BOSTON, MA -- We've reached the Thanksgiving break in the Eastern Hockey League Premier (EHLP) season, with just a single game between now and December 1st. This past week featured all 12 teams in action, and 13 total games across the league. There were key points earned in the standings, along with some solid performances from many of the teams.
The EHLP is pleased to announce that Tyler Marvil (Philadelphia Little Flyers), Jack Johansen (New England Wolves), and Bobby McCloskey (Boston Jr. Rangers) have been named the TSR Hockey Stars of the Week.
As for the only game on the schedule this week, the battle for the Garden State goes down for the 4th time on Tuesday, with the New Jersey 87s having won 2 of the first 3 matchups. After losing by scores of 8-2 and 8-4, the New Jersey Renegades turned the tables in the most recent meeting, with a 7-2 victory of their own. The puck drops at 8:35pm on Tuesday night at Middletown Sports Complex.
With just a pair of teams in action, our next set of TSR Hockey Stars of the Week will be released on Tuesday, December 4th. Prior to that however, we will announce on November Stars of the Month on Monday, December 3rd. Remember to catch the #Eshow all season long on HockeyTV.
Marvil and the Little Flyers split their home-and-home series with the New Jersey 87s, as they now own the top spot in the Mid-Atlantic Conference heading into the short Thanksgiving break. The 2000-born forward from Upper Chichester, PA found the back of the net 5 times during the 2-game series, giving him 27 total points for the year (15 goals, 12 assists). Philadelphia currently owns a record of 14-3-2 though their first 19 games, and it's worth noting that in 2 of those losses, Marvil was held off the scoresheet. This gives the Little Flyers a record of 12-2-1 when their talented scorer tallies at least a point. Marvil and the Little Flyers will get back to work on December 1st, when they host the Central Penn Panthers at 12:15pm. Philadelphia's next 9 games through January 12th, will all take place in the state of Pennsylvania.
We'll move over to the New England Conference for the final 2 honorees of the week, as Johansen takes home his 3rd award of the season (TSR Hockey Stars of the Week #1 -- September Stars of the Month). The 2000-born native of Milford, NH continued putting up numbers in his first season in the EHLP, scoring 3 goals and dishing out a pair of assists this past weekend. For the year, Johansen has now racked up 32 points in 21 total games to date. The Wolves hit the break with a mark of 18-4-0 and winners of their last 6 games. They will look to start trying to make up the 4 points they trail the Boston Jr. Rangers by when they host their rival on Sunday, December 2nd at 2:15pm.
Speaking of top performers, McCloskey continues to make his case as the best goaltender in the EHLP. The 2000-born netminder was named the Goalie of the Week back in week #2, and most recently, was named the top netminder for the month of October. This past weekend, McCloskey was in net for 2 of his team's 3 victories over the Vermont Lumberjacks. For the season, McCloskey now owns a mark of 10-1-1 to go along with a 1.76 GAA and 2 shutouts. McCloskey has won 8 straight games and is a big reason why his team sits at the top of the EHLP Power Rankings heading into the short break. The Rangers will return to action on Saturday, December 1st, when they host the Connecticut Chiefs at 8:10pm.
The leading scorer in the EHLP continued to do just that this past weekend, as Brenden Yingling scored 7 goals and dished out a trio of assists as the Central Penn Panthers split their home-and-home series with the New Jersey Renegades. With the pair of wins, the Panthers moved past the Philadelphia Jr. Flyers for 4th place in the Mid-Atlantic Conference standings.