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Southern CT. Stars National 2018 EJEPL 16U and 18U Split Season Champions

11/12/2018, 8:30pm EST
By EJEPL Reporter

18U Split Season Champions Southern CT Stars Nationals


18U Split Season MVP Will Forrest


16U Split Season MVP Will Stewart

Weslyan University - CT...  The stars were aligned in Connecticut as both the 16 and 18 U Championship games featured both the Southern Connecticut Stars and the GNY Stars. The teams, part of the EJEPL's Split Season conference all defeated their semi-final opponents to get to the Championship games.  In the 16 U, So. Conn defeated Western Mass Vipers 5-4  and Greater NY had a bye as the #1 seed . In the 18 U division, the Greater NY Stars defeated the Western Mass Vipers as well 5-0 & the So Conn Stars also had a bye as the #1 seed.  All the games were close and hard fought. "The facility at Weslyan was first rate and an ideal venue for the games" stated Admin. Assistant and Dean of Discipline Steve Kauffman who supervised the event for the EJEPL. 

In the 16 U Championship game, So. Connecticut took an early 1-0 lead on a power play goal by William  Stewart on an assist by Luke Welch and Kees Van Wees.  GNY Stars tied the score at 1-1 when  Jasper Zeray scored a  goal midway in the 1st period. Connor Harrison assisted on the goal. The 1st half ended 1-1 as the teams went to their locker rooms.  So Conn  opened the 2nd half scoring at 18:17 as Kees Van Wees scored on an assist from Kevin McNicholas.  GNY answered back and made it 2-2 with 12:30 left in the game with a goal from Luca Vicino assisted by Thomas Smith. The game continued tied through the end of the game.  It then became an instant classic when it was till tied after one overtime, with both teams getting a lot of good chances. At 9:17 in the 2nd OT  So Conn's William Stewart got his second of the game and the MVP trophy as his So Connecticut teammates got the victory and their Championship banner.

 

In the 18 U game between the same two organizations, So Connecticut who came in first in the regular season KRACH ratings, dominated the first half taking a 3-1 lead to the ice cut. Goals by Ben O'Connor, Alexander Hernandez and Will Forrest over came the lone GNY Stars goal was unassisted by Lance Kontorov . In the second half the GNY Stars refused to go away by scoring 4 goals Kontorov, Pivnev, Fomin and Barone.  Barone's goal with 1:41 left in the game was especially huge because So Connecticut had score 2 second half goals of their own which left the game tied 5-5 at the end of regulation!!  It took only 10 seconds in overtime to decide this one however, as Will Forrest of the So. Connecticut Stars rifled a bomb into the GNY Stars net to seal the Southern's second Championship of the day.  

 

 

 

16 U Level----- So Conn----Will Stewart

 

18 U Level----- So Conn-----Will Forrest

 

Congratulations to all 4 Championship game teams and a great day of hockey.

 

 


16U Split Season Champions Southern Ct. Stars Nationals

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