MJHL Announce 3 Stars of the Week
by MJHL Staff
February 17, 2016
Butler (Junior Flyers),Tracey (Wildcats) and Cistone (Moose) Take Home Weekly Honors
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. – The Metropolitan Junior Hockey League is pleased to announce its “Three Stars of the Week” for the period ending February 15, 2016. The three stars program is a weekly award given to the top performers in MJHL games, regardless of position, for the performance in games from the previous week. The weekly honors assist in determining top performers for the year-end awards.
This week, Philadelphia Junior Flyers defenseman Kent Butler (West Chester, Pa.) is the week’s 1st Star, Jersey Wildcats forward Adam Tracey (Sleepy Hollow, N.Y.) is the league’s 2nd Star and Metro Fighting Moose forward Michael Cistone (Old Bridge, N.J.) is this week’s 3rd Star.
Butler receives the first star of the week after a five point performance during the Presidents Day Weekend Showcase. Butler had three assists against the New York Apple Core and added two goals against the Hartford Junior Wolfpack. Butler’s two goals proved too be the difference in a 6-4 victory. Butler was also part of a defensive corps that protected a one-goal lead in the Junior Flyers 3-2 victory over the New Jersey Rockets that secured the MJHL President’s Cup and the number one overall seed in the Foster Cup Championship Playoffs.
“Kent played his best hockey of the year on Saturday and Sunday,” said head coach Jason Kilcoyne. “He scored two crucial goals against the Wolfpack and was a force on Sunday, making pivotal plays, both offensively and defensively.”
Tracey receives the second star this week after a 19-point performance as the Wildcats went 5-0 during the review period to position themselves in the thick of race for the second seed in the Foster Cup Championship Playoffs. The Sleepy Hollow, New York native had 11 goals and eight assists over the five wins as the Wildcats averaged 10.6 goals over the five-game period.
“During this run, the entire line of Brady-Tracey-Bowen has been terrific, but the one guy who stands out right now is Tracey,” said head coach Justin Stanlick. “The offensive boost he’s provided is huge, but more impressive has been his leadership qualities. He’s been able to make players around him better and more confident each and every game.”
Cistone receives the third star this week after a two goal, two assist, performance at the showcase, helping the Moose to wins over the Wolfpack (5-2) and the New Jersey Junior Titans (7-3).
“Mike simply played two solid, all-around games at the showcase,” said head coach Charlie Crispino. “He is always in the right place, he’s great on the forecheck and was a solid penalty killer.”
A special honorable mention this week is being given to Metro Fighting Moose forward Nicholas Schlegel (Brooklyn, N.Y.), who received the Varsity Vantage Player of the Game for his three goal, one assist, performance at the 2016 MJHL All-Star Game. Schlegal’s second, second period goal proved to be the game-winning goal in Team Francis’ 8-5 victory over Team Mariconda.
Receiving honorable mention this week:
· New Jersey Renegades forward Alex Bidwell (Robbinsville, N.J.)
· Hartford Junior Wolfpack defenseman Ryan Bilas (Suffield, Conn.)
· Jersey Wildcats forward Mark Bowen (Harrison, N.J.)
· Jersey Wildcats forward Tom Brady (East Stroudsburg, Pa.)
· New Jersey Coloinals forward Mike Conca (Nutley, N.J.)
· Philadelphia Junior Flyers forward Tyler Glennon (Kennett Square, Pa.)
· North Jersey Avalanche forward Bryan Hallenbeck (Dumont, N.J.)
· Metro Fighting Moose defenseman Scott Huber (Middletown, N.J.)
· Long Island Royals forward Devin Jenny (Hauppauge, N.Y.)
· North Jersey Avalanche forward Pierre LaMonica (River Edge, N.J.)
· Central Penn Panthers forward Dan Moyer (Barto, Pa.)
· New Jersey Colonials forward Nicholas Principi (Lebanon, N.J.)
· New Jersey Rockets goaltender Matthew Rosario (Glen Rock, N.J.)
· New Jersey Renegades goaltender Dan Rubin (Old Bridge, N.J.)
· Jersey Wildcats goaltender Ondrej Smalec (Cranford, N.J.)
· Brewster Bulldogs forward Joe Tofalos (Middletown, N.Y.)Founded by former New York Rangers General Manager Emile Francis and celebrating its 50th year of existence, making it the longest USA Hockey-sanctioned Junior hockey league in the United States, the Metropolitan Junior Hockey League has a membership of 15 teams spread across the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions and prides itself on player development for athletes ages 16-20 who aspire to reach higher levels of junior, collegiate and professional hockey.
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