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Junior Hockey Games of the Week and Power Rankings

Friday, October 24, 2014, 12:27AM

Hockey Loses One of its Own

Although this is a page that focuses on junior hockey, we would like to take a moment to express our sadness and deepest sympathies to the family, friends and teammates of Joe Robichaud, who tragically passed away recently in an auto accident in his home province of Quebec, Canada.

Joe was a student/athlete at Connecticut’s Pomfret School and also a member of the Neponset Valley River Rats 18-Under Premier hockey team. He was popular with all of those who had the privilege of knowing him and will be missed by the entire hockey community on both sides of the border.

Games of the Week:

In the USPHL, the contest all eyes will focus on will take place at Merrimack College’s Gallant Arena on Sunday, October 26th at 9:00 am. This game will feature the second place Philadelphia Flyers versus third place Boston Jr. Bruins. Three points separate the clubs that split a two game series last week in Philadelphia.

In the Eastern Hockey League, the match up between the Valley Jr. Warriors and the Northern Cyclones will be a battle clubs that are tied in the league’s overall standings with 12 points each. This will be the first meeting of the season between the two squad’s and it takes place on Saturday, October 25th at 5:30 pm at Cyclones Arena in Hudson, New Hampshire.

New England Junior Hockey Power Rankings:

  1. New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs (11-1-0-0) - The Monarchs continue to be the Eastern Hockey League’s top team thanks to an 11 game win streak. Goaltender Cole Burak is a big reason why the Monarchs have risen to our poll’s top spot. The Texas native leads all Eastern Hockey League puck stoppers with a 5-0-0-0 record. He has registered two shutouts to go along with a .959 save percentage and a league leading 1.22 goals against average.

  1. South Shore Kings (9-3-0-0) - The Kings rebounded nicely last week to defeat USPHL rivals Springfield and Bay State. Goaltenders Craig Pantano (5-0-0-0) and Shane Starrett (4-3-0) have made the big saves when called upon this season.

  1. Boston Jr. Bruins (9-3-0-0) - The Jr. Bs visited the City of Brotherly Love for the weekend and returned home with a series split (winning one and losing one) versus the Philadelphia Flyers in USPHL action. Daniel Tirone is getting the bulk of the playing time in the crease for Boston and has a 6-2-0-0 record to accompany a .936 save percentage and 2.16 goals against average.    

  1. Islanders Hockey Club (8-5-0-2) - Last week’s number one team in our rankings lost both USPHL games to league leading Jersey last week. With a 6-2-0-0 record, Anthony Tirabassi is emerging as the number one netminder. The native of Niagara Falls, NY carries a 2.48 goals against average and a save percentage of .921.

  1. Walpole Express (8-1-2-0) - The Express went 1-1-0 last weekend and remains in first place in the EHL’s Boston Division. Goaltender Connor Rodericks is second in the league with a 1.30 goals against average. A native of Franklin, MA, he also boasts a 4-0-0-0 record and a stellar .964 save percentage.

  1. Connecticut Oilers (7-5-0-0) - Winning four of their last five contests have allowed the Oilers to climb within two points of the second place New York Bobcats in the EHL’s Central Division. Chris Bastone has handled the majority of minutes between the pipes. A native of Greenwich, CT, Bastone is 4-3-0-0 with a goals against average of 2.65 and a save percentage of .910.

  1. Boston Bandits (6-3-0-2) - A weekend that saw the Bandits lose both of its games was forgotten with a victory over the Northern Cyclones Wednesday. They sit in second place in the EHL’s Boston Division. Billy Palmer, who hails from Cranston, RI has been the main man in the crease and he has responded by posting a 3-2-0-2 record accompanied by a 1.91 goals average and a .934 save percentage.

  1. Valley Jr. Warriors (6-5-0-0) - A four game win streak propelled the Jr. Warriors into third place in the Boston Division of the EHL. Colin Soucy, of the North Andover, MA Soucys, has handled most of the workload in the crease and has a 4-2-0-0 record, 2.58 goals against average, and .916 save percentage.

  1. Northern Cyclones (5-3-2-0) - Losers of three consecutive contests, the Cyclones have fallen 10 points behind first place New Hampshire in the EHL’s North Division. In eight games, netminder Alex Gross, who is from Forth Worth, TX, is 2-0-1-0 on the season and has a 3.08 goals against average and a .880 save percentage.

  1. Bay State Breakers (7-8-0-0) - BSB has dropped six of their last eight contests and occupy seventh place in the USPHL. Goaltender Jake Bryniarski, a native of Rochester, NY, has won seven of thirteen games played this season. He carries a save percentage of .921 and a goals against average of 3.82  

  1. Hartford Jr. Wolfpack (5-4-0-1) - The fourth place team in the Central Division of the EHL, went 1-1-0 last weekend. Puckstopper Tyler Ellor, who comes to the Wolfpack from Saratoga Springs, NY, has compiled a 3-2-0-1 record, a 2.71 goals against average, and a .920 save percentage.

  1. Connecticut Jr. Rangers (4-9-0-2) - Two wins last week, resulted in CJR moving out of last place in the USPHL and climbing two spots to ninth place. Jake Thoubboron, out of Glen Rock, NJ, has picked up four wins against seven losses while protecting the twine. He also owns a 3.56 goals against average and a .904 save percentage.

  1. Boston Jr. Rangers (5-6-0-0) - BJR dropped its only game on the schedule last week and fell into fourth place in the EHL’s Boston Division. University of New Hampshire recruit, Mike Robinson, has been between the pipes for five games, his record is 3-2-0. His goals against average is 2.69 and his save percentage is .921.

  1. Springfield Jr. Pics (4-7-0-1) - Coming up on the wrong end of the ledger in two games last week, saw the Pics drop from eighth place to tenth place in the USPHL. In the crease, the puck stopping duties have been split between Jake Moore and Mike Dion. They have combined for a goals against average of 3.71 and a save percentage of .895.

  1. East Coast Wizards (4-8-1-0) - A 2-1-0 week has seen the Wizards move to within one point of the Boston Jr. Rangers in the EHL’s Boston Division. Woburn, MA native Connor Maloney has seen the majority of action in the crease for the Wizards. He has compiled a 2-3-1 record accompanied by a 3.72 goals against average and an .896 save percentage.

  1. Vermont Lumberjacks (4-8-0-0) - Winners of four of their last five contests, which includes a three game win streak, has seen Vermont move to within four points of the Northern Cyclones in the EHL’s North Division. Anthony Giordano, who hails from Ellington, CT, has a four wins against six losses. He also possesses a 3.51 goals against average and a .911 save percentage.

  1. New England Wolves (3-6-0-0) - Winning two of their last five games is a step in the right direction. The Wolves trail Vermont by two points in the EHL’s North Division standings. Canadian natives Eric Bogart and Simon Jasmin have combined for a 3.60 goals against average and an .868 save percentage.  

  1. Portland Jr. Pirates (3-10-0-2) - The Jr. Pirates have lost 10 of their last 11 games and reside in last place in the USPHL. Teddy Loughborough, a native of Wellesley, MA, has seen the most time in the crease. His record is 1-8-0 and he carries a goals against average of 5.10 and a save percentage of .894.