New Website and New Name Launches
The Premier Hockey League (PHL)
Into the 2016-2017 Hockey Season
New design results in more user friendly website allowing team families to easily access information and news about teams, schedules, scores and more.
Boston, Mass. – The Mass Premier Development Hockey League announced today that it formally changed its name to the New England Premier Hockey League also known as the Premier Hockey League of New England (PHL). Since being founded in 2004, the PHL experienced tremendous growth while representing some of the top Midget and Youth Hockey programs from the region. The PHL contracted with Fuseideas and SportsNgin in the spring of 2016 to rebrand and market the league’s success.
PHL President, Mike Bonish, states, “I am excited and proud to announce that with the tremendous growth in our league, we advance to the next level with a new name and website that will enhance the experience of the players, coaches and parents of the Premier Hockey League of New England!”
The PHL officially launches its new website on Friday September 23rd. The website address is www.thenephl.com.
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.