The MJHL Announce its Three Stars of the Week
by Charles O'Brien, MJHL
MJHL announces its Three Stars of the Week
Release Date : 02/24/2016
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. – The Metropolitan Junior Hockey League is pleased to announce its “Three Stars of the Week” for the period ending February 22, 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, Jersey Wildcats forward Tom Brady (East Stroudsburg, Pa.) is the week’s 1st Star, Central Penn Panthers forward Eric Lowry (Gap, Pa.) is the league’s 2nd Star and New Jersey Colonials defenseman Zack Sword (Cape Coral, Fla.) and Long island Royals defenseman Michael Haggerty (Hauppauge, N.Y.) share this week’s 3rd Star.
Brady receives the first star this week after guiding the Wildcats to a 3-1 record during the review period, with wins over the New Jersey Rockets (12-1), the North Jersey Avalanche (7-3) and the Hartford Junior Wolfpack (3-1). The team’s lone defeat was a 5-4, overtime setback to the Metro Fighting Moose. The victories catapulted the Wildcats into second place, clinching home-ice advantage for the first round of the Foster Cup Championship Playoffs. The East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania native scored five goals, including the game-winning goal against Hartford, along with two assists during the review period, and has tripled his point production in his second season in the league.
“Tom is on a six-game point streak and has been a huge contributor for us this season,” said head coach Justin Stanlick. “He missed most of November with an injury, otherwise he would be [among] the top-ten in league scoring this year. He’s really made a considerable jump in his second season with the Wildcats.”
Lowry picks up the second star this week after scoring three goals with two assists, helping the Panthers earn victories over the Moose (5-2) and a two-game sweep of the New Jersey Junior Titans (4-3, 5-4). Two of Lowry’s goals were game-winners. The three victories, and their accompanying six points, pulled Central Penn to within two points of the New Jersey Colonials for the final playoff berth. The two teams will face-off with one another Friday evening for a potential winner-take-all game.
“Good players step up in crunch time,” said general manager Ray Ferry. “We really needed the six points this weekend and Lowry was clutch for us. His play on Sunday was outstanding and his short-handed game-winner was well-earned.”
“Lowry is one of the most improved players on our team this year,” added head coach Zach Lokey. “He embraced his leadership role and is one of our top special teams players. He handled the adversity and responded by scoring our game-winning goal on Sunday, keeping us in the race for the playoffs.”
This week, a pair of All-Star defensemen in Sword and Haggerty, are recognized as co-third stars of the week after leading their teams to victory with timely offensive performances.
Sword picks up his share of the third star after helping the Colonials to a two-game sweep of the New Jersey Renegades (4-3, 5-4) that eliminated the Renegades from the playoff hunt and kept the Colonials in possession of the final berth. Both of the one-goal games were decided in overtime. Sword claimed the game-winner in Saturday’s matchup.
“Zack showed true leadership Saturday night leading us over the New Jersey Renegades,” said head coach Jason Franzone. “He played through injuries, scoring the overtime winner, showing the rest of the team why he’s so dependable in tough times.”
Haggerty earns the league’s recognition after his overtime-winner gave the Royals a 5-4, come-from-behind, victory over the Philadelphia Junior Flyers. The victory was a needed one for Long Island, who had lost two of their previous three games. The victory kept the Royals in contention for home-ice in the first round of the playoffs.
“Mike has been our most consistent defenseman all season,” said assistant coach Mike O’Connell. “He is extremely difficult to play against one-on-one and is one of the best defensemen in the league in regards to the first pass out of the zone.”
Receiving honorable mention this week:
· Long Island Royals goaltender Sean Dooley (Shoreham, N.Y.)
· Central Penn Panthers forward Blake Hallman (Elizabethtown, Pa.)
· New Jersey Junior Titans forward Christoffer Jakobsson (Halmstad, Sweden)
· New Jersey Renegades forward Edward Parfitt (Fords, N.J.)
· Jersey Wildcats forward Eddie Pavlini (Far Hills, N.J.)
· Metro Fighting Moose forward Nicholas Schlegel (Brooklyn, N.Y.)
· New York Apple Core forward Thomas Superty (West Islip, N.Y.)
· Metro Fighting Moose forward Christopher Terzulli (Staten Island, N.Y.)
· Brewster Bulldogs forward Matt Tofte (Poughquag, N.Y.)
· Jersey Wildcats forward Adam Tracey (Sleepy Hollow, N.Y.)
· Central Penn Panthers goaltender Collin Young (Palmyra, Pa.)
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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