The Eastern Hockey League Elite Division #1 New Hampshire Jr Monarchs and #2 Walpole Express go head to head this weekend in an early Sunday afternoon matchup. Both teams enter the weekend with a single loss on their record.
The New Hampshire Jr Monarchs roster the EHL Elite Divisions top 5 points leaders: Chris Peters, Joe Nutting, James Pelton, Adrian Sjoqvist and Ethan Homitz, with these 5 players combining for 40 of the teams 58 goals on the season. At .947, the Monarchs currently hold the best save percent in the Elite Division, the 2nd best goals against average at 1.80 and have earned two shutouts on the short season. The Monarchs also hold a division best 30.8 pp% and 93.5 pk%. The Monarchs are coming off a 6 game win streak, while the Express are coming off their first loss after beginning the season with 8 consecutive wins. Walpole's first lost came Monday October 12th when they came up short in a 2-6 game against the Monarchs.
The Express average 4.44 goals per game and prior to Mondays loss hadn't finished a game with less than a +2 goal differential. Their 27.3 pp% and a 88.5 pk% come in right behind the Monarchs in the Elite Division.
Walpole will face off against the #4 Boston Jr Rangers Friday night and the Monarchs are set to play the #8 Valley Jr Warriors Saturday night prior to facing each other on Sunday.
Players to Watch - New Hampshire
Chris Peters - Forward - Top ten points leader in all Tier 3 Junior Hockey, top three Tier 3 goals leader Joe Nutting - Forward - 2nd in points in the EHL Elite Division (tie) James Pelton - Forward - 2nd in points in the EHL Elite Division (tie), 2nd in goals in the EHL Elite Division Devin Sedovnick - Goaltender - ranks 2nd in wins across all Tier 3 (tie), one of 6 Tier 3 players to log multiple shutouts.
Players to Watch - Walpole Express
Cam Cordio - Forward - EHL Elite top 5 points leader Eric Wright - Forward - EHL Elite top 10 points leader Mike Wise - Forward - EHL Elite top 10 Assists leader Bradley Arvanitis - Goaltender - 5gp, 4w, 1so, 2.06gaa, .946sv%
Previous 2015-16 Match ups
New Hampshire 6 - Walpole Express 2
GAME TIME: Sunday October 18th at 2:30pm EST at the Tri Town Arena North