Looking to snap out of a five-game losing streak the Maine Eclipse used a five-goal effort to power themselves past the New England Wolves as the two EHL clubs met this afternoon in Laconia NH.
The 5-1 win by the Eclipse sees their record improve to 3-9-1 on the season. With the loss the Wolves drop to 4-3-0 on the year.
The Eclipse were shutout in their last time out against the Connecticut Chiefs but would find a way to strike for the game's first goal. Matty Wierl got the offense going for Maine with his third goal of the season. From the right circle, Wierl had time and space as he beat Kyle Penton short side high. 2:22 after Wierl's opening tally the Eclipse would find twine again to double their lead. Buzzing on the forecheck, Cooper Board put pressure onto defender Declan House who turned it over in front to Conrad Szmyd. Szmyd made no mistake all alone in front deking Penton and scoring on the backhand.
The second period would be an undisciplined one for the Eclipse as they took three minor penalties to open the middle stanza. While on the kill, goaltender Jackson Shulmistra was equal to the task. A puck from the far point was blocked down and kicked over to the stick of Denis Danilov, Danilov looked to have a power play goal as he let a shot go but Shulmistra fanned the pads across to make a great post-to-post save.
After making three straight penalty kills five minutes into the period the Eclipse would get some good fortunate on offense. Roving through neutral ice Eclipse defenseman Julian Etauri flipped a puck in on goal. Etauri's bouncing shot from center skipped past Penton to give the Eclipse a 3-0 lead on a strange goal. The Wolves responded just over a minute after as Donnie Feldman was able to put one past Shulmistra. It would be the only offense of the day for the Wolves.
The Eclipse would pad their lead in the third period as Ryan Turse buried his team leading eighth goal of the season. Captain Rece Poulin, recently named as the EHL's Defenseman of the Month, sent Turse into the zone and as he split through three defenders, dodged Penton's poke check and scored to give the Eclipse a 4-1 lead.
Szmyd would score his second goal of the game late in the third to give the Eclipse a 5-1 lead. In back of Penton's net, Szmyd successfully pulled off the "Michigan" move as he lacrosse-styled the puck on a highlight reel move. Turse picked up an assist on the goal to give him a multi-point effort on the day.
Shulmistra (1-3-0) was strong in authoring the win for his team stopping 26 shots for his first win of the season. Penton (2-1-0) suffered his first loss of the season stopping 30 of 35 shots.
The Eclipse return home next Tuesday, November 10th for a matchup with the Boston Jr Rangers. Puck drop from the Biddeford Ice Arena is set for 12:00
Coming down the right side, Nate Fisher seemingly had his spot picked the whole way.
Deadlocked at three in sudden death overtime, Fisher knew where he was going to put the puck; high blocker side and in to help his Maine Eclipse secure a 4-3 win over the New England Wolves at the Biddeford Ice Arena.
With the win, the Eclipse snap their three-game losing streak and improve to 3-6-0 on the season. With the loss, their second now in a row, the Wolves dropped to 2-4-2.
Coming into this contest the Eclipse were starved for offense. Shutout in back to back games and with just two goals scored over their last three, something had to give. The Eclipse would get some good fortune 2:05 into the game and on their first shot. Coming down the left side, Jay Pacheco took a quick shot that completely fooled Wolves' goaltender Jameson Bourque. Pacheco's shot got through a standing Bourque on the short side and for just the second time all season, the Eclipse had a lead.
Pacheco would double dip for his second goal as he wired a shot past Bourque's glove for a 2-0 lead. However, the two-goal cushion was short lived, very short lived. 22 seconds after the Wolves struck back as Drake Adams powered a shot past the blocker of Sam Boos to get his team right back in it. Clinging to their one-goal lead the Eclipse would surrender another late first period goal. As the buzzer rang Mikus Krumpans got around Luke Geiger and beat Boos short side high.
Tied at two the Eclipse would forge ahead under a minute into the second period. Fisher was able to set up line-mate Dean Church in the left circle and he made no mistake firing past a screened Bourque for his second of the season. Church's goal was the only of the period and the Eclipse would take a 3-2 lead into the third.
The Eclipse held their own in the third. With steady goaltending from Boos the Eclipse seemed like they'd take this in regulation, however, the high-scoring Wolves would not go quietly. With 2:58 left the Wolves would tie it on an unconventional goal. Krumpans moved down the left wing and tried to execute a give and go with Ryan Wigley. It wasn't pretty but the puck ended up on Wigley's stick and he was able to bank it off the pads of Boos and into the goal. Tied at three a piece, we'd head into a five-minute overtime.
OT was played evenly and it would come down to the wire. Boos and Bourque each made a pair of stops to keep their teams in it and it would all set up a two-on-one rush in the final seconds.
Fisher moved down the wing with Kye Dunigan going to goal, but he was looking shot all the way. Fisher picked the corner over Bourque for his second of the season, the Eclipse fourth goal of the game, and the winner with 0.6 seconds left.
Boos (2-1-0) stopped 47 of 50 shots through 64:59 of play, he has now won his last two starts. Bourque (1-1-2) turned aside 22-26 shots in the overtime defeat.
The Eclipse will look to build off their thrilling win on Friday, November 6th, when they host the Wolves again. Puck drop from Biddeford is slated for 12:00
A first period blitz would see the Railers Jr. Hockey club take a 4-0 lead and never look back as they skated to a 6-0 win over the Maine Eclipse.
With the loss, their third in a row, the Eclipse drop to 2-6-0 on the campaign. Playing in just their fifth game of the season, the Railers improved to above .500 at 3-2-0.
The scoring opened up early for the Railers. 2:38 into the game, Nick Herald tossed a shot from the right point that was blocked in front, Preston Cloutier was posted on top of the crease and pushed the puck past Jeffery Noeding for the game's first goal. Later in period one the puck was moved across the blueline and from the left point Patrick Hilton let a shot go through traffic that beat Noeding for a 2-0 lead.
Down a pair things would go from bad to worse as the Eclipse got caught scrambling in the blue paint. Noeding was able to stop the first two chances along the goal line but on the third try Cam Yee was able to poke it in. Yee would strike again with 1.3 seconds left in the frame. Coming down the the left wing, Yee got past Nick Sachs and picked the corner over Noeding's glove for the fourth goal of the period.
Coach Michaud would stick with Noeding the rest of the way. He allowed four goals on 22 first period shots but would settle in over the next two periods. The Railers managed only one past him in the middle stanza as Ethan Blanchard set up his brother Cameron in front for a quick shot. The Eclipse were outshot 15-2 in the second period but managed a breakaway chance. Sam Rumelhart had open ice ahead of him but was shut down point-blank by Kyler Breland, who was making his first start of the season.
Trailing by five heading into the third the Eclipse looked to at least snap their shutout streak that had now reached 100 minutes. Breland would turn aside all eight shots faced and the Railers would add another goal for good measure. Yee would complete his hat trick with a blistering shot over Noeding's blocker. Into the roof of the net and out, Yee's third of the night was an emphatic exclamation point on a dominant Railers' effort.
Noeding (0-2-0) faced a season-high 55 shots in his second start of the year and turned aside 49 of them. Breland (1-0-0) needed only 16 saves for his first win and shutout of the season.
It'll be a quick turnaround for the Eclipse as they're back in action tomorrow, November 2nd. They'll take on the New England Wolves with puck drop set for 12:00
After a four-game homestand it was time for the Maine Eclipse to hit the road as they traveled down to Newington, CT facing off against the Connecticut Chiefs.
A Jason Gordon hat trick would be too much to overcome as the Eclipse dropped their second game in as many days by a 4-0 final. With the loss the Eclipse drop to 2-9-1 in their inaugural season while the Chiefs jump above .500 at 3-2-2.
The Chiefs would open the scoring off a set play in their own defensive end. On a face off win, defenseman Joshua Haines sent a long bank pass ahead to Zachary Boulet. Boulet was able to step past the defense and rush in on a breakaway where he slid the puck under Mitchell Taylor for a 1-0 lead. The Eclipse were under heavy fire throughout the period but Taylor turned aside 22 of the Chiefs 23 shots to keep the score close.
In the middle stanza special teams proved to be the difference maker. The Chiefs capitalized on both their power play chances to stake their lead out to 3-0. Gordon's first goal of the game came after he took a feed from Boulet and snapped a shot over the blocker of Taylor, 6:42 into the second. Much later in the period Gordon was able to shovel the rebound home after Taylor had made a stop moving from right to left. The Chiefs went 2/2 on the power play during the second while the Eclipse went 0-2. Through 40 minutes of action, Taylor had stopped 40 shots but his team trailed 3-0.
In period three Gordon would complete his hat trick with his third power play goal of the day. Cooper Board was whistled off for slashing putting the Eclipse back on the PK where the Chiefs were once again relentless on the puck. Gordon was able to turn and bank a puck in off Taylor who was trying to recover back to position. The Chiefs would go 3/4 on the power play for the afternoon. Gordon's goal would be the only tally of the period and secure the Chiefs a 4-0 victory.
Making his first start since October 2nd, Taylor (0-2-1) played about as well as he could stopping 47 of 51 Chiefs shots. His counterpart Marshall McKallip (2-3-0) was stout stopping all 30 Eclipse shots for his second win of the season and first shutout.
The Eclipse will look to get back in the win column when they take on the New England Wolves on Wednesday, November 4th. Puck drop from the Merrill Fay Arena is set for 2:00
Looking to snap out of a three-game slide the Maine Eclipse welcomed back to Biddeford the Walpole Express for their second matchup against the Express in less than a week. Although it wasn't as back and forth as Friday's 6-5 affair the result still favored Walpole as the Express to a 5-2 victory over the Eclipse.
With the loss the Eclipse slide down to 2-8-1 on the campaign. The Express, after an 0-4-1 start, have now won four in a row to improve their record to 4-4-1.
The first period was evenly played and tightly contested. The Express managed to posses the puck for longer stretches but the Eclipse, thanks to Nikita Pryymak, were able to keep the Express off the scoreboard. As leveled as the first period was, the second period would take a different tune and quickly.
It took just 25 seconds into the period for chaos to be caused. Defenseman Daniel Schmidt was assessed a five-minute major penalty and a misconduct for a hit to Brock Baumann, additionally Jake Galvin received a roughing penalty which would set up four against four hockey. While working on the major power play the Express would get a five on three chance with Julian Etauri sent to the box for tripping. Pressing while up two men a shot from Jack Sountis caught back glass but the rebound popped out to Justin Sullivan who potted home the power play marker for the game's first goal.
The Eclipse were hoping to respond on their second power play chance but a turnover at the line saw Zack Simon break in for Walpole. Simon tried to go high blocker on Pryymak who shut the door and kept the puck from sliding over the line on the rebound. It was one of his 22 second period saves.
After Pryymak's timely save and after both teams returned to even strength the Eclipse drew even on a combined effort of George Boos and Dawson Taylor. It started with Lucas Church holding the line after a turnover, Boos was then able to work a puck across the slot to Taylor who fanned initially but was able to get it past the left pad of Mason Palmer. Taylor's first goal of the season had the game tied at one. The Eclipse then had a great chance to take the lead after making a penalty kill. Sean O'Gorman broke in with Ryan Turse on an odd-man rush but Palmer moved across from left to right to deny Turse who couldn't get it high enough.
The missed opportunity would come back to sting minutes later as the Express capitalized on an Eclipse turnover. Hemmed in the zone, Taylor turned it over to Simon who fed it out in front for Max Burum who fired a shot that got under Pryymak. 51 seconds after the Express took the lead they'd pounce on a short-handed rush. Ryland Dukes picked off Rece Poulin's pass, broke in and fired a shot high over Prrymak's glove for a short-handed tally. The Express would take a 3-1 lead into the room after 40 minutes.
Dukes would help the Express gain insurance in the third. Forcing a turnover after Reid Perry wiped out Dukes set up Josh Grund who put the puck into the roof of the net leaving no chance for Pryymak. The laser shot from Grund gave the Express a 4-1 lead. Looking for answers the Eclipse would get something going as Perry tossed a puck from the point that was tipped past Palmer by Clendenin Stewart for his fourth goal of the season. With 5:27 left in the third, the Eclipse trailed by just two.
Stewart's goal was all the Eclipse would get past Palmer in the third period. With Pryymak pulled and the net empty Grund would secure his second of the game sending the puck into the goal from center ice.
Pryymak (2-4-0) was peppered stopping 41-45 shots in defeat. Palmer (2-1-0) picked up his second win of the season stopping 19-21 shots in the victory.
The Eclipse are back in action tomorrow, Thursday, October 29th as they travel to play the Connecticut Chiefs. Puck drop from the Newington Arena is slated for 12:30
Facing off for the third consecutive game, the Maine Eclipse looked to bounce back against the Boston Jr Rangers as the two EHLP sides met this afternoon in Biddeford.
Unfortunately for the Eclipse the Rangers were once again too much to handle offensively as they rolled to a 6-0 win. With the loss the Eclipse see the record fall to 2-5-0 , the Rangers improve to 4-1-2.
Making his third start of the season, Eclipse goaltender Justin Bucalo was tested early on but equal to the task. The game remained scoreless through the opening ten minutes of the period before the Rangers cashed in on a Tyler Wilson goal. Wilson was in all alone against Bucalo after Owen Daniels feathered the puck to him on an odd-man rush. Wilson put a move on Bucalo and tucked it by his right pad for his second goal of the season.
Just 22 seconds later the Rangers would double up. A point shot from Shawn Spring was stopped off Bucalo's right pad with the rebound going back to defenseman Luke Flay. Flay had space down the left wing and picked the short side corner for his second of the season. The quick striking offense would give the Rangers a 2-0 lead.
The Eclipse were able to press more in the second period firing 16 shots but Logan Palmer was able to stand tall. The Eclipse struggled to maintain pressure as the Rangers continued to pile up shots at the other end. Bucalo made a series of saves along the near post but on about the fourth chance it was whacked home by Daniels after Anthony Viola kicked the rebound over to him. The top line for the Rangers had combined for two goals, two assists and four points after Daniels' tally.
An interference against Henry Martin would put the Rangers up a player late in the second. Just 21 seconds was all it took for Boston to strike on the power play as Shawn Spring danced right past two defenders and Bucalo for a dazzling goal that'd give the Rangers a 4-0 lead heading into the third.
In period three the Eclipse had chances again to get on the score sheet. Palmer was able to deny Nate Myers on a two on one rush, moving from left to right, the Rangers' goaltender got across to deny the score. While Palmer held firm in the nets the lightning-fast offense of the Rangers struck again. Jake Parker came down the left side and picked the far corner on Bucalo was a perfectly placed wrist shot, then seven seconds later Miles Woodbury fed a puck out in front where Javen Heidergott was able to blast it home for the 6th and final goal on the day.
The Rangers blitzed Bucalo (1-2-0) who faced a whopping 60 shots and admirably turned aside 54 of them. Palmer, (3-1-0) secured the shutout with a 28-save effort, he has now won his last two starts.
The Eclipse are back in action on Sunday, November 1st when they take on the Connecticut Chiefs. Puck drop from the Biddeford Ice Arena is set for 5:10
Scoring was a plenty at the Biddeford Ice Arena as the Maine Eclipse and Worcester Jr Railers combined for 14 goals on the day in what was a 9-5 defeat for the Eclipse.
Playing the franchise's 10th game of the season the Eclipse now drop to 2-7-1 on their inaugural season. The Railers picked up just their second win of the season to improve their record to 2-3-0 through five games.
It was a sloppy start for the Eclipse who surrendered the games first goal. Scrambling in the defensive zone the Eclipse could not clear. Ben Giovanella received a pass from Shawn McTavish and had space down the right wing side. Giovanella picked the short side corner, surprising Eclipse goaltender Nikita Pryymak. The Eclipse would use their time out directly after the goal was scored just 5:24 into the game. Giovanella's first goal of the season was the period's only offense, the Railers outshot the Eclipse 16-10 and would take a 1-0 lead into the room.
In the second period chances were there for the Eclipse but they could not capitalize early. Making his first EHL start, Stefan Kulhanek was busier in the period and managed to stave off chances in close from Damon Dulac. On the ensuing rush Giovanella's shot couldn't be handled cleanly by Pryymak, the rebound escaped him and found Jerry Duckett who deposited his first goal of the season, 1:37 into the period. On a power play chance the Eclipse had a chance to cut into the lead as Sean O'Gorman walked out in front. With time and space, O'Gorman let a shot go but Kulhanek made an acrobatic glove save to keep it out.
Later in the second the Railers would strike twice more. John Baker wired a high, hard shot past Pryymak's blocker for a power play goal. Then in the final minute, a point shot from Tyler Drummond got by Pryymak who was screened. The Railers would take a convincing 4-0 lead into the third period.
The third period was mayhem. Colin Roe struck 27 seconds in, sliding a puck along the ice and through Pryymak's five-hole. The Eclipse responded 34 seconds later as Cooper Board, fresh off a two-goal game, snapped a shot past Kulhanek to get the Eclipse on the scoresheet. The Eclipse didn't even get a full minute before Duckett scored his second goal of the game. A quick feed in front from McTavish found Duckett in front of Pryymak and he hammered it home 33 seconds after Board's goal.
Duckett's second of the game marked the end of Pryymak's day as Mitch Taylor came on in relief. Just a mere 17 seconds after the goaltending change was made the Railers scored again to make it 7-1 as Joe Lizzote picked up his first after a scramble in the Eclipse' crease. Things were bleak but the Eclipse forged ahead and managed to score three straight goals. Damon Dulac scored his 3rd of the season on a nice individual effort, shelfing a backhand shot over Kulhanek to make it 7-2. Then Ryan Turse remained red-hot scoring his seventh of the season as he fought his way to the front of the net. Turse's goal was followed up 1:02 later by Matty Wierl who turned and fired a shot from the left wing circle that got through Kulhanek on the short side. All of a sudden it was a three-goal game with 9:52 left and the Railers called a timeout.
Evidently, the timeout must've worked because 47 seconds after Wierl's goal the Railers would strike again. From the near point Drummond made a beautiful pass across to Matt Pimental who was waiting in the right circle. Pimental uncorked a shot past Taylor to bump the score to 8-4. Later in the period Julian Etauri tossed a shot from the near point that fooled Kulhanek for his second of the season. For Etauri, it marked goals in consecutive games for the Eclipse defender.
With under four minutes left the Eclipse pulled Taylor down by three. Despite some chances the Railers held on and Duckett would complete the hat trick with the empty net goal.
The Eclipse outshot the Railers 51-49 for the game including a 28-17 advantage in the 3rd period. Pryymak (2-3-0) stopped 29-35 shots in 41 minutes of play and was saddled with the loss, Taylor stopped 11-13 shots in relief. Kulhanek (1-0-0) despite the five-goal period, was solid still with 46 saves for the win.
The Eclipse won't have much time to dwell on the loss as they're back in action on Wednesday, October 28th when they welcome the Walpole Express. Puck drop from the Biddeford Ice Arena is slated for 12:00
It was a seesaw like affair from the Biddeford Ice Arena between the Maine Eclipse and Walpole Express.
The two sides combined for 11 goals on the afternoon in what was a 6-5 regulation win for the Express. The Eclipse have now dropped two in a row and sit at 2-6-1 on the season, the Express have now won back to back games and improve to 2-4-1.
The Express would open the scoring 5:35 into the period and on just their second shot of the game. Justin Sullivan found Zack Simon cruising down the slot and unchecked. Simon hesitated before snapping a shot up high on Eclipse goaltender Jackson Shulmistra for a 1-0 lead. The Eclipse top line would respond with a goal from Sean O'Gorman as he played the puck off the pads of Mason Palmer and into the goal. O'Gorman's second of the season came on assists from Justin Gusso and Ryan Turse
Just 1:12 after O'Gorman tied it the Eclipse worked a puck up to the point. Matthew Noe swept it across to Reid Perry who fired a shot that was tipped in front by Cooper Board. All three players were recently acquired and making their Eclipse debuts as Board's first gave the Eclipse a 2-1 lead.
Things looked better to start the second as the Eclipse would cash in 1:49 into the period. After a chance was redirected off the pipe by O'Gorman, Turse managed to swivel the puck in front where Julian Etauri was all alone in front of Palmer. The defenseman made a nice move to wrap the puck past the outstretched left pad of Palmer to give the Eclipse a 3-1 lead.
All four new players had contributed to the scoresheet and ahead by two the Eclipse were in good shape heading into a 5-3 penalty kill. A point shot got through and off the rebound Simon was able to pounce on it for his second goal of the game drawing the Express a goal closer. Late in the period, with 1:36 left, a shot by Simon was fought off by Shulmistra and while the puck was still loose it was played into the goal by Jared Shuter. Shuter's redirection tied the game at three through two periods of play.
The third period alone featured five combined goals as the two teams traded scoring chances. Rylan Dukes struck 2:15 after jumping on a rebound off Shulmistra's pad, Shulmistra nearly recovered to the post but Duke put it past him for his first of the year. Ahead 4-3 the Express weren't done as Duke this time set up Lorenzo Marcolin in the slot for a one time shot that got past Shulmistra to the glove side. Two goals in a 2:24 span gave the Express a two-goal lead in the third.
56-seconds after Marcolin's goal the Eclipse responded as the Gusso line teamed up again for a goal. Turse, the ex-Express, broke in clean and snapped a shot past Palmer for his sixth goal in seven games. However, the jubilation was short lived as 22 seconds later Adam Alldredge scored off another rebound opportunity.
Four goals in less than three minutes, a chaotic third period would only grow as Board struck again for his second tally bringing the deficit to one. Matty Wierl was able to knock the puck into the slot where Board had space to fire a shot into top right corner.
Trailing by one the Eclipse would pull Shulmistra but it wasn't enough. The Express held on to the one goal lead and would take the game by a 6-5 final.
Shulmistra (0-3-0) faced a season high 55 shots and stopped 49 of them in the loss. Palmer (1-1-0) was busy handling 39 of 44 shots for his first win of the year.
The Eclipse return to the ice on Monday, October 26th for a matchup with the Jr. Railers. Puck drop from the Biddeford Ice Arena is set for 12:00
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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