The Huntsmen EHL Team was on the road to take on the New Jersey 87s for the third time this year. The Premier Team had two games, both were on the road to face the New Jersey Renegades and the Union Jr. Thunder.
EHL vs 87s (Friday}
The Huntsmen were off to a good start as Ajahn Teo-Berube scored his first goal of the season to take a 1-0 lead. New Jersey answered about five minutes later tying the game 1-1. Late in the 2nd period the Huntsmen took a penalty but were able to kill it off and the game remained tied. Early in the 3rd, the 87s took a 2-1 lead. Hunter Hoffman tied the game 2-2 with less than 5 minutes remaining in the game with a shot from the point. In overtime the 87s committed a penalty. The Huntsmen were about to go on the power play but retaliated after the play and ended up being offsetting minors. The result was four on four hockey and the 87s would score to take the game 3-2.
Premier vs Renegades (Saturday)
Anthony LoGiurato started the scoring netting his 6th goal of the year for the 1-0 lead. The 2nd period was filled with scoring. Evan Mostoller made it 2-0 with a goal from the point. The Renegades answered to cut the lead in half 2-1. The Huntsmen responded right away as Nick Smith scored with a quick wrister making it 3-1. Hunter Schirmer kept the momentum going for Pennsylvania able to stuff the puck into the net and it was 4-1. About a minute later, Logan Potts would score a power play goal extending the lead 5-1. The Renegades did stop the bleeding with a quick answer, but after two periods it was 5-2 Huntsmen. There was no scoring in the 3rd period and the Huntsmen took down the division leaders 5-2 as Baradgie had the win in net.
Premier vs Thunder (Sunday)
It was the first meeting of the year between the Huntsmen and Thunder. Less than two minutes into the game, the Huntsmen scored a power play goal courtesy of Brock Burrell for the 1-0 lead. Late in the 2nd, Damon Warren doubled the lead 2-0. Warren added his second goal of the game to make it 3-0 just a few minutes into the 3rd period. Darius Nichols added the final goal on the power play as the Huntsmen dominated 4-0.
The EHL Team is going through a tough stretch right now. They’ve lost two in a row and seven of their last eight games. They did gain one point twice in a shoot-out loss to the 87s (Oct. 11th) and the overtime loss stated above. The Huntsmen are 8-7-2 (18points) in 4th place in the South Division. Up next, they take on the division leading New Jersey Bears (12-2-1 25points). The Bears won the first meeting 3-0.
The Huntsmen remain hot with two wins over the weekend. They have won five of their last six games. The loss was a shootout loss to the Renegades, so the Huntsmen still gained a point and are on a six-game point streak. They are 3rd in the Mid Atlantic Division with an 8-5-1 record with 17 points. The Renegades still lead the division 9-6-1 19 points and then it’s the 87s, 9-7 18 points, but the division has certainly tightened up. This weekend the Huntsmen have a home and home series against the Philadelphia Little Flyers. The first three meetings were all decided by one goal. The Little Flyers won the first two meetings 5-4, and 4-3. The Huntsmen won the latest head-to-head 8-7 thanks to an overtime game winner by Evan Mostoller. Philadelphia is right behind the Huntsmen in the standings at 6-7-3 with 15 points.
EHL Team vs New Jersey Bears Wednesday 11:30am
Premier vs Little Flyers Saturday 6:15pm
Premier at Little Flyers Sunday 4:00pm
By: Joe Sindoni
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