BOSTON, MA -- The number is 68, that's all that's left in the regular season. Starting this afternoon at 1:00pm, only 68 games combined between the Premier and 19U Elite Divisions remain until the EHL playoffs.
The spotlight is on the Philadelphia Little Flyers, who are just two points away from clinching their 3rd straight Regular Season Championship. Philadelphia currently has a four-point lead on the Philadelphia Jr. Flyers with six games remaining on the schedule. The Jr. Flyers have three games left in their regular season, and they would have to win out and get some help in order to pass their cross-town rival.
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Here is the information for this week's featured games:
Premier Game of the Week
Saturday, February 25th at 3:30pm
Philadelphia Little Flyers vs. Walpole Express - Ice Works Complex
If the Little Flyers don't knock off the Philadelphia Revolution on Wednesday, their next chance at clinching comes against a playoff opponent from last season. Philadelphia got by Walpole is last year's EHL Semi-Finals and knocked them off by the score of 2-1 at this year's Columbus Day Showcase. Are these two teams destined for another playoff showdown?
19U Elite Game of the Week
Saturday, February 25th at 6:45pm
New England Wolves vs. Boston Jr. Rangers - Laconia Ice Arena
This game is long overdue as a pair of snowstorms pushed back a "Game For Max." Maxwell Gagnon was diagnosed with acute lymphocytic leukemia type B, or leukemia ALL, this past summer. As Max continues to battle, he will spend the pre-game with the Wolves Elite team; watching the warmups from the players bench and serving as Honorary Captain. For more info on Max and the benefit game this weekend, click here.
BOSTON, MA -- That does it for another full week of action that included all 17 Premier Division teams. The Eastern Hockey League's top division is in final stretch mode, with just 35 games remaining between now and the last day of the regular season (March 5th). With a full group of teams hitting the ice, this past week brought us plenty of worthy candidates for our weekly honors.
We're pleased to announce that Dom Kuziak (Vermont Lumberjacks), Mac Vail (Philadelphia Jr. Flyers), and Brenden Lloyd (East Coast Wizards) have been named the EHL Stars of the Week.
Also, this week's Premier Team of the Week is the Philadelphia Jr. Flyers, with Honorable Mention awards going to Derek Neal (New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs), Hunter Chaisson (East Coast Wizards), and Keegan Davis (Connecticut Oilers).
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Tomorrow at 4:00pm, we release the next edition of the 19U Elite Stars of the Week.
Our next Premier Stars of the Week will be announced on Monday, February 27th at 10:00am.
Starting this week, the EHL will be releasing three commitments per day every weekend through the end of the season. Check back this weekend, (February 24th to 26th), to see where the latest EHL players are heading this Fall.
ASTON, PA -- Christian Karbler, a forward for the Philadelphia Little Flyers, has committed to Trine University for the Fall of 2017. Karbler is in his second season with the Little Flyers, and to date, has 50 points in 88 total games for Philadelphia. Those numbers also include six game-winning goals over the past two seasons.
“I’m very proud of Christian for really persevering through his first season with us where he was pushed into a little different role then what he was used to," said Little Flyers head coach Rocky Russo. "Christian was always a top six forward playing through high school, prior to joining us, and he took on more of a checking role last season. He came back to us with big expectations and he has made a big impact for our team this season. The line he’s played on all season with Peter [Hatton] and Alex [Peterson] has been very reliable for us and a major reason for our successes. I think Christian is a great addition to the new program at Trine University and I know Coach Todd is excited to have Christian join them as they build that program from the ground up.”
Trine University, located in Angola, Indiana will begin its inaugural season at the NCAA Division III level in the fall of 2017 competing in the Northern Collegiate Hockey Association (NCHA). Karbler is excited about the opportunity to help build a new program.
“I’d like to thank Coach Russo, Coach Lewis, and everyone involved with the Philadelphia Little Flyers Organization," said Karbler. "I’d especially like to thank Mr. Giacobbo for making everything possible for us here. I’d also like to thank my parents and family for everything they’ve done for me along the way, my friends for supporting me and all of the great teammates I’ve had throughout the years. Lastly I’d like to thank all of my past coaches for pushing me to do better and all my opponents throughout the years for pushing me as well. I’m really excited to attend Trine; it’s a really exciting time for the school to have a Division III program. This is a great opportunity for me and I’m really looking forward to playing for Coach Todd and Coach Mayas."
The Little Flyers are closing in on the #1 seed in the postseason, and will have another shot a locking things up when they travel to take on the Philadelphia Revolution this upcoming Wednesday.
Read the full commitment story on the official website on the Philadelphia Little Flyers, and check out the full list of 2017 NCAA Commitments.