Tuesday, January 15, 2013

AJHL announces Players of the Week

Press Release

CHESTERFIELD, VA. - The Atlantic Junior Hockey League (AJHL) has announced that New Jersey Rockets forward Jeremy Bracco (left), defenseman William Campion (middle) and Northern Cyclones goaltender J.J. Solloway have been named the Offensive, Defensive and Goaltender of the Week, respectively, for the week ending Jan. 13.

Bracco, from Freeport, N.Y., unleashed for two goals and seven assists as the Rockets forged a 1-1-1 record. On Thursday, the 1997-born picked up three assists, including one on defenseman Max Gottlieb’s game-winning goal, in a 7-2 victory over the New York Bobcats. Two days later, the 5-foot-10, 145-pounder tallied a goal and an assist in a 6-3 loss to the Boston Jr. Rangers. The Harvard University recruit struck for a goal on a penalty shot and three more assists as New Jersey tied the Cyclones on Sunday, 4-4.

“Jeremy’s a threat to put the puck in the net in all situations,” said Rockets head coach Bob Thornton. “He's fun to watch and it's exciting to see him continue to develop and make those around him better.”

Campion, a Seaford, N.Y., native, connected for a goal and four assists in three games from the Rockets’ blue line. On Thursday, the 1995-born picked up a pair of assists in New Jersey's victory over the Bobcats. Two days later, the 6-foot, 175-pounder recorded a helper in its loss to the Jr. Rangers. Campion tallied a goal and another assist in the Rockets' tie against the Cyclones.

“Will’s a player on the rise and is developing into a very special defenseman,” said Thornton. “He's strong with the puck, plays with an edge and is a playmaker on the blue line for us.”

Solloway, from Derry, N.H., forged a 1-0-1 record in three appearances, turning aside 78 of 84 shots. On Wednesday, the 1992-born made 26 saves in a 5-2 victory over the Laconia Leafs. Three days later, the 6-foot, 190-pounder stopped all 27 shots he faced in relief, earning a no-decision. Solloway made 25 saves the tie with the Rockets on Sunday.

“J.J. has been outstanding for us all year, and last week was no exception,” said Cyclones head coach Bill Flanagan. “We have all the confidence in the world in his abilities, and are counting on continued success from him down the stretch.”


OFFENSIVE: Connecticut Wolfpack forward Ori Benyamini; New York Bobcats forward Chris Wallace; and Wilkes-Barre Scranton Knights forward Marcus Ortiz

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

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