Walpole, MA. — The New England Wolves Eastern Hockey League junior team, playing against Southern Conference League opponents at the first showcase of the EHL season, recorded a resounding 5-2 victory over the defending champion Philadelphia Jr. Flyers at Rodman Arena on Friday evening.
The first showcase of the season featuring all 16 teams in the league, the Wolves got on the scoresheet early when centerman Quinn Fahey intercepted a puck in the neutral zone and scored a mere nine seconds into the contest. Hunter Kirouac, Andre Gulbrandsen, Caleb Drouin and Anthony Thurston also scored while goaltender Chris Mattone turned aside 29 of the 31 shots he faced in the triumph.
The Wolves were bolstered all night by the contributions from some of their youngest players on the roster including Gulbrandsen (one goal), Adam Barnes (two assists), Breck Crawford (one assist) and the league’s youngest player, Declan House (one assist), who hails from Roselle Park. N.J.
“Our group is the youngest team in the league based on average age, and we knew it would be an adjustment as each player got acclimated to playing this new level,” Wolves’ Head Coach and General Manager Andrew Trimble said. “There is a tremendous amount of skill in our room and I think we are just scratching the surface of our potential.”
The Wolves would build up a 4-1 lead to begin the second frame before Philadelphia would make it interesting. Trading goals in the second half of the game, Mattone would be forced to make critical saves down the line to preserve the win.
When the horn sounded, the Wolves came out victorious with a 5-2 win, iced on a goal by Thurston, from Rochester, N.Y.
In total, the EHL Showcase in Massachusetts had 55 NCAA, Junior and Pro Scouts in attendance. For more information check out www.americanhockeyinstitute.com
Main Image: Declan House of the New England Wolves (Photo courtesy of EHL)
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