BOSTON, MA -- Check off another week in the Eastern Hockey League Premier (EHLP), as the teams are now set for the 2nd showcase of the season. This past week featured 10 of the 12 EHLP teams in action, and some great performances from across the league.
The EHLP is pleased to announce that Savva Smirnov (Philadelphia Revolution), Eric Hambling (New England Wolves), and Graham Burke (Philadelphia Little Flyers) have been named the TSR Hockey Stars of the Week.
The teams are now set to converge in northern Massachusetts for the next showcase of the season. The week ahead includes a game apiece on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, and then 6 games per day on Sunday and Monday. The next set of TSR Hockey Stars of the Week will be released following the conclusion of the showcase. Catch the EHLP action all season long on HockeyTV.
Smirnov and the Revolution won 2 of their 3 games this past week, and have now come out on top in 7 of their last 9 matchups. The 2001-born forward tallied 3 goals and 6 assists over the weekend, capped off by a 6-point game on Sunday against the Central Penn Panthers. For the season, Smirnov now has 12 goals and 18 assists through the first 18 games for Philadelphia. Heading into the November Showcase, the Revolution have taken over the top spot in the Mid-Atlantic Conference standings and are set to face-off against the Valley Jr. Warriors on Sunday and the Walpole Express on Monday.
Hambling and the Wolves split their weekend home-and-home series with the Boston Jr. Rangers. Both games finished with a final score of 6-5, and it was unique that the road team won each matchup. Overall, Hambling dished out 5 assists during the series, giving him 17 points in 17 games to date. With the back end of the series going to overtime, the Wolves now find themselves 2 points behind the Rangers for the top spot in the New England Conference standings. Hambling will look to stay hot and hopefully help his team cut into the deficit when the Wolves take on the Walpole Express on Thursday and then the New Jersey 87s and Philadelphia Jr. Flyers at the November Showcase.
Make it back to back weeks for Burke and the Little Flyers, as another pair of victories earns the 2001-born netminder top honors in the EHLP. A pair of shutouts paved the way to Burke's award last week (TSR Hockey Stars of the Week #7), and even though he didn't register a shutout this week, the Little Flyers' anchor did turn aside 68 of the 71 shots he faced. For the season, Burke now owns a record of 9-1-1 to go along with a 2.51 GAA and .908 save percentage. The Little Flyers have won 5 in a row, 8 of their last 9, and have picked up a least a point in every game since September 23rd. Burke will look to keep his team rolling at the showcase this weekend, as Philadelphia takes on the Walpole Express on Sunday and the Vermont Lumberjacks on Monday.
In terms of strictly goal scoring, their is no one riding a better streak in the EHLP. Jake Mecrones of the Boston Jr. Rangers, has found the back of the net in 10 straight games, and that includes a pair of goals in the weekend series against the New England Wolves. Overall, the 13 goals that Mecrones has tallied ranks him 6th in that category in the EHLP. His next chance to extend the streak to 11 games, comes on Saturday afternoon against the Vermont Lumberjacks.