Despite the fact that the teams of the EWHC only played five games this month, there was plenty of action around the league, especially from Ontario Hockey Academy, whose two teams played the majority of games this month. In addition, September saw the debut of the Kunlun RedStar juniors as they took the ice for the first time on American soil. With the season off to a great start, here are your EWHC Stars of the Month for September.
Forward: Elizabeth Furfari - Walpole Express
In her only appearance in September, Elizabeth Furfari boasted a hat-trick performance in the Express' season debut against the Kunlun RedStar. In the game, Furfari scored back to back to back goals starting with two in the second period and the final coming in the third on an empty net. The senior from Wrentham, Massachusetts is in her first season with the Express and is tied for first in the league in goals scored.
Defenseman: Dominika Laskova - Hockey Training Institute
With only two games under her belt, Dominika Laskova has already distinguished herself as one of the most productive players in the league scoring a total of 5 points so far this season. She was the first player to put away complete a hat-trick this season with her performance against the Ontario Hockey Academy Tardiff last Saturday. Not only is she tied for first in the league in goals scored, the defenseman leads the league in points.
Goaltender: Lily O'Neil - Walpole Express
Lily O'Neil made 23 saves in her only appearance so far this season. A veteran of the Express Junior Program, O'Neil was also the only goaltender to complete a shutout performance in the month of September. The Massachusetts native's perfect performance earned her a spot as a league leader in both save percentage and goals against average.
Rookie: Natalie Mlynkova - Hockey Training Institute
Much like her teammate mentioned above, Natalie Mlynkova has also proved to be a productive force with 4 points on the season. The forward, who has produced 2 goals and 2 assists in her two September appearances. Mlynkova currently sits second in the league in assists and points as well as third in goals scored.
Honorable Mention: Brianna Marsh - Ontario Hockey Academy Junior
Rounding out the list, Brianna Marsh of the OHA Juniors team posted a two goal performance, including the game-winner, to push her team past her schoolmates on team Tardiff. Though these goals were the only points she has scored so far this season, her effort on the ice in that performance earn her the honorable mention slot for September.
If the first month of EWHC is anything like the rest of the season, we're in for a real treat. September saw big matchups, big goals, and, most importantly, big celebrations. With just five teams in action in four games, 21 goals were scored this month with all games ending in regulation. Here is a look back at all of the action from September.
There seems to be a rivalry in the works as both OHA teams played well into this nail-biter that was all tied up until late into the game. Unfortunately for the Tardiff, it was Brianna Marsh (Novia Scotia, Canada) who put away a beautiful one-on-one goal on an excellent find from teammate Rorie Ringor (Manitoba, Canada) for her second goal of the game, lifting the Juniors ahead late in the third period. Also scoring in the game for the Juniors was Briana Fontane (Canada). Receiving the win was goaltender Chloe Beaubien (Colorado, USA) who stopped the puck 23 times allowing 2 goals.
Scoring first in the game was Tardiff's Annaliese Meier (Manitoba, Canada) on a short hander less than halfway through the first while teammate Ingrid Holstad (Canada) netted the game equalizer with less than five minutes left on the clock. The loss goes to Stephanie Martin (USA) who made 29 saves while allowing 3 goals. These teams will meet up again on October 30th at 2 pm with the Juniors claiming home ice.
The Tardiff picked up their first victory of the season with every goal in the game coming in the first period for both teams. Scoring almost right out of the gate for the Tardiff was Grace Maccholz (British Columbia, Canada) with her first goal on the season. Also scoring for the first time for the Tardiff were Celedh Lively (Novia Scotia, Canada) and Mary McCafferty (Maryland, USA). The win goes to Denisa Jandova (Czech Republic) who made 11 saves on the night.
In their second EWHC game of the season, the Stars of HTI were able to bounce back from their loss the night before to prevail against the OHA Juniors. Scoring in every period for the Stars was defenseman and assistant captain Dominka Laskova (Canada) completing the first hat-trick of the season. Also scoring in the game for HTI were forwards Mlynkova for her second goal of the season and Izabella Hays (Canada) both with scores in the second period. The victory goes to Mameri, her first of the season, who made 20 saves in the game.
In the game, it was the Juniors who scored first and last with Taylor Mortenson (Ontario, Canada) dumping the puck in first while Leyla Gagnon (Quebec, Canada) put another goal away at the game's conclusion. Beaubien took the loss with 5 goals against and 29 saves. It won't be until 2018 when these teams hit the ice again with their game scheduled for January 26th for a rematch at the Benson Centre.
With both teams seeing action for the first time in the EWHC, the Express were able to blank the RedStar at home to open the season. Goaltender Lily O'Neil earned the shutout victory seeing 23 shots on goal while forward Elizabeth Furfari (Massachusetts, USA) showed a hat trick performance. Also netting 2 goals for the Express in the victory was Hannah Murphy (Massachusetts, USA).
For the RedStar, goaltender Jiang Han (Harbin, China) made 31 of a possible 34 saves in the loss. These teams will meet again next Friday on October 13th for a late night matchup with the RedStar dressing in home attire.
Be sure to catch more games this weekend starting this Friday night at when the East Coast Wizards open up their season on the road against the OHA Juniors.
Contact: Kelsey Hagan and Hayley Moore
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Bedford, MA (Date) –The New England Women’s Junior Hockey League is proud to announce the launch of its new brand under the name the Eastern Women’s Hockey Conference (EWHC).
The Eastern Women’s Hockey Conference provides elite-level hockey for players 19 and under. Located in the Northeast, the EWHC is in close proximity to numerous NCAA and CIS programs. It is committed to preparing its players for collegiate hockey by maximizing development and exposure.
Under the leadership of Commissioner Hayley Moore and Communications Director Kelsey Hagan, the EWHC will provide top flight international competition in league games and showcase events throughout the season. The new league will be comprised of the teams and divisions listed below.
East Coast Wizards
Hockey Training Institute (HTI)
Kunlun Red Star Junior
Ontario Hockey Academy Juniors
Ontario Hockey Academy Tardiff
New Jersey Rockets
New Jersey Rockets U16
Northern Cyclones U16
Ontario Hockey Academy U17
Philadelphia Junior Flyers U17
The eight teams in the Gold Division will play a 28 game schedule, while teams in the Silver Division will play a showcase only schedule.
All teams will have the opportunity to participate in league showcases:
October 20-22 at Cyclones Arena, Hudson, NH
December 12-14 at Cyclones Arena, Hudson, NH
January 13-15 at Edge Sports Center, Bedford, MA *Including Uncommitted Player Game, 1/14
March 2-4 – PLAYOFFS at Warrior Arena, Brighton, MA