BOSTON, MA -- We've reached the final full month of the 2018-19 regular season in the Eastern Hockey League Premier (EHLP). With just over 50 games left before the postseason, the intensity will surely crank up over the next five weeks. Looking back at this past month, and there were many great matchups and performances that took place.
The EHLP is pleased to announce that Matt McPherson (Boston Jr. Rangers), Brett Turner (Philadelphia Little Flyers), and Graham Burke (Philadelphia Little Flyers) have been named the TSR Hockey Stars of the Month for January.
The Stars of the Month will all receive a $20 TSR Hockey gift certificate.
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McPherson and the Rangers won two of their three games in January, all while earning five out of a possible six points in the New England Conference standings.
As for the '99 native of Somerville, MA, McPherson tore things up in those three games, scoring six goals and dishing out four assists. McPherson played a role in 10 of the 14 goals that his team scored in January, and that includes all six that they tallied against the Walpole Express on the 26th. For the season, McPherson now has 24 goals and 20 assists through 32 games, which has him on a good pace to more than double his totals from a year ago when he tallied 26 points in 35 games.
Looking ahead, McPherson and the Rangers are in a tight battle with the New England Wolves for the #1 seed in their conference, as the rivals are set to face-off a week from today.
Turner and the Little Flyers won all six of their games in the month of January, as they continue to battle with the Philadelphia Revolution and the New Jersey 87s for the top spot in the Mid-Atlantic Conference standings.
Turner helped anchor his team on the blue line, scoring a goal and adding six assists as well. For the season, Turner now has 12 goals and 19 assists through 30 games to date, which is already more than double the 14 total points he tallied through all of last year.
The 2000-born native of West Chester, PA, plays a big role on the point, and his team will continue to lean on him with just eight games remaining between now and the start of the postseason.
Moving back between the pipes, and Burke collect five of those six victories for the Little Flyers. This past month, the '01 native of Baton Rouge, LA started and won four games, and then entered in relief for his 5th victory. The perfect month improves Burke's record up to 16-5-1 for the season, to go along with a 2.55 GAA and .911 save percentage.
Looking ahead, the Little Flyers will control their own destiny in a way, as included in their final eight games are four matchups with the Philadelphia Revolution and a pair of games against the New Jersey 87s.
How Burke and his team perform in those matchups will without a doubt determine if they are the #1, #2, or #3 seed in their conference when the EHLP Playoffs begin.