Over the weekend the EHL Team was on the road to take on Philadelphia Hockey Club, while the Premier Team hosted the Union Jr. Thunder for a two-game series.
EHL vs Philadelphia
Devin England got the scoring started for the Huntsmen on the rebound for the 1-0 lead. Philadelphia tied the game with one second left in the period. Philadelphia started the 2nd period right where they left off and scored less than thirty seconds in for the 2-1 lead. PHC notched two more goals in the period, and it was 4-1. PHC added one more goal in the 3rd and the Huntsmen dropped the game 5-1.
Premier vs Thunder (Saturday)
The Thunder scored first on a rebound chance for the 1-0 lead. In the 2nd period Evan Mostoller’s shot from the blue line tied the game 1-1. Near the midway point, the Huntsmen had a power play, but a bad turnover in their own zone led to a shorthanded goal for the Thunder and it was 2-1. After that, Pennsylvania took a penalty, and the Thunder quickly scored a power play goal to extend their lead 3-1. In the 3rd period, the Thunder were called for a five-minute major. Brock Burrell scored a PPG to close the gap 3-2. A short time after the power play, Anthony LoGiurato found a loose puck in front and scored on the rebound tying the game 3-3. The 3rd period ended tied. It only took :16 in overtime for Brock Burrell to score (his second of the night) and give the Huntsmen the 4-3 win.
Premier vs Thunder (Sunday)
Unlike the night before, the Huntsmen got the jump early and never looked back. The Huntsmen put up four goals in the 1st period. Darius Nichols, Brock Burrell, Roman Berger (PPG), Anthony LoGiurato all hit the back of the net. The Thunder scored right before the period ended to make it 4-1. In the 2nd, the Huntsmen got right back to business. Tristan Fallon scored a PPG and Alex Phillips added two more and it was 7-1. In the 3rd period Nichols scored his second and Burrell continued his big day scoring twice in the period to finish the game with a hat trick and an assist. Nichols finished the game with 2G 2A, Smith and Boyle both had 4 assists and the Huntsmen rolled to an 11-1 victory.
Unfortunately for the Huntsmen, the losing streak has now hit 7 games (0-6-1). They get another chance against Philadelphia Hockey Club on Tuesday, and then will face Team Maryland. The most recent meeting was on January 10th, the Huntsmen’s first game back from break. It didn't go their way as Maryland won the game 6-2. This will be the sixth time these teams’ face-off. The Huntsmen have only one win against Maryland, a 5-4 overtime win back in October. Since then, the Huntsmen have lost four straight to Maryland. Scoring has been the problem during this losing streak for PA. During the losing streak, the Huntsmen have only scored 3 goals one time (OT loss to CTR). Since coming back from break, the Huntsmen have only scored 6 goals in 4 games while giving up 19 goals against.
The sweep against the Thunder has extended the Huntsmen win streak to 10 games. This weekend they will have a home and home with the New Jersey Renegades. The Renegades are in 3rd place in the division at 12-14-3 with 27 points. This will be the 5th and 6th time these teams meet this season. The Huntsmen won 3-4 matchups so far and the lone loss was in a shootout, so they still gained a point. The last head-to-head was in the beginning of December, a 4-3 win for PA. The Renegades faced the New Jersey 87s three times last week. Last Monday they won 5-1, but then lost over the weekend 7-2 and 15-3.
EHL vs Philadelphia Hockey Club 1-23 11:30am
EHL vs Team Maryland 1-24 11:30am
Premier at Renegades 1-27 7:45pm
Premier vs Renegades 1-28 2:55pm
By Joe Sindoni
Play by Play Announcer