Injuries pile up, EJSE go 1-1-0-1 at East Showcase in Boston

The Elmira Jr. Soaring Eagles played 3 games this past weekend at the NA3HL East Showcase in Boston, MA. The team went 1-1-0-1 in the 3 games played.

Elmira 6 @ NE Knights 3 – Liam Murphy and Jayvon Fogelgren each potted a pair of goals as the Elmira Jr. Soaring Eagles doubled up the New England Knights 6-3. Thomas Leibold chipped in a goal and an assist while Ethan Fuller also found the back of the net. Daniel McCarthy stopped 21 shots. Kevin Belanger, Nolan Murphy and Leevi Kervinen all scored for New England in the loss. Patrick Gribbin and Steven Berry teamed up to make 33 saves.

Elmira 2 @ L/A 3 (SO) – Sergei Anisimov’s goal in the shootout lifted the L/A Nordiques to a thrilling 3-2 win over the Elmira Jr. Soaring Eagles. Anisimov’s first goal gave the Nordiques an early lead and Bryce Leger’s sixth of the year gave them a 2-0 lead after the first. The Jr. Soaring Eagles stormed back in the third with a pair of goals just nine seconds apart. Jayvon Fogelgren got Elmira within one and Masaki Kawashima tied the game with 6:57 to play. All three Nordiques scored in the shootout while the Soaring Eagles received goals from Ian Skinner and Liam Murphy. Jason St. Pierre got the win in net for Lewiston/Auburn as he stopped 21 of 23 in regulation. Nick Konkel and Andrew Engel combined for 56 saves.

Elmira 1 @ Maine 2 – Owen DuBois’ goal with 20 seconds remaining in the second period lifted the Maine Wild to a 2-1 win over the Elmira Jr. Soaring Eagles. Jayden Werner scored the first goal of the game for the Wild. Dawson Taylor and Kyle Wiswell picked up the helpers on the game winner. Thomas Leibold provided the only goal for the Jr. Soaring Eagles with Lou DeCola contributing the assist. Tom Spero stopped a remarkable 53 shots to improve to 2-2 on the season. Andrew Engel was very good in his own right as he stopped 41 shots.

“We started off the showcase with a solid win over the hard working Knights. In Game 2 against the Nordiques, we fell claim to two injuries which sent Konkel and Miller off the ice. Nonetheless, the boys battled back to force overtime and a shoot-out against the reigning Coastal Division champions. In the final game, a skinny roster with more injuries didn’t help in the 2-1 loss to Maine. Hopefully the upcoming week off can help us recover and prepare for Skylands,” Head Coach Trevor Simonson was quoted saying.

The Jr. Soaring Eagles move to 7-2-0-1 and currently sit at 1st place in the Northeast Division.