Tuesday, December 4, 2012

AJHL announces Players of the Week

Press Release

CHESTERFIELD, VA. - The Atlantic Junior Hockey League (AJHL) has announced that Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights forward Erik Moberg (left), New Jersey Titans defenseman Brendan Conroy and New Jersey Rockets goaltender Stephen East (right) have been named the Offensive, Defensive and Goaltender of the Week, respectively, for the week ending Dec. 2.

Moberg, from Sundsvall, Sweden, struck for seven goals and two assists as the Knights forged a perfect 3-0 record. On Friday, the 1992-born tallied a pair of goals in a 4-1 victory over the Titans. The next day, the 6-foot-1, 197-pounder rang up four goals and two assists as Wilkes-Barre/Scranton bested the New York Bobcats, 7-4. Moberg put home another goal in a 4-2 triumph over the Bobcats on Sunday.

“Erik has one of the best sticks I've seen in any league,” said Knights head coach Justin Lyle. “He worked extremely hard last weekend and was rewarded for his efforts. He’s a natural goal-scorer.”

Conroy, a Batavia, Ill., native, connected for four assists as the Titans fashioned a 1-2 record. On Friday, the 1993-born assisted on New Jersey’s lone goal in a 4-1 loss to the Knights. The next day, the 5-foot-11, 170-pounder picked up two assists, including one on forward Anthony Stempin’s game-winning goal in overtime, as the Titans downed the Philadelphia Jr. Flyers, 5-4. Conroy added another assist on Sunday in a 5-2 loss to the Jr. Flyers.

East, from Linwood, N.J., backstopped the Rockets to a two-game sweep over the Washington Jr. Nationals, turning aside 76 of 80 shots. On Saturday, the 1995-born made 37 saves in a 9-2 victory. The next day, the 5-foot-11, 164-pounder stopped 39 shots as the Rockets doubled up the Jr. Nationals, 4-2.

“Stephen played well last weekend, and it was good for him to pick up a pair of wins,” said Rockets head coach Bob Thornton. “He made the routine and a lot of solid saves all weekend and should use this as a springboard for the rest of the season.”


OFFENSIVE: Connecticut forward Nick Belger; Titans forward Anthony Stempin; Philadelphia Little Flyers forward Sam Manzi; Rockets forwards Kyle Fargesen, Jeremy Bracco and Jonathan Kashmere; Walpole forward Nick Balboa

DEFENSIVE: Walpole defenseman Can Hainey

GOALTENDER: The Little Flyers’ Landon Trutt; Walpole’s Kyle Shapiro

 (Nathan can be reached at nathanfournier@mainehockeyjournal.com)

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