TEWKSBURY, MA – The Boston Junior Rangers, last year’s Keegan Cup runner-up, rebounded from a game one loss, to defeat the Long Island Royals, two games to one, to advance to the Keegan Cup Playoffs Northern Conference Semifinals.
In game one, the Long Island Royals used four first period goals, including two from Zachary Shields (’95 birth year/Old Westbury, NY), and then hung on to defeat the Junior Rangers, 4-3. Goaltender Corey Cairo (’94 birth year/Shoreham, NY) made forty saves, including seventeen in a frantic third period, to preserve the Long Island victory.
In game two, with their season on the line, the Junior Rangers scored just fifty seconds into the first period, on a goal from Frankie Candelino (’95 birth year/Medford, MA) and just twenty seconds into the second period, on a goal from Brett Mecrones (’96 birth year/Medford, MA) to take a 2-0 lead after two periods, and then hung on for a 5-2, series tying victory. The teams exchanged third period goals, before an empty-net goal from Tommy Royer (’94 birth year/South Burlington, VT) sealed the victory, forcing a game three.
Because of the traveling distance between the two teams, all three games were at the Breakaway Ice Center, where the Junior Rangers had one of the best home-ice records in the MJHL. A power play goal from Derek Mecrones (’96 birth year/Medford, MA) got the scoring started for the Junior Rangers and they never trailed in a 6-2 victory, propelling the Junior Rangers on to the next round of the playoffs. Four points from each of the Mecrones brothers were more than enough offense for goaltender Mike Robinson (’97 birth year/Bedford, NH), who made thirty-three saves in the victory.
The Boston Jr Rangers EHL team came break from the holiday break with a string of tough games. Friday night was one of those tough matchups. The NH Monarchs sit on top of the entire EHL standings and playing extremely well. The Rangers came into the game winning 4 out of their last 5 and on a little role of their own.
The Junior Rangers Austin Donaldson opened up the scoring just 3:51 into the first period on a nice feed from Nick Aleva. The game was fast past and exciting up and down action with Rangers goalie Cole Burack and Monarchs goalie Jake Theut turning everything aside for much of the period until the Monarchs got on the board. Kyle Lajeunesse opened up the scoring for the Monarchs when he slipped a rebound past Cole Burack at 16:29 of the first period to tie the score. It didn't take the Monarchs long to take the lead as they executed a text book odd man rush to beat Burack at 17:42 of the first.
With a 2-1 lead to start the second period the Monarchs came out with some pressure early and were able to extend their lead on a nice goal by Brett Beaudin. That was when the Rangers went to work outshooting the Monarchs 17-11 in the period. Putting a lot of pressure on Jake Theut who seemed to have the Rangers in check until Austin Donaldson cracked through with his second of the game at 17:20 of the second from Mason Nichols and Greg Stoya. With continued pressure the Rangers were able to tie the game at 19:14 when Michael Bears beat Theaut on a nice feed from James Devlin.
With the momentum seemingly on their side the Rangers came out in the third period with a lot of energy however it was the Monarchs that stuck first at 2:25 into the period. With a 4-3 lead the Monarchs were awarded a powerplay opportunity. "Our penalty killing has been much better lately", said coach Martiniello. "It is tough to give a team with that much fire power opportunities with the man advantage". However it was that penalty killing unit that did it for the Rangers. Alan Boozer broke in alone on a nice feed from Tyler Theodoulou for a shorthanded goal to even up the score. The play went back and forth with until the Monarchs broke the tie again with a little under 5 minutes remaining in the game and adding an insurance goal minutes later to seal the 6-4 victory.
EHL Partners With Educate Athletes For Full Suite Of Educational
BOSTON, Mass. – Continuing its groundbreaking progress in USA Hockey’s Tier III Junior classification, the Eastern Hockey League (EHL) is the first USA Hockey-sanctioned league to formally partner with a professional educational system to help guide student-athletes and parents in their journey toward college hockey.
The EHL and Educate Athletes have come together to ensure that any parent or player looking at a Junior hockey situation can be assured that all 18 Eastern Hockey League teams have professional guidance and educational options, in addition to information on NCAA eligibility.
Educate Athletes is an online education provider built on a leadership network of elite athletes and professionals dedicated to promoting innovative learning for critical thinking students.
Educate Athletes is operated by Sean O’Brien, who is a former NCAA Division I student-athlete who played nine years of professional hockey after graduating from Princeton University. O’Brien’s experience as a former Ivy League student and hockey player, in addition to his professional expertise on the NCAA eligibility process, makes him a valuable resource for EHL student-athletes.
“In its first season as a newly formed League, the EHL has made a strong statement about the importance of education in junior hockey by providing additional academic resources with Educate Athletes,” said O’Brien. “The League’s dedication to the program demonstrates important leadership by improving academic standards for all of its members. We’re looking forward to collaborating with all of the coaches in the EHL to help find the best NCAA approved academic plan for every individual player.”
“The junior hockey experience is not just about hockey,” said EHL Director of Hockey Operations, Mark Kumpel. “The EHL prides itself on offering a complete, comprehensive life experience to its athletes. Our alliance with Educate Athletes gives our programs unmatched expertise helping student-athletes gain admission to colleges where they can excel in both hockey and academics. The college admissions environment is constantly shifting and can be difficult to understand completely. Our familiarity with programs at every level is a significant advantage for the young men we work with.”
Breakaway Ice Center - Home of the Boston Junior Rangers