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.

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.”

Northeast Generals Week in Review

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This week, the NAHL team remains in a fight for a a playoff spot while the NA3HL group is chasing another division title. Read below for each Generals’ team’s performance.

NAHL Team

Head Coach Bryan Erikson said “Friday’s game I thought was one of our better games. It was so great to have Jared Scott and Nick Ramm back after absences for injury. Jared scored right away and he was back to his old self. Nick looked much better than I expected in his first game in months. But overall a great game where Cullen was awesome in net. Saturday was a game that you forget about. Everything that could go wrong went wrong. Just a poorly played game but you have to give credit to Danbury for playing hard from the drop of the puck and capitalizing on our miscues. Tough to lose such an important game but we have a big series next week in New Jersey that we have to move on.”

NA3HL Team

Erikson discussed Luke Fundator, the new goalie for this group.

He said “ As for Luke Fundator. Luke is a great goalie who brings a lot of experience at the Junior level to us. Mason has been battling injuries and last year when we had an injury to our goalie right before the Fraser Cup it put us in a real bad situation. So this year we have 3 #1 goalies. Luke is a very athletic goalie that in his first action vs. Baystate did a great job getting the win. We are excited to gear up for the final push before the playoffs.”

Daryl Locke, the Head Coach of this group said the following.

“ Going into the Norwich game we talked about establishing a physical presence in all three zones of the ice. Being on the road makes it easier sometimes to execute your game plan. There’s less pressure when your not playing in front of family and friends. I think we were able to execute our game plan in the first ten minutes and that carried us through the remainder of the game. Matt Nuzzolilo and Caiden Hess were electric with their speed and physicality. Both had two goals apiece. Sammy Lamphear with a big goal. Happy for Sammy as he’s been working hard in practice. Cody Lambert had a three point night. He continues to be a physical presence for us. We had a few regulars out with injuries and suspensions so it was nice to see the lower half of the lineup pick up the team.Friday’s game was another physical game for us. On the road again, we knew it would be tough going into their barn and trying to impose our will on them. We struggled a bit in the first ten minutes. Ethan Hollingsworth, a recent call up from our U18 team, scored a nice goal to open our scoring. Nolan Murphy is starting to heat up for us. His shot is so hard and quick that goalies have a hard time reacting to it. He’s beginning to find his touch around the net again and that’s great news for us. His two goals along with Nick Wracker’s two goals gave us a comfortable lead all game. Recently acquired Luke Fundator was solid in the net for us. Overall, a good four points for the team as we head down the stretch.”

NA3HL Box Scores

Northeast Generals 9 at Norwich Sea Captains 1 – Status: Final
Wednesday, January 12, 2022 – RoseGarden Ice Arena

Northeast 3 3 3 – 9
Norwich 0 1 0 – 1

1st Period-1, Northeast, Zotter 4   4:57. 2, Northeast, Lambert 6 (Solokhin, Joseph), 5:52. 3, Northeast, Lamphear 4 (Frolik, Hollingsworth), 12:52. Penalties-Wracker Net (roughing-double minor), 8:50; Romita Nsc (roughing-minor), 8:50.

2nd Period-4, Northeast, Kennedy 12 (Murphy, Nuzzolilo), 0:43. 5, Northeast, Solokhin 5 (Gorman, Lambert), 11:15. 6, Norwich, Beier 9 (Essing, Smith), 13:04. 7, Northeast, Nuzzolilo 14 (Kennedy, Murphy), 18:24. Penalties-Kinahan Nsc (tripping-minor), 8:37.

3rd Period-8, Northeast, Hess 11 (Lubin, Zotter), 1:55. 9, Northeast, Nuzzolilo 15 (Kennedy, Lambert), 10:20. 10, Northeast, Hess 12 (Wracker), 16:14. Penalties-No Penalties

Shots on Goal-Northeast 13-27-18-58. Norwich 11-5-5-21.
Power Play Opportunities-Northeast 0 / 1; Norwich 0 / 1.
Goalies-Northeast, Joseph 12-0-0-0 (21 shots-20 saves). Norwich, Kristo 0-1-0-0 (32 shots-27 saves); Pellerito 2-9-1-0 (26 shots-22 saves).
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Referees- .
Linesmen- .

Northeast Generals 5 at Bay State Bobcats 1 – Status: Final
Friday, January 14, 2022 – Fitzpatrick Ice Skating Rink

Northeast 1 2 2 – 5
Bay State 0 0 1 – 1

1st Period-1, Northeast, Gorman 15 (Hollingsworth), 10:20. Penalties-No Penalties

2nd Period-2, Northeast, Murphy 18   7:58. 3, Northeast, Wracker 2 (Hess), 15:26. Penalties-Schirm Bsb (boarding-minor), 11:12; Lambert Net (hooking-minor), 16:59.

3rd Period-4, Northeast, Murphy 19 (Kennedy), 9:03. 5, Bay State, Mastrony 4 (Johnson, Boothe), 11:09. 6, Northeast, Wracker 3   18:09. Penalties-Gorman Net (roughing-minor), 2:57; Greene Bsb (roughing-minor), 2:57; Desmarais Bsb (high sticking-minor), 7:17; Demoura Net (unsportsmanlike conduct-minor), 11:35.

Shots on Goal-Northeast 14-16-17-47. Bay State 9-9-14-32.
Power Play Opportunities-Northeast 0 / 0; Bay State 0 / 0.
Goalies-Northeast, Fundator 1-0-0-0 (32 shots-31 saves). Bay State, Bovey 1-6-0-1 (47 shots-42 saves).
A-411
Referees-Michael Veto.
Linesmen-Michael Antonio, Sarah Consoirnago.

NAHL Box Scores

Northeast Generals 4 at Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks 1 – Status: Final
Friday, January 14, 2022 – Danbury Ice Arena

Northeast 2 0 2 – 4
Danbury 0 0 1 – 1

1st Period-1, Northeast, Scott 12 (Minnehan, Gordon), 5:02. 2, Northeast, Schroeder 7 (Minnehan, Keefer), 8:03 (PP). Penalties-McCarthy Nte (interference-minor), 0:47; Eberling Dht (high sticking-minor), 6:50; McGraw Nte (tripping-minor), 9:31; Lychnikoff Dht (cross checking-minor), 16:35.

2nd Period- No Scoring.Penalties-DesRochers Nte (slashing-minor), 1:02; Johnson Dht (tripping-minor), 2:26; Schubert Nte (hooking-minor), 5:05; Haborak Dht (tripping-minor), 7:05.

3rd Period-3, Danbury, Krivtsov 12 (Johnson, Hyde), 10:59 (PP). 4, Northeast, Despirt 2 (Andreychuk, Keefer), 12:42. 5, Northeast, Gordon 10 (Minnehan, Scott), 19:50 (EN). Penalties-Gordon Nte (roughing-minor), 10:33.

Shots on Goal-Northeast 10-12-8-30. Danbury 7-9-6-22.
Power Play Opportunities-Northeast 1 / 0; Danbury 1 / 0.
Goalies-Northeast, DeYoung 11-5-0-1 (22 shots-21 saves). Danbury, Johnson 3-8-1-0 (29 shots-26 saves).
A-50
Referees-Austin O’Rourke.
Linesmen-Jordan Stachelski, Michael Tarquinio.

Northeast Generals 1 at Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks 6 – Status: Final
Saturday, January 15, 2022 – Danbury Ice Arena

Northeast 0 0 1 – 1
Danbury 1 4 1 – 6

1st Period-1, Danbury, Skalos 8 (Salandra, Hyde), 13:48. Penalties-Minnehan Nte (high sticking-minor), 4:48; Young Dht (slashing-minor), 9:21; McCarthy Nte (kneeing-minor), 14:48.

2nd Period-2, Danbury, Burke 4 (Young), 5:50 (PP). 3, Danbury, Nickerson 1   10:01. 4, Danbury, Eberling 4 (Sukovic, Dombrowski), 14:27 (PP). 5, Danbury, Dombrowski 14   16:23 (PP). Penalties-Boczar Nte (interference-minor), 4:41; Wites Nte (kneeing-minor), 13:08; Friberg Nte (unsportsmanlike conduct-minor), 14:30; Harrington Dht (unsportsmanlike conduct-minor), 14:30; Despirt Nte (holding-minor), 16:12.

3rd Period-6, Danbury, Dombrowski 15 (Sukovic), 0:22. 7, Northeast, Tolan 3 (Ramm, Schroeder), 10:11. Penalties-Kaminski Nte (cross checking-minor, unsportsmanlike conduct – 10 minute), 0:22; Minnehan Nte (cross checking-minor), 1:59; Danziger Dht (cross checking-minor), 4:55; Scott Nte (slashing-minor), 10:40; Eberling Dht (equipment violation-minor), 14:23; McCarthy Nte (fighting(instigator, fighting (instigator)-gm)-minor, fighting (instigator)-gm), 16:10; Nickerson Dht (head contact-minor, head contact-gm), 16:10.

Shots on Goal-Northeast 9-17-11-37. Danbury 14-16-12-42.
Power Play Opportunities-Northeast 0 / 0; Danbury 3 / 0.
Goalies-Northeast, Drum 2-5-0-0 (42 shots-36 saves). Danbury, Seeley 6-14-2-0 (37 shots-36 saves).
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Referees-Austin O’Rourke.
Linesmen-Jordan Stachelski, Michael Tarquinio.

Northeast Generals Player Profile: Matt DeSpirt

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To play at the next level of hockey some times requires patience. Acclimating to the NAHL takes time, and raw talent helps in that process. Matt DeSpirt’s patience as a defender playing his first year above the AAA level, combined with his raw talent and potential make him a gem of a player in the making for Bryan Erikson’s team. Smooth skating defenders that can generate offense often find division one spots, and Erikson hopes to see that happen for DeSpirt. He is a Buffalo native who likes to model his game after Drew Doughty.

As Erikson said “ Matt is a very smooth skating d man. He came in to our main camp after having played for Matt Dibble with Roc City and really impressed. He knew he would be behind some guys in the lineup being on the young side but he has soaked up everything myself, Eric and Cody have thrown at him. His speed is great, makes nice passes and is an amazing kid. Just one of those guys that is happy to do whatever is asked. I think he has a very bright future with us and at the NCAA level. Excited to watch his continued improvement.”

Player profile answers

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

“I look up to my dad the Most. He has been by my side and pushed me all my life. He’s such a nice humble guy and I want to be like him when I grow up.”

What is your best hockey memory?

“Going to the pewee hockey tournament In Quebec.”

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

“My Goal on the ice to be the best player and teammate I can be.Off the ice is to be a fun guy.”

What is your favorite tv show or movie to watch?

“My favorite tv show is the 100.”

Northeast Generals Week in Review

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This week saw both the NAHL and NA3HL teams play a total of five games. Both teams had positives to talk about. For the NAHL team, who won two of three games against Danbury, Head Coach Bryan Erikson said.

“It was huge to get 4 out of 6 this weekend. Especially after the turd we laid on Friday. Friday was such a poor game for us that we just said you know what, we aren’t talking about it. No video, no meetings, let’s just pretend it didn’t happen.Told the boys they knew what to do on Saturday and they played a solid 60 minutes. And then today with us only having 1 healthy sub all weekend we were able to play hard and battle again for a complete game. Great job by Cullen DeYoung who played a bit on Friday and then both Saturday and Sunday. Other standouts were Matt Boczar, Kyle Schroeder and Joe Schubert. All 3 played relentless all weekend. It was great to see them just compete every shift in all zones. And we got scoring contributions from other parts on the lineup which was great like Schubert, Joey McGraw, Doug Friberg, Ryan Corcoran. Real team win this weekend. Now we have to go down there and they will want revenge so we need a really good week of practice and focus to be ready for 4 crucial points in Danbury.”

For the NA3HL team, lead by Head Coach Daryl Locke he noted the following on his team’s sweep in their first two games of 2022.

“I thought in Friday’s game the boys had good energy from the drop of the puck. We were attacking with pace and I think when we do that we have success. It was nice to see Tommy Lubin and Viktor Solokhin score. Viktor is a 2004 from Russia who is starting to show his skill. It’s nice to get that secondary scoring to help boost your team. Braeden Kennedy and Matt Nuzzolilo showed why they’re two of the best forwards in The NA3HL. Just consistently good night after night. Eddie Mulligan was excellent on the back end. His passing skills and defense are elite. Mason Joseph coming back from injury was solid in net. Overall, a good start to the second half of the season.”

“Today’s game we started fast. Our forecheck was solid and I think we put the Titans on their heels a bit. They always play us tough and we knew going in we needed that fast start. I was really happy for Jackson Schouten, a recent call up from our U16 Generals Team. He had a nice goal and added two assists for a three point game. Again, secondary scoring was key in the game. Tyler Ramm, a recent call up to our NAHL Team, was a major force again for us. His three goals , assist, and fight showed why he is a player to be reckoned with down the stretch. We suffered some injuries today including Cedric Savoie, who was injured during an altercation in the second period. I’m happy to report that he is doing fine and wants everyone to know he appreciates everyone’s well wishes. Our medical team will be very busy this week as we have six regulars out with injuries. Overall, happy gaining four points in the stands this weekend.”

Erikson added on the NA3HL team, where he is the assistant coach and general manager “ The thing I think was the key is they realized they can beat anyone out in Blaine but forgot that the way they do that is by out working our opponents not out skill them. And these games this weekend we did just that. Nice workman like win where we played hard in all 3 zones, finished hits and competed for 60 minutes. That was something we did in the first 2 games in MN but failed to do in the 3rd game and will be key to our success moving forward.”

Box Scores

NAHL results

Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks 5 at Northeast Generals 2 – Status: Final
Friday, January 7, 2022 – New England Sports Village

Danbury 1 1 3 – 5
Northeast 1 0 1 – 2

1st Period-1, Northeast, Friberg 4 (Andreychuk, Schroeder), 0:45. 2, Danbury, Dombrowski 12 (Burke, Salandra), 16:38 (PP). Penalties-Ardagna Nte (holding-minor), 15:25.

2nd Period-3, Danbury, Johnson 2 (Howard), 3:11. Penalties-Krivtsov Dht (holding-minor), 6:56.

3rd Period-4, Danbury, Johnson 3 (Sukovic, Burke), 6:02. 5, Northeast, Schubert 5 (Boczar, Woll), 7:03. 6, Danbury, Krivtsov 11 (Nickerson, Harrington), 9:26. 7, Danbury, Skalos 7 (Howard), 17:58 (EN). Penalties-Cooper Nte (slashing-minor), 19:50.

Shots on Goal-Danbury 12-8-17-37. Northeast 13-6-8-27.
Power Play Opportunities-Danbury 1 / 2; Northeast 0 / 1.
Goalies-Danbury, Johnson 3-7-1-0 (27 shots-25 saves). Northeast, Drum 2-4-0-0 (22 shots-18 saves); DeYoung 9-5-0-1 (14 shots-14 saves).
A-
Referees-Cameron Giancarlo.
Linesmen-Ben Eisenhunt, Nicholas Gutekunst.

Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks 1 at Northeast Generals 4 – Status: Final
Saturday, January 8, 2022 – New England Sports Village

Danbury 0 1 0 – 1
Northeast 1 1 2 – 4

1st Period-1, Northeast, Boczar 4 (Schroeder, Andreychuk), 6:02 (SH). Penalties-Gordon Nte (high sticking-minor), 3:02; Lajoy Dht (slashing-minor), 12:11; Mccurdy Dht (tripping-minor), 18:49.

2nd Period-2, Northeast, DesRochers 3 (Andreychuk, Keefer), 0:39 (PP). 3, Danbury, Dombrowski 13 (Haborak, Burke), 5:18 (PP). Penalties-Friberg Nte (interference-minor), 4:12; Davis Dht (checking from behind-minor), 5:54; Minnehan Nte (tripping-minor), 11:25; Lajoy Dht (hooking-minor), 14:16.

3rd Period-4, Northeast, Corcoran 4 (Ardagna, Andreychuk), 10:09 (SH). 5, Northeast, Friberg 5 (Boczar, DeYoung), 19:03 (EN). Penalties-Gordon Nte (roughing-minor), 2:11; Kaminski Nte (tripping-minor), 5:41; Tolan Nte (cross checking-minor), 8:45; Jennersjö Nte (slashing-minor), 12:25.

Shots on Goal-Danbury 10-11-9-30. Northeast 14-12-5-31.
Power Play Opportunities-Danbury 1 / 7; Northeast 1 / 4.
Goalies-Danbury, Seeley 5-13-2-0 (30 shots-27 saves). Northeast, DeYoung 9-5-0-1 (30 shots-29 saves).
A-122
Referees-Cameron Giancarlo.
Linesmen-Ben Eisenhunt, Nicholas Gutekunst

Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks 1 at Northeast Generals 4 – Status: Final
Sunday, January 9, 2022 – New England Sports Village

Danbury 1 0 0 – 1
Northeast 1 1 2 – 4

1st Period-1, Northeast, Cooper 1 (McCarthy, Jennersjö), 14:46. 2, Danbury, Sukovic 5   15:10. Penalties-Nickerson Dht (high sticking-minor), 11:02.

2nd Period-3, Northeast, Keefer 14 (Andreychuk, Boczar), 8:27. Penalties-McCarthy Nte (hooking-minor), 4:59; Gordon Nte (holding-minor), 9:19; Johnson Dht (high sticking-double minor), 13:35; McCarthy Nte (slashing-minor), 17:12.

3rd Period-4, Northeast, Keefer 15 (Gordon, Minnehan), 0:58. 5, Northeast, Corcoran 5 (McCarthy, Ardagna), 15:52 (PP). Penalties-Danziger Dht (tripping-minor), 7:41; Dombrowski Dht (head contact-major, head butting-gm), 14:12; Schroeder Nte (kneeing-minor), 18:44.

Shots on Goal-Danbury 13-8-19-40. Northeast 13-12-6-31.
Power Play Opportunities-Danbury 0 / 2; Northeast 1 / 4.
Goalies-Danbury, Seeley 5-14-2-0 (31 shots-27 saves). Northeast, DeYoung 10-5-0-1 (40 shots-39 saves).
A-124
Referees-Robert Esposito.
Linesmen-Ben Eisenhunt, Nicholas Gutekunst.

NA3HL Box Scores

Bay State Bobcats 0 at Northeast Generals 5 – Status: Final
Friday, January 7, 2022 – New England Sports Village

Bay State 0 0 0 – 0
Northeast 0 2 3 – 5

1st Period- No Scoring.Penalties-served by Penning Bsb (too many men-minor), 7:40; Demoura Net (roughing-minor), 17:56.

2nd Period-1, Northeast, Kennedy 11 (Nuzzolilo, Sinople), 2:05. 2, Northeast, Solokhin 4 (Kennedy, Lamphear), 8:26. Penalties-Savoie Net (cross checking-minor), 5:53; Penning Bsb (roughing-minor), 8:12; Woak Bsb (roughing-minor), 8:12; Gorman Net (roughing-minor), 8:12; Lambert Net (roughing-minor), 8:12; Sinople Net (fighting-major), 15:31; Sinople Net (fighting (secondary)-gm), 15:32.

3rd Period-3, Northeast, Gorman 14 (Demoura), 3:01. 4, Northeast, Lubin 2 (Kennedy, Nuzzolilo), 4:38. 5, Northeast, Nuzzolilo 11 (Mulligan, Schouten), 10:23. Penalties-Demoura Net (interference-minor), 5:51; Desmarais Bsb (roughing-minor), 9:41; Frolik Net (roughing-minor), 9:41.

Shots on Goal-Bay State 4-11-7-22. Northeast 18-15-17-50.
Power Play Opportunities-Bay State 0 / 5; Northeast 0 / 2.
Goalies-Bay State, Schnopp 2-4-0-0 (50 shots-45 saves). Northeast, Joseph 11-0-0-0 (22 shots-22 saves).
A-219
Referees-Z. Hakim.
Linesmen-Cameron Antonellis, Patrick Gardner.

New Jersey Titans 3 at Northeast Generals 8 – Status: Final
Sunday, January 9, 2022 – New England Sports Village

New Jersey 0 0 3 – 3
Northeast 5 1 2 – 8

1st Period-1, Northeast, Wracker 1 (Schouten, Mulligan), 2:27. 2, Northeast, Schouten 1 (Hess, Mulligan), 4:26. 3, Northeast, Hess 10 (Mulligan, Schouten), 16:33. 4, Northeast, Nuzzolilo 12 (Solokhin, Kennedy), 17:26. 5, Northeast, Ramm 10 (Wracker, Mulligan), 18:59 (PP). Penalties-Mirelli Njt (interference-minor), 2:21; Frolik Net (roughing-minor), 2:21; Lambert Net (charging-minor), 7:08; Demoura Net (tripping-minor), 9:04; Miller Njt (roughing-minor), 12:22; Wracker Net (roughing-minor), 12:22; Mataviesko Njt (roughing-minor), 13:15; Lupo Njt (slashing-minor), 18:03.

2nd Period-6, Northeast, Ramm 11 (Schouten, McCoy), 6:31 (PP). Penalties-Demoura Net (interference-minor), 4:09; Mataviesko Njt (unsportsmanlike conduct-minor, fighting-major, fighting-ej, spitting- gross misc), 5:37; Savoie Net (fighting-major, fighting-ej), 5:37; Nuzzolilo Net (slashing-minor), 8:10; Cook Njt (cross checking-minor, fighting-major, fighting-ej), 11:26; Hess Net (unsportsmanlike conduct-minor, fighting-major, fighting-ej), 11:26; Lupo Njt (fighting-major, fighting-ej), 12:05; Lambert Net (fighting-major, fighting-ej), 12:05; Demoura Net (charging-minor), 13:12; Wracker Net (interference-minor), 13:12.

3rd Period-7, New Jersey, Renbarger 2 (Ponechal), 1:06. 8, Northeast, Ramm 12   1:42. 9, New Jersey, Ponechal 12 (Burns), 9:54 (PP). 10, Northeast, Nuzzolilo 13 (Ramm), 14:05 (SH). 11, New Jersey, King 2 (Renbarger, Ponechal), 18:36 (PP). Penalties-Schouten Net (roughing-minor), 0:31; Scherff Njt (tripping-minor), 0:42; Freitas Njt (tripping-minor), 2:35; Gorman Net (cross checking-minor), 2:35; Demoura Net (spearing-major, spearing-ej), 4:58; Ramm Net (boarding-minor), 7:23; Kennedy Net (interference-minor), 12:58; Lincoln Njt (roughing-minor, unsportsmanlike conduct – 10 minute), 15:10; Mulligan Net (fighting-major, fighting under 5 minutes-gm), 15:10; Ramm Net (fighting-major, fighting under 5 minutes-gm), 15:10.

Shots on Goal-New Jersey 6-6-16-28. Northeast 33-23-14-70.
Power Play Opportunities-New Jersey 2 / 16; Northeast 2 / 8.
Goalies-New Jersey, Freitas 3-5-0-0 (70 shots-62 saves). Northeast, McCoy 13-2-0-0 (28 shots-25 saves).
A-119
Referees-Anthony Luciano.
Linesmen-Graem Delong, Zach Luczyk.

Northeast Generals Player Profile: Eddie Mulligan

For any good team in this sport, they need puck moving defenders that know how to get the offense going and be responsible. The better they can see the ice, the better. For the NA3HL Northeast Generals, they have Eddie Mulligan, a well rounded defender that nearly has a point per game and is superb at finding open space. His Head Coach Daryl Locke says the following about him “ Eddie has been an excellent addition to our back end. He works on all aspects of his game in practice and it translates well in game situations. What impresses me most about his game is his vision. He does a great job of looking off defenders and makes impossible passes in tight seams to streaking forwards in transition. Those type of passes are extremely hard to make and he does it with ease. He’s also an excellent defender. I don’t think he gets enough attention for the way he shuts down opposing top forwards. He has a great stick and is always in the right position. I believe the ceiling is high for Eddie and I think going forward colleges will be lining up for his services.” Mulligan loves the winning culture for his NA3HL group and is driven to help this team win the Fraser Cup before climbing the ladder of development.

Select Player answers

What is your favorite subject and why?

“History- you can learn some really cool stories and apply some of the lessons in them to life.”

Tell us about the type of player you are

“An offensive guy who makes pretty good decisions with the puck.”

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

“Jack Rathbone, Rasmus Dahlin, Cale Makar, Shea Theodore, Quinn Hughs, Charlie McAvoy.”

What is your best hockey memory?

“Beating Bishop Hendrickson in Double OT to play for the State Championship.”

Northeast Generals: Week in Review

Photo Credit: Kelsey Lee- Violet Turtle Photography

This week, the NAHL Generals were the ones in action. They lost three of four points against the Johnstown Tomahawks. With that said, Head Coach Bryan Erikson was proud of how his team responded in the series finale, and all points are at a premium for the team as they jockey for the playoffs.

Erikson had the following to say on his team’s two games.

“ I thought we played very well for most of the game on Friday. An unfortunate goal at the end of the second hurt us. Thought there was very obvious goaltender interference. But either way we had a tie game going into the 3rd. Then late in the game we got hit with 2 very marginal penalty calls for a 5-3 with less than 3 minutes left. And they are a good team so they capitalized. We didn’t on our opportunities and that was the difference.”

On Saturday he blamed himself, saying

“Saturday I thought we had a great 1st period. One of the best of the season. The second wasn’t bad at all but the 3rd we got away from our game plan. The 3rd goal by then didn’t go in which stinks. Hate to have the officials in that situation where they don’t have as good a view as we did but it clearly never went in. But once again it was a tie game and we could control our own destiny. We played a very lazy OT. Got a PP and made some mental mistakes that I didn’t like. And then you go to a shootout and it’s anyones game. But on Saturday’s game I really hated my coaching. I coached emotionally rather than intelligently. So that loss is on me. I need to be better. These games are too important and the boys work too hard for me not to have my A game every single game. I’ll be better going forward as will the boys.”

Despite this the team still has had a marked improvement from last year and is in playoff contention.

Box Scores 

Northeast Generals 3 at Johnstown Tomahawks 4 – Status: Final
Friday, December 31, 2021 – 1st Summit Arena at Cambria County War Memorial

Northeast 2 1 0 – 3
Johnstown 0 3 1 – 4

1st Period-1, Northeast, Corcoran 3 (Ardagna, Minnehan), 3:45. 2, Northeast, McGraw 1   7:22. Penalties-Schubert Nte (roughing-minor), 10:32; Ford Jht (roughing-minor), 10:32; Schubert Nte (continuing altercation-10 misc), 12:32.

2nd Period-3, Johnstown, Ford 3 (Stoner, Murray), 7:31 (PP). 4, Johnstown, Schmitt 4   13:56. 5, Northeast, Gordon 9 (Schroeder, McCarthy), 17:00. 6, Johnstown, Wilcox 2 (Badal, Black), 19:59. Penalties-Corcoran Nte (roughing-minor), 5:40; Wagner Jht (slashing-minor), 8:21; Ramsay Jht (hooking-minor), 14:51.

3rd Period-7, Johnstown, Ramsay 8 (Kyrkostas, Badal), 18:47 (PP). Penalties-Minnehan Nte (hooking-minor), 8:34; Minnehan Nte (unsportsmanlike conduct-minor), 15:28; McGraw Nte (too many men-minor), 17:25.

Shots on Goal-Northeast 10-8-5-23. Johnstown 11-11-12-34.
Power Play Opportunities-Northeast 0 / 2; Johnstown 2 / 4.
Goalies-Northeast, Drum 2-3-0-0 (34 shots-30 saves). Johnstown, Evola 12-8-1-0 (23 shots-20 saves).
A-2,552
Referees-Alex Berard.
Linesmen-Gustav Ahrendt, Matt Valerio.

Northeast Generals 3 at Johnstown Tomahawks 4 (SO) – Status: Final SO
Saturday, January 1, 2022 – 1st Summit Arena at Cambria County War Memorial

Northeast 2 1 0 0 – 3
Johnstown 0 2 1 0 – 4

1st Period-1, Northeast, Andreychuk 13 (Schroeder, Keefer), 6:52. 2, Northeast, Andreychuk 14 (Keefer), 16:12. Penalties-Tolan Nte (tripping-minor), 13:24.

2nd Period-3, Northeast, Schubert 4 (Friberg), 4:09. 4, Johnstown, Black 20 (Badal, Kyrkostas), 9:17 (PP). 5, Johnstown, Kyrkostas 11 (Ulicny, Wilcox), 13:59 (SH). Penalties-Wilcox Jht (tripping-minor), 4:41; DesRochers Nte (slashing-minor), 8:50; Murray Jht (holding-minor), 12:55; Ramm Nte (roughing-minor), 20:00; Murray Jht (roughing-minor), 20:00.

3rd Period-6, Johnstown, Jenkins 8   11:19 (PP). Penalties-Perrault Jht (tripping-minor), 0:31; Schroeder Nte (tripping-minor), 9:24; Schmitt Jht (checking from behind-minor), 14:57.

OT Period- No Scoring.Penalties-Stoner Jht (slashing-minor), 1:47.

Shootout – Northeast 2 (Andreychuk G, Gordon G, Ramm NG, Minnehan NG), Johnstown 3 (Black NG, Badal G, Kyrkostas G, Jenkins G).
Shots on Goal-Northeast 8-12-10-3-0-33. Johnstown 5-14-13-0-1-33.
Power Play Opportunities-Northeast 0 / 5; Johnstown 2 / 3.
Goalies-Northeast, DeYoung 8-5-0-1 (32 shots-29 saves). Johnstown, Evola 12-8-1-0 (33 shots-30 saves).
A-1,559
Referees-Alex Berard.
Linesmen-Gustav Ahrendt, Matt Valerio.

Alexander Malinowski: What he brings AIC

Photo Credit: Kelsey Lee-Violet Turtle Photogtaphy

For Eric Lang’s AIC program, he always wants to find players that have high end skill on the ice, and are lives. Alexander Malinowski is another one of those players, as he announced his commitment to play for LAng next year. He is in his first year of North American Junior Hockey, leading the way for the Fairbanks Icedogs in the North American Hockey League . The Swedish forward leads the team in scoring, and was voted team captain without playing one minute of time in the North American game.

Lang said if him ” we’ve got really high expectations on him, he’s got an elite brain, he’s very competitive.” Lang compared him to a hybrid of Elijah Barriga, and Jake Stella. Both of those are good comparisons for the captain of the Icedogs to get.

Fairbanks Assistant Coach Aaron McPheters took the time to talk a bit more about what Lang and AIC will see from Malinowski next season.

First, on visibility, Lang’s group did not see him play the North American game on an NHL rink until the NAHL Showcase this past September. AIC also competed against a number of schools. As McPheters said ” There was a number of schools looking to sign him. He actually had a couple offers before he come over to us. First time schools saw him play in North America was at the NAHL showcase.”

As for Malinowski, he is a true leader, as McPheters discussed ” He’s a professional at everything he does. The way he carry’s himself and does the little things to make everyone better. Don’t see many European players come over and be a captain in their first year but he’s done it and that just speaks to how much the team looks up to him. On the ice he runs our first PP unit so he’s helped our PP be as successful as it has been.” The Icdeogs are challenging for a Robertson cup this year in part because of the work of Malinowski.

The same leadership that Lang expects in his program from all players is one reason why Malinowski is a great fit at AIC next year. The Icedogs wanted him this past summer and took him in the NAHL Supplemental Draft. Since then he has shown his ability to lead, drive the play forward, and took his chance in the League of Opportunity at the NAHL Showcase to dazzle many, and earned a chance to contribute to the AIC Family for the next four years.

For Alexander, the future he wants seems to be at AIC. For AIC, the type of player they like is found in Farbanks, and the NAHL is incredibly important.

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