BOSTON, MA -- The Eastern Hockey League (EHL) just proved once again where it stands in terms of developing its players. Last season, #TeamEHL on the Umass Boston Beacons in the first ever meeting between the league and an NCAA program. Led by a phenomenal effort between the pipes, the group of EHL All-Stars represented the league tremendously well in a 3-2 exhibition loss. Flip over to this season, and #TeamEHL did all that and then some against the Plymouth State and UMass Boston.
"I know we competed," said Avalanche head coach and general manager Chris Cerrella. "That was the most important thing for us. We wanted to make sure we went out there each day, each period, each shift and competed with a pair of very good Division III college hockey programs. It proved again that our league produces high-end Division III hockey players. That's important for the people to see, especially for the future recruits to know that we are very good league."
Cerrella (New Hampshire Avalanche) served as the head coach this past weekend alongside a trio of assistants in Rich DeCaprio (Boston Jr. Rangers), Mark Catron (Philadelphia Little Flyers), and Bill Zaniboni (Seahawks Hockey Club). It was clear from the drop of the puck against Plymouth State, that this year's team had what it took to represent the league. Despite falling short in each matchup, #TeamEHL was right there with both the Panthers and the Beacons.
Looking at the first game in particular, #TeamEHL was tied with PSU for much of the contest, and even outshot their opponent 16-9 in the final frame. Tack on an empty-netter late, and the 3-1 score isn't indicative of how close the game truly was.
On the other hand, Saturday's matchup with the Beacons was much more of a high-scoring affair. After falling behind 3-1 early in the 1st period, the EHL All-Stars battled their way back to take a 4-3 lead late in the 2nd period. From there UMB's pressure cranked to a new level, on their way to an 8-5 victory.
"No one said we were going to win, or that we even had a chance to win," said Mark Kumpel, the EHL's Directory of Hockey Operations. "The fact that we held our own the way we did however, that is huge for the league. This proves more than anything else that we belong, and that was one of the most important aspects of the weekend."
The Eastern Hockey League would like to extend our gratitude to Plymouth State and UMass Boston for the chance to take on their programs, as well as to Southern New Hampshire University and Curry College for hosting our group of young men for tours and recruiting sessions on their respective campuses. This past weekend produced memories that our team will never forget, and on the way out the door from UMB, Wiggle Kerbrat (Avalanche) said it best when asked to reflect on the weekend.
"I got the chance to play college hockey, which has always been a lifelong dream of mine. I am looking forward to re-joining the Avalanche just like all the guys are with their teams. It's going to be awesome to make my NCAA Commitment soon, and see where the rest of the boys end up as well," said Kerbrat.
#TeamEHL become just that, a team, in the matter of a few short days this past weekend.
BOSTON, MA -- The Eastern Hockey League (EHL) is pleased to announce that this year's All-Star festivities have doubled in size. Last season, Team EHL took on the Umass Boston Beacons in the first ever meeting between the league and an NCAA program. Led by a combined 56 saves from Nolan Egbert (Boston Jr. Rangers) and Michael Paglucca (New Hampshire Avalanche), the group of EHL All-Stars represented the league tremendously well in a 3-2 exhibition loss. This year, the EHL will be facing-off with UMass Boston once again, but that will be the day following a matchup with Plymouth State University.
"This is going to be a great weekend for our league," said Mark Kumpel, the EHL's Director of Hockey Operations. "Coach Russell [Plymouth State] spoke to us very shortly after we played UMass Boston last season, and he made it clear that he wanted to set up a similar exhibition with his program. The experience from the weekend is going to be second-to-none for our league."
BOSTON, MA -- A new week in the Eastern Hockey League (EHL) begins today at Noon. With the 2018 EHL All-Star Weekend set to take place this Friday and Saturday, there are just 7 total games over the next 7 days. The week ahead does however include 13 of the EHL teams in action, with a number of great matchups.
EHL GAME OF THE WEEK
Philadelphia Little Flyers vs. Philadelphia Jr. Flyers
10/23/18 at 12:30pm - Ice Line Quad Rinks
We’ve got a rematch of the 2017 EHL Championship, and it’s also the home opener for the Jr. Flyers. Whenever these 2 teams take to the ice it’s always a battle, and that surely will be the case once again in West Chester. This matchup is the first of 5 between the 2 teams during the 2018-19 regular season.
Below you'll find the full schedule through Tuesday, and remember, the next set of TSR Hockey Stars of the Week will be released on Tuesday, October 23rd at 7:00pm. Be sure to catch the #Eshow all season long on HockeyTV.