Walpole, MA - The Express EHL team took the ice this Friday at Rodman Arena and came up short, losing 4-2 to the North Conference rival New Hampshire Avalanche.
In a spirited affair, both teams battled back and forth for 60 minutes of hard nosed hockey. Early in the first period the Avalanche took a 1-0 lead off a defensive zone turnover for the lone goal of the first period. Ryan Edgar (St Louis, MO) would tie the game at 1 a piece with a short-handed goal off an incredible individual effort.
The Avalanche would eventually take the lead scoring a power play goal halfway through the second and never look back. Just 30 seconds into the third period Trevor Pray (Tonowanda, NY) would cut the lead to one. Unfortunately, penalty trouble held the Express back and they were not able to recover. Austin Smith (Oakland Park, IL) finished the games stopping 32 of 36 shots faced.
On Sunday, the EHL team was back on home ice against the Total Athletic Seahawks. After a sluggish start, the train was able to pull away with a 5-1 victory. Trevor Pray led the way with 1G, 1A and arguably his best 60 minute performance of the season. Max Flynn (Wenatchee, WA) was strong in net stopping 28 of 29 shots faced for his 10th win of the season. Express goals came from Ryan Edgar, Chris Peters (Rochester, NY), Tommy McCarthy (Dedham, MA) and Cam Sullivan (Weymouth, MA).
Coach Jon Lounsbury is pleased with his team's recent play, "It's been a really good stretch so far in the month of December. We were defeated by a very tough Avalanche team and recovered nicely on Sunday." He went on, "For us it's not about the wins and loses, its about how we play the game, if we play it the right way and lose, I'm ok with it. The process is long but its paying off for a lot of our players."