BOSTON JR. HUSKIES, SHAMROCKS TAKE HOME EHF HALF-SEASON CHAMPIONSHIPS
November 19, 2019
The Eastern Hockey Federation (EHF), proud member of the United States Premier Hockey League (USPHL), crowned three champions following the conclusion of the 2019 EHF Half-Season Playoffs on Sunday.
The Boston Junior Huskies went home with a pair championships, winning in the U18 and U16 divisions. In the U15 division, the North Shore Shamrocks upset the field as a No. 4 seed to take the EHF title.
Below are recaps from each of the three division playoffs:
- Championship â€“ North Shore Shamrocks
- Runner-Up â€“ Providence Hockey Club (North)
Getting into the playoffs by just a single point, the Shamrocks succeeded in defeating a pair of division heavyweights to earn an EHF Championship.
It was a barnburner of a semifinal between the Shamrocks and the top-ranked Boston Junior Huskies, with limited scoring from both teams. After an exchange of late first-period goals, the game would remain tied at 1-1 through 30 minutes. It would only take one minute into the third period for the Shamrocks to find the back of the net for the eventual game-winning goal, 2-1, and advance to the championship game.
In a similar fashion, the U15 Championship Game featured a trade-off of goals between the Shamrocks and the No. 3 Providence H.C. (North). Once again for the Shamrocks, the game would come down to the final period of play with the score knotted at 2-2.
North Shore would break the tie with three unanswered goals in the final 4:32 of regulation, wrapping up a 5-2 victory and an EHF Championship.
- Championship â€“ Boston Junior Huskies (R)
- Runner-Up â€“ Providence Hockey Club (South)
The U16 Junior Huskies (R) had all the momentum well before the half-season playoffs were underway. Fresh off their U16 Tier II Championship at the 2019 Massachusetts Hockey State Championships, the Junior Huskies were eager to add an EHF Championship to their list of accomplishments.
After cruising past the Manchester Flames, 3-0, in Saturdayâ€™s opening round, the Junior Huskies were given a wake-up call in their semifinal game against Providence H.C. (North). After surrendering two goals in the first period, the Junior Huskies saw themselves in an unusual 2-0 hole.
It would be the only goals the Junior Huskies would allow the entire weekend.
Across the remaining 83:25 of regulation time in the semifinals and championship game, the Junior Huskies would shutout their opponents by a combined score of 9-0. Four of the nine goals would be scored on PHC (North) on their way to a 4-2 victory.
The Junior Huskies would wrap up their championship run with a 5-0 shutout victory against Providenceâ€™s other U16 team, PHC (South).
- Championship â€“ Boston Junior Huskies (W)
- Runner-Up â€“ New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs (B)
A perfect 10-0-0 to end the regular season, the Junior Huskies were poised to be the favorite going into the half-season playoffs. They proved that notion quickly, as they won their opening round and semifinal games by a combined score of 12-1 (5-0 & 7-1, respectively).
The championship game proved to be one of the best of the weekend, with the lead switching between the Junior Huskies and the New Hampshire Junior Monarchs (B) multiple times during the game. The Junior Huskies would get the upper hand with a two-goal second period to take a 3-2 lead heading into the final frame.
With 5:24 remaining, Ryan Quirk would score the eventual game-winning goal for the Junior Huskies, restoring their two-goal lead, 4-2. The Junior Monarchs would strike back almost immediately, as Tommy Langlois would bring NH back to within one, 4-3, with 4:33 left to play. The Junior Huskie defense would manage to hold back a relentless offensive press by NH to capture the EHF Championship.
For complete information on the 2019 EHF Half-Season Playoffs, click on one of the options below.
U15 Division | U16 Group 1 | U16 Group 2 | U18 Group 1 | U18 Group 2