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 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.