HAWTHORNE, NJ – The Metropolitan Junior Hockey League is pleased to announce its “Three Stars of the Week” for the period ending December 16th. The three stars program is a weekly award given to the top three performers in league games, regardless of position, for the previous week. The awards will be scored on a 5-3-1 point basis and will assist in determining the end of year awards.
This week, Richmond Generals forward Eric Tien (‘93 birth year/Midland, MI) is the league’s 1st star, Cranston Reds forward Andrew Etheridge (’94 birth year/Burrillville, RI) is the league’s 2nd star and Long Island Royals goaltender Corey Cairo (’94 birth year/Shoreham, NY) is the league’s 3rd star of the week.
Tien, the first year forward for Head Coach R.C. Lyke, had an eight point weekend (3G 5A) over the weekend in guiding the Generals to a three game sweep over division rival, the New Jersey Renegades (8-2, 9-0, 5-1). Tien, one of three Michigan born players for the Generals this season and a previous Star of the Week recipient, has been on the MJHL scoring leaderboard all season long and this past weekend’s performance moved the forward into 4th place.
Etheridge, the first year forward for Head Coach Dave Capuano had a big offensive weekend as the Cranston Reds picked up 4 points in a pair of victories over the Laconia Leafs (4-2, 7-3). Etheridge had six points (2G 4A) on the weekend, picking up points on half of the goals registered by the Reds in the two game sweep. Both of the Burrillville native’s goals came shorthanded and Etheridge also picked up a pair of power play assists.
Cairo has been a steady force in net for Coach Ken Hoey and the Long Island Royals this season. Cairo, a backup on last year’s silver medal winning national runner-up team, has played the most minutes of any netminder in the MJHL this season, playing 1,078 minutes over 21 games played, also tops in the MJHL. Cairo currently ranks 10th in GAA and 15th in save percentage. Cairo is being recognized as the league’s third star this week after shutting out the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights over one and a half games this past weekend. Cairo was a perfect 28 for 28 as the Royals swept the Knights, 3-0 and 5-0.
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