January 15, 2020,
Guilford, Conn.- This past weekend was the ECEL Winter Classic up in New Hampshire. Three of our midget teams went up to NH and competed in the Classic, while our U13 squad was able to stay in state and face Team Maryland, and in-state foe the Connecticut Chiefs.
ECEL All-Star Games - The Elite Hockey Program had 16 players partake in the ECEL All-Star Game on Thursday and Friday at the Tsongas Center at the home of the UMass Lowell Riverhawks. U18 players Evan Brown, Daniel Burg, Charlie Cocuzzo, Aidan Coupe, and Daniel Niewiarowicz took part in the U18 game. While Brooks Mclean, Logan Nickerson, Brady Schultz, Cody Spear, Shea Thibault, and Brody Trew took part in the U16 Premier All-Star Game, while U16 Showcase All-Star Game saw five players take part in the game Jason Fisher, Troy Gouveia, Pat Hunt, Knut Hornkvist, and Jan Kircher. Coaches Peter Gintoli, Geoff Marottollo, and Peter Alden were behind the bench at the All-Star Game too.
At the Winter Classic, the team picked up five points in the ECEL Standings out of a possible eight points. The goaltending was solid as the duo of Ryan Nocierno, and Daniel Nierwiarowicz only allowed four goals. Dominic Citivano had a productive weekend putting up four points, and including two multi-point games. Adam Coley had five points this weekend, including four against the East Coast Spartans in a 9-0 win. This weekend the team will play in two AYHL games as they will be home against the Mercer Chiefs and on the road against the Long Island Royals.
The 16U team went undefeated this past weekend, improving its record since the start of October to 29-6-2. A big reason for this run has been the play of the defense, and that continued this weekend as they only allowed six goals throughout the weekend. Forwards Logan Nickerson, Cody Spear, defensemen Shea Thibault and Peyton Van Buskirk all had over five points this weekend to pace the offense. After two straight weekends on the road, the team will have three home AYHL games. They will face the Mercer Chiefs on Saturday night, in-state rival Connecticut Chiefs on Sunday, and then have a huge game against the Long Island Gulls on MLK Monday at 2:00 PM.
Up in the New Hampshire, the team was able to walk away with points, in every game getting two wins and losing twice in overtime. The offense was lead by Shane Parent, who had a solid weekend as he put up six points. The goalie duo of Pat Hunt and AJ Smith both had bounce-back performances in each of their second start of the weekend. Hunt had an impressive 45 save performance, and Smith posted a shutout against the 95 Giants. Next weekend the team will travel down to North Jersey to face the North Jersey Avs on Saturday, and will then be home on Sunday morning against the New Jersey Devils Youth at the Northford Ice Pavilion.
The squad this weekend got some home cooking as they were able to play in-state this weekend. In its first game against Team Maryland, they suffered a 6-0 setback but came back with a vengeance on Sunday. They went into the barn of in-state foe Connecticut Chiefs and pulled out a 6-5 win. A four-goal first-period help to set the pace for the game as they were able to jump ahead of the Chiefs and maintain that lead throughout the game. Jovanni Smeriglio and Ryan Flynn were able to pace the offense with three points. Meanwhile, goalie Connor Towle had 49 saves on the night. This upcoming weekend they will take a trip down I-95 to the Nation's Capital and face the Washington Little Caps.
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