BOSTON, MA -- That's a wrap on the 2018-19 regular season in the Eastern Hockey League Premier (EHLP). The final week featured a handful of teams solidifying their playoff seedings, and a number of great performances from across the league.
The EHLP is pleased to announce that Brenden Yingling (Central Penn Panthers), Sean Carver (New Jersey 87s), and Dillon Whalen (Vermont Lumberjacks) have been named the TSR Hockey Stars of the Week.
It's now time for the First Round of the EHLP Playoffs, as the road to Providence has officially begun. Remember to catch the #Eshow all month long on HockeyTV.
Yingling and the Panthers won their final three games of the regular season, and officially secured the #5 seed in the Mid-Atlantic Conference playoffs. As the #5 seed, this earns the Panthers a matchup with the New Jersey Renegades tomorrow night at 8:00pm.
As for the '01 native of Harrisburg, PA, Yingling tallied 16 points in the final weekend of the regular season, including a pair of game-winning goals. It was the perfect ending to a record-breaking year for Yingling, who finished the season with 132 total points to his name. The MVP candidate scored 57 goals and added 75 assists in his first season of junior hockey, averaging a phenomenal 3.30 points per game.
Looking ahead, the Panthers will continue to lean on their top scorer in a big First Round matchup against the Renegades. If Central Penn can win and advance, they will then earn a date with the Philadelphia Little Flyers in the Conference Semi-Finals.
Carver and the 87s won both of their games against the New Jersey Renegades this past week, by scores of 4-3 and 6-2. Having already locked up the #3 seed in the Mid-Atlantic Conference, the pair of wins only helped turn things around for New Jersey, as they snapped a mini three-game losing streak.
As for the '99 native of Manasqaun, NJ, Carver scored a goal and added three assists in the pair of games. For the season, Carver now has 29 points in 34 total games to date, which blows away the 12 total points he tallied through all of last year.
Looking ahead, the 87s will close out the regular season tonight with essentially a tune-up game against the Philadelphia Revolution. Following tonight's matchup, the two teams will then meet in the Conference Semi-Finals, which are set to begin on Friday night at 7:00pm at the Revolution Ice Gardens.
Whalen and the Lumberjacks won their final game of the regular season this past Saturday, a 2-1 victory over the New England Wolves. The '99 native of Denver, CO was between the pipes for his team, as he made 27 saves en route to his 9th victory of the season.
Whalen and the Lumberjacks are now set to host the Walpole Express in the New England Conference Play-In Game tomorrow afternoon at 1:30pm. If Vermont wins, they will advance to face-off against the Boston Jr. Rangers in the Conference Semi-Finals.