The Premier Hockey League of New England (PHLNE)
Adds Five New Programs
New teams to begin league play for 2017-2018 season
Boston, Mass. – The Premier Hockey League of New England (PHL) announced today that it has officially added five new programs. The Mass Bay Chiefs, North Suburban Wings, Greater Boston Vipers, Worcester Junior Crusaders, and Boch Blazers will commence league play for the 2017-2018 season. Since being founded in 2004, the PHL has experienced tremendous growth while representing some of the top Midget and Youth Hockey programs from the region. The PHL is now comprised of more than 200 teams from 32 different hockey organizations solidifying itself as one of the largest youth hockey leagues in New England.
PHL President, Mike Bonish, states, "We are excited to welcome these programs into our league next season!" "All of these Organizations are guided by a core mission to provide a positive environment to its players and families which will fall in line with our league mission. ALL of The Premier Organizations are committed to the development of every player and a training program that is focused on Skill Progression, Player Development and Competitive Play."
“We are committed to becoming the first league that will develop a real balance in the level of play that will further the positive development of EVERY Player.” Mike Bonish added.
BILLERICA, MA – The Eastern Mass Senators U18 Elite hockey team captured the 23rd Annual Labor Day Classic Championship today at the Hallenborg Rink in Billerica, MA. The team completed a 4-0-0 record in preliminary round action outscoring their opponents 30-3 in 4 games. The Senators defeated the Canton Bulldogs on Sunday afternoon 4-0 to move to 5-0-0 and advance to the finals for the 4th straight season. The Wellesley Raiders completed a 2-2-0 preliminary round and then defeated the Mass Bay Shamrocks 6-1 to earn a spot in the final.
The game started out with some good pace up and down the ice. The Senators despite scoring 30 goals in their preliminary round games have found a hard time to score goals in the 1st 15 minutes each game. This would prove again as Wellesley was able to score with 2:45 left in the 1st period for a 1-0 lead. The Senators took a penalty on a line change with 12 minutes left in the second and less than a minute into the power play Wellesley would extend their lead to 2-0.
Although the Senators trailed 2-0 they started to take control of the ice and were finding it very hard to beat Wellesley goalie Andrew Ludwig who was making save after save to keep the Raiders in the lead. With 4:19 left in the 2nd period Forward Matt Nardone (St.Johns Prep) was able to knock in a loose puck that escaped Ludwig. Matt Ricci (Westford Academy) and Joe MacInnis (Framingham) assisted on the goal. The score remained 2-1 at the conclusion of two periods while they resurfaced the ice.
Sunday after the ice was resurfaced the Senators scored 3 goals to put away Canton. They would need the same results to make a comeback vs Wellesley. It wasn’t until less than 7 minutes left that Nardone was able to solve Ludwig again and the Senators tied the game 2-2. Cam Egan (Waltham) shot from the point made it through some traffic and Nardone was able to grab his 2nd of the game and 6th of the tournament. Then with 4:27 left in the game the Waltham High School connection of Egan, brother Chris Egan and forward Steven Giardina were able to net the eventual game winner with Giardina scoring his 4th of the tournament sending the puck top shelf around bodies in front of the Raiders net.
The Senators were able to hold off pressure from the Raiders in the final minute after pulling the goalie and capture their 1st Labor Day title in over 5 years. Paul Barbieri (Burlington) and Tommy Ferullo (Woburn) split duties in the net for the Senators and were great in all 6 games only allowing 5 goals in 6 games.
The Senators will start league play next Saturday night in Reading vs the Walpole Express.