EHF Selects, Tier I Teams Collect Four Titles at Massachusetts & New England Championships
November 11, 2019
By FedHockey.com Staff
Tier I's Boch Blazers, EHF Selects' Minuteman Flames earn championship game appearances.
The Eastern Hockey Federation (EHF), proud member of the United States Premier Hockey League (USPHL), saw three teams crowned Massachusetts State Champion and one as New England District Champion on Sunday at the New England Sports Center in Marlborough, Massachusetts.
The EHF Selectsâ€™ Boston Junior Eagles (18U Tier I) and Cape Cod Whalers (15O Tier I), along with the Boston Junior Huskies (16U Tier II) of the EHF's Tier I division, captured titles in the Massachusetts Hockey State Championships. Additionally, the EHF Selectsâ€™ Mid-Fairfield Junior Rangers earned the New England Hockey District title in the 16U Tier I Division.
With their championships come an automatic qualification to the 2020 USA Hockey National Championships, taking place April 1-6, 2020, in locations across the United States.
Read more below for semifinal and championship recaps from the final day of action:
Massachusetts State Championships - 18U Tier I Division
Semifinal No. 2 â€“ Neponset Valley River Rats 1, Boston Jr. Eagles 5
Championship - Boston Jr. Eagles 6, Eastern Mass. Senators 5
, Little Bruins 2
- Semifinal No. 1 â€“ Eastern Mass. Senators 6
This matchup of top EHF Selects teams promised to be a thriller, and it did not disappoint. Neither team at any point in the game possessed a lead of more than two goals, and the goals just kept coming in one of the most exciting games of the season.
The Senators opened the gameâ€™s scoring just 3:25 into the game by a goal from Jake Hewitt from Jacob Banks and Cody Sealey, but the Eaglesâ€™ Casey Severo would respond with an unassisted goal just over a minute later to tie the game up, 1-1.
Nick Rheaume would regain the lead for Eastern Mass, 2-1, at the 8:53 mark of the opening period. Danny Cavanagh and Jacob Black earned assists on the goal.
No lead was going to be safe, and Nolan Hayes made sure of that for the Jr. Eagles by knotting the game again, 2-2, with 11:16 played in the period.
The Senators would recapture the lead, 3-2, with 7:28 remaining in the opening frame thanks to Rheaumeâ€™s second goal of the game. Cavanagh would provide another assist for Rheaume, along with Lukas Gustafsson.
The second period would end up being the quietest section of the game with each team scoring one goal. Jack Cronin scored at the 2:36 mark to tie the game once again for the Eagles, 3-3. A few minutes following that, Eastern Mass would find would back up, 4-3, with a goal from C.J. Zezima.
At the halfway point of the third period, the Senators would be the recipient of a five-minute boarding major; a penalty that the Jr. Eagles would take complete advantage of. Starting at the 10:09 mark, Bostonâ€™s power-play unit went to work and proceeded to scored three consecutive goals.
Sasha Teleguine would net the first of his two power-play goals just 1:15 into the penalty (11:24) to tie the game at 4-4. After fighting away four leads by their opponents, Severo would finally give the Jr. Eagles their first lead of the game by scoring his second goal of the game with 7:08 remaining. Teleguine would then utilize a 5-on-3 advantage and score the game-winning goal to make it 6-4.
The Senators would cut their deficit back to within one, when Sealey made it a 6-5 game with 2:44 remaining in the game. The Jr. Eagles would manage to hold back the Eastern Mass. offense the rest of the way and clinch the 18U Tier I championship.
With their victory, the Jr. Eagles receive an automatic qualification to the 2020 USA Hockey National Championships. The 18U Tier I Championships will take place April 1-6, 2020 in Rochester, Michigan.
Massachusetts State Championships - 18U Tier II Division
Semifinal No. 2 â€“ Barnstable Red Raiders 4, North Suburban Wings 3
Championship - Barnstable Red Raiders 7, Boch Blazers 4
, South Shore Kings 1
- Semifinal No. 1 â€“ Boch Blazers 3
The Blazers, seeded ninth in the 18U Tier II bracket, was one of two EHF Tier I teams to advance to a championship game on Sunday. Unfortunately, it would be the Barnstable Red who captured the championship banner at the conclusion of the game.
Noah Sargent scored for Boch to knot the game at a goal apiece heading into the second period, but the Red Raiders would proceed to score four unanswered goals, including the eventual game-winner.
Sargent found the back of the net twice, along with goals by Colin Fahey and Sullivan Koph.
The Blazers still have their chance at hardware, as they compete in the 2019 EHF Half-Season Playoffs, happening Nov. 16 â€“ 17, at the New England Sports Center. They qualify as the top seed from the Divisionâ€™s â€śAâ€ť Group with a record of 10-0-1 (21 Pts).
Massachusetts State Championships - 16U Tier I Division
Junior Bruins 3, Neponset Valley River Rats 5
Semifinal No. 2 â€“ East Coast Wizards 0, Boston Jr. Eagles 5
Championship - Boston Jr. Eagles 3, Neponset Valley River Rats 5
A pair of first-period goals by the River Rats gave Neponset Valley a two-goal lead into the intermission.
The Jr. Eagles would cut the deficit in half, 2-1, with 13:24 left in the second period when Landyn Greatorex received a Tyler Rubin pass from the slot and earn the goal.
After a quick response by Neponset Valley to regain their two-goal lead, Greatorex would score on the power play to bring Boston back to within one, 3-2 with 8:43 remaining in the second period.
The River Rats would close out the second period by scoring a pair of goals in a 29-second span, one being the game-winning score, to take a 5-2 lead into the third period.
Timmy DeLay would pull the Jr. Eagles within two, 5-3, with 12:15 left in regulation, but the River Rats would not let up another goal for the remainder of the game.
Massachusetts State Championships - 16U Tier II Division
Championship - Boston Jr. Huskies 4, 95 Giants 1
Boch Blazers 1, Boston Jr. Huskies 3
Semifinal No. 2 â€“ Boston Bulldogs 7, 95 Giants 8 (OT)
Following a victory over a fellow EHF Tier I team in the semifinals, the Boston Jr. Huskies were crowned Massachusetts 16U Tier II champions with a 4-1 win over the 95 Giants.
The Jr. Huskies would strike first with a score from Timothy McLaughlin 15:11 into the first period. The game would quiet down with Boston maintaining their one-goal lead through two periods.
Zachary Lee (4:18) and Jack Woods (8:50) would add on to the Junior Huskies lead to make it a 3-0 game heading into the final minutes of regulation.
The Giants would finally get on the board at the 13:24 mark to cut their deficit, 3-1, but Scott Lagos would add one more for the Jr. Huskies with two seconds remaining and wrap up the game with a final score of 4-1.
With their victory, the Jr. Huskies receive an automatic qualification to the 2020 USA Hockey National Championships. The 16U Tier II Championships will take place April 2-6, 2020 in Troy, Michigan.
Massachusetts State Championships - 15U Tier I Division
Championship - Cape Cod Whalers 7, Minuteman Flames 2
Springfield Rifles 1, Cape Cod Whalers 8
Semifinal No. 2 â€“ Minuteman Flames 3, East Coast Wizards 2
The Cape Cod Whalers punched their tickets to the 2020 USA Hockey National Championships with a 7-2 win over fellow EHF Selects member, Minuteman Flames.
Ryan Teehan got the ball rolling for the Whalers when he scored with 5:39 into the opening frame. Grayson Badger would add to Cape Codâ€™s lead, 2-0, with 5:16 remaining in the period.
Teehan opened a three-goal second period for the Whalers at the 2:10 mark, netting his second goal of the game to make it 3-0. Badger and Pavit Mehra earned the assists on the score.
Henry Cohen would make it four unanswered goals by the Whalers, 4-0, at the 10:53 mark of the second period. Ryan Buckley earned the sole assist on the play.
Thao Lanagan would then make it a five-goal lead for Cape Cod, 5-0, by ripping a shot from the high slot for the score with 7:34 left in the period.
Cape Cod would add to their commanding lead in the third period, when Austin Tasca knocked in the rebound from Shane Taddiaâ€™s initial shot to give the Whalers a 6-0 lead.
The Flames would get on the board with a pair of goals by Andrew Hodge (5:28) and Matt Haskell (3:22) within two minutes of each other to make it a 6-2 score.
CJ Foley would give Cape Cod their seventh and final score of the game by receiving a pass from Andrew Garzone across the slot knocking the puck into the net to make it 7-2, with 97 seconds remaining in the final period.
With the win, the Whalers will complete in USA Hockeyâ€™s 15O Tier I Championships, taking place April 1-6, 2020 in Plymouth, Michigan.
New England District Championships - 16U Tier I Division
, Rhode Island Saints 2
- Championship - Mid-Fairfield Jr. Rangers 5
The EHF Selectsâ€™ Mid-Fairfield Jr. Rangers will represent the New England District as 16U Tier I Champions following their 5-2 victory over the Rhode Island Saints.
A three-goal second period by the Jr. Rangers was all that was needed to keep ahead of the Saints and clinch the district championship. P.J. Neal, Casey Raffone and James Shannon scored the three unanswered goals in a 4:31 span midway through the second frame. The trio, along with Silas Vanvranken additionally earned at least one assist on the goals.
Rhode Islandâ€™s Sixten Jennersjo, would bring the Saints back into the game with a pair of goals to end the second period to cut Mid-Fairfieldâ€™s lead to one, 3-2.
Connor Welsh would add-on an insurance goal for the Jr. Rangers and make it a two-goal game, 4-2, just 2:05 into the final period. Paul Davey and Will Richter received the assists on Welshâ€™s goal.
Charlie Leddy found the back one last time for the Jr. Rangers at the 6:08 mark to make it 5-2, in favor of Mid-Fairfield. Chase Ramsay and James Shannon would earn the assists on the score.
With their victory, the Jr. Rangers receive an automatic qualification to the 2020 USA Hockey National Championships. The 16U Tier I Championships will take place April 1-6, 2020 in Rochester, Michigan.