In early Eastern Elite Prospects League action, at the 16U level, the Connecticut Oilers, Greater New York Stars and Philadelphia Revolution were leading the way after the first couple of weeks.
For the Oilers, Brian Silard had nine points, with Declyn Thornton and Max Fuld close behind with six points each. In goal for the Oilers, Donny Battimelli led the stingy Oilers.
For the upstart GNY Stars, Ethan Cohen, Dan Edmonds and Dean Owen each have two goals each for the 2-0 Stars from Brooklyn.
For the Revolution, Andrew Bean had two goals in the first two games to pace Philly.
On the 18U circuit, the Rhode Island Hitmen were off to a quick 5-1 start.
Eric Pesolaâ€™s five goals and five assists for 10 points led the Hitmen offense. Steve Schmitt has been tough to beat in goal early this year, with a .925 save percentage.
For Ken Hoeyâ€™s Long Island Royals squad, Matt Oâ€™Shaughnessy led a strong offense with six goals and five assists for 11 points. Joe Bonsignore is a close second with nine points.
The 4-1 Royals are averaging more than five goals per game on offense. For the 3-1 Richmond Generals, on offense, Tyler Jahn and Jack Zielinski were leaders.
The 2-0 Cyclones were right in the early mix with Ed Ziegenfuss at the forefront of the offense with six points.
Many of the teams were set to begin their full EJEPL schedules after this group, as the New Hampshire Monarchs, Philadelphia Little Flyers, Jaguars, New York Apple Core, Boston Bandits, Connecticut Chiefs and CP Dynamo will all become major factors in the competition.
â€œMany of the games played so far have been close and pretty exciting,â€ said commissioner Henry Lazar. â€œThe league is finalizing its plan for its All-Star Jamboree, which will be hosted by the Boston Bandits in January. Initial responses by junior and college scouts have been very positive through September.â€
Lazar also announced that the league will announce academic help solutions for struggling students as grades are a major priority moving forward.
For more information regarding the EEPL, please go to the web site at EEPL.com. The teamâ€™s directory of teams and contacts will appear in each issue of the USA Junior Hockey Magazine.