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Tuesday, September 30, 2014, 7:02PM

HEH Junior Game of the Week and Weekly New England Power Rankings 9/30/2014

We at High End Hockey take great pride in training and developing players who advance to the highest levels of hockey.  We believe those players deserve recognition for their achievements, therefore, the High End Hockey Journal is proud to announce that we will preview the junior hockey Game of the Week and New England Junior Power Rankings. These features will be brought to you weekly along with an article designed to highlight various players and teams from the Eastern Hockey League and the United States Premier Hockey League.


We hope you enjoy these exciting features and, as always, if you have an idea for an article, feel free to suggest it to us.


Shawn Hutcheon


High End Hockey Journal    

Junior Game of the Week:


In the United States Premier Hockey League, two old time rivals the South Shore Kings and the Islanders Hockey Club will face off at 1:00 pm Sunday October 5, 2014 at Gallant Arena on the campus of Merrimack College.


This will be the second meeting between the first place Kings and seventh place Islanders. South Shore won the first game 2-1 on September 19th.


In Eastern Hockey League action, the main attraction will see the Connecticut Oilers visit the Walpole Express at Walpole’s Rodman Arena on Saturday October 4, 2014 at 6:00 pm.


The Oilers are 2-1-0-0 on the road while the Express is 1-0-2-0 at home.



New England Junior Power Rankings:


  1. South Shore Kings (6-1-0-0) - The Kings began the season with a five game winning streak and claimed a share of first place in the USPHL with the Jersey Hitmen. Boston Bruins draft pick Ryan Donato, who hails from Scituate, MA leads the club with seven points.


  1. Boston Jr. Bruins (5-1-0-0) - The defending USA Hockey Tier III national champions occupy third place in the USPHL. The club is currently enjoying a four game win streak and is paced by veteran Ryan Cloonan, a resident of East Longmeadow, MA, who has amassed nine points.


  1. Bay State Breakers (5-2-0-0) - Bay State has been on a roller coaster ride to start the season. The Breakers won their first three tilts, lost their next two, and have won the last two. They occupy fourth place in the USPHL but trail South Shore by only two points. The Breakers are led by New Mexico native Jackson Barliant’s seven points.  


  1. Walpole Express (3-0-2-0) - What a difference a year makes. Last season, the Express was one of the doormats but have rebounded to be the number two team overall in the Eastern Hockey League and reside in first place in the circuit’s Boston Division. They have yet to lose in regulation time. San Mateo, California native Nick Balboa and EHL veteran Frankie Cefalu are the club’s top point producers with ten points each.


  1. New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs (4-1-0-0) - The Monarchs are an eastern junior hockey power year in and year out and this season should be no different. The Monarchs are in first place in the EHL’s North Division. The Monarchs have assembled a four game winning streak and are paced by Luke Babcock’s seven points in five games.


  1. Islanders Hockey Club (3-4-0-1) - After losing their first four games of the season, the Islanders have reeled off three consecutive victories to climb to seventh place in the eleven team USPHL. Cleveland, Ohio’s Liam McDermott and Billerica, MA native Ross Olsson lead the squad with six points each.


  1. Boston Bandits (3-2-0-0) - Winners of three of their last four contests, the Bandits reside in second place in the EHL’s Boston Division. They trail Walpole by two points in the race of first place. Forwards Davis Zembergs and Clay Berger have posted five points each to take the lead in team scoring.


  1. Springfield Pics (2-4-0-1) - New to the USPHL this season, the Pics have a long history as one of junior hockey’s most successful franchises but they have taken their lumps thus far. They occupy eighth place in the circuit. Trumbull, Connecticut’s Bryan Platt and Boston’s David Lackner have registered four points each to lead the club in scoring.


  1. Connecticut Oilers (3-2-0-0) - The second place squad in the EHL’s Central Division are four points out of first place. Eagan, MN native Jim Buckingham is the team’s leading scorer with 5 goals and 2 assists in five contests.


  1. Portland Jr. Pirates (2-5-0-1) - After suffering through a long 2013-2014 inaugural season in the USPHL, the Jr. Pirates are hoping to make an impact in the league this season. They are currently mired in a three game losing streak and in ninth place in the circuit. Maine native Brady Fleurent sits atop the squad’s scorers with five points.


  1. Valley Jr. Warriors (2-2-0-0) - Sitting in third place in the EHL’s Boston Division, the Warriors are looking to rebound from a disastrous ‘13-’14 season. Andrew Irving has posted a total of seven points in three of his team’s four tilts and leads Valley in scoring.  


  1. Connecticut Jr. Rangers (2-6-0-1) - A new name has not changed the fortunes of the franchise once known as the Connecticut Yankees. The Jr. Rangers dropped the first five games of the season before getting into the win column. They are in tenth place in the USPHL. New Canaan, CT resident Ryan Harper has paced his club with 12 points in eight games played.  


  1. Hartford Jr. Wolfpack (2-2-0-0) - It has been a season of streaks up to this point for Hartford. The team won its first two games but it has lost its last two contests. They are in fourth place in the EHL’s Central Division. Harrisburg, Pennsylvania’s Ben Mariano is the club’s leading scorer with nine points in four games.


  1. East Coast Wizards (2-3-0-0) - A new member of the EHL, the Wizards won their first game then dropped their next three consecutive tilts before getting back on the winning track in their last game. They are in fourth place in the circuit’s Boston Division and are led in scoring by Connor Demore, who hails from Watertown, MA and has notched five points.


  1. Boston Jr. Rangers (2-3-0-0) - Another club that is hoping to register a winning season after a disappointing 2013-2014, the Jr. Rangers have lost two consecutive tilts and are in fifth place in the EHL’s Boston Division. Three players, Andrew Etheridge, Thomas Evans, and Derek Mecrones, lead the club with six points each.


  1. Northern Cyclones (1-0-1-0) - Northern has played just two games and has yet to lose in regulation time. They are in second place in the EHL’s North Division. Keep an eye on this club. They should rise in the rankings quickly. Amherst, NY native Sean Brown has registered four points on the young season and leads the Cyclones in that category.


  1. New England Wolves (1-2-0-0) - A new addition to the EHL, the Wolves played an independent schedule during the last two seasons. They will need time to adjust to one of the top junior leagues in the USA but have enough talent to make some noise before it’s all said and done. Mike Kelleher’s three points leads the team in scoring.


  1. Vermont Lumberjacks (1-4-0-0) - After upsetting the New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs in its season opener, the expansion Lumberjacks have lost four consecutive games and reside in fifth place in the EHL’s North Division. Gabe Flood, who hails from Onalaska, WI, leads the squad with six points.