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EHL: Express Ready for Strong Second Half
Posted: January 5, 2015
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Walpole, MA  - The Walpole Express EHL team returns this week from the holiday break with one thing in mind: playoff hockey. After a grueling first half of the season, which culminated with first place in the Boston Division, the Express took some time off to celebrate the holidays with friends and family. 

Just prior to the break the Express headed to Simsbury, Conn. for the final league showcase of 2014. For game one, the scouts were out in full force as the Express took on a tough Hartford Wolfpack Club. Unfortunately, the Express came up short. Connor Rodericks was strong in net stopping 32-33 shots. Still, the Wolfpack capitalized on two empty-net goals to push their lead margin to 3-0.

In the second game the Express faced a resilient Philadelphia Revolution squad. The Express played a skilled and physical game, controlling every bit of the play and piling 42 shots on net. Midway through the first Frankie Cefalu broke the deadlock to take the lead 1-0. The Express continued to dominate throughout and came away with a 3-0 win.  Bryan Nelson and newcomer Nick Dotolo also scored goals for the Express. Evan McCarthy was a stalwart in net stopping all 20 shots for the shutout. 

SCORING SUMMARY
Period 1
Walpole Express - Frankie Cefalu (Alex Corvi, Jeremy Carignan) 12:22

Period 2
Walpole Express - Bryan Nelson (short handed) (Nick Balboa, Dylan Gamble) 16:17
Walpole Express - Nick Dotolo (Alex Corvi, Frankie Cefalu) 17:17

In Game 3 a tired Express squad took on a disciplined Philadelphia JR Flyers team. Rodericks again stood strong in net early as the Flyers controlled most of the play. The action went back and forth but the Flyers eventually took a 2-0 lead late in the game. With just eight minutes left to play winger Timmy Thurnau hit a streaking Nick Balboa for a pretty backhand goal, which brought the Express within one. Three minutes later on a similar play, Thurnau sent a beautiful pass to Balboa who was once again driving the net hard to even the score at 2-2. The Flyers dug in and held on, taking the game into overtime.  Just one minute into OT D-man Zach Feldmen made a great play in the zone to get the puck to Thurnau.  As luck would have it Thurnau was again able to send a saucer pass to Balboa who successfully waited out the Flyers goalie to take home the win for the Express.

SCORING SUMMARY
Period 1
Philadelphia Junior Flyers - Steve Beck (power play) (Colin Ward, Jeff Beck) 9:34
Philadelphia Junior Flyers - Steve Beck (Josh Larson, Evan Williams) 17:10

Period 2
Walpole Express - Nick Balboa (power play) (Timmy Thurnau, Dylan Gamble) 8:37
Walpole Express - Nick Balboa (Frankie Cefalu, Timmy Thurnau) 20:40

Overtime
Walpole Express - Nick Balboa (Timmy Thurnau, Zach Feldman) 1:20

The Express begin new year with two non-league games on January 9 and 10 versus the New England Wolves, as well as prepare to host the EHL Showcase at Rodman Arena January 17-20, 2015.

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