Walpole, MA - The Walpole Express EHL team’s luck finally ran out after an impressive eight-game winning streak as they split the weekend with a victory over the East Coast Wizards but a loss against Central Division leaders, Wilkes-Barre Scranton Knights.
On Friday the Walpole Express traveled to Bedford, Mass. to face off against division rival East Coast Wizards. In a physical affair the Express came away with 2 points and a 4-1 victory. “It was a gritty win for us,” said Express Coach Jon Lounsbury. “We played a team that competes very hard and will do anything to knock off a top rival. Thankfully, we responded well in the third period to come away with a big win.”
Evan McCarthy, who has committed to Miami of Ohio, returned to play between the pipes and was nothing but stellar throughout the game. “Evan made some huge saves for us and gave us the chance to win the game,” Lounsbury said.
On Sunday evening, the Express faced off against league powerhouse Wilkes-Barre Scranton Knights in a highly anticipated game. Just a week prior the Express beat the Knights 3-2 on home ice so the boys from Walpole were looking for another W. They came out ready for battle. Nick Dotolo got the scoring started to take a 1-0 lead heading into the second. Unfortunately for the Express that tally was enough fuel to ignite the Knights’ offense, which went on to score three unanswered goals. The Knights went on to score an empty net goal with a minute remaining and walked away with a 4-1 victory.
“We played a great first and third period but were unable to do anything in the second to sustain offense,” Lounsbury said. “The Knights’ Justin Lyle is a great coach who found a way to make the adjustments to shut us down. We were unable to adapt and they capitalized.”
The Express look to get back on track against the Vermont Lumberjacks on the road next Saturday at Leddy Park Arena.