|Posted: October 10th, 2017
EHLP: Express Complete Sweep of Panthers
Walpole, MA - The Express EHLP team got their first taste of the Southern Conference this weekend, besting the Central Penn Panthers on both Friday and Saturday evening. "With the current playoff format, depending on how we finish in the North, the games we play against the Southern Conference could be life or death come the end of the season," Coach Polino said. In this years playoff format, teams not finishing in first or second in their conferences will have their playoff chances determined by their games against the other conference. "One slip up against the other grouping could mean being on the outside looking in," Polino said. "Friday and Saturday were our first opportunities to see how we match up with other teams, it was a great learning experience."
On Friday the team took on Central Penn at Rodman Arena. The lone goal was scored by Mark Sheehan (Stoughton, MA), giving the Express a 1-0 lead. That lead would be stretched to 2 as Jake Geller would score to start the 2nd. Central Penn would get on the board, but Ryan Healey would extend the Express lead back to 2. The Snd period would come to a close after a goal from Ryan Miller and one from CPP. The score would be 4-2. Central Penn would apply the pressure in the third, scoring in the early minutes. Jake Giangregorio would extend the Express lead before Central Penn would eventually tie the game. In the final minute, Chris McCune (East Bridgewater, MA) would score to take the lead and again with an empty net to seal the deal. The Express would win game one of the weekend series 7-5. Henry O'Brien (Brookline, MA) would get his first junior hockey win in net making 27 saves.
On Saturday the two teams would face-off again, this time at the Boss Ice Arena at the University of Rhode Island. Giangregorio would get the scoring started with a goal in the first, follow shortly by another from Geller. In the second, Central Penn would strike first but Aidan Cifrino (Hingham, MA) would net his first of the season and extend the Express lead back to 3-1. In the third, Brenden Sinclair would score what would eventually be the game winner after some late scoring from Central Penn. The Express would eventually hold on to win 4-3. Ben Colangelo would get his first junior win making 15 saves. The Express would outshoot Central Penn 60-18.