FLORHAM PARK, NJ – The Metropolitan Junior Hockey League is pleased to announce its “Three Stars of the Week” for the period ending September 22, 2013. 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 are scored on a 5-3-1 point basis to assist in determining top performers for the year-end awards.
This week, Long Island Royals forward Nicholas Tarasco (’95 birth year/Holbrook, NY) is the league’s 1st Star, Central Penn Panthers goaltender Connor Carroll (’96 birth year/West Chester, PA) is the league’s 2nd Star and Hartford Junior Wolfpack goaltender Kyle Carducci (’96 birth year/Rocky Hill, CT) is the league’s 3rd Star.
Tarasco carried the offensive load for the Royals this past weekend in a weekend home and home sweep over the Jersey Wildcats. Tarasco had two goals and two assists on Saturday as the Royals took the first game, at home, by the score of 5-1, and received the Player of the Game honors at Dix Hills Ice Rink for his efforts. On Sunday, the Holbrook native helped spark a rally as the Royals came from behind to win in Randolph, by the score of 6-5.
“Nick played unbelievable this weekend,” said Long Island Royals Head Coach Ken Hoey. “He moved the puck so well and picked up four points in the first game and then helped get out comeback started on Sunday. A natural scorer, perhaps the best part of his weekend was that he really played the part of playmaker, displaying his overall game.”
The league’s second star is Carroll, a rookie goaltender for the Panthers. Carroll came on in relief against Cranston on Saturday and allowed a pair goals on eighteen shots. However, it was against Walpole where the West Chester native shined, making twenty-two saves in a shutout win over Walpole.
“Connor’s performance this weekend was exactly what you look for from your goaltender both as the starter and in relief,” said Panthers General Manager. “On Saturday, he came into a game with the team down 3-0 and gave us a chance to come back. On Sunday, with goals at a premium, he shut the door on a good Walpole team. He made two very difficult saves with the score at 0-0. He was the difference between winning and losing a close game.”
Rounding out this week’s stars of the week is Carducci, an All-Star from the 2012-2013 season, who piloted the Wolfpack to a 3-1 game victory over their in-state rivals, the Connecticut Junior Oilers. Carducci made 23 saves in the win in piloting the Francis Division Champions to their their first victory of the season.
“Kyle played unbelievable,” said Hartford Head Coach Chris Cerrella. “He was very good as a ’96 last year and will be a big part of our success this year. He’s getting a ton of extra experience in practices. He’s a part of our future and his performance showed it – he made every key save in a 3-1 game; he didn’t have to make many but the ones we made counted and with the game score the way it was, a 2-1 game becomes a 2-2 game or a 3-2 game and it changes the way a game is played. He was there to back up the guys in front of him all game long.”