BOSTON, MA -- Cross it off, that's 2 showcases done and 1 left to go in the Eastern Hockey League Premier (EHLP). The past 2 days featured all 12 EHLP teams in action at the Lawrence Valley Forum and the Chelmsford Forum. With everyone hitting the ice and a number of great matchups, there were plenty of worthy candidates for our weekly honors.
The EHLP is pleased to announce that Nick Weaver (Boston Jr. Rangers), Alex Stein (Central Penn Panthers), and Curtis Briggs (Connecticut Chiefs) have been named the TSR Hockey Stars of the Week.
The EHLP returns to action with a pair of games on Friday night. The upcoming weekend features 13 games, as the teams look to head into Thanksgiving break with some momentum. The next set of TSR Hockey Stars of the Week will be released on Monday, November 19th at 12:00pm. Catch the EHLP action all season long on HockeyTV.
Weaver and the Rangers won all 3 of their games this past weekend, improving their record up to 16-2-2 for the season. Ever since dropping back-to-back contests on September 30th and October 7th, the Rangers have won 13 of their last 14 games, and they still earned a point (overtime loss) in the game that they didn't win. Focusing in on this past weekend in particular, Weaver began the set of games with a pair of goals and a pair of assists against the Vermont Lumberjacks on Saturday. The '99 from Rio Rancho, NM then tallied 4 goals and 4 assists in the pair of showcase victories over the New Jersey Renegades. Weaver has 26 points through his first 18 games this season, and he's tallied at least a point in 8 of his last 9 contests. The talented scorer will look to stay hot and continue to lead the way, as the Rangers hit the road for 3 games this weekend in Vermont.
We flip over to the Mid-Atlantic Conference for the top defenseman of the week, as Stein took home the honors for the second time this season (TSR Hockey Stars of the Week #4). Stein and the Panthers picked up 3 of a possible 4 points at the November Showcase, after losing to the Vermont Lumberjacks in a shootout on Sunday and then beating the Valley Jr. Warriors in overtime on Monday. Overall, Stein notched 5 goals and an assist in the 2 games, and included in his totals was the game-winner against the Warriors. For the season, Stein now has 8 goals and 16 assists through his first 18 games. The Panthers are also currently in 5th place in the conference, just 1 point behind the Philadelphia Jr. Flyers for the 4th slot in the standings. The Panthers will close out the month of November this weekend, starting with a game against the New Jersey 87s on Friday, and then a home-and-home series with the New Jersey Renegades on Saturday and Sunday.
Moving back to the New England Conference and we get another repeat honoree between the pipes (TSR Hockey Stars of the Week #3). Briggs was in net for both victories during the showcase, making 20 saves against the Philadelphia Jr. Flyers on Sunday and then 24 saves against the New Jersey 87s on Monday. Overall, the '99 netminder from Foster, RI now owns a record of 7-4-1 for the season, to go along with a 3.86 GAA, a .900 save percentage, and 1 shutout. Briggs has been a big reason why the Chiefs are winners of 5 of their last 6, and 6 of their last 8, dating back to October 20th. The anchor will look to keep things rolling on the road on Saturday against the Walpole Express, and then Connecticut will head into the holiday break after a home matchup with the New England Wolves on Sunday.
Speaking of the New England Wolves, they extended their winning streak up to 4 games this past week, after beating the Express on Wednesday and then adding 2 more wins at the November Showcase. Garth Wickham paced the offense all week, with 3 goals and 4 assists in the 3 games. After joining the Wolves at the beginning of the month, Wickham now has 11 points in his first 5 games.
Sticking with the scoring mentality, and Owen Stacey came up huge for the Connecticut Chiefs this past weekend. The 2001-born forward had a pair of goals including the game winner on Sunday, and then followed things up with a goal and a assist on Monday. For the season, Stacey now has 11 goals and 11 assists through his first 18 games in the EHLP.