|Posted: January 23rd, 2017
EHL: Elite Split Weekend; Pray & Colburn named to All-Star Game
Walpole, MA - The Walpole Express Elite team split their weekend match ups with the Northern Cyclones and Boston Jr. Rangers. On Friday, the Express were victorious against the Cyclones 5-4. On Sunday, the team fell 2-1 to the Rangers in a hard fought battle.
Friday the team traveled to Hudson, New Hampshire for their game against the Cyclones. Bryan Colburn would score the lone goal in the first, extending his point streak to 4 games. Trevor Pray would register an assist, extending his point streak to 10 games. Early in the 2nd, the Cyclones would tie the game, before Colburn would score his second of the night and regain the lead. The 2nd would end with the score tied 2-2. Early in the 3rd the Express would score 3 unanswered to take a 5-2 lead. Tyler Pietrzyk would start the scoring with his 16th of the season, Pray would score his 20th goal, and Xander Mavrogiannis his 8th goal, extending his personal point streak to 8 games. The Cyclones would score on the powerplay to cut the lead to 2, and then again with the goal tender pulled to get back within 1. The Express would hold strong and finish the game with a 5-4 victory. Max Flynn would make 44 of 48 saves in the winning effort.
On Sunday the team would play the Boston Jr. Rangers in Tewksbury. After a scoreless 1st period the Rangers would open scoring on the powerplay with a lone goal in the 2nd. Pietrzyk would score early in the 3rd before the Rangers would score again on the powerplay. Although the effort was there, the Express could not find the back of the net and force overtime.
“Overall it was a good weekend for us,” Coach Polino said. “I think we put together two solid games this weekend, just a shame we couldn’t come up with both wins. The rest of the season is going to be a battle in our final playoff push.”
On Monday the league announced those players chosen to play in the EHL Elite All Star Game. Trevor Pray will compete on Team Red while his linemate Bryan Colburn will compete for Team Blue.