East Coast Eagles head coach Robin Farkas sure wishes he could bottle what his Empire Junior Hockey League team was doing at mid-December and carry it into 2013.
When Empire League games resume at the Eastern Junior Leagueâ€™s Showcase in Marlboro, Mass., on Jan. 4, the Eagles hope to keep up a three-game winning streak. The Eagles also won four of their last five games before the holiday break to stand at 9-14-1-1 at the end of the 2012 portion of the season.
â€œI think we have been close all season and the team is beginning to close games out,â€ said Farkas. â€œWe have added some players that have helped, but the team has bought in. We are now a three-period team.â€
He sees a lot of depth on his team, so several players have stood out, more than just one â€œsuperstar.â€
Collin Duffy joined the team in October and had 14 points in 13 games (10 in the last four before the break).
â€œHe understands the game and easily accepts his roles,â€ said Farkas. â€œHe also has strong leadership skills.â€
Zach Mabie (who joined in November) had seven points and showcases â€œbove-average speed â€“ he has a great motor,â€ Farkas said.
He also had plenty of praise for the players who have been there since the beginning of the season.
â€œJake Weldon is a leader who plays important minutes, plays on the power play and penalty kill, understands the game and scores,â€ said Farkas. â€œKyle Levierre is fast. Heâ€™s our most surprising player, he plays in all situations and in all positions.
â€œBruce Chappell is a smooth skater with great first pass ability,â€ Farkas added. â€œChris Grosvenor has unlimited potential. Heâ€™s 6-feet-6-inches, 205 pounds and has a great shot and great vision. Thomas Gilmartin is our shut down defensemen. He plays within himself and plays the game well. I feel the development of this team is off the charts and the players will do well in the future.â€