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Philadelphia Revolution: Junior teams preparing hard for EHL playoffs

The Philadelphia Revolution’s Eastern Hockey League teams are all focus, all energy, all determination.

After all, it’s March and that means it’s just about playoff time in the EHL’s Premier and 19U Elite Divisions.

The Revolution locked up fourth place in the Southern Conference, good for home ice advantage in the first round against the fifth-seeded New Jersey Rockets (also locked into their seed).

The Revolution defeated the Rockets in four out of their five regular season meetings.

In those five contests, EHL Premier captain Richard McCartney scored five goals and four assists. Other top contributors were forwards Bryce Witman (three goals, five assists) and Guy Roby (three goals, four assists).

All three Revolution goalies started games against the Rockets. Travis Pelke earned a shutout victory in his first start against them, while stopping 27 of 29 in his second win.

Daniil Gerasimov also shut out the Rockets in his first start against them, while turning aside 37 of 41 in his second win. Nick Donofrio started in the team’s only loss to the team, stopping 37 of 41 in a 4-3 loss. The teams have also combined for 218 penalty minutes in the five games.

The 19U Elite squad will take part in a round-robin style tournament for each of the North and South Conferences.

The South Conference’s first round tournament will be held at the Revs’ home Revolution Ice Gardens, starting Saturday, March 11.

The team will lean on the offensive prowess of Blake Hallman and Luke Aquaro.

Hallman (’98) leads the team in goals (35) and points (65), and he’s second on the team in assists. Aquaro, a 2000-born player and the youngest on the team, has 32 goals and 32 assists for 64 points.

Defensemen Branson King, Colin Roberts and Davin Van de Zilver will be tasked with matching up against the other teams’ top players.

“[King] will be holding down the back end with his leadership and consistent, steady play,” said general manager Chris Kanaly.

In goal, Trevor Babin (’98) and Chad Simmerman have combined for six shutouts this season, and had goals against averages of 2.50 and 2.28, respectively.

The Revolution youth teams’ seasons have ended on successful notes. A very high number of players committed to returning next season and recruiting is in full swing.

The Revolution are also implementing changes towards playing higher-level opponents throughout the country at the Tier-1 level.

For players interested in only playing against the best competition in the country at the youth level, please contact Jon Park (jpark@philadelphiarevolution.net).

 

Read past Philadelphia Revolution articles in our archives:

19U squad winning in and out of EHL play

Some old faces, some new faces behind bench