EHL: Elite Season Ends with Hard Fought Victory
Walpole, MA - The Walpole Express Elite team saw their season come to an end on Sunday. The Express finished the season 21-15-6, a single point shy from a playoff appearance. The team won its final matchup of the season against the Northern Cyclones with a score of 2-1. Jake Geller scored his first goal of the season, while Mark Sheehan added the other. Nick Guadagno made 49 saves in the winning effort, and was named EHL Player of the Week because of his performance. “Always nice to see a kids like [Jake] Geller get a goal to end the year, he’s had a rough go with injuries this season, so I know getting that first goal had been weighing on him,” Coach Polino said.
This season the team was led on the ice by Trevor Pray (24g-29a-53 pts), Bryan Colburn (23g-22a-45 pts) and Xander Mavrogiannis (17g-27a-44 pts). Tyler Pietrzyk added another 20 goals throughout the season. “I expected a solid year out of Mav, it being his second season in the league, but to see three guys like Trevor, Bryan and Tyler come in and all hit the 20 goal mark in their first season is something special.”
On the back end, Pat Twombly (8g-15a-23 pts) and Harry Sheldon (4g-13-17 pts) led the way. “Harry and Pat played most of the season together as a pair, they are guys I knew I could rely on as the game got closer to the end.”
In net, both Max Flynn and Guadagno had solid first seasons in the league. Flynn finishes the season 15-12-2, including 3 shutouts and a .904 save percentage. Gaudagno finishes 6-5-1, with 1 shutout and a .913 save percentage. “I felt like we had pretty solid goaltending all season, Flynn carried the bulk of the load but I always knew Nick would still give us a game.”
The Elite team also wrote some history this season, setting some impressive records. Forward Bryan Colburn recorded the fastest hat trick in junior hockey history, scoring three in 29 seconds vs NY Applecore. The team as a whole finished with just 330 penalty minutes, the fewest for any Tier 3 junior team in history.
“I can not express how proud I am of this group. Although we came up short in the end, the important thing is that every kid on this team became a better player and a better person this season. In the end that’s the important thing, that’s all that really matters. I want to thank all of our guys for the work they put it all year, they deserve to be rewarded,” added Coach Polino.
The Express Juniors will now gear up for Tryouts, taking place next month at Rodman Arena.