ESSHL Junior League Championship
Saturday, December 3rd
That’s a wrap on the 2016 ESSHL Junior League. Games tonight were very close and you could tell both teams wanted the trophy. But in the end your 2016 Champions are the Hawthornes coached by Guy Shover.
Game 1: Hawthornes 2 – Renegades 1
This game was a close match of even teams. The Hawthornes took a 2-0 lead through 2 periods with both goals from Preston Shover. The Renegades get on the board late in the 3rd with a nice cross pass from Brandon Morgan to rookie Anthony Taylor who scored the only goal for the Renegades. The Hawthornes defense and goaltending kept the door shut for the Renegades.
Game 2: Hawthornes 3 – Renegades 1
Game 2 was just a thriller. Renegades score early on to take the lead with a goal by Zach Webb with assists by Brandon Morgan and Adam Vargas. But the Hawthornes quickly responded with a goal by Preston Shover. The second period remained scoreless with great goaltending from Renegades goalie Dylan Ross and Hawthornes goalie Cabe Morgan. The 3rd period came down to who would strike first. The Hawthornes scoring leader Preston Shover leading them to out shoot the Renegades and scored both goals to seal the championship for the Hawthornes.
ESSHL Senior League Games from
Sunday, December 4th
Game 1: Penguins 0, Capitals 6
The day’s games started off with a lopsided affair as the Penguins laid an egg and the Caps cruised to an easy win. Capitals goalie Dylan Harrington stopped all eleven shots he faced en route to the shutout victory. Captain Pat Trick and Preston Shover each had two goals and an assist in the game. Matt Yetter and Cliff Windsor picked up the other goals; Clara Schreffler chipped in an assist.
Game 2: Red Wings 1, Bruins 5
The trend of routs continued as the Bruins controlled play over the Wings, more than doubling their opponents’ shots on goal and sailing to victory. The Smooth Criminal had an uncharacteristically quiet game, putting up a single assist. Instead, it was T.R. Hoyt who led the way this game, scoring two goals and an assist for the three-point effort. Dustin Aigner added two goals; Zach Webb scored the remainder. Jason Johnson and Matt Ayres picked up a helper apiece. The Huntsman scored the lone goal for the Wings, assisted by Robby Parker.
Game 3: Predators 3, Capitals 2
Arguably the best game of the day, this tilt featured two of this year’s powerhouse teams going down to the wire. The shots were dead even at 17 apiece. It was an edge-of-your-seat game fit for the playoffs. In the end, the difference maker was an unbelievable no-look pass through traffic from El Presidente to an open Guy Shover in the dying minutes of the third period to seal the win for the Preds. Shover finished the game with two goals; Randy Stapleton scored a goal and the aforementioned assist. Keith Hagler and Dalton McDaniel added assists for the Preds. Preston Shover, not to be outdone by his old man, scored both of the Caps’ goals. James Haley and the Pat Trick had the helpers.
Game 4: Penguins 1, Blues 2
In another close, well-fought game, the hard luck Penguins couldn’t muster enough firepower to best goalie Mark Stapleton. On the other end, Pens goalie Guy Parks stopped 19 of 21 shots against to keep his team in it until the final buzzer. Julian Dedicatora and Danny Miller scored the goals for the Blues; Jennie Rice and Matt Sullivan picked up assists. Derek Hail spoiled the shutout bid for Mark Stapleton; Dead Dedicatoria and Michael Garbacz had the helpers on the play.
Game 5: Red Wings 4, Avalanche 5
While still a close game, this tilt was a real barnstormer compared to the previous two with eight total goals and a whopping fifty-five total shots between the teams. In fact, the Wings and Avs couldn’t settle the contest in regulation, and took the affair to a shootout where Mr. Tease potted the only goal and took home all the marbles. In regulation play, Nate Metzger scored two goals, with Teasley and Garrett Baylis each scoring one for the Avs; Bryan Applegate and Dustin Palo each earned an assist. For the Wings, newcomer C.J. Jones scored a pair to say hello. Robby Parker also netted two; The Huntsman, Tayler Perks, Steve Sharo and Danny Tweedy collected the helpers.
Game 6: Predators 4, Bruins 2
In a very methodical, defensive-minded contest, it was the Preds who were able to break away from the Bs with a two-goal third period and hold on for the win. The Preds’ defense was able to stymie the Smooth Criminal, Donnie Williams, and keep him off the board, no mean feat. Meanwhile, El Presidente enjoyed a three-point game with two goals and an assist for the Predators. Guy Shover scored the other two goals; Jesse West picked up an assist. Scott Millikin put up a goal and an assist for the Bruins; Dustin Aigner also scored a goal.
Game 7: Blues 2, Avalanche 8
The day’s slate of games went out with a bang as the Avs unloaded on the Blues, peppering Mark Stapleton with 29 shots and circling the offensive zone like sharks. Mr. Tease netted himself a hat trick, and was smilin’ like a butcher’s dog. Seth Dize (3A) and Nate Metzger (2G, 1A) also helped themselves to a three-point game apiece. Garret Baylis scored two goals for the Avs; Dustin Palo had a goal and an assist; Zach Mills and Bryan Applegate each kicked in a pair of helpers. Joseph Cornwell and Danny Miller scored the Blues’ goals; Cornwell also picked up an assist, as did Ray Johnson and Julian Dedicatoria.