Northern Cyclones win the inaugural 2014 Eastern (Junior) Hockey League-EHL Championship with a 3-2 deciding game 5 victory over regular season champs New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs.
The team fell into a 2-0 series hole but fought back winning three straight games.
The Cyclones also had to overcome a 2-0 deficit in the last contest but scored once late in the first period, then fought hard to outplay their opponents in the final pair of frames, getting a two tallies in the third to seal the title.
Northern Cyclones‘ center Kevin Valenti(27) is having a breakout season in his first full year with the team of the Eastern (Junior) Hockey League.
The slightly small-ish 5’11” 175 lbs. forward is more than a two point-per-game player.
Through 23 games he’s notched 20 goals and 27 assists for a league leading 47 and shows no signs of slowing down.
Last season he had less than half a dozen points through roughly the same amount of contests.
Not sure what occurred in the off-season but the 20-year old has come to play and scouts are watching.
He’s a smart, sensible two-way player that sees the ice well, sets up scoring chances or pockets his opportunities when they come his way.
It will be interesting to see where he goes next but turning pro and signing with a double A team wouldn’t be out of the question.
Connecticut Oilers captured the second Eastern (Junior) Hockey League Championship.
Down in the best-of-5 series 2 games to 1 against reigning champs Northern Cyclones, they rallied back with two convincing victories.
Starting goalie Michael Tilford(1) stopped a monumental 64 of 65 chances in the deciding final contest and Phil Kreuser(10), who was set to be a healthy scratch but played, scored the game-winning goal.
The Oilers had to beat some tough competition sweeping an always tough Walpole Express team and regular season best Philadelphia Little Flyers, who lost only three games in regulation during the 2014/2015 campaign.
Their efforts earned them a very well-played and deserved title.
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After three seasons of tier 3 junior hockey in the US, Russian-born left wing Daniil Kulikov(43) will go back home to join MHK Spartak and play as a 21-year old before looking for a job in the pros.
He won the inaugural 2014 EHL Championship with Northern Cyclones last season.
At 6′ 170 lbs. he’s always been able to contribute on the score sheet wherever he was playing juniors.
He’ll have to up his game when he returns to surroundings he may be more familiar with but looking at his history and numbers there’s definitely a good possibility it can happen.
First he’ll have to get into skating some games with the team, which he has yet to do through 4 contests.
Undrafted third year center Stephan Vigier(28) has decided to take his game overseas, signing a one year deal with Lillehammer of GET-ligaen for 2016/2017.
The small and feisty 5’9″ 167 lbs. forward put up career high numbers last season with South Carolina Stingrays scoring 24 goals and 26 assists for 50 points in 68 ECHL games with a +11 rating, then added another 6 goals and 5 assists in 19 postseason contests.
This was his second visit with the team he joined after 4 successful years at Northern Michigan University, where he was named assistant captain as a junior and senior.
In 8 games to finish off the 2013/2014 season he notched his first 5 pro goals and an assist.
As a rookie he would sign his first deal with Cincinnati Cyclones and come out of the game decently potting 14 goals and 14 assists, while also getting a pair of helpers on his first and only loan up to affiliate San Antonio Rampage for 6 AHL games.
To start his sophomore season he signed with Toledo Walleye but that only lasted 2 games before heading back to the Stingrays.
The 26-year old should do very well in Norway.