BOSTON, MA -- The 2018-19 season kept chugging along this past week, with 15 of the 18 Eastern Hockey League (EHL) teams in action. The schedule included 17 total games in the final weekend before the third showcase of the season, which is set to take place this Thursday and Friday at Newington Arena.
The EHL is pleased to announce that George Vonakis (Philadelphia Little Flyers), Zikmund Mroz (Philadelphia Little Flyers), and Korbinian Lutz (East Coast Wizards) have been named the TSR Hockey Stars of the Week.
The week ahead includes 18 games in Connecticut (Thursday and Friday), and a matinee affair in New Hampshire on Sunday. Stay tuned for more information on the showcase, that will be released later this week. The next set of TSR Hockey Stars of the Week will be released on Monday, December 17th. Remember to catch the #Eshow all season long on HockeyTV.
Vonakis and the Little Flyers won both of their games this past week, and moved their way to the top of the #Eshow Power Rankings. Philadelphia's offense was on fire as they beat the Walpole Express by the score of 7-1 on Saturday, and then followed things up with a 7-2 victory over the Boston Jr. Rangers on Sunday. Vonakis had a role in over half of the goals his team scored, finding the back of the net once, and dishing out 7 assists over the weekend. For the season, the '99 native of Maryland now has 26 points through 15 total games to date. Looking ahead, the Little Flyers have 4 games left before the holiday break, starting with showcase matchups against the Vermont Lumberjacks (Thursday) and the New Hampshire Avalanche (Friday). Vonakis has at least a point in 9 of his last 10 games, and he will look to keep rolling at the December Showcase.
Moving back to the blue line, and Mroz was on the scoring end for a number of the assists that Vonakis dished out. Overall, Mroz scored 4 goals and notched 2 more assists in the pair of victories for Philadelphia. For the season, the veteran defenseman now has 39 points, which puts him on a good pace to surpass his totals from the past 2 years combined (60 points). The all-star defenseman is a force in his own zone, and has shown a tremendous ability to jump in on the offense as well. Mroz is a legitimate candidate for this season's Defenseman of the Year award, and he'll look to continue making his case at this week's showcase in Connecticut. Following their matchups at the showcase, the Little Flyers will close out the first half of the season with a home-and-home series against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights.
Lutz and the Wizards won 2 of their 3 games this past weekend, and moved into 4th place in the New England Conference standings. The '98 native of Germany was between the pipes for each victory, as the Wizards beat both 1st place teams in their conference (New Hampshire Avalanche and Seahawks Hockey Club).
In his first appearance, Lutz turned aside 22 of the 24 shots the Seahawks sent his way, as the Wizards evened the season series with a 4-2 victory. Lutz then followed up that performance with a 38-save shutout against the Avalanche, snapping the defending champs' winning streak at 16 games. For the season, Lutz is now 8-5-1, and he lowered his GAA down to 2.87 this past week. The Wizards will hit the ice for just a single game at the December Showcase, as they take on the Kirkland Lake Gold Miners of the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League (NOJHL) on Thursday.
Cody Rumsey and the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights won both of their games this past week, and moved into the 5th spot in the #Eshow Power Rankings. Rumsey scored 3 goals in the Knights' 2 games, including the game-winner against the New York Applecore on Thursday. For the season, Rumsey now has 8 goals and 3 assists in 21 games.