After the EHL College Series break the Huntsmen EHL Team was back in action. The EHL Team hosted the Philadelphia Little Flyers and Team Maryland. The Premier Team had two division battles on the road against the New Jersey Renegades, and the New Jersey 87s.
EHL Team vs Little Flyers
Less than four minutes into the game the Little Flyers jumped out to a 2-0 lead. Bartlett set up Ryan Arendes with about 6 minutes remaining in the period to cut the deficit in half 2-1. The Little Flyers regained the two-goal lead in the 2nd period. Late in the period, Philadelphia scored two back breaking goals in the final minute and took a commanding 5-1 lead. The Little Flyers scored one more near the midway point of the 3rd to make it 6-1. Noah Smits added a goal for Pennsylvania late in the 3rd, but the game would end in a loss 6-2.
EHL Team vs Maryland
The Huntsmen struck right away as Noah Smiths gave them the 1-0 just :17 into the game. Hunter Hoffman made it 2-0 with a goal from the point. Both teams traded opportunities in the 2nd period, but Maryland scored with .2 seconds left in the period making it 2-1. In the 3rd, Maryland tied the game 2-2. Just a few minutes later, Maryland scored again taking a 3-2 lead. The Huntsmen pulled (G) Fennema late in the game for the extra attacker but would lose 3-2.
EHL Premier vs Renegades
Even Mostoller put the Huntsmen on the board in the 1st period with a goal from the point for the 1-0 lead. Shortly after, Pennsylvania got into penalty trouble and the Renegades tied the game with a five on three power play goal 1-1. Luca Palachick and Darius Nichols scored back-to-back with less than two minutes remaining in the period to take a 3-1 lead. In the 2nd, it was New Jersey’s turn to respond, and they would score twice tying the game 3-3. In the 3rd, the back and forth continued as Jaeger Daniels scored and the Huntsmen were back in the lead 4-3. The Renegades fired back with two unanswered to put the pressure on the Huntsmen 5-4. With under 5 minutes to go, Nick Smith scored for Pennsylvania to tie the game 5-5. In overtime the Huntsmen took a penalty but were able to kill it off to keep the score tied. The Renegades outlasted the Huntsmen and won in the shoot-out, taking the game 6-5.
“We were playing well at times, but it wasn’t a full sixty-minute effort. We need to be more consistent and maintain our systems throughout the game.” Brady Matchett
Premier vs 87s
Charlie Allen scored the first goal of the game on the power play for the 1-0 lead. In the 2nd period the power play connected again, this time Devin Schaeffer and it was 2-0 PA. Nick Smith added to the lead quickly after and it was 3-0. The Huntsmen were shorthanded a couple minutes later and the 87s would get on the board with a power play goal making it 3-1. Silas Defibaugh answered for Pennsylvania as he scored with :2 left in the period to take the momentum away from New Jersey 4-1. The 87s scored again in the 3rd with about 8 minutes left but didn't get any closer. The 87s emptied the net in a last-ditch effort but Hunter Schirmer sealed the game with an empty netter for the 5-2 win.
“They're the defending champs, so it was a big win for the team, especially after a tough loss the night before. The message was to skate hard every shift and give it our all.” Matt Beatty
The Huntsmen have now lost 4 in a row, all to division rivals. They gained one point from the shoot-out loss to the 87s. The streak also includes a 2-1 loss to Philadelphia Hockey Club, a 6-2 loss to the Philadelphia Little Flyers, and a 3-2 loss to Team Maryland. It’s a quick turnaround as the team gets ready to take on the New Jersey Bears. The Bears are on a 3-game win streak and have won 4 of their last 5 games. The Bears are first in the South Division in their inaugural season taking over for the Protec Jr. Ducks. This is the first meeting between the Bears and the Huntsmen.
South Division Standings
NJ Bears 9-2 18pts
NJ 87s 6-3-3 15pts
PA Huntsmen 7-5-1 15pts
Phila HC 6-6 12pts
Little Flyers 4-6-2 10pts
Maryland 3-5-2 8pts
The Huntsmen are on the 3-game point streak heading into another matchup with the New Jersey 87s. This will be the fourth meeting of the year. Pennsylvania lost the first two matchups 5-2, and 3-2, as meeting number four approaches.
Renegades 8-4 16pts
NJ 87s 6-6 12pts
Huntsmen 5-5-1 11pts
Little Flyers 4-6-2 10pts
Thunder 1-9 2pts
Chiefs 1-10 2pts
EHL at New Jersey Bears Friday 7:15pm
Premier vs NJ 87s Saturday 6:15pm
By: Joe Sindoni
Play by Play Announcer