Sometimes in hockey you need your goaltender to steal a game. Well, on Saturday night Eclipse goaltender Sam Boos quite literally stole a win away from the Boston Jr Rangers.
Boos made 43 saves through 65 minutes of hockey as the Eclipse, thanks to a Kye Dunigan goal, picked up a 1-0 shootout win over the Jr Rangers at the Biddeford Ice Arena.
The Eclipse now have consecutive wins on the season and sit at 2-3-0. The loss dropped the Jr Rangers to 2-0-2 on their season.
After a sluggish first few minutes the Rangers found their stride offensively in the first and began pouring shots on Boos. It wasn't until period two where both goaltenders would step up to turn in brilliant save after brilliant save. Boos caught a break early in the middle period after a shot from Anthony Viola rang off the post and out. It appeared at first glance that the puck may have gone after but after a conference the officials deemed it no goal.
Following that play the show belonged to Boos and his counterpart Matt Morrison. Boos denied Viola in tight with a beautiful right pad save, a few sequences later it was Morrison fanning out the pads from left to right as he robbed Landon Kusuno of a sure goal.
The battled continued into the third with Boos continuing to find pucks through traffic and not allow any secondary chances. The Eclipse had brief moments offensively but couldn't hit their target. Heavy legs were setting in as the Rangers pressed and cycled, but Boos continued the nightly theme of rejection.
The Eclipse survived a late penalty to Jacob Hall which carried into overtime. Once the teams were back at even strength the Rangers pushed, looking to stretch the ice, but when their chances were present Boos was able to make the stops.
Onto the shootout after 65 scoreless minutes of hockey. It was there where Nate Fisher became the first player to score all game as he made a series of jukes before cashing in past the right pad of Morrison. Defenseman Shawn Spring would finally break through Boos, making a nice stop up move before depositing the puck into the open side. After Lanyon Henwood missed and Jake Parker was denied it all came down to the stick of Kye Dunigan.
The defenseman picked the puck up and seemingly knew exactly what move to make. Coming in straight away, Dunigan pulled the puck from his forehand, sold Morrison on the deke, and shelfed a backhander for the shootout winner.
Boos (1-1-0) stopped 43 shots for his first career junior win and shutout. Morrison (1-0-1) was not as tested, but still was steady and made some incredible saves as well. He stopped all 15 shots for his second shutout of the season.
These two teams will meet back up on Sunday afternoon. Puck drop from Biddeford is set for 3:40
Seeking consecutive wins for the first time this season, the Maine Eclipse knew they'd be in for a challenge as the Boston Jr Rangers made their way up to Biddeford.
Despite only playing three games on the season the Rangers, who won an EHL best 39 games last year, pack an offensive punch and a deep, experienced lineup. Despite their efforts the Eclipse would fall by a narrow margin of 3-2.
With the loss the Eclipse drop to 2-5-1 on the season while the Rangers remain unbeaten through regulation at 3-0-1.
Scoring would come early for the Rangers who struck on their first shot just 1:06 into the game. Tomas Muller slid a puck across to Nathan Young in the slot, Young was right on with his shot, breaking it through Nikita Pryymak for his fourth goal of the season.
The Eclipse would respond a few minutes after Young's opening tally. Sean O'Gorman was able to a push a puck to center which allowed for Ryan Turse to break in with Justin Gusso going to the net. Turse found Gusso who, despite being tripped up from behind, was able to rifle a shot past McDonald for his second goal of the season to tie the game at 1-1.
Later in the first the Rangers would regain their lead. Working a puck in behind the net Ryan Bailey made a beautiful pass out front that connected with Markus Cook. Cook was able to one-time a shot past the right leg of Pryymak for his second of the season and the Rangers would take a 2-1 lead into the room.
Bailey and Cook would team up again in the second. On their first power play of the game Bailey swiveled a pass to the front where Cook was able to redirect it through the left side of Pryymak for his second of the game. The Rangers' power play goal came 54 seconds into the advantage. The Eclipse would get a big boost from their third line as George Boos set up Damon Dulac who picked the corner on McDonald to cut the lead back down to one. Both Dulac and Boos now have points in consecutive games.
The third period remained scoreless as the Eclipse pushed for the tying goal. McDonald, who hadn't played since September 18th, turned aside Eclipse leading goal scorer Ryan Turse with a point blank blocker save. Even with Pryymak off for the extra skater the Eclipse couldn't find the equalizer.
The Eclipse will welcome the Walpole Express to Biddeford on October 23rd. Puck drop from the Biddeford Ice Arena is set for 12:00
On the second day of a back to back the Maine Eclipse held on over the Seahawks Hockey Club for a 3-1 win.
Meeting for the second time in as many days from the Rinks at Exeter the Eclipse (2-4-1) picked up their second win of the season while the Seahawks (2-2-1) have yet to win consecutive games on the season.
The fourth line would open the scoring for the Eclipse in the later portion of the first. Matty Wierl worked a puck along the boards and George Boos was able to get it to Clendenin Stewart who fired a shot from the point, the puck caromed off the pad of Tristian Hadley and right on the stick of Tim Miller. Miller made no mistake on the second chance bid and buried his second goal of the season giving the Eclipse a 1-0 lead.
2:08 after Miller opened the scoring the Seahawks would find the equalizer. Breaking down the right side on a partial two-on-one rush, Jack MacDonald was able to snap a shot through Nikita Pryymak for his third of the season. MacDonald’s goal would cap off what was an equal, back-and-forth first period. The Eclipse out shot the Seahawks 13-10 and would take the tie into intermission.
The second period went scoreless and largely thanks to Pryymak. The Eclipse goaltender turned aside every shot he faced in the middle period as the Seahawks outshot the Eclipse 16-4 for the frame. Coming off a 48-save performance against the Spartans Pryymak, the EHL’s top goalie for the week, was putting on another strong effort stopping 25-26 shots through two periods.
Pryymak’s effort would give the Eclipse an opportunity to retake the lead come period three. Conrad Szmyd dodged a hit in neutral ice and pushed the puck forward for Ryan Turse. The Eclipse red-hot winger made no mistake, firing his team leading fifth goal of the season past Hadley’s glove. Turse’s timely strike gave the Eclipse a 2-1 lead.
With Hadley off for the extra skater the Seahawks pressed for the tying goal. With just under a minute to go Damon Dulac picked off a cross zone pass and skated to center with an empty net ahead of him. Dulac hit the goal straight on for his first as an Eclipse and the insurance marker would give them a 3-1 lead with 55 seconds remaining.
Pryymak (2-1-0) picked up his second win of the season stopping 38 of 39 shots. The Eclipse tested Hadley (0-2-0) who made a few timely saves in defeat, he stopped 27 of 30 shots in the loss.
The Eclipse will look for their second consecutive win when they host the Boston Jr Rangers on Friday, October 16th. Puck drop from the Biddeford Ice Arena is set for 12:00
A late third period goal would spoil an Eclipse comeback effort as the Seahawks Hockey Club took a 4-3 decision this afternoon in Exeter.
The loss dropped the Eclipse to 1-4-1 on the season while the Seahawks improve to 2-1-1. After a scoreless first period the Eclipse would strike first for the third consecutive game. Christian Nawrocki sent a shot from the point that was knocked down in front, positioned in front, Clendenin Stewart was able to shield, spin and fire the loose puck home for his third goal of the season.
The Eclipse looked to build on their lead with an opportunity on the power play but to no avail. After making the kill and moving the puck out Adam Jeon of the Seahawks was able to bounce a puck into the slot where Austin Finch was in the perfect spot. Finch was uncontested in the slot and wired a quick shot past the blocker of Jackson Shulmistra to tie the game at one. 1:06 after Finch’s equalizer the Seahawks got another bounce as Sohrab Shamloo’s shot ramped up and in overtop of a surprised Shulmistra. The two quick strikes would give the Seahawks a 2-1 lead heading into the third period.
An early third period penalty would put the Eclipse on the kill, a penalty kill that had continued its stellar play. The Eclipse had killed off 14 straight penalties up to this point and nearly made it 15 before Austin Pick scored a power play tally with just one second remaining on the minor penalty. Pick’s team-leading fourth of the season gave his team a 3-1 lead early in period three.
Ever resilient the Eclipse would fight their way back into the game. Ryan Turse continued to find the back of the net, burying his fourth goal of the season out of a net mouth scramble. Shortly after Turse cut the lead to one captain Rece Poulin tossed a shot from the point that found a way past Peyton Durand to even the score at 3-3. Board work from Conrad Szmyd and Justin Gusso were able to work the puck up to Poulin who was able to toss a shot that got through the right side of Durand.
Tied at three this game seemed destined to go beyond regulation time. Shulmistra was busy throughout the game, especially in the second and third periods where he faced a combined 33 shots. It was on the Seahawks 43rd shot of the game where they’d break through with 2:39 left in regulation. A shot from the near point from Kyle Lee got high on Shulmistra as it beat him over the right shoulder. Lee’s first of the season, a rifling shot, would give the Seahawks a late lead that they would secure, 4-3 the final.
Shulmistra (0-2-0) was tested on the afternoon but was stuck with the loss stopping 39 of 43 shots. Durand (2-1-0) made 23 saves for his second win of the season.
Both of the Eclipse and Seahawks reunite tomorrow from Exeter, NH. Puck drop for the second leg of this back-to-back is set for 12:00.
The third time was the charm for the Maine Eclipse. Bested 4-1 and 6-5 by the Seacoast Spartans in meetings one and two between the EHL clubs, it was the third time around where the Eclipse were finally able to secure a victory. They rode a three-goal first period on the way to a 4-1 win over the number-one seeded Spartans at the Biddeford Ice Arena.
The Eclipse second line, which recorded three points last Friday when the two teams last met, picked right up where they left off. Ryan Turse set a screen in front and Justin Gusso whipped a shot along the ice that got through the five-hole of goaltender Drew Adams for the game’s first goal. 58 seconds after Gusso’s first of the year, Matty Weirl jumped on a loose puck to cash home his first of the season quickly extending the lead to 2-0.
Turse, who picked up a goal and an assist in his Eclipse debut on Friday, was in the midst of it again offensively. The Eclipse winger was posted at the side of the goal when Christian Nawrocki sent a shot in from the point. Adams fought off the initial chance and the rebound kicked right to Turse’s blade for an easy put back. Turse’s second of the season would spell the end to Drew Adams’ abbreviated start.
Jakob Wepman took over in goal for the Spartans and wouldn’t allow another score the rest of the way. At the other end Nikita Pryymak was making his second start of the season and he was brilliant. Pryymak stopped all 20 shots he faced in the first period and allowed for the Eclipse to take a 3-0 lead into the room.
Both goalies were sharp in the second and third periods. Wepman made a lunging right pad save on Eclipse newcomer Sam Libetti to keep the score 3-0. Meanwhile, Pryymak looked unflappable making every save seem easy and controlling his rebounds. It was not an easy afternoon for the Eclipse goaltender who faced nearly 50 shots, the Eclipse also took six minor penalties forcing the penalty kill to come up large.
The Eclipse would leave no room for a Spartan’s comeback this time around either. Turse would sink the empty net tally with 1:32 left in regulation to stake the lead out to 4-0. However, Pryymak would lose his shutout with just 15.1 seconds left in the game. Ashton Collazo fed Koebe Buske in the slot for a one timer that just got through Pryymak.
Despite the late goal against Pryymak (1-1-0) was razor sharp making 48 saves on 49 shots for his first win of the season. Adams (0-1-1) struggled through the opening ten minutes allowing three early goals, Wepman stepped in relief and played admirably off the bench for Seacoast.
The Eclipse return to the ice Monday for the first of two games between the Seahawks Hockey Club. Puck drop from Biddeford is set for 12:00
The Eclipse saw a 2-1 lead slip away from them on Saturday when they fell 4-2 to the Valley Jr Warriors. This afternoon they’d make sure to hang on and preserve their lead as they picked up the franchise’s first win, 2-1 over the Warriors wrapping up this EHLP weekend series in Biddeford.
Two first period tallies would stake the Eclipse out to a 2-0 lead. First it was defenseman Luke Geiger who followed his rebound into the corner. A seemingly harmless play, Geiger threw the puck on goal where it found daylight past the short side of Warrior’s goaltender Tucker Hanson. Hanson’s misplay gave Geiger his first goal of the season, assisted by Jay Pacheco, and the Eclipse had a 1-0 lead.
Later in the period Nathan Fisher moved the puck ahead to Jacob Hall. Moving down the slot with a defender draped on him Hall was able to get free for a second and unleash a backhand shot that whistled past the glove hand of Hanson to give the Eclipse a 2-0 lead with 3:40 left in the first period. The goal was also Hall’s first of the season and it gave Fisher his team leading fifth point.
In period two the Warriors would cut into the lead. Asa Forbes won a faceoff in the attacking zone and Matt D’Annolfo was able to snap a shot past Eclipse’s goaltender Justin Bucalo for his first of the season. The shot appeared to change directions and fool Bucalo as it got by him on the glove side cutting the Eclipse lead down to one. D’Annolfo’s shot was the only one to get past Bucalo in 60 minutes of work. Making his second start of the season he was impressive in the second and third periods after a quiet first. During a late penalty killing sequence, Bucalo was able to move from left to right to take a point-blank chance away. Later in the third, while the Eclipse were up on a power play, leading point scorer for the Warriors David Zoerner broke in shorthanded. Bucalo came up with his biggest save of the game, stoning Zoerner point blank with a blocker save to keep the 2-1 lead intact.
With his 35-save effort Bucalo (1-1-0) picked up his first win of the season and also the Eclipse first win as a junior hockey program. His counterpart Hanson (0-1-0) was tested with 34 shots and stopped 32 of them in defeat.
The Eclipse are back in action on Wednesday, October 7th, when they welcome the New England Wolves to Biddeford. Puck drop from the Biddeford Arena is slated for 12:00.
Making their home debut and in search of their first win as an EHL franchise the Maine Eclipse came out firing. However, despite five goals from five different players, it was not enough as the Seacoast Spartans erased multiple deficits to take a wild, 6-5 overtime final at the Biddeford Arena.
With the loss the Eclipse drop to 0-3-1 but do pick up their first point in the standings. The Spartans improve to 3-0-1 on the season and have yet to drop a game in regulation.
Things started off well for the Eclipse. A point shot from defenseman Rece Poulin got through and after some havoc in front it was newcomer Ryan Turse who scored off the rebound. Acquired just yesterday and inserted into the lineup today Turse’s impact was immediately felt. Later in the period the Spartans would even the score. Driving down the right wing, Connor Little was able to find daylight from a tight angle. The puck just broke through the left side of Eclipse goaltender Mitchell Taylor and Little’s marker tied the game at one.
The Spartan’s powerplay went 3/5 on Wednesday but struggled this afternoon going 0-5. After making a big penalty kill, forward Tim Miller was able to break down the right wing on a two on one rush. Miller deferred to pass and instead rifled a shot short side high over the glove of Jakob Wepman, the Eclipse had their lead back. They’d add to their total shortly after, just 1:09 after Miller’s goal it was Sean O’Gorman unchecked in front who took the feed from Turse and fired it home for his first of the season. A multi-point effort from Turse and the Eclipse were now up by two.
Heading into the third the Eclipse were under siege, but Taylor stood tall in between the pipes. A breakaway save on Ashton Collazo kept the Eclipse ahead by two. A fortuitous bounce would lead to the Eclipse’s fourth goal of the day. Bobby Gram just sent the puck in from neutral ice, a bounce off the end boards proved costly for Wepman who couldn’t recover in time as George Boos slammed home his first of the season. Ahead 4-1 momentum suddenly shifted. The Spartans got a goal back off a rebound in the slot, Nick Cimino scored unchecked to make it a 4-2 game. Then, just 11 seconds later, Yauheni Lavrov walked in, faked Taylor, and slid it into an open goal to cut the lead down to one. Just over two minutes later, Cimino scored again and the game was knotted up at 4-4.
The Spartans poured 21 shots on goal in the third period and scored four times. Their fourth tally came as Zakhar Merezhko gained the zone on left wing and fed a puck middle that caromed right onto the stick of Jake Dubay who had nothing but net to shoot at. With 1:52 left in regulation the Eclipse 4-1 lead had evaporated, and they now trailed 5-4.
With Taylor off for the extra skater the Eclipse buzzed the Spartans goal late. With just 19 seconds left, captain Rece Poulin deked a Spartans’ defender and snapped a shot through traffic to tie the score at 5-5. Overtime was next and for the Spartans they ended it quickly.
Just 25 seconds in, Lavrov made a nifty move to get a step around Andrew Lawrence and fed a perfect pass across to Azam Jiwa who was in on the odd-man rush. Jiwa made no mistake, burying the OT winner past a sprawled-out Taylor and the Spartans would leave Biddeford with two points.
Taylor (0-1-1) stopped 35 of 41 shots in the loss. Wepman (2-0-0) made 32 saves to secure his second victory of the season. These two sides will meet once again in Biddeford, puck drop is slated for October 8th at 12:00
September 30th, 2020 Exeter, NH
Special teams proved to be the difference maker this afternoon between the Seacoast Spartans and Maine Eclipse. These two teams met in two preseason exhibitions back in Biddeford that proved to be more physical, with plenty of penalties drawn to both sides. This afternoon the Spartans cashed in on three of their five powerplay chances as the Eclipse dropped a 4-1 loss.
The Eclipse racked up three minor penalties in the opening period and managed to kill an early tripping penalty to Andrew Lawrence. A bench minor for too many men on the ice would turn costly as Azam Jiwa buried the Spartan’s first powerplay tally. In period two it was a tripping penalty to Daniel Schmidt that’d put the Spartans back on the advantage. Defenseman Bjorn Schuepbach wired a shot past Eclipse goaltender Jackson Shulmistra to double the Spartan’s lead at 2-0.
Making his first start of the season, Shulmistra stood tall through periods one and two. The Spartans piled on a 30-21 shot advantage, but the score remained 2-0. The Eclipse had their chances in the second period after surrendering the second goal. With 13 shots on target, Spartans’ goaltender Jakob Wepman was equal to the task.
Two consecutive goals in the third period would widen the Spartan lead to 4-0. Yauheni Lavrov scored his first of the season and the first even strength goal of the game to make it 3-0. A roughing penalty to Clendenin Stewart would put the Spartans back to the powerplay where Schuepbach notched his second of the game. Trailing before four and on the verge of being shutout Eclipse defensemen Andrew Lawrence would break Wepman’s shutout with just four seconds remaining. The unassisted score was Lawrence’s first goal of the season.
Shulmistra (0-1) stopped 49 saves on 53 shots across three periods in his EHL debut. Wepman (1-0) made 31 save on 32 shots to earn his first win of the season.
The two teams face off on Friday in Biddeford ME as the Eclipse look for the franchise’s first win in their home opener. Puck drop from the Biddeford Ice Arena is set for 12:00
September 18, 2020 Laconia, NH
The Maine Eclipse opened up their inaugural EHL season on the road in Laconia NH against the New England Wolves. Clendenin Stewart would score twice for the Eclipse, including the franchise’s first ever goal, but it was not enough as the Wolves received goals from four different players enroute to a 5-2 win.
Kevin Bite opened the scoring for the Wolves beating Eclipse goaltender Mitchell Taylor 1:15 into the game. Stewart’s first goal would tie the game up in the first period at 1-1. Clement Delisle-Blais and Mattingly Wierl picked up the assists. The Wolves would add two more tallies before the first period ended. Miles Kirby struck at the 8:57 mark, while Dalton Karl scored his first of two goals at the 12:35 mark. The Eclipse outshot the Wolves 11-9 after the first but trailed by two.
The Wolves struck early in period two. Donnie Feldman scored just 34 seconds into the period to give the Wolves a 4-1 lead. Karl would get his second goal of the game shortly after with Gabriel Jodoin picking up the assist, Jodoin assisted on both second period goals for the Wolves who would take a 5-1 lead into the room after two periods.
Stewart would strike again in the third for the Eclipse, making it a 5-2 score. Defensemen Daniel Schmidt and Griffin Hernalsteen picked up the helpers on Stewart’s shorthanded strike. Stewart’s two goal effort would not be enough as the Wolves would secure a 5-2 victory. Making his EHL debut, Eclipse goaltender Mitchell Taylor (0-1-0) made 21 saves in the loss. The Eclipse outshot the Wolves for the game 35-26 but goaltender LJ Newell (1-0-0) turned aside 33 of 35 shots in the win.
The Eclipse will return to action tomorrow when they travel to Hooksett NH for a matchup with the New Hampshire Avalanche. Puck drop from the Ice Den Arena is slated for 4:20 P.M.
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