|Posted: January 31st, 2017
EHL: Premier Team's Impressive Run Comes to an End
Walpole, MA - The Premier team took an unusual turn this weekend dropping all 3 contests on the road after having a stretch run of 11-2-2 in their last 15 games.
On Friday the team traveled to Bedford, MA to face off against a hard working East Coast Wizards club. Walpole failed to come out with intensity and found themselves in the hole early, unable to gain any traction as the Wizards took advantage of a sluggish start. The Express fell 4-1 (empty-net goal) and Logan stark (Newton, MA) was the lone scorer for the club.
The next two days saw the team travel to Valley Forum to take on the divison leading Valley Jr Warriors. It was another tough series as the warriors were able to jump on the Express early and often. The team would be able to come back in both games, but their comebacks would fall short. The Express would fall 5-3 in both games in Haverhill. "It was a dissapointing weekend for us. We talk about mental preparation all the time and our guys weren't ready for puck drop in these big games," said Coach Lounsbury. "Thankfully for us we can go through this now and have it ironed out for the playoffs." The Express currently have as many as 5 games in hand with divison opponents and sit 4 points out of first place.
Note: Bryan Ackil continues his hot streak as he has collected 8 points in his last 6 contests. "Bryan has been awesome since returning from injury, a lot of players come back with fear of re-injury and he has been the opposite," said Lounsbury. Missing 7 games due to injury, Bryan currently has 17 points in 26 games for the team.