BOSTON, MA -- With the turning of the calendar to the month of December there is no more debating what season is upon us, it's hockey season. In its 4th year, the Eastern Hockey League Premier (EHLP) has developed and made strides with each and every campaign. To date, 55 EHLP players have advanced on to NCAA hockey programs. The majority of these players have followed the pipeline up from the EHLP, to the Eastern Hockey League (EHL), to college hockey. However, there are a handful of players that have gone straight from the EHLP to NCAA hockey.
A big reason for the success of the EHLP has a lot to do with the strong competition across the league. In comparison to the EHL, the level of parity is truly consistent throughout the ladder.
Below you'll find a breakdown with some of the key stats and numbers from the first 126 games of the season. The next set of TSR Hockey Stars of the Week will be released on Tuesday, December 4th. Prior to that however, we will announce our November Stars of the Month on Monday, December 3rd. Remember to catch the #Eshow all season long on HockeyTV.
As the EHLP gets set to return to action on Saturday, a total of 804 goals have been scored so far this season. Included in that number are 27 hat-tricks that have been recorded to date.
Here is the full list of all the EHLP players who've netted those hat-tricks:
The scoring has been top-notch this season, and it will be fun to watch and see how many hat-tricks will have been scored when the year is finished.
Of course on the flip side of the hat-tricks are the netminders between the pipes for each team, as there have been 15 shutouts recorded so far this season. In the list below you'll see that 7 teams have a single shutout to date, all while the Boston Jr. Rangers have 3 goalies who've combined for 5 shutouts and the anchor of the Philadelphia Little Flyers leads the league in this category.
Just like in the EHL, the level of parity is very apparent in the EHLP.
Here is a breakdown of all the close games so far this season:
While the EHL has more games that need either overtime or a shootout to determine a winner, the EHLP owns a higher average of close games that finish in regulation (60 minutes).
In the EHL, and cross conference matchups are right, with one conference holding a slight 42-38 margin over the other. As for the EHLP, the gap is a tiny bit bigger.
47 Cross-Conference Games
The way these matchups have unfolded this season, has been very intriguing. After the NEW Conference won 9 of the first 11 matchups in the month of September, the ATL Conference turned the tables by winning 11 of the 17 games at the October Showcase. Most recently however, the NEW stretched their lead by winning 8 of the 12 games at the November Showcase.
The third and final showcase of the EHLP season is set to take place at Revolution Ice Gardens, January 19th through 21st.
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