BOSTON, MA -- With the blink of an eye, the Eastern Hockey League returned from winter break and already has rolled through the month of January. This past week featured 12 of the 15 EHLP Division teams in action and plenty of worthy candidates for our weekly honors.
We're pleased to announce that Hunter Sawicki (Boston Jr. Rangers), Zach Kott (New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs), and Jackson Nee (Hartford Jr. Wolfpack) have been named the EHL Stars of the Week.
Also, this week's EHLP of the Week is the Philadelphia Revolution, with an Honorable Mention going to the Valley Jr. Warriors.
Sawicki and the Rangers swept the Lehigh Valley Jr. Rebels, improving their overall record to 17-8-4 (38 points) for the season. Boston is currently in sole possession of 5th place in the North Conference, with the fewest number of games played of the eight teams.
Sawicki's five-point weekend increased his season total by over 50%, as the '97 defenseman had eight points heading into the two-game set. Sawicki and the Rangers have won six of their last seven games and will look to stay hot this weekend when they head north for a pair of games with the Vermont Lumberjacks.
Kott and the Monarchs only had one game this past week, and New Hampshire took care of business with a victory over the New England Wolves. The Monarchs ended the week in sole possession of 4th place in the North Conference standings.
Kott's shutout was his first of the season, as the '98 netminder improved his record up to 9-3-1 on the year. The Canadian will look to lead his team once again when they face-off with the Hartford Jr. Wolfpack on Saturday night.
Nee and the Wolfpack only won one of their three games this past weekend, but they did manage to pick up four of a possible six total points. Hartford is now 15-11-6, and their 36 points places them securely in 3rd place in the South Conference standings.
Nee's eight-point weekend moves his season totals up to 20 points in 31 games for Hartford. The '98 forward will look to continue to lead the offensive charge when the Wolfpack take on the New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs on Saturday night in Hooksett.
This week's EHLP Team of the Week is the Philadelphia Revolution.
Philadelphia won both of their games in Connecticut this past weekend, and each one by the same exact score, 5-4 in a shootout.
Trevor Babin and Chad Simmerman each got a win between the pipes for the Revolution, and Cameron Tobey led the offensive charge with a pair of goals and a pair of assists.
The Revolution continue to sit at the top of the South Conference standings, with a record of 27-5-2. Philadelphia owns a five-point lead on the Philadelphia Jr. Flyers, but they do have two games in hand on the Revolution.
The Revolution are on the road this weekend, taking on the Boston Bandits on Saturday, and the Walpole Express on Sunday.
This week's EHLP Honorable Mention goes to the Valley Jr. Warriors.
The Warriors won both of their games this past weekend, knocking off the Northern Cyclones 4-3 on Saturday, and the Walpole Express 5-4 on Sunday. The Warriors won Saturday's matchup in overtime, and Sunday's contest in a shootout, improving their record to 20-11-3 for the season.