FLORHAM PARK, NJ – The Metropolitan Junior Hockey League is pleased to announce its “Three Stars of the Week” for the period ending October 27, 2013. The three stars program is a weekly award given to the top performers in MJHL games, regardless of position, for the previous week. The awards are scored on a 5-3-1 point basis to assist in determining top performers for the year-end awards.
This week, Philadelphia Revolution defenseman Brad Nolan (’93 birth year/Bridgeton, MO) is the league’s 1st Star, Central Penn Panthers forward Richie McCartney (’96 birth year/Hershey, PA) is the league’s 2nd Star and Long Island Royals goaltender Corey Cairo (’94 birth year/Shoreham, NY) is the league’s 3rd Star.
Nolan takes home the top honor this week after helping to pilot the Revolution to a pair of wins over their division foe, the Jersey Titans this weekend in a home and home series. The Missouri native had five points (2G 3A) over the two games and now is the MJHL’s leading scorer, among defenseman with seventeen total points. Not just a scorer, Nolan was a +4 on the weekend and also didn’t commit a penalty.
“Brad is an aggressive offensive defenseman that makes plays,” said Revolution Head Coach John Ambrefe. “He is able to help set up plays in the offensive zone and his vision on the defensive side of the ice adds to his ability to be a playmaker. He also serves as one of our captains as is a positive role model for our younger guys.”
The league’s second star is McCartney, a high-scoring forward for the Central Penn Panthers. McCartney had a pair of goals and a pair of assists in each of the Panthers victories over the New Jersey Renegades and his offensive display has vaulted near the top of the MJHL scoring leaderboard.
“Richie has some tremendous offensive gifts,” said Central Penn General Manager Andy Scott. “He is very good with the puck in tight spaces. His ability to beat opponents one on one creates a lot of chances for both him and his teammates. He was also an integral part of why our power play excelled this weekend.”
Rounding out this week’s stars of the week is Cairo, veteran goalie for the Long Island Royals. Cairo has been an integral part of the Royals reign at the top of the Mullen Division over the last several seasons. Cairo picked up a pair of shootout victories this weekend, including one over the Mullen Division leading North Jersey Avalanche. The Shoreham, New York native made fifty-four saves over the two games but was at his best in the shootouts where he made twelve saves on fourteen shots, enabling the Royals to win both shootouts.
“Corey was the backbone of our team this weekend,” said Royals Head Coach Ken Hoey. “He made so many of those ‘how did he do that?’ type saves that really kept us in the games this weekend.”
Receiving honorable mention this week:
· Phil. Junior Flyers defenseman Alex Cortellessa (’96 birth year/Douglassville, PA)
· Walpole Express goaltender Aaron Daniello (’96 birth year/Rockland, ME)
· Boston Bandits defenseman Taylor Hale (’93 birth year/Glendora, CA)
· Hartford Junior Wolfpack defenseman Lou Ianotti (’96 birth year/Durham, CT)
· Jersey Wildcats goaltender Matt Inglis (’95 birth year/Irvington, NY)
· Boston Bandits forward Tommy Mahoney (’95 birth year/Braintree, MA)
· Richmond Generals goaltender Tucker Murphy (’94 birth year/Chesterfield, VA)
· Philadelphia Junior Flyers defenseman John Perretta (’95 birth year/Staten Island, NY)
· Hartford Junior Wolfpack forward Zach Palmer (’95 birth year/Ellington, CT)
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