conference holding an 11-5 edge over the South Conference when the action concluded. Through it all, 82 total goals were scored over the two days, and there were plenty of worthy candidates for our weekly honors.
The EHL is pleased to announce that Alex Ochterbeck (Philadelphia Little Flyers), Nick Grinvalds (Boston Jr. Rangers), and Jeremy Thelvén (Connecticut RoughRiders) have been named the TSR Hockey Stars of the Week.
Following the showcase, the week ahead includes 16 total games from Friday to Sunday. The next set of TSR Hockey Stars of the Week will be released on Monday, November 20th at 9:00am. Catch the #Eshow action all season long on HockeyTV.
Ochterbeck and the Little Flyers won two of their three games this past week, and that includes splitting their pair of contests in Haverhill. For Philadelphia, all three of their matchups were against teams ranked in the top-five in the EHL Power Rankings. The '97 from Texas led the way for his team, tallying eight total points in the three games. The big weekend for Ochterbeck runs his season totals up to 42 points in 21 games. The veteran forward is currently tied for the league-lead in scoring with his teammate and linemate, Joey Savel. The four-point week moves the Little Flyers to just eight points back of the Philadelphia Revolution in the Mid-Atlantic Division. Ochterbeck will look to help his team continue to close the gap as they hit the road this weekend and battle the New York Applecore at Brewster Ice Arena on Saturday and Sunday.
Grinvalds and the Rangers won all three of their games this past week, including both matchups in Haverhill. The Rangers are now 4-0-0 in #EHLShowcaseSeries play, and their overall record of 16-4-0 gives them a current three-point advantage in the Boston Division standings. Grinvalds racked up five assists in the three games this past week, giving him 13 total for the season. After splitting a home-and-home series with the East Coast Wizards earlier this month, the Rangers have now won four games in a row and have gained a little ground on the New Hampshire Avalanche for the top spot in the North Conference. The week ahead for the Rangers doesn't get any easier, as they welcome the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights to town on Friday night, followed up by the Philadelphia Revolution on Saturday afternoon.
Thelvén and the RoughRiders split their pair of games in Haverhill this past weekend. The native of Täby, Sweden was in net for the victory on Monday, as Connecticut shutout the New Hampshire Avalanche by the score of 2-0. The '98 netminder was solid in net, turning away all 31 shots he faced in route to his 7th victory of the season. After picking up his 1st career EHL shutout, the RoughRiders' anchor will look to continue to lead his team as they host the New York Applecore on Friday and face-off in a home-and-home series against the New York Bobcats Royals on Saturday and Sunday.
This week, the EHL is recognizing a handful of honorable mentions, as this group of players all turned in "star-worthy" performances.
After losing to the Philadelphia Little Flyers on Friday, Justin Meers (Philadelphia Revolution) led his team to a pair of victories at the Haverhill Showcase. The '98 forward racked up a natural hat-trick and five-total points in the showcase games against the Walpole Express and Total Athletics Seahawks.
While he may not have finished with as high a point total as some this weekend, Daniil Ovchinnikov (Boston Jr. Rangers) regained the league-lead for game-winning goals. The Russian forward tallied the winner both Sunday and Monday, leading his team to victory over the Philadelphia Little Flyers and Philadelphia Jr. Flyers.
Keeping pace with his teammate and linemate Alex Ochterbeck, Joey Savel (Philadelphia Little Flyers) racked up seven points in three games this past weekend. The native of Michigan is now riding an eight-game scoring streak with 15 points in that stretch.
On Sunday, John Scala registered the first hat-trick in New Hampshire Avalanche history on Sunday against the New York Applecore. The '98 is now averaging a point-per-game since joining the Avalanche on October 14th.