TEWKSBURY, MA -- Both squads were back in action this week as each team participated in a league-wide showcase. The Rangers organization went a combined 6-0-0 over the past weekend as the EHL team still sits in 2nd place in their division with a record of 13-7-1. With the trio victories, the EHLP squad jumped into 1st place in their conference with a record of 16-2-2.
On Saturday, the EHL squad faced-off against the North Carolina Golden Bears for their first and only matchup during the regular season. The Rangers wasted no time as Conor Leonard gave the boys the early lead just 12 seconds into the contest. Tanner Opie scored his first goal with his new team just a couple minutes later to give the Rangers a 2-goal advantage. The Rangers would add 2 more goals before the end of the period as both Leonard and Blake Hoffman gave to boys a 4-0 lead going into the 1st intermission. The Rangers continued to add the pressure on in the 2nd frame as Clay Ellerbrock, Andrew Keith, and Cam Roberts all found the back of the net, stretching the lead out to 7-0. The squad finished the game off strong in the final frame, as both Go Uemura and Connor Galloway notched 3rd period goals, and the Rangers won by a final of 9-1. Aiden Curry was solid between the pipes, stopping 18 shots for his 6th win of the season.
On Day #1 of the showcase, the Rangers squared off against the Lehigh Valley Jr. Rebels to finish off the season series against the Mid-Atlantic Conference opponent. The Rangers won the first matchup by the score of 13-0 and Sunday’s contest wasn't much different. Cam Roberts got the boys on the board first with a goal near the 21-minute mark of the frame. Both Uemura and Keith found the back of the net later in the period as the Rangers took a 3-0 lead into the intermission. The Rangers came out strong and dominated the 2nd half as Zach Norby, Ellerbrock (2), Galloway, and Cam Roberts all had goals, and the Rangers won by a final of 8-0. Jacob George stopped all 14 shots that he faced for his first shutout and win of the season.
On Day #2 of the showcase, the Rangers faced-off against the guest team of the showcase, Bridgton Academy. Norby had himself a nice 1st half, finding the back of the net twice as the Rangers took a 2-goal advantage into the break. Jake Maynard notched his 3rd goal of the season around the 19-minute mark of the 2nd half to give the Rangers a 3-0 lead. Ryan Hempel would then convert on the power-play for some insurance, as the Rangers won by a final of 4-0. Billy Girard stopped all 10 shots that he faced for his first shutout of the season.
On Saturday, the EHLP squad squared off against the Vermont Lumberjacks for the first of 7 matchups against their division rival this season. Nick Weaver got the Rangers on the board first with a goal near the 11-minute mark of the opening frame. After a Lumberjacks goal, Weaver gave the Rangers the lead again near the end of the period, to make it a 2-1 game. Both Levi Hensley and Luke Marsh added 2nd period goals to give the Rangers a commanding 4-1 lead. The boys continued to pour it on in the 3rd period as Marsh, Jake Mecrones, and Matt McPherson added goals to give the Rangers a 7-1 victory. Bobby McCloskey stopped 25 shots for his 8th win of the season.
On Day #1 of the showcase, the EHLP squad faced-off against the New Jersey Renegades at the Chelmsford Forum. Weaver put together a strong showing, scoring 4 goals in the in Sunday’s game, helping him to his first ever EHLP Forward of the Week award. Cam Mackenzie, Levi Hensley, Marsh, Mecrones, and Max Stephens had the other goals as the Rangers won by a final of 9-0. Cam Libby stopped all 15 shots that he faced for his first shutout of the season.
The boys returned to action the very next day against the same opponent on Day #2 of the showcase. Both Mackenzie and Marsh gave the Rangers an early 2-0 lead in the 1st frame, but the Renegades quickly answered with a pair of goals of their own, to knot up the game at 2 goals apiece. Both Matt Orlando and Matt McPherson added late period goals, giving the Rangers a 4-2 lead at the break. The Rangers finished off the game strong with 4 goals in the 2nd half, en route to an 8-2 victory. Mecrones (2), Jake Brown, and McPherson collected the 2nd half goals and Ryan Bevan stopped 16 shots in the win.
The EHL and EHLP teams are each heading north this weekend for their own respective series against the Vermont Lumberjacks. The EHL teams will hit the ice on Saturday and Sunday, while the EHLP teams will match up on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.