BOSTON, MA — Only two weeks and 26 total games remain in the Eastern Hockey League Premier (EHLP) regular season, as this past weekend featured all 12 teams in action. To date, eight teams have officially punched their ticket to the EHLP Playoffs, but the final seeds are still very much up for grabs.
The EHLP is pleased to announce that Ashton Collazo (Walpole Express), Alex Stein (Central Penn Panthers), and Graham Burke (Philadelphia Little Flyers) have been named the TSR Hockey Stars of the Week.
The upcoming schedule features 14 games over the next six days, starting tomorrow at Noon. The next set of TSR Hockey Stars of the Week will be released on Monday, February 25th. Remember to catch the #Eshow all season long on HockeyTV.
FORWARD – ASHTON COLLAZO (WALPOLE EXPRESS)
Collazo and the Express won all three of their games this past weekend, stretching their active winning streak up to five games. Walpole has clinched their spot in the postseason, and it looks very likely that they will be playing in the New England Conference play-in game in the first week of March.
As for Collazo, the 2000-born forward from Victor, NY paced the offense this was past weekend with five goals and an assist. Collazo has now tallied at least two points per game in six of his last seven contests. For the season, Collazo has 23 goals and 15 assists in 34 total games to date. With just four games remaining, Collazo and the Express will look to stay hot on their way into the postseason, starting this weekend with a pair of road games against the New England Wolves.
DEFENSEMAN – ALEX STEIN (CENTRAL PENN PANTHERS)
Stein and the Panthers only hit the ice for a single game this past weekend, but they took care of business with an 8-4 victory over the Philadelphia Jr. Flyers on Sunday. With the win, the Panthers strengthened their grip on the #4 seed in the Mid-Atlantic Conference.
As for Stein, the 2000-born native of Morgantown, PA tallied three points in the victory (one goal, two assist), running his season total up to 42 for the year. That total ranks Stein 2nd on the defensive scoring charts. The Panthers still have a pair of games left with the Jr. Flyers, along with four matchups against the New Jersey Renegades. It’s only fitting that this is what remains, with two of the three teams set to make the playoffs, while the final team will be eliminated.
Central Penn hits the ice with New Jersey first, as the rivals face-off in a three-game series this upcoming weekend.
GOALTENDER – GRAHAM BURKE (PHILADELPHIA LITTLE FLYERS)
Burke and the Little Flyers won all three of their games this past weekend, including a huge 3-2 victory over the New Jersey 87s on Sunday. The ’01 native of Baton Rouge, LA was in net for just the final game of the weekend, as he notched his 18th victory of the season. With the win, the Little Flyers increased their lead at the top of the Mid-Atlantic Conference standings.
As for Burke, the accolades keep adding up in his first season of junior hockey, with this now being his 5th honor to date.