Hooksett, NH – After opening the season with a road loss to the Vermont Lumberjacks, the New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs have rattled off eleven straight wins including two wins this past weekend beating the Boston Bandits 2-1 in the sudden death shootout and topping North Division rival Northern Cyclones 4-0 at Cyclones Arena.
Goaltending and great team defense have been a key contributor in the teams eleven game run. The tandem of Simon Leiva ’95 (Blainville, QC) and Cole Burack ’94 (Rockwell, TX) have combined for a stingy .959 save % and 1.33 goals against average. The team as whole has only given up 15 goals on the season which is the fewest in the Eastern Hockey League. Defensemen Jonathan Grassie ’95 (Somersworth, NH) and CJ Valerian ’95 (Gates Mills, OH) have lead the way for the team’s young defensive corp.
The Jr. Monarchs offense has also been timely and exciting to watch scoring 50 goals in just twelve games and the power play has caught fire lately running at 20%. Luke Babcock ’95 (Hampton Falls, NH), Brent Beaudoin ’96 (Londonderry, NH) and Hunter Laslo ’95 (Irvine, CA) have put up some impressive numbers while Cole Stallard ’94 an early season acquisition, (Woodstock, GA) and Luke Bennett (Rochester, NH) have also been key contributors up front.
Head Coach Ryan Frew had this to say about his team’s current winning streak, “It’s the result of a complete team effort. This group has worked hard and earned their success. We win (and lose) as a 25 man unit. This season is very young and we understand that. We also understand that we have a lot of work to do and that we have holes in our game. We will continue to try to get better. This is a great group of guys, they are fun to work with. They understand what it means to work together and to do it every day, as long as they continue doing that we will continue to improve. Our goaltending has been spectacular, we have gotten timely scoring, and pucks have bounced our way. As a team we will continue to prepare for the next game, as well as we can, each day. We don’t spend much time looking in the rearview. As far as I know the most important games of the season need to be won in March. We are hungry. Last year didn’t end how we wanted it too and failure is a great motivator. For now we will continue to play the games on our schedule at the best of our ability.”
The Jr. Monarchs will enjoy a bye week before playing host to the Philadelphia Revolution on Saturday November 1st @ 5:40pm at Tri-Town Ice Arena. On Sunday November 2nd they will travel to Waterville Valley, New Hampshire to take on North Division foe New England Wolves at 1:00pm.