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MJHL: Sweep Last Full Weekend of Season
Posted: February 23, 2015
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#21 | Marshall Blackman

Walpole, MA  - For the MJHL Express, this past weekend was all about catching the Boston Junior Rangers in the standings by besting three other teams: the Connecticut Nighthawks, Vermont Lumberjacks, and Valley Junior Warriors. By winning all three games, the Express could position themselves to catch the Rangers in the final game of the year, and capture the coveted top spot in the Mullen Division.

Nighthawks
The first game versus the Connecticut Nighthawks started with the Express dominating the play, outshooting the ‘hawks 15-5 and taking a 2-0 lead. Per Neuburger and Holden Biebel got the scoring going in the first. The second period was more of the same for the Express as they extended their lead to 8-0 with goals from Brady Cunningham, Ryan Gilboy, Orion Linnehan, Edgars Fridrishons and Kirk Underwood. A string of saves by goalie Chris Leclaire preserved the lead going into the third period. Unfortunately, an ice issue that could not be repaired forced the game to end early prior to the start of the third period. The Express were declared the 8-1 winners.

Lumberjacks
The second game of the weekend started similarly to the first, with the Express going up 4-0 in the first period. The Express threw 24 shots on the Lumberjacks’ net in the first period and 54 for the game. The Express threw another 20 shots on net in the second, scoring four more goals. (This was the second game in a row the Express hit the 8-goal mark.) Goals were scored by Marshall Blackman, Brady Cunningham, Logan Stark, Gilboy, John Heffernan, Underwood, and Neuburger. The Express took a series of penalties in the start of the third that allowed the Lumberjacks to try to mount a comeback but the lead was too much and the Express were too tough. Devin Day was in net for the win stopping 29 of 32 shots.

Warriors
The third game of the week started better than the other two -- as hard as that was to believe. The Express held the Warriors in their own zone for almost the entirety of the first period, with the Express going up 2-0 with goals by Austin Mininger and Heffernan. The Express offense was more than the Warriors could handle as Walpole added two more goals to take a 4-0 lead. Bryan Holmberg easily backstopped all 11 shots he faced and claimed the shutout.

With these wins, the Express extended their winning streak to 10 games -- the longest streak of the year. And Logan Stark hit the 50-point mark -- the first player to accomplish this feat in two seasons with the Express.
The Express are in action this week. On Saturday they face the Hartford Wolfpack in the final game of the season before heading to Cromwell, Conn. for the first round of the playoffs. The Express will either be a 2 or 6 seed depending on the results from next weekend’s games. The Express are now 33-9-1 on the season and are two points behind the Rangers for first place in the Mullen Division, and tied for second for most wins for the season.

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