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EHF Selects Earn 3 Elite Titles at Tier 1 Labor Day Faceoff

September 1, 2019

By Staff

Jr. Eagles, Whalers, Jr. Rangers earn division championships; NorthStars go 5-1 in 18U Tier II bracket, Jr. Terriers fall in 14U Elite Final

18U Elite

It was almost a surprise when it went in, but David Jacobs’ overtime goal at the 3:24 mark was the difference that earned the Boston Jr. Eagles their second consecutive 18U Elite championship at the Tier 1 Labor Day Faceoff on Sunday.

“It was a good start for our half-season team," said Jacobs. “We had just seven forwards, six defensemen and one goalie, so we were battling all weekend.”

“Everybody looked good out there, and the puck was moving crisply,” added teammate Pierce Kenney. “It’s a great way to start the season - with a championship - and we’ll hopefully win a few more.”

Philip Tresca, an ‘02 playing an ‘01-loaded EHF Selects team, knotted the game at 1-1 for the Eagles 16:15 into the first period, following the opening goal by Little Bruins’ Zach Kayton (1:18).

Though the Jr. Eagles went a perfect 6-0 at the tournament, it wasn’t an easy task. They edged the Boston Junior Bruins (USPHL full-season) in their semifinal matchup by a final of 2-1. The Jr. Eagles will need to draw on all situations if they are to capture the Massachusetts State Championship and a berth at the 2020 USA Hockey National Championships.

16U Elite

Another team with a perfect 6-0 run, the EHF Selects' Mid-Fairfield Jr. Rangers came out on top of the 16U Elite Division.

Will Richter scored a goal and an assist in the championship final on Sunday evening.
“It was awesome, said Will. "All down the lineup, we were just buzzing. Hopefully, we’ll keep that going during the season."

A newcomer to Jr. Rangers, Richter looks to establish himself at the 16U level. It also doesn't hurt to be receiving advice from a “senior” Ranger - his father, and Hockey Hall-of-Famer, Mike.
“He tells me all kinds of stuff, added Will. "How to be a good teammate, how to shoot pucks on net, bear down in front, screen the goalie. It’s actually nice."

The Jr. Rangers faced limited adversity on their way to the title, winning by at least a three-goal margin in all six games.

A fellow member of the EHF Selects the Minuteman Flames also had a nice run (4-0-1), falling just short of the final by the Jr. Eagles (4-1-1) in a 1-0 OT loss.

15U Elite

Making it three-of-three Elite Championships for the EHF Selects, the Cape Cod Whalers captured the 15U Elite title with a 5-3 victory over USPHL 15U newcomer, Utica Jr. Comets.

Utica held a brief, one-goal lead before the Whalers' Austin Tasca (2G) knotted it, 2-2. Thomas Franzosa scored Cape Cod's championship-winning goal with 2:45 remaining to put go up, 4-3. Tasca would grab the empty-net goal with 20 seconds remaining to seal the deal. Jeremy Keyes scored two of the three Syracuse goals.

Tasca was certainly thrilled with the team's outcome, a 6-0 weekend.

“I feel like we’re doing well and getting off on the right foot,” said Tasca. “[I’m working on] just getting more pucks on net, and playing better as a team.”

14U Elite

The Boston Jr. Terriers (EHF Elite) finished the Elite bracket with a 4-2 record, falling twice to the eventual champion Seacoast Performance. They would edge the NorthStars (Tier I - White), 5-4, to claim a spot in the final with Seacoast.

18U Tier II

The EHF's NorthStars Hockey Club team finished the weekend with a 5-1 record in the 18U Tier II bracket, but would fall short of the title due to a 6-1 loss to eventual champion Barnstable Red Raiders.

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