Norrheast Generals Player Profile: Ryan Gordon

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For the Northeast Generals’ NAHL team, they need players with top end potential. One of them is Forwaed Ryan Gordon. Head Coach Bryan Erikson said of Gordon’s skill that “ Ryan Gordon has been our most consistent 200 foot player. He is super skilled but is also great in the faceoff circle, on the forecheck in the D zone and very creative with the puck on his stick. He is just a great hockey player that is going to be a monster down the stretch and make a D1 team very happy once they commit him.”

On elements of his game that have improved Erikson added “I think his patience has developed the most. He has calmed down on the ice. Not as much in a rush to get up the ice. His patience has allowed him to round out his game in the D zone without sacrificing his dynamic offensive skills. His work ethic is also off the charts. Always in early, staying late. He is a perfectionist. And it is showing in his game. Just love his compete and his ability to get greasy goals along with highlight reel goals.”

Player profile answers

What is your favorite video game or thing to do in your spare time?

“Black ops 2/3”

Who do you look up to most in your life and why?

“My parents and brother, they all have incredible work ethics.”

Tell us about the type of player you are

I think I’m a two way forward that can impact all 200 feet of the ice.

Which NHL player past or present do you model your game after?

“Bergeron “

What is your best hockey memory?

“Winning True Cup championship with Mount St Charles.”

What are your goals on and off the ice this year?

“On the ice my biggest goal is trying to play with more speed each game. Off the ice Getting stronger and improvi@‘mng my mental game.”

Northeast Generals:Week in Review

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For the Northeast Generals, it was a good weekend. The NAHL team got four key points against the first place New Jersey Titans. The NA3HL team secured a playoff spot as they look to make it back to, and improve upon their Fraser Cup performance.

NA3HL

For the NA3HL group, Head Coach Daryl Locke had the following to say about his team’s two wins earning the spot to battle for a trip to the Fraser cup once more.

He said “ Saturday’s game was a bit of a mix bag for us. We came out and got on the board first with a Braeden Kennedy goal. We were real sloppy in our dzone coverage later in the period and it cost us. Two Long Beach goals in less than two minutes put us down going into the second period. We were able to regroup and come out and tie it in the second period. Nolan Murphy with a big time goal equaled the score. After a scoreless third period and overtime we went into the shootout pretty confident. We have a bunch of highly skilled forwards up and down the lineup who can score with incredible moves. D’Mar McCoy, in my opinion, is one of the best goalies in the league for shootouts. He’s so calm that he doesn’t give the shooters an opening to make a play. Matt Nuzzolilo again led us off with a goal in the shootout. After a miss and two saves by D’Mar, Caiden Hess won it for us with a nice five hole goal. Caiden had been shooting the puck and finding the net all week in practice. I could feel he had that touch where everything was going in for him. He’s been heating up lately and happy for him he’s getting those opportunities to finish. A good gut check win for the boys.
Sunday’s game was fast and physical. The boys established the forecheck and were able to get pucks behind their defense and create scoring opportunities. Tyler Ramm was a physical force again for us. He had two goals and was relentless in all three zones with his play. Sammy Lamphear with a nice goal on a great pass from Viktor Solokhin. Caiden Hess continued his hot hand with another goal. Matt Nuzzolilo with a highlight reel shorthanded goal. Mason Joseph made some timely saves and led us to victory. Overall, a successful weekend as the four points put some distance between the two teams.”

On the mentality for the team the rest of the regular season he said “ Our approach going forward will remain the same as day 1 of training camp. We want an opportunity to win The Fraser Cup. The way you achieve that is by playing the game all out. We will not sit players or cut players ice time to rest them for the playoffs. We’ve dealt with call ups and season ending injuries all season. This group has persevered with the next man up mentality all year long. Super proud of this group and the way they go about their business on a daily basis. Having an opportunity to coach these players day in and day out has been a privilege.”

NAHL

The group lead by Head Coach Bryan Erikson got four points against the first place New Jersey Titans. These points help the Generals in their playoff hunt.

As Erikson said “ I love the way the guys battled this weekend. Friday I thought we came out a bit overhyped for the game and got away from our systems and structure a bit. And we fell behind 2-0. But we did a great job getting back to what works and climbing back into the game. The Power Play was very good as was the Penalty Kill. Then to score the equalizer late on the Cooper goal was huge. And Ryan Gordon took over in OT and made a great play for the GWG. Real proud of how they played on Friday vs. a great team.Then on Saturday I thought New Jersey really took it to us. They controlled play for the first 12 minutes but we weathered the storm well. Filled lanes, protected the house and did a good job when we were on our heals. And once we settled in I thought we did a good job. Some timely scoring. David Tolan with a great goal, Ryan Corcoran with a great goal. Real pretty plays that came from within the structure we wanted to play with. We just got a ton of solid contributions from everyone in the lineup. Evan Orr and Jackson McCarthy were huge on the backend. Each played over 30 minutes which is a huge ask but they were up to the challenge. And Cullen stole that game for us in net. He was awesome. A great game and a great job of staying under control during a barrage of offensive zone play by New Jersey. Real proud of our guys. But we need to build on it going forward. Need to start stringing some wins together.”

Box Scores

Northeast Generals 5 (OT) at New Jersey Titans 4 – Status: Final OT
Friday, January 21, 2022 – Middletown Ice World Arena

Northeast 0 3 1 1 – 5
New Jersey 2 1 1 0 – 4

1st Period-1, New Jersey, Willey 9 (Farrell, Sang), 16:38. 2, New Jersey, Calafiore 15 (Sanborn, Dumas), 17:17. Penalties-Keresztes Njt (high sticking-minor), 5:00; Ramm Nte (holding-minor), 18:54; Willey Njt (holding-minor), 18:54; Takacs Njt (tripping-minor), 19:16.

2nd Period-3, Northeast, Tolan 4 (Jennersjö, McCarthy), 4:28. 4, Northeast, Gordon 11 (Tolan, Scott), 15:37 (PP). 5, Northeast, Minnehan 11 (Corcoran, Keefer), 16:40 (PP). 6, New Jersey, Willey 10 (Bannister, Karlsson), 18:48 (SH). Penalties-Carroll Njt (roughing-minor), 1:42; Calafiore Njt (hooking-minor), 2:19; Cooper Nte (high sticking-minor), 7:33; Schubert Nte (hooking-minor), 12:35; Dumas Njt (tripping-minor, roughing-minor), 14:46; Karlsson Njt (tripping-minor), 14:46; Corcoran Nte (hooking-minor), 19:50.

3rd Period-7, New Jersey, Carroll 7 (Calafiore, Bannister), 1:42 (PP). 8, Northeast, Cooper 1 (Schubert, Boczar), 8:51. Penalties-Kaminski Nte (hooking-minor), 2:06; Cremen Njt (holding-minor), 5:59; Calafiore Njt (holding-minor), 8:51.

OT Period-9, Northeast, Gordon 12 (Scott, Minnehan), 0:21. Penalties-No Penalties

Shots on Goal-Northeast 9-11-9-2-31. New Jersey 12-11-11-0-34.
Power Play Opportunities-Northeast 2 / 10; New Jersey 1 / 5.
Goalies-Northeast, DeYoung 13-5-0-1 (34 shots-30 saves). New Jersey, Takacs 19-5-2-0 (31 shots-26 saves).
A-479
Referees-P. Dapuzzo.
Linesmen-Daniel Haas, Jordan Stachelski.

Northeast Generals 3 at New Jersey Titans 1 – Status: Final
Saturday, January 22, 2022 – Middletown Ice World Arena

Northeast 1 0 2 – 3
New Jersey 0 1 0 – 1

1st Period-1, Northeast, Corcoran 6   16:36. Penalties-Calafiore Njt (slashing-minor), 10:41.

2nd Period-2, New Jersey, Grable 3 (Posma, Calafiore), 4:13. Penalties-Wites Nte (roughing-minor), 7:05; Testa-Basi Njt (roughing-minor), 7:05; Corcoran Nte (tripping-minor), 9:28; Bannister Njt (interference-minor), 17:26.

3rd Period-3, Northeast, Tolan 5   7:49. 4, Northeast, Scott 13   19:58 (PP EN). Penalties-Schroeder Nte (interference-minor), 4:55; Grable Njt (slashing-minor), 18:29.

Shots on Goal-Northeast 10-10-7-27. New Jersey 18-12-12-42.
Power Play Opportunities-Northeast 1 / 3; New Jersey 0 / 2.
Goalies-Northeast, DeYoung 13-5-0-1 (42 shots-41 saves). New Jersey, Charette 6-3-0-0 (26 shots-24 saves).
A-351
Referees-Steven Sailor.
Linesmen-Daniel Haas, Jordan Stachelski.

NA3HL

Long Beach Sharks 2 at Northeast Generals 3 (SO) – Status: Final SO
Saturday, January 22, 2022 – New England Sports Village

Long Beach 2 0 0 0 – 2
Northeast 1 1 0 0 – 3

1st Period-1, Northeast, Kennedy 13 (Sinople, Mulligan), 7:43 (PP). 2, Long Beach, Weikel 18 (Rotsaert, Yamamoto), 16:05. 3, Long Beach, Zembrzycki 16 (Weikel, Harbour), 17:56. Penalties-Murphy Net (tripping-minor), 4:50; Fitzpatrick Lgs (boarding-major, boarding-gm), 5:57; McNamee Net (roughing-minor), 14:39; Zembrzycki Lgs (slashing-minor), 15:45; Mulligan Net (hooking-minor), 16:02.

2nd Period-4, Northeast, Murphy 20 (Kennedy, Nuzzolilo), 19:15. Penalties-Carson Lgs (cross checking-minor), 4:10; Plante Lgs (fighting-major, removing opp helmet during fight-match), 15:22; Wracker Net (fighting-major, removing opp helmet during fight-match), 15:22; Dominguez Lgs (delay of game-minor), 17:41; McNamee Net (delay of game-minor), 17:41.

3rd Period- No Scoring.Penalties-Gorman Net (roughing-minor), 5:33; Montgomery Lgs (interference-minor), 8:24; McCoy Net (interference-minor), 8:24; Hope Lgs (hooking-minor), 9:40; Lambert Net (charging-minor), 10:06; Rotsaert Lgs (checking from behind-minor), 18:52.

OT Period- No Scoring.Penalties-Carney Lgs (roughing-minor), 3:07.

Shootout – Long Beach 0 (Yamamoto NG, Miadzvedzeu NG), Northeast 2 (Nuzzolilo G, Mulligan NG, Hess G).
Shots on Goal-Long Beach 12-9-9-1-0-31. Northeast 11-14-11-7-1-44.
Power Play Opportunities-Long Beach 0 / 4; Northeast 1 / 4.
Goalies-Long Beach, Skirpan 6-6-1-3 (43 shots-41 saves). Northeast, McCoy 14-2-0-0 (31 shots-29 saves).
A-122
Referees-Lex Deegan.
Linesmen-Steven Riley, Sean Pratt.

Long Beach Sharks 1 at Northeast Generals 5 – Status: Final
Sunday, January 23, 2022 – New England Sports Village

Long Beach 0 1 0 – 1
Northeast 2 1 2 – 5

1st Period-1, Northeast, Ramm 13 (Wracker), 11:44. 2, Northeast, Lamphear 5 (Solokhin, Ramm), 13:01. Penalties-Nuzzolilo Net (high sticking-minor), 14:06; Miadzvedzeu Lgs (hooking-minor), 18:59.

2nd Period-3, Northeast, Hess 13   5:53. 4, Long Beach, Plante 8 (Zembrzycki, Yamamoto), 15:59. Penalties-McCreadie Net (interference-minor), 16:20; Montgomery Lgs (boarding-minor, fighting-major, fighting-ej), 19:45; Kennedy Net (cross checking-minor, fighting-major, fighting-ej), 19:45.

3rd Period-5, Northeast, Ramm 14 (Wracker, Hess), 6:46. 6, Northeast, Nuzzolilo 16 (Ramm, Lubin), 14:34 (SH). Penalties-Carney Lgs (roughing-minor), 2:59; Felix Net (cross checking-minor), 7:28; Hess Net (boarding-minor), 13:25; Gorman Net (cross checking-minor), 13:54.

Shots on Goal-Long Beach 9-5-5-19. Northeast 18-16-18-52.
Power Play Opportunities-Long Beach 0 / 5; Northeast 0 / 2.
Goalies-Long Beach, Skirpan 6-6-1-3 (52 shots-47 saves). Northeast, Joseph 13-0-0-0 (19 shots-18 saves).
A-176
Referees-Bobby Griffin.
Linesmen-Travis Gray, Ian Hoffman.

“It’s not one guy”- Army West Point 4 Holy Cross 1

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“It’s not one guy.”

That is what Army West Point Head Coach Brian Riley said about his program. His dream job often goes best when everyone is on the same page and working to a common goal of a win without complicating things. Today, that happened as his team got help from all corners of the lineup, from a plebe to a seasoned vet, the whole team participated in a win that surely boosted the morale of this team heading into their rivalry series against Air Force.

On plebe defender Andrew Garby who put home his first goal of college hockey tonight, Riley said “ It’s always a special moment to see players get their first goals. Garby has as a freshman come in and not played every game. He’s gaining more and more confidence. He’s a little like Anthony Firriolo back there, he gives you a little offensive presence, he’s a very similar player to Ant. He’s just a hockey guy, he’s the definition of a rink rat.”

Riley took the time to praise Associate Head Coach Zach McKelvie (Z) for making adjustments to the plan on the power play for the night. These helped Army find their spark , going 2 for 4 on that tonight and providing the difference on the evening.

Z did an unbelievable job making a couple of tweaks .”Z set the power play up for sucess making the adjustments that he did. Army held the puck on sticks for less time. They used the aggressive nature of Holy Cross against them . “He put together a new plan today.”

Riley’s team had no passengers to night. Riley said that “ I think our older guys took upon themselves” to get into the game more.

On the lights going out in the third period “I’ve never seen that happen here before. I just asked them what we were going to do, then they hit the darn post and the lights went back on and we scored.” Army was the better team after the row of lights on their end went back on, they lit up the game the rest of the way in the third period. Now Riley’s group turns to Air Force, an ascendant team that will and is giving conference fits right now. Riley said of playing Holy Cross first before Air Force that “I think that’s the perfect team to play against, Holy Cross is a hardworking physical team , and Air Force is just that. Obviously rivalry games are just different. Because it’s a rivalry game … these games you just remember. It’s kind of just us against everybody else.” They leave on Wednesday to get to Colorado Springs and then have a full day to acclimate before the series begins. This team in the stretch run needs “ not just one guy” to move the mission forward. Their next test comes against the Air Force Academy this week.

Tone set: How AIC earned a 3-1 win over Sacred Heart

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AIC Head Coach Eric Lang was blunt. He started the line lead by Eric Otto. Lang did so because that group played well in the series opener. Also he did it because “Starting Otto was about setting the tone for how we wanted to play. They were magnificent.” He also added for their starts that “ Discipline was eternities better. I loved our start to every period. ( We had a ) Tremendous intensity.”

Tonight AIC played a much more in character game, getting better chances and limiting Sacred Heart’s . As Lang said “ We were all business in our approach. Our guys are playing for each other. It’s a beautiful thing to watch.”

Lang added on the goals featuring Brian Kramer(BK) and the depth of AIC that “ 1st goal is BK using his tremendous instincts, after we got the puck in Behind them a bit.

Our PP goal was something our players saw in a pre scout. It was high end all the way around.

3rd goal we knew 33 likes to play the puck so we wanted make sure we hurried him.”

Lang went on to praise each of his starting goalies from the weekend. As he said “ AC and Kuch we’re tremendous. They are taking on the personality of our hockey team right. (They bring the) 2nd and 3rd effort, competitive, and calm.”

Now AIC gets ready for a series against a Holy Cross team that has only gotten better since AIC saw them last. The Crusaders will be ready to work to take six points, and Lang’s group will need to bring their best to be competitive. Holy Cross has developed as the year goes on, and they know how to win big games. AIC cannot let off of what they are doing so well. They know how to string wins, they need to keep going and let their play do the loudest talking.

Army faces adversity with 3-1 loss to Holy Cross: Now what ?

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In the series opener against the Crusaders of Holy Cross, a common theme spelled trouble for the Black Knights. Overcoming another slow start.

On the night, Associate Head Coach Zach McKelvie had the following to say.

“Gavin gave us a chance to win. On the backend Coby Mack played really well and got his first college goal which was great.”

On how well the Crusaders played he added.

“They work, they compete, and they are very well coached. They were committed to playing hard in front of their goalie and blocked a lot of shots…hard to score when you play teams that committed in their own end.”

Defenseman Coby Mack put home his first goal on a howitzer from the point. McKelvie added

“Great for Coby, works hard and the boys absolutely love him so it’s always fun to watch someone get their first.”

McKelvie also noted why Holy Cross kept the Army power play scoreless. He said that

“ they Jumped us all night, they pressure hard and we didn’t adjust well. A lot of success on power play is determined by your ability to win face offs and retrieve loose pucks, we didn’t do either on the PP. We will come up with a better plan for our guys too, hopefully it gives them the confidence to go out and make plays. No doubt I over complicated the plan as a coach for them tonight and so tomorrow we will come together as a group and simplify.”

On the series finale he said “ Three point is important tomorrow, Holy Cross is a good team and we need to be prepared to battle. Our guys always have a great response and have a lot of pride, we have phenomenal leaders in this group so they will be ready.”

On the take away from this game for a room full of future Second Lieutenants preparing for a much greater mission leading soldiers in the United States Army McKelvie added that the openers brought “ just some adversity, happens in all aspects of life. One game doesn’t define our team…I know our guys believe that and it gives them great perspective.”

4-2 for 9: How AIC earned its ninth win in a row

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AIC has won most of its games when they were the better team. In the series opener, their opponent, Sacred Heart, got more chances, but Eric Lang’s group still prevailed in the end. Lang’s group was outshot 31-18 and had to kill off multiple penalties into the third including two full minutes of five on three time. In the third they only conceded one goal.

Lang said of the win “Very good teams find different ways to win games. Tonight we checked a box where our will had to get us to the finish line.” To put the game away, that will was punctuated by Austen Long who iced it with an empty netter. He and Eric Otto were integral parts of the penalty kill which came up big in the series opener. Lang said of Otto “Eric Otto was beyond brilliant. Heartbeat of our hockey team tonight.”Of his penalty kill winning the game, and it’s architect, Assistant Coach Matthew Woodard, Lang said “Amazing. Hats off to the gutsy effort and Woody had a tremendous plan.”

Lang was happy with the will, but wants his team to stay out of the box. They took four penalties resulting in power plays in the third. As Lang said “ When you have the lead in the 3rd you can’t take penalties. Period. Stop. “

Of defender Brian Kramer, who Lang has consistently praised, Lang said “ BK since we got back from Christmas has been elite. His brain,compete, and skill are as good as any defenseman in this league.” Kramer scored the winning goal for the Yellow Jackets in the second period.

AIC plays the series finale at 1 PM Eastern time against a team that outplayed them in transition in terms of shots generated. The team leads a very tight Atlantic Hockey Association race by six points.

Jake Stella: How AIC has helped him grow

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For Jake Stella, a junior forward at AIC who is having the best year of his college career so far, hockey was always a part of his his life growing up in Sweden.

“I started at a young age, it was always soccer and hockey for me.” He went with hockey at the age of 15 and didn’t look back. Stella has gone on this year to have a career year passing his totals in goals , assists, and points with half a season left to play.

He came to AIC because “I just think it was the right fit for me as a player and a person. It’s been a great experience for me and I’m glad I choose AIC.”

Before that, Stella came over to play junior hockey, working his way up from the South Shore Kings of the NCDC before playing for the Corpus Christi Icerays in the NAHL.

“I didn’t really think about taking the college path until my senior year in high school.” He started exploring his options during his senior year in high school. South Shore’s NCDC team is where he went first. “I’m glad I took that chance.”

While with the Kings, he took some time to adjust to the North American game. He said “It definitely took me some time ( to adjust to the North American sheet of ice) but once I settled in I felt comfortable.”

He talked to former assistant coach Mike Towns at the Top Prospects game ans that sealed the deal. That was the first time he talked with any one from AIC

On playing with freshman Evan Stella, his brother, “ it’s a very cool experience. For me personally I look forward to seeing him develop as a player and a person.”

He let Evan know about his AIC experience without pushing him to come.”I just tried to share my experience with him.”

Stella wants to stay around the game of hockey long after his time as a player for as long as possible. Hockey is his life, and he wants to be involved with the game for as long as it will have him.

On Head Coach Eric Lang “He’s one of the best coaches I’ve had in my career so far, it’s very easy to play for him.” He praised how Lang has built the culture and the team over time. “There’s a lot of things you could say about him.. just the culture he brings into the locker room… it’s very special.”

On Lang’ and his staff staff, Stella credits them for “having the trust and belief they put in me.”

On his career year he is having on the ice “it’s been a fun year so far.. the offense hasn’t shown in previous years but I always know that I’m capable of it. I just try to take advantage of every chance I’ve got. It’s been a fun year so far. Obviously I couldn’t have done it without my l, Chris Theodore and Justin Young.”

Army West Point Learns a Lesson in 4-2 loss to Sacred Heart: Read more

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Tonight, the Black Knights of Army West Point learned from their battle against Sacred Heart. Despite losing 4-2 they took some lessons away that could help them later this season. As Coach Brian Riley said “we put ourselves in a tough spot down three goals , the third period was our best period.. we were kind of chasing the game from the start … I just thought we made it hard for ourselves tonight. We didn’t manage the game very well.”

Riley praised Joey Baez’s ascendancy “ we’ve said all along that he’s got the ability to score, we are going to need guys like him to get on the scoresheet.” Riley also praised Michael Sacco for his work in the dot. “He’s a real good skater, and plays a lot bigger than his size, every game that he can play and get more experience, I thought he had a very good game tonight. He has the ability to play center or the wing. I think he has a lot of confidence playing in the middle. We knew that he’d be an option for us to play in the middle if we needed to do that. He’s filled in and done a good job.”Army lead the way in the faceoff dot tonight and Sacco was a big part of that. Riley also was blunt about the sucess of Gavin Abric in net for his team tonight. “We left him our to dry a couple of times.” Riley praised Gavin Abric for keeping his team in the game.

Riley was looking for more from his leadership group to have a better game and help the rest of his team. As he said, “that’s a responsibility that our guys enjoy having.”

Moving forward Riley described what happened and what’s next in saying “You either teach or get taught a lesson. We got taught a lesson tonight that we need to be a lot better and you can’t make a mental mistake. We will look at the film tomorrow and have a good video session. After that video session our focus will be completely on Holy Cross.

On how the game went and the message he wants his group to take away from this as future leaders of the Army he added.

“We kind of became individualistic out there. We wanted to have so much success out there that guys kind of went on their own. Every game is an opportunity to develop as a leader for every single one of our guys, when you get knocked down you have to get back up. I think our leadership group will respond and be better on Friday. That’s why I talk about the rink as a leadership laboratory. The lessons they learn will help to develop and shape our players to be the leaders when they graduate to lead this nations sons and daughters.”

Finally on their next challenge of Holy Cross Riley added “They are going to challenge you to outwork them. Bill Riga has gone in and got them working really hard again. These are going to be physical games. Ice is going to be hard to get. You’re going to have to earn every inch of it. I’m looking forward to I’m sure what will be a blue collar hard nosed hockey weekend for sure.”

Northeast makes a trade for Michigan Tech commit Evan Orr: Read Why

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Before the season started, the Northeast Generals made a trade with the Odessa Jackalopes to get a player that plays the gritty game Bryan Erikson, their Head Coach, loves. That player is Joe Schubert who has been an indispensable leader on the ice for the team this year and part of the reason why the Generals are in a playoff race.

To get their group to the next level, General Manager Matt Dibble went back to the Jackalopes with a big proposal. The team got veteran defender, Evan Orr and the same second round pick they used to trade for Schubert in return for a tender for the 2022-2023 season and cash considerations.

Dibble and Erikson have seen a lot of the Michigan Tech commit who is on his last season of junior hockey. As Dibble said “ We gave up substantial assets to acquire Evan Orr. At this point in the season, we are happy with our group and any moves we make will be substantial. We believe Evan will come in here and be a veteran presence right away. This is a trade to help us win now. He is a smooth skating defenseman with a lot of experience in the league including in the east division. He has been a captain at this level and is committed to school, we have big expectations for him to hit the ground running and be a big part of this thing as we make a push for the Robertson Cup. We feel like this is a significant addition to the team and we expect to see continued growth from our younger guys (Despirt, Cooper, and Wites). Cooper is a kid who has not even touched his ceiling so having a guy like Evan to learn from will be big for his development.”

Erikson added “ Evan is an outstanding Defenseman and person. He has around 175 Junior games played including in the East Division when he was with Wilkes-Barre. Matt Dibble and I have seen him a ton and felt that this group really needed some veteran stability on the blueline. Evan is an all situations D man. He plays PP, PK, 5 on 5 and does them all well. We aren’t looking to make a ton of moves as we like our core group but when the opportunity came to add a player of Evan’s caliber Matt jumped on it. Really excited to add Evan to the group we have as we make a run in the 2nd half.”

Now this group has a stalwart veteran to mentor the offensive defenders Dibble talked about, and push this team forward to clinch a playoff spot. For the Generals, if they can buttress their offensive skill from their defense group with a responsible defender like Orr, combined with the growth of their goaltending and top forwards then the possibilities for this group only grow. Last year Dibble came in and made moves to set up this team. Now Dibble is adding pieces to compliment it and prepare its younger players for the future and to help them grow.

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Northeast Generals Player Profiles: The Goaltenders

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The Northeast Generals are battling for a playoff spot in part because of their consistent goaltending. When Carson Limesand went to the USHL shortly after the hot start he had in Attleboro, the team looked all over the league and beyond to find goaltending to get them steady in the playoff race. Without these two it’s tough to predict where Northeast is in the standings.

They found two goalies who have helped them. Goaltending Coach Steve Mastelerz provided insight into both of them .

He said “ Cullen and Oliver are great humans first, both are hard working mature young men. They are both completely different goalies. Cullen is a smaller aggressive, fast skating goalie who trusts his play reading athleticism to make saves. Oliver is is a bigger body, who uses his size and positioning well, he has the athletic ability to make the big saves. Both have an incredible work ethic and focus, and are a blast to work with.Cullen has worked a lot on trusting himself and his reads and not trying to do much. Will continue to work on his consistency.Oliver has worked hard in playing at a faster pace as he is not used to the smaller rink compared to over seas. He will continue to work on his speed and play reading.”

General Manager Matt Dibble had the following to say about how each goalie was acquired. Oliver Drum came to North America from Sweden and is adjusting to the North American game. He has less than ten games played but is growing each day. Cullen DeYoung is the starter and comes with some more NAHL experience. Dibble said on acquiring the two starting with DeYoung “We we’re inquiring all over the league on goalies and Cullen was a kid Bryan and I were always high on. We were happy to be able to find that he could be had for the right trade and made it work. He has been great since he got here.” On Drum Dibble said “ He came from Mike McCarthy in Sweden, whom Bryan is close with. Mike also sent Hugo this way so we trust him a ton. Oliver has gotten better every day since he’s gotten here and we’re very happy.”