FLORHAM PARK, NJ – The Metropolitan Junior Hockey League is pleased to announce its “Three Stars of the Week” for the period ending November 3, 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, Long Island Royals goaltender Corey Cairo (’94 birth year/Shoreham, NY) is the league’s 1st Star, Connecticut Junior Oilers forward Kevin Robinson (’96 birth year/Fairfield, CT) is the league’s 2nd Star and Boston Bandits defenseman Taylor Hale (’93 birth year/Glendora, CA) is the league’s 3rd Star.
Cairo picks up the league’s first star this week after piloting the Royals to a 2-1 weekend at the MJHL’s Winter Showcase. The Shoreham, New York native allowed six goals on one hundred and ten shots over the three games, including a forty-three save performance against the Boston Junior Rangers on Sunday. Cairo has played the most minutes, among goaltenders, in the MJHL this year, and has saved ninety percent of the shots he’s faced.
“The Junior Ranger team is a very strong offensive team that was averaging over four goals per game coming into Sunday’s matchup,” said Long Island Royals Head Coach Ken Hoey. “Corey made several spectacular saves that allowed us to remain in the game and get the win in overtime. Corey is the type of goalie you can count on in every situation and when the team needs him the most, he steps up and makes the big plays.”
“Cairo was simply a stud in that game,” added Boston Junior Rangers Head Coach Rich DeCaprio.
Robinson led the Junior Oilers to a 2-1 record at the Winter Showcase this weekend, with the team’s lone loss coming in overtime. Robinson had five goals and two assists over the weekend, including a hat trick, in the team’s 5-4 upset victory over the Philadelphia Revolution. Robinson is the team’s leading scorer.
“Robinson’s anticipation was good this weekend,” said Junior Oilers Head Coach Chris Myhro. “He was able to use his speed and quick release to bury some goals for us. He’s one of the team leaders and definitely lead us this past weekend.”
Picking up the third star is Hale, who continued his strong play this season for the Boston Bulldogs, who went 3-0 in the showcase to improve the team to 21-1-3, for the best winning percentage in the MJHL. Hale picked up three points over the three games, moving him into fifth place in scoring among defensemen. But the Glendora, California native anchored the Bandits defense that allowed three goals over the three showcase games and only thirty-eight goals against this season, the fewest GA, by far, in the MJHL this season.
“Taylor has been going a great job for us, week in and week out,” said Bandits Head Coach Scott Drevitch. “He leads the team in plus minus and has lead this team from the back end all season.”
(Nathan can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org)