BOSTON, MA -- We've officially hit the holiday break in the Eastern Hockey League Premier (EHLP). This past week featured a very light schedule, with just four games across the EHLP. Despite the small slate, the intensity of the action wasn't missing, as three of the four games were decided by just a single goal and the fourth game was decided by a two-goal margin.
The EHLP is pleased to announce that Jonathon Giancotti (Walpole Express), Patrick McAteer (Philadelphia Revolution), and Steven Glik (Philadelphia Revolution) have been named the TSR Hockey Stars of the Week.
The EHLP is on break now through the new year, and the next set of TSR Hockey Stars of the Week will be released on Tuesday, January 8th. Remember to catch the #Eshow all season long on HockeyTV.
Giancotti and the Express battled their way back to knock-off the Valley Jr. Warriors in overtime on Friday night. The '99 native of Laval, Quebec opened up the scoring in the 1st period, and then finished the night off with when he found the back of the net in the extra frame. The two-goal night for Giancotti gives him 21 total points (14 goals, 7 assists) for the year.
Giancotti now hits the break with at least a point in each of his last four games, and ten of the last eleven for Walpole. The Express are currently in control of the 5th and final playoff spot in the New England Conference, with 18 games left to go in the regular season.
McAteer and the Revolution swept their home-and-home series with the Philadelphia Little Flyers and moved into 2nd place in the Mid-Atlantic Conference. Philadelphia hits the break with a mark of 19-6-1, and their 39 points puts them just two behind the New Jersey 87s for the top spot in the standings. The positive sign for the Revolution is that they do own four games in hand on the 87s.
As for McAteer, the 2000-born native of Annville, PA scored a trio of goals and added an assist as well, in the pair of victories over the rival Little Flyers. McAteer played in four of the five games for the Revolution in December, tallying at least a point in every contest. Since joining the team, the young defenseman has added a spark on the blue line, with four goals and two assists to date. Looking ahead, the first three games out of the break will put the Revolution up against the 87s in January.
While McAteer stood tall on the blue line, Glik followed suit between the pipes during the back-end of the weekend series. Yesterday afternoon, the 2001-born netminder turned away 27 of the 31 shots sent his way, en route to his 8th win of the season. Glik has won all three of his starts dating back to November 2nd, which was a defeat at the hands of the 87s. Glik will get a shot at revenge right away in 2019, as the Revolution look to move their way into 1st place in the conference. Including the matchups with the 87s, the Revolution have 18 total games left, 13 of which will be played in the state of Pennsylvania.
Wrapping things up, Jake LaRusso was the offensive leader for the New Jersey 87s on Tuesday as his team erased a 6-3 deficit to come back and beat the New Jersey Renegades. LaRusso had a hat-trick, including a pair of 3rd period goals, as the 87s won a wild 7-6 game over their rival. New Jersey will hope that the momentum from that win carries over to the first three games they have in 2019 against the Philadelphia Revolution.