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 League’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.
“I think we have been close all season and the team is beginning to close games out,” said Farkas. “We have added some players that have helped, but the team has bought in. We are now a three-period team.”
He sees a lot of depth on his team, so several players have stood out, more than just one “superstar.”
Collin Duffy joined the team in October and had 14 points in 13 games (10 in the last four before the break).
“He understands the game and easily accepts his roles,” said Farkas. “He also has strong leadership skills.”
Zach Mabie (who joined in November) had seven points and showcases “bove-average speed – he has a great motor,” Farkas said.
He also had plenty of praise for the players who have been there since the beginning of the season.
“Jake Weldon is a leader who plays important minutes, plays on the power play and penalty kill, understands the game and scores,” said Farkas. “Kyle Levierre is fast. He’s our most surprising player, he plays in all situations and in all positions.
“Bruce Chappell is a smooth skater with great first pass ability,” Farkas added. “Chris Grosvenor has unlimited potential. He’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.”