Hooksett, NH – The New Hampshire Junior Monarchs earned two solid wins this past weekend against both a Northern Division foe and a rival from the prep school ranks.
Friday night the team traveled just a short ride south to face the New England Huskies in a building that has been a challenging one to play in since the league’s inception. The team went down 1-0 just halfway through the first period, but battled back to even the score with just 44 seconds remaining in the first frame off a Trevor van Riemsdyk goal assisted by Jacob Rutt. The team would again go down by a goal in the early minutes of the second, but by the end of the period they would take a 3-2 lead back to their locker room. The 2nd and 3rd goals would come from perhaps two of the most unlikely Monarchs. At the 14:46 minute mark of the period Empire team call-up Evan Schultz would score his first career goal as an EJ Monarch with defenseman Billy Eiserman assisting on the tally. Not to be outdone by his Empire teammate, forward Ryan Callahan would net his first career for the big club off a great feed from Jamie Ferullo. The Monarchs would add two more goals in the third with van Riemsdyk scoring his 2nd of the game and Peter DeAngelo netting an empty netter, but the heroes of the day were undoubtedly Schultz and Callahan who gave the Monarchs the game-tying and game-winning goals.
Saturday afternoon the team would make their annual trek to the Rinks at Exeter to compete in a non-conference game against the Northwood School. The Monarchs came into the game having lost the last two years to the highly-touted prep team, and they were looking to exact some revenge. On the shoulders of goaltender Chris Eiserman, the team would gain their first win in three years over a very fast, and very physical Northwood team. Eiserman would pitch his second shutout as a Monarch and Ryan Callahan would score his 2nd game-winning goal as a Monarch and 2nd game-winner of the weekend. Three other Monarchs players would score in the game, all of whom were defensemen. Trevor van Riemsdyk would score his 3rd goal in 2 games and Brice O’Connor and Jacob Rutt would add the others.
The team has one game this coming weekend when they will host the Bridgewater Bandits in a 12:30 pm matinee at the Tri-Town Ice Arena.