MJHL Announces Three Stars of the Week
by the Metropolitan Junior Hockey League
McGinley (Panthers), Gennello (Wolfpack), and McLoughlin (Bulldogs) claim weekly honors
Release Date : 03/02/2016
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. – The Metropolitan Junior Hockey League is pleased to announce its “Three Stars of the Week” for the period ending February 28, 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 will be the final ‘Stars of the Week’ for the 2015-16 season.
This week, Central Penn Panthers forward Matthew McGinley (Glassboro, N.J.) is the week’s 1st Star, Hartford Junior Wolfpack forward Mike Gennello (East Windsor, N.J.) is the league’s 2nd Star and Brewster Bulldogs goaltender Patrick McLoughlin (Newtown, Conn.) is this week’s 3rd Star.
McGinley is recognized as the league’s first star this week after a two goal, three assist performance, guiding the Panthers into the eight and final spot in the upcoming Foster Cup Championship playoffs. Both of McGinley’s goals were game-winners as the Avalanche scored crucial wins over the New Jersey Colonials (6-5) and the North Jersey Avalanche (5-4 in overtime). Both games were comeback victories for Central Penn.
“McGinley was signed late to our roster and has been a positive influence to our team since he stepped on to the ice with the Panthers,” said head coach Zach Lokey. “As of late, he has registered two, crucial, game-winning goals as we clinched a playoff spot and are riding out a winning streak into the playoffs.”
Gennello guided the Wolfpack to a 3-0 record during the review period as Hartford vaulted into third place in the standings to clinch home-ice in the first round of the playoffs. The East Windsor, New Jersey native had five goals and three assists and was a crucial spark for Hartford in wins over the Long Island Royals (4-2) and the New Jersey Rockets (11-3, 11-4).
“Mike is a high-caliber player that can go off at any moment,” said head coach Andrew Furbush. “That’s the beauty of our team this year. It seems someone different seems to step up every game. This weekend, Gennello was that player and was a very integral part of the team’s three wins this past weekend.”
McLoughlin claims the third star this week after a pair of wins in net as Brewster slipped past the North Jersey Avalanche in the league’s final weekend to claim the six seed in the Foster Cup Playoffs. McLoughlin became just the fourth goaltender to defeat the Junior Flyers, making 18 saves in a 3-1 Brewster victory. McLoughlin followed that up with a 16-save shutout in a 9-0 win over the Philadelphia Revolution. During Sunday’s game with the Revolution, the netminder also picked up the second assist on the first period goal by Joe Tofalos (Middletown, N.Y.), which proved to be the game-winner.
“His play was solid this week and gave us an opportunity to win versus the Junior Flyers,” said head coach Tim Henning. “I believe this weekend’s performance is good momentum going into the playoffs for the entire team. These games were some of our best team play for 60 minutes all season.”
The next set of awards to be bestowed by the MJHL will be the year-end awards, which will be announced during the Foster Cup Championship playoffs final series.
Receiving honorable mention this week:
· Metro Fighting Moose forward Michael Cistone (Old Bridge, N.J.)
· Philadelphia Junior Flyers forward Alec Dugan (Southhampton, Pa.)
· Jersey Wildcats forward James Durante (Mahwah, N.J.)
· New Jersey Colonials forward Casey Forte (Marlton, N.J.)
· Hartford Junior Wolfpack forward Mike Galinski (Roxbury, Conn.)
· Metro Fighting Moose defenseman Scott Huber (Middletown, N.J.)
· New Jersey Rockets forward Vance Moran (Denville, N.J.)
· Brewster Bulldogs forward Vincent Perez (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.)
· Hartford Junior Wolfpack goaltender Chris Rodrigues (East Haven, Conn.)
· Jersey Wildcats forward Anthony Tirro (Staten Island, N.Y.)
· Central Penn Panthers goaltender Erich Valania (Hummelstown, 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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