TEWKSBURY, MA -- The players are back at the Breakaway Ice Center after the holiday break, and the EHL squad picked up right where they left off this past weekend with a win against the Total Athletic Seahawks. As a new week begins, the EHL team is still sitting in 1st place of the Boston Division and is ranked #1 in the latest edition of the #Eshow Power Rankings, with a stellar record of 26-6-0. The EHLP team on the other hand returns to game action this Friday, as they will put their 15-game winning streak on the line against the Valley Jr. Warriors.
The Rangers welcomed the Total Athletic Seahawks to town yesterday, which marked the 4th game against their division rival this season. The Rangers won the previous 3 matchups by a combined score of 14-6 and Sunday's game wasn't much different.
Zach Norby scored off a rebound shot and got the Rangers on the board just under the halfway point of the 1st period. Jared Bernis, would extend the Rangers lead with a power-play goal early in the 2nd frame. However, the Seahawks would answer just 10 seconds later to cut the lead in half at 2-1. Anthony Nikolopolous would respond for the Rangers, scoring his 6th goal of the season, near the end of the frame to put the Rangers back up by 2 goals heading into the break. Despite a late charge from the Seahawks, the Rangers were able to hold off their division rival, winning by a final score of 3-2. Ben Parker stopped 27 shots in the victory, improving his overall record to 10-1-0 on the year.
The EHL Squad will face-off against the New England Division's 1st place team, the New Hampshire Avalanche this upcoming Saturday. The Rangers will turn around the very next day, and travel down to SoNo Ice Arena to finish off their season series with the Connecticut Roughriders. The Rangers beat the Central Division opponent by a score of 4-3 in the last matchup between the 2 teams at the October Showcase.
The EHLP squad doesn't resume play until this upcoming weekend where they will have 3 games. The Rangers are currently sitting in 2nd place in the North Conference with a record of 22-1-2, with 4 games in hand on the 1st place Vermont Lumberjacks.
The Rangers will put their 15-game winning streak on the line on Friday when they will travel to Haverhill to play the Valley Jr. Warriors. The boys will return home the very next day to host the Walpole Express at 6:05pm. The squad will complete their busy weekend by welcoming the Warriors back to town this upcoming Sunday.