FLORHAM PARK, N.J. – The Metropolitan Junior Hockey League is pleased to announce its “Three Stars of the Week” for the period ending November 30, 2014. The three stars program is a weekly award given to the top performers in MJHL games, regardless of position, for the previous week. The awards assist in determining top performers for the year-end awards.
This week, New Hampshire Junior Monarchs goaltender Zack Barry (’96 birth year/North Andover, Mass.) is the league’s 1st Star, Central Penn Panthers goaltender Joel Eisenhower (’95 birth year/Mechanicsburg, PA,) is the league’s 2nd Star and Boston Bandits forward Christopher Tanner (’94 birth year/Rockland, Mass.) is the league’s 3rd Star.
Barry picks up the first star after a 2-0 weekend at the Thanksgiving Showcase, defeating the Central Penn Panthers (3-2) and the Philadelphia Little Flyers (1-0). Barry made 97 out of 99 saves and the two victories allowed the Monarchs to leave the Showcase in a second place tie in the Francis Division.
“Barry has been our most consistent player every night,” said Monarchs Head Coach Cam Robichaud. “He gives us a chance to compete every game. When the pressure is on and we need strong goaltending, Barry rises to the challenge every time.”
Eisenhower is the league’s second star after a 90-save weekend for the Central Penn Panthers. Eisenhower came on in a relief appearance against the Monarchs, making 45-saves to keep the Panthers alive, allowing for a third period comeback and then on Sunday, the Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania native kept the high-powered Vermont offense at-bay, in the team’s 4-2 victory.
“Joel had a great weekend for us, with back-to-back 45-save performances,” said Panthers Assistant Coach and General Manager Wil Younger. “On Saturday, Joel came on in relief for us and slammed the door with a rock-solid performance and then on Sunday, he made a number of 10-bell saves against Vermont. He was a huge reason we were able to come out of the weekend with four points.”
Tanner gets the nod as the league’s third start after he had a seven-point weekend in the Thanksgiving Showcase, helping the Bandits to a 1-2 record, with the lone win coming over the Jersey Wildcats in which Tanner had two goals and two assists. Tanner’s offensive production doubled his 2014-15 point total. The victory over the Wildcats moved the Bandits out of last place in the Mullen Division
“Chris figured in half of our goals for the entire showcase,” commented Bandits Head Coach Todd Jacobson. “He was especially good in the win over the Wildcats.”
Receiving honorable mention this week:
Central Penn Panthers forward Ryan Knight (’96 birth year/Downingtown, PA.)