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Conditioning Pays Off with Three Wins in 4 Nights
Posted: September 29, 2014
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Nick Balboa
Walpole Express Hockey

Walpole, MA  - The EHL team is off to a great start this season, most recently notching three victories in four nights. The first win came Thursday, Sept 25 in NJ against the New Jersey Rockets. A long road trip didn’t hold the Express back as they exploded for seven goals and 51 shots on net. This was a true team win as goals came from six different players, and nine players registered points. The Express controlled the play as they worked tirelessly in all three zones. Dylan Gamble (Whitefish, MT) tallied his first of the season from Nick Balboa (San Mateo, CA) and Blake Walderson (Phoenix, AZ).

In the second period the Express special teams exploded for two short-handed goals and two power play goals to blow the lead wide open. The Express never gave up, scoring two more in the third period to put the Rockets to sleep and cruise to a 7-1 victory. Goaltender Connor Rodericks (Franklin, MA) turned away 29 of 30 shots for the win to give him his first victory of the year.  

1. Dylan Gamble (Whitefish, MT); assists Nick Balboa (San Mateo, Ca) and Blake Walderson (Phoenix, AZ)
2. Jeremy Carrignan (Amos, QC); assist Frankie Cefalu (Buffalo, NY)
3. Alex Corvi (Barrington, RI); assists Nick Balboa (San Mateo, CA)
4. Blake Walderson (Phoenix, AZ); assist Brendan Callow (Braintree, MA)
5. Frankie Cefalu (Buffalo, NY); unassisted
6. Nick Balboa (San Mateo, CA); assists Bryan Nelson (Upton, MA) and Frankie Cefalu
7. Nick Balboa (San Mateo, CA), assist Bryan Nelson (Upton, MA)

Walpole Blanks Boston Jr Rangers on the Road
After tasting victory the Express headed to Tewksbury, Mass. on Saturday, Sept 27 hungry for more. From the opening puck drop to the buzzer the Express controlled a majority of the play in this tilt. The first period was a fast-paced physical battle as both goalies stood tall to end the period in a 0-0 deadlock. The second period proved to be more of the same as the score remained 0-0 until Eric Lipa (Lockport, NY) found the back of the net off a nice play from Nick Balboa (San Mateo, CA) and Alex Corvi (Barrington, RI). 

The Express headed into the third with a 1-0 lead and never looked back. The boys from Walpole capitalized on the power play as Nick Balboa (San Mateo, CA) scored a pretty goal with the help of Eric Lipa (Lockport, NY) and Bryan Nelson (Upton, MA). With time winding down, Frankie Cefalu (Buffalo, NY) picked the pocket of a Rangers D-man to go in a lone and score on the empty net giving the Express a 3-0 win and Evan McCarthy (Castle Rock, CO) his first shutout of the season. “Mac” turned away 36 shots for the win and gives credit to his D core for making sure there were no second chances in front of him.

1. Eric Lipa (Lockport, NY); assists Nick Balboa (San Mateo, CA) and Alex Corvi (Barrington, RI)
2. Nick Balboa (San Mateo, CA); assists Bryan Nelson (Upton, MA) and Eric Lipa (Lockport, NY)
3. Frankie Cefalu, (Buffalo, NY) unassisted

Persistence and Teamwork Key as Express Edge Cyclones
For the third game in four grueling nights the Express battled to edge the Northern Cylcones with one second remaining in overtime. A tired Express club worked for 65 minutes to achieve their first home victory of the year, knocking off the defending league champs. Walpole jumped to an early 2-0 lead, taking advantage of a five-minute major by the Cyclones. Frankie Cefalu (Buffalo, NY) kicked the scoring off with the help of Jeremy Carrignan (Amos, QC) and Alex Corvi (Barrington, RI). Minutes Later Nick Blaboa (San Mateo, CA) continued his red-hot pace by banging home a rebound of a Bryan Nelson Shot. The Cylcones wouldn’t retreat as they scored the lone goal of the second period to send the Express to the room with a 2-1 lead.

In the third period, Walpole looked to be out of gas as the ‘Clones buzzed around the rink. Evan McCarthy stood tall making save after save to preserve the lead. Eventually, the Cyclones found a loose puck in front of the net to tie the game at 2. With two minutes remaining in the game the Cylcones scored off a re-direct, which looked to be the game winner. But the Express remained confident and just 13 seconds later Rudy Carson (Tacoma park, MD) rifled a shot post and in off a nice play from Logan Hockley (Lebanon, PA).

The game would work its way to OT. For nearly five minutes the team battled back and forth and the game seemed to be headed to a shootout. With 8.4 seconds remaining, assistant coach Clay Adams made an adjustment off the faceoff to send Balboa on a near breakaway from a Cefalu faceoff play. Balboa patiently held the puck as he came around the net to hit Jake Leamer in the high slot for a one-timer bar down with 1.4 seconds left on the clock.  Once Again, McCarthy stood tall in net stopping 48 of 51 shots. 

1. Frankie Cefalu (Buffalo, NY); assists Jeremy Carrignan ( Amos, QC) and Alex Corvi (Barrington, RI)
2. Nick Balboa (San Mateo, CA); assists Dylan Gamble (Whitefish, MT) and Frankie Cefalu, (Buffalo, NY)
3. Ruday Carson (Tacoma Park, MD); assist Logan Hockley (Lebanon, PA) and Frankie Cefalu (Buffalo, NY)
4. Jake Leamer (Mertztown, PA); assists Nick Balboa (San Mateo, CA) and Frankie Cefalu (Buffalo, NY)

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