BOSTON, MA -- We can officially close the books on 2018 in the Eastern Hockey League Premier (EHLP). The final month of the calendar year featured many great matchups and performances from across the league. All in all, the month of December helped set us up for what will be a great push for the playoffs in the EHLP.
The EHLP is pleased to announce that Logan Buch (Philadelphia Jr. Flyers), Ryan Clear (New Jersey 87s), and Cam Libby (Boston Jr. Rangers) have been named the TSR Hockey Stars of the Month for December.
The Stars of the Month will all receive a $20 TSR Hockey gift certificate.
Scroll down to read about each player's set of December performances, and remember to catch the #Eshow action all year long on HockeyTV.
Buch and the Jr. Flyers split their six games in December, and the 2001-born forward was the leader for his team on offense. Buch played in all six games, scoring four goals and dishing out seven assists during the month. The 11 points brings his season total up to 25 for the year, with 11 goals and 14 assists to date.
The native of Brownstown, PA is his team's leading scorer, and he will be leaned on heavily down the stretch. Heading into 2019, the Jr. Flyers are currently in control of 4th place in the Mid-Atlantic Conference, but both the Central Penn Panthers and the New Jersey Renegades are right behind them in the standings. The Jr. Flyers return to action on January 5th and 6th, with a home-and-home series against the Philadelphia Little Flyers.
Sticking with the Mid-Atlantic Conference, Clear and the 87s will begin the 2nd half in 1st place after going 5-1-1 in the month of December. The 2000-born native of Cherry Hill, NJ kept producing in his first season of junior hockey, adding a goal and eight assists to his season totals. To date, Clear now has 19 points (7 goals, 12 assists), through 26 total games with the 87s.
Looking ahead, the 87s will begin the month of January in control of the top spot in their conference, but both the Philadelphia Revolution (2nd place) and the Philadelphia Little Flyers (3rd place) each own four games in hand on them. With this being the case, that makes every point critical down the stretch, and that is especially the case in the four matchups left with the Revolution and the two still remaining against the Little Flyers.
We wrap things up between the pipes with the team that has won two of the first three EHLP titles, and they currently own the best mark once again. Through their first 28 games to date, the Rangers are 23-3-2, and that includes going 4-1-0 in December. The 2000-born netminder was in goal for three of those victories, and the blemish-free month helps Libby maintain his perfect record of 9-0-0 for the season. Libby also lowered his GAA down to 1.48 for the year, and increased his overall save percentage up to .934.
Libby has been a huge addition for the Rangers, as they look to get back to the EHLP Finals for the fourth consecutive season. However, the Rangers will feel the pressure down the stretch, as they begin January with just a four-point lead over the New England Wolves for the top spot in both the New England Conference and the overall league standings.