HOOKSETT, NH -- We've reached the holiday break for all of the teams throughout the New Hampshire Avalanche organization. It's been a fantastic season so far for all of the teams, and the youth players have had a great time wearing their jerseys to school every Friday.
Since last week's edition of Avs Weekly, the top team in the program took care of business in all five games that they played. The Avalanche earned victories over the Walpole Express and Railers Jr. Hockey Club this past Friday and Saturday, and then traveled down to the Newington Showcase where they beat the Philadelphia Little Flyers, Team Maryland, and the Vermont Lumberjacks. With five victories in seven days, the Avalanche improved their overall record up to 22-3-3 for the season, and they are currently tied with the New Jersey 87's for the longest active winning streak in the EHL.
Of the many players to highlight so far this year, it's tough to not start by recognizing the team's top line of Michael Tersoni, Aden Hotchkiss, and Matt Carlson. Tersoni leads the league with 41 points to date, while Hotchkiss sits two points back at 39 and Carlson is seven points back at 34. From there, the Avalanche have eight other skaters who've also racked up double-digit points so far this season.
As for the back end, what was most impressive about this past week was that Ronan Mobley started and won all five games for his team. The perfect stretch improved Mobley's record up to 16-3-2 for the season, all while he lowered his GAA down to 1.68 and increased his save percentage up to .941.
The Avalanche will return from the break on Tuesday, January 11th, with a huge road matchup scheduled against the Boston Jr. Rangers.
Since last week's edition of Avs Weekly, the Avalanche EHLP team hit the ice for three games of their own, knocking off the Walpole Express, New England Wolves, and Valley Junior Warriors. The perfect week increased the team's winning streak out to six games, and put the Avalanche into a tie with the Warriors for the top spot in the North Division. Despite the fact that the team is tied with the Warriors with 30 points apiece, it's worth noting that the Avalanche do have six games in hand on Valley.
As for the top performers at the EHLP level, the Avalanche have a very balanced scoring attack, which is led by Connor McCowell with 20 points and Aaron Racino with 19. In total, the Avalanche have 10 players with double digit points so far this season.
As for the netminders, New Hampshire has four different goaltenders all with at least two wins apiece so far. Jared Packman leads the group with a 5-1-1 record to go along with a 1.73 GAA and a .935 save percentage.
The U14 Elite traveled up to Cardigan Mountain School on Saturday for two tilts with their very talented Varsity team. The boys took a few shifts to adjust to the NCAA rules but played some of their best hockey of the season. Wyatt Demers was huge in net but the Avs still found themselves down 2-0 after the first. The second period belonged to the Avs with a goal from Justin Chiras. The Avs would outshoot the home team 9-4 in the final period but fell just short 2-1. Stick tap to Aidan Gile who left the game late with injury on a great shot-block while shorthanded.
Game 2 had James Brew in net and he like Demers found himself under constant pressure in the first. The Avs played short some bodies in this one with Gile injured after yet another great shot block and Preston Libby suffering an injury in the second period. The newly formed lines got to work and battled back. Dom White picked up the Avs first goal from Brady Proulx & Jackson Chadwick. That trio would score again in the second period this time Chadwick would bang home the rebound from Proulx & White to cut Cardigans lead to 4-2. Cardigan would add one in the moments to take the game 5-2.
Huge thanks to Cardigan for hosting, it was a truly great experience for all the boys.
Game 3 of the weekend had the boys back in RI to face the Saints in E9 action. The boys got off to a bit of a slow start after a physically demanding Saturday but were able to come out victorious in the end 5-1. Demers & Brew split the game in net for the W. Goals from: Justin Howell, Parker O'Toole, Ronan Connors, Casey Fuller and Brady Proulx. The Avs now sit 3-0 and have a 25-2 goals for/against ratio in the winter E9 season.
This past Saturday, the 09 Elite team hosted the Assabet Patriots at the Ice Den. Austin Proulx, Cooper Chapman, Cam Riel, and Jacob Valliere each scored one for the team. Final score, 4-2.
On Sunday the team traveled to Raynham, RI to play against the NE Knights. It was a tough fight for the puck as no goal was scored until the second period. Alex May assisted both Cooper Chapman’s second period and Evan Jackson’s third period goals. Nolan Walsh also scored one for the team. Final score 3-1.
The 09 Elite remain in second place in their E9 age division with 14-2-1.
The 09E team is also proud to have to have five players who have been recognized at their school this past quarter and trimester of the academic year.
• Cam Fortier, grade 7 at St. John Regional School in Concord for High Honors.
• Evan Jackson, Grade 7 at Auburn Village Middle School for Honors.
• Cam Riel, grade 6 at David R. Cawley Middle School for Honors.
• Cole Ouellette, grade 7 at Timberlane Regional Middle School for Honors with Distinction.
• Curtis Savage, grade 7 at Noble Middle School in Maine for High Honors.
The AVS 09 Premier had an epic weekend.
The boys took on the #1 seeded team in the BHL National Division. The Avs dominated the game and triumphed with a 6-2 win, upsetting the 09 Elite Seahawks.
The team also took some time to celebrate the holiday season with a family skate at the Ice Den.
Onto next weekend, where 09 Avs will play the Valley Jr. Warriors in Lawrence and the 95 Giants at St. As."
The 2010 Elite team had a successful weekend of hockey. They started on Saturday with a game vs. the Valley Jr. Warriors 2010 Elite team. These E9 teams versed each other earlier in the season and tied 0-0 so both teams were fighting for the W. The Avs were down in the first period 3-0, and then came back, fighting hard as a team, with great passing, to win a very close game 5-4. On Sunday they were up against the Advantage 2010 Elite team. Both teams came out strong off the bat, and it was a back and forth game, ultimately ending in a 4-4 tie.
The 2011 Elite team hosted the Icemen on Saturday. The Avalanche took and early lead but the Icemen came back and didn’t stop handing the Avalanche their first loss of the weekend. On Sunday the 2011 team traveled to VT to play a very strong Dynamo team in back to back games. In the first game the Avalanche had a 2 goal lead heading into the 3rd period but ended up coming short in a 7-6 loss. In the second game after the first it was 1-1 and then the 2011 team ran out of gas ultimately losing the second game 7-1.
Next weekend the Avalanche will host the Patriots and Advantage at home in 2 tough regular season matchups.
The 2012 Avalanche Elite faced off against the JR Railers this weekend. The team moved the puck great with neutral zone breakouts and lots of physical play to both protect and posses the puck. The final score of the game was 11-3 for the Avs win. Just to show team approach the first 8 goals were scored by 8 different players. The goalies also stood on their heads to stop the puck and keep the scoring one sided.
This coming weekend the team will have 2 home games against the Boston Jr Rangers and New England Knights.