The Eastern Hockey League’s Christmas Showcase took place this past weekend at the International Skating Center of Connecticut in Simsbury, CT. The showcase was the fourth so far this season, with the fifth and final event scheduled for mid-January. All 19 EHL teams participated this past weekend, including the Boston Jr. Rangers.
It was an up and down weekend for the Rangers. The positives came in the form of a 6-1 over the New Jersey Titans on Saturday, but the negatives could be found in a 4-2 loss to the Philadelphia Revolution (Friday) and a 2-1 defeat at the hands of the Connecticut Oilers (Sunday). Jeff Pierson (2 goals, 1 assist) and Mason Nichols (3 assists) each had three points over the weekend.
"Coming into the showcase weekend, we really wanted to end the first half working hard and competing a little harder than we had the previous weekend", said coach Mario Martiniello. "It was nice to see that kind of effort this weekend. It really is what we need to do after break to be successful."
Friday 12/19/14 - Simsbury, CT
The action started quickly on Friday night as the Philadelphia Revolution got two early goals from Nick Bohatiuk, and jumped out to an early lead over the Boston Jr. Rangers. Just past the halfway point of the period, the newly acquired Rudy Carson, got his 1st goal with the Rangers to cut the lead in half.
Just over ten minutes after Carson’s tally, Philadelphia’s leading scorer, Zach England, gave the Revolution a two-goal lead once again. Following England’s goal, it was Connor Fenton this time who cut the lead back down to one with his 3rd goal of the season.
The Rangers were unable to breakthrough again though, and England iced the game with an empty net goal with 22 seconds to go.
Daniil Gerasimov made 42 saves for Philadelphia in the 4-2 victory, while Evan Morrelli stopped 23 shots in the loss for Boston.
Saturday 12/20/14 - Simsbury, CT
The frustration from recent weeks all washed away on Saturday for the Boston Jr. Rangers, as they knocked off the New Jersey Titans by the score of 6-1. During showcase events, the period lengths are modified from three 20-minute periods to two 25-minute periods. The first 25 minutes of hockey game on Saturday morning went perfectly for the Rangers. Boston scored five times in the period, with Jeff Pierson, Stefan Horgas, Andrew Amick, Davis Algra, and Joe Berardi all finding the back of the net. Kade McCartin scored the lone goal in the 1st for New Jersey.
In the 2nd and final frame of the game, there was a lot less scoring, as Amick got his 2nd of the game and the only tally go the period. The two goals for Amick were his first two since being acquired from the Walpole Express.
Phillip Kuznetov picked up the win in net for the Rangers, while Trever Ralph received the loss for the Titans.
Sunday - 12/21/14 - Simsbury, CT
A satisfying victory on Saturday morning, was followed up with another frustrating loss Sunday afternoon, as the Boston Jr. Rangers lost 2-1 to the Connecticut Oilers. All three goals were scored in the first period, with Jeff Pierson giving the Rangers the early lead eight and a half minutes into the game.
Connecticut’s leading scorer, Lucas Bombardier, tied the game with his 15th goal of the season just four minutes later. Then with three and half minutes to go in the period, AJ Peckich scored his 9th of the season, which would prove to be the game winning goal.
Chris Bastone made 17 saves to collect his 10th win of the season, while Morelli stopped 26 shots in the defeat.
Boston Jr. Rangers Next Game
The Boston Jr. Rangers will now enjoy a couple weeks off for the holidays, and return to action January 8th when they take on the Boston Bandits. Follow all the action at easternhockeyleague.pointstreaksites.com.
The weekend began in frustrating fashion for the Boston Jr. Rangers, but then gradually got better, and finally ended in victorious fashion. The action started Wednesday afternoon when the Rangers fell to the Boston Bandits 3-0. Things got a little bit better Saturday in a 4-3 defeat at the hands of the New Jersey Rockets, and then the Rangers salvaged the weekend with a 5-4 shootout victory over the New Jersey Titans on Sunday. The Mecrones brothers, Derek and Brett, each recorded 4 points over the weekend.
Wednesday 12/3/14 - Tewksbury, MA
It was a very tough afternoon for the Boston Jr. Rangers on Wednesday as they fell to the Boston Bandits by the score of 3-0. The Bandits got goals from Clay Berger, Connor Court, and Paul Filippone, and Calvin Shelly made 22 saves for his first shutout of the season.
Evan Morelli made 28 saves in the loss for the Rangers, and a bright spot could be found in the team killing off all 5 penalties they were assessed.
The Bandits finished the weekend tied with the Walpole Express for the lead in the Boston Division.
Saturday 12/6/14 - Newark, NJ
The frustration from Wednesday got a little better Saturday night, as the Boston Jr. Rangers fell to the New Jersey Rockets 4-3. New Jersey got on the board first, just 1:22 into the game, as Joseph Napoli got his 5th of the season. The Rangers responded just over 8 minutes later when Davis Algra got his 8th of the season, with the assist going to Derek Mecrones. It took just over 2 minutes from that point for Mason Nichols to give the Rangers the lead with a power-play tally, assisted by both Derek and his brother Brett Mecrones.
The Rockets would score the next 3 goals of the game though, twice before the end of the 1st period, and a third time 30 seconds into the 2nd period. The goals came from the team’s leading scorer Christopher Gambardella, Joseph Napoli (2nd of the game), and Derek Caruso. Down 4-2, the Rangers switched goalies and brought in Phillip Kuznetsov who stopped all 24 shots that came his way.
The Mecrones brothers combined to score the final goal of the night for the Rangers, Derek assisting Brett, but the goal came with just 1 second left in the game, not enough time to change the outcome. Stephen East made 43 saves in the victory for New Jersey.
Sunday 12/7/14 - Middletown, NJ
The Boston Jr. Rangers salvaged a victory in the final game of the weekend, knocking off the New Jersey Titans 5-4 in a shootout. It was crazy night for the Rangers, as they found themselves down by a goal four separate times, with scores of 1-0, 2-1, 3-2, and 4-3.
The Titans struck first just 4 minutes into the game when Adam Morton got his 2nd of the season. Ben Piecz tied things up 8 minutes later, and the score would remain tied at 1-1 heading into the 1st intermission.
New Jersey would net the only goal of the 2nd period, just over halfway through the frame, when Max Weber found the back of the net. The scoring cranked up in a big way during the 3rd period.
Brett Mecrones tied the score at 2-2 just 23 seconds into the period, only to see Ryan Price regain the lead for the Titans just over 4 minutes later. It was a minute after that tally that Tommy Royer tied things up with an unassisted goal, only to see the Titans regain the lead once again when Brian Miller scored. The frantic 3rd period wrapped up when Andrew Etheridge tied things up once again for the Rangers, with just over six and a half minutes to go in the game.
Neither team could break the 4-4 tie in the overtime period, and then Davis Algra and Brett Mecrones each scored in the shootout to lead the Rangers to the victory.
Phillip Kuznetsov made 32 saves for the Rangers in the win, his 3rd of the season, and Trever Ralph stopped 38 shots in the losing effort.
Boston Jr. Rangers Next Game
The Boston Jr. Rangers return home next weekend to take on the New York Applecore and the New England Wolves. The Rangers beat the Applecore 10-2 in their only meeting this season, and also beat the Wolves in their only meeting this year, that one by the score of 3-2. Follow all the action at easternhockeyleague.pointstreaksites.com.
The Boston Jr. Rangers extended their winning streak to 3 games on Saturday, defeating the Walpole Express 3-1. Evan Morelli put on another stellar performance between the pipes stopping 46 of the 47 shots he saw, on his way to his 5th victory of the season. Joe Berardi scored twice, making him the top point scorer on the Rangers so far this season (7 goals, 10 assists, 17 points). The team also did their job on the penalty kill once again, killing off all 4 penalties they were assessed.
“Walpole has been in first place in our division since the beginning of the season. It was nice to see the boys compete for these points.” “They really came out with a strong push and Evan played strong in the net when we needed him.” added Coach Mario Martiniello.
Saturday 11/22/14 - Walpole, MA
After enduring a frustrating 2nd showcase weekend (11/8/14-11/10/14), the Boston Jr. Rangers have strung together 3 consecutive victories, most recently knocking off the top team in their division, the Walpole Express.
Neither team could break the ice in the first period, but it took Mason Nichols just 27 seconds in the 2nd period to give Boston the 1-0 lead. Walpole tied things up just over a minute and a half later when Dylan Gamble got his 3rd of the season, and the scored would stay tied 1-1 heading into the 3rd period.
Just over 6 minutes into the 3rd period, Joe Berardi scored what proved to be the game-winning goal, with assists going to Connor Rubin and Zach Stamates. With just under a minute to go Berardi then netted an empty-netter, securing the victory for the Rangers.
Evan Morrelli made 46 saves in the victory, and Evan McCarthy stopped 42 shots in the defeat. The 2 points for the Rangers puts them 5 points behind Walpole for the lead in the Boston Division.
Boston Jr. Rangers Next Game
The Boston Jr. Rangers will host the Northern Cyclones this Wednesday afternoon, before heading on break for the Thanksgiving Holiday. The Cyclones come in with a record of 14-3-2-1 and are in 2nd place in the North Division. Follow all the action at easternhockeyleague.pointstreaksites.com.
Rangers Bounce Back - Pick Up 2 Wins in Philadelphia
After a frustrating performance in the 2nd Eastern Hockey League Showcase of the season, the Boston Jr. Rangers bounced back in a big way by picking up 2 wins on the road in Philadelphia. The first victory came Saturday night, when the Rangers knocked off the Philadelphia Revolution 3-2. Boston capped off the weekend the following afternoon, with a 4-2 win over the Philadelphia Junior Flyers. It was another stellar weekend from the Rangers’ goalies, with Evan Morelli (Saturday) and Phillip Kuznetsov (Sunday) each making 30 saves in their respective victories. The win was extra special for Kuznetsov, as it was his first since September 12th. The offensive star of the weekend goes to Mason Nichols, who picked up 3 assists Sunday afternoon. Boston’s penalty kill was also on point once again, killing off all 8 penalties they were assessed.
“It was great to see the team get back on track. Sometimes a road trip without any distractions is needed”, said Coach Mario Martiniello
Saturday 11/15/14 - Warwick Township, PA
After enduring a frustrating showcase weekend, things definitely didn’t start as planned for the Boston Jr. Rangers on Saturday. Tim Murphy gave the Philadelphia Revolution an early lead, by scoring just 21 seconds into the game. The Rangers responded to this early tally well, by holding the Revolution off the board until there were only 66 seconds left in the game. In between that time Boston got 3 of their own.
Brett Mecrones tied things up at 1, just about 5 and 1/2 minutes into the 2nd period. Connor Fenton then gave the Rangers the lead just about 8 minutes later, and Tommy Royer stretched the lead to 2 goals, 56 seconds into the 3rd period. Mike Chester was able to bring the game back to within 1 for Philadelphia, but from there Evan Morelli shut the door on the way to the victory.
Morelli stopped 30 shots on the way to his 4th victory of the season.
Sunday 11/16 - West Chester, PA
Sunday’s game took on a very similar pattern to the way Saturday’s game unfolded. The Philadelphia Junior Flyers scored first, this time 4:21 into the game. Jeff Beck got the goal by way of a penalty shot. Instead of 3 unanswered goals (Saturday), the Rangers responded with 4 unanswered goals on Sunday.
Derek Mecrones tied things up late in the 1st period, and then Boston scored 3 times in the first 3 minutes of the 2nd period to really open things up. Davis Algra got his 7th of the year, Michael Bears tallied his 3rd of the year, and Thomas Dyrynk connected for his 2nd of the season to give the Rangers their biggest lead since the beginning of the month. Steve Beck brought the game to within 2 for Philadelphia, but from there it was Phillip Kuznetsov’s turn to shut the door on the way to the victory.
Kuznetsov stopped 30 shots on the way to his 2nd victory of the season, his first since September 12th.
The Boston Jr. Rangers took to the ice for 4 games in 6 days, and in frustrating fashion, they were only able to register a single point out of a possible 8. They got their point on Wednesday, when they fell in overtime to the East Coast Wizards by the score of 3-2. Following Wednesday’s loss, the Rangers started off the 2nd Eastern Hockey League Showcase of the season with a 1-0 defeat at the hands of the Philadelphia Little Flyers. Things didn’t get any better Sunday with a 4-1 loss to the Hartford Jr. Wolfpack, and Monday with a 4-2 loss to the New Jersey Rockets. The power-play play never got going for the Rangers, going scoreless on their 11 chances over the weekend. The penalty kill was a little bit better, killing off 11 of the 13 penalties they were assessed. Davis Algra collected a goal and 2 assists during the 4 game stretch.
Wednesday 11/5/14 - Tewksbury, MA
The first time the Boston Jr. Rangers and East Coast Wizards took to the ice, the Wizards came away with a 7-3 victory. Wednesday followed a different course, but ended in the same result for the Wizards.
The Jr. Rangers scored first when Joe Berardi got his 5th of the year, just about halfway through the 1st period. It was almost halfway through the 2nd period when CJ Grinnell tied things up for the Wizards. It was Tommy Royer getting into the action next, giving the Rangers the lead again before the 2nd intermission. That lead was short lived when Grinnell scored his 2nd of the game of the game to tie things up early on in the 3rd period.
Just under 5 minutes into overtime, Glen Wiswell ended it for East Coast. Evan Morelli was stellar in net once again, making 43 saves for the Rangers. Mike De Filippo made 37 saves for the Wizards in the victory.
Saturday 11/8/14 - Hookset, NH
Saturday’s 1-0 loss to the Philadelphia Little Flyers was arguably the most frustrating result of the weekend. Mike Robinson was stellar in net, stopping 36 of 37 shots he saw come his way.
Philadelphia got their lone goal from Tyler Pietrowski, with Oleg Potemkin picking up the assist. Greg Procopio registered the shutout in net. The Little Flyers had a stellar weekend in New Hampshire, winning all 3 of their games by a combined score of 14-0. They proved why they are one of the top teams in the Eastern Hockey League, with a record of 14-1-1-1 in 17 games so far this season
Sunday 11/9/14 - Hookset, NH
The frustration picked up where it left off on Sunday, when the Jr. Rangers were only able to muster 16 shots agains the Hartford Jr. Wolfpack. Jeff Pierson picked up the lone goal for Boston, and Mike Robinson stopped 26 of 30 shots he saw go his way.
Hartford got goals from 4 different scorers, and Tyler Ellor got his 5th win of the season.
Monday 11/10/14 - Hookset, NH
In the final game of the showcase the Rangers were able to put 36 shots on net, but only beat Stephen East twice, which wasn't enough in a 4-2 loss at the hands of the New Jersey Rockets. Andrew Etheridge and Davis Algra scored the goals for Boston, with Evan Morelli made 33 saves.
New Jersey got goals from 4 different scorers, and East got his 2nd win of the season.
“It was a frustrating weekend for us. We came in feeling confident and excited for the showcase and for some reason could never get going” added coach Mario Martiniello.
Rangers Take Lead Early and Never Look Back in 6-1 Victory Over Vermont
Sunday 11/2/14 - Tewksbury, MA
Mike Robinson stopped 36 of 37 shots he faced and 13 different players collected points, as the Boston Jr. Rangers topped the Vermont Lumberjacks 6-1 on Sunday afternoon. The scoring started early for the Rangers, with Davis Algra tallying his 5th goal of the year just 1:21 into the game. Algra’s goal was the only one scored in the first period.
The Rangers were able to open up their lead up in the 2nd, with Derek Mecrones and Frankie Candelino adding to the scoring. The Lumberjacks were able to get on the board just over 8 minutes into the period when Hunter Brody scored his first of the season, but the Chris Kozeil got his own first of the season for the Rangers sending the teams to the locker room with the score 4-1.
In the third, Candelino scored his second of the game, and Charlie Shephard got his 5th of the season to wrap up all of the scoring for the day. The win is Robinson’s 4th of the year, and Anthony Giordano made 34 saves in the loss for Vermont.
“It was nice to see the team really keep pushing tonight, said head coach Mario Martiniello.” “In the past we have allowed teams to hang around and stay in the game vs. really try to put them away when we had the chance. We did that tonight and it was good for our guys to really go after the two points.”
Boston Jr. Rangers Next Game
The Jr. Rangers now gear up for 4 games in 6 days starting Wednesday against the East Coast Wizards. The other matchups include the Philadelphia Little Flyers, Hartford Jr. Wolfpack, and New Jersey Rockets. Follow all the action at easternhockeyleague.pointstreaksites.com.