Northeast Generals Player Profile: Viktor Solokhin

For the NA3HL Northeast Generals, they were able to get the services of a player looking to play the North American Game. 17 year old Viktor Solohkin is a power winger with strong skating skills. He has come into the the NA3HL group and made an immediate impact. In four games, the six foot tall winger has put up four points, and he is earning time on Coach Daryl Locke’s first line. For a Generals team that has yet to lose, and has eyes on a return trip to the Fraser Cup in March, adding Viktor is like bringing talent upon talent to Attleboro.

He is a smooth skater with a keen hockey sense for where to be. In the long term, his shot has potential to be even better than it is, with a decent release already in his arsenal. If the St. Petersburg native can continue to grow under Locke’s and Bryan Erikson’s tutelage, then the sky is the limit for him in North America. He plays like someone who has been there before, and already has a growing following of his work. If he keeps up his torrid start with the Generals, then higher levels of junior hockey, and perhaps Division One College hockey could very well be in his future.

NA3HL General Manager Bryan Erikson had the following to say about one of the newer NA3HL Generals.

“Viktor has come in a little late due to visa issues but he obviously had been putting in work. He has a nice long fluid stride that will only get more powerful as he gets stronger. He is very big for his age and just need to add some muscle. But he knows how to play, where to be on the ice and how to execute Darryl’s game plan. Point wise I think he is a bit ahead of where we thought he was going to be but we are delighted with his quick assimilation to the North American style of hockey we play. I don’t think he has a real cap on his potential yet. He just needs to keep working and he will have a lot of opportunities at the next level of junior hockey.”

Check out the recruiting video Viktor put together to get a better idea of his strengths, and to see why the Generals are so happy for him to finally be in Attleboro.

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Northeast Generals: Week in review

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For the NAHL and NA3HL Generals, this week has brought building and sucess.

The NAHL Generals went 1-1 on the week, getting back in the win column on Saturday night with a Brent Keefer overtime winner . The Oklahoma native is on his last year of junior hockey and drawing more interest from Divison one schools each time he plays.

Head Coach Bryan Erikson summed up the weekend well, saying ” Friday was very disappointing. We played a very good 2 periods but the wheels came off the bus in the 3rd and we looked like we just gave up. It was tough. And we had a conversation as a team as to what type of team we are going to be. Saturday we spoke about getting back to pucks in deep, finishing hits and being system responsible. And I thought the kids did an amazing job. We killed off 4 penalties late including 3 minutes of 5 on 3 in the 3rd and then were able to execute a nice play in OT for the win. We need to control ourselves so we don’t have so many highs and lows and work on getting to consistent good hockey.”

NAHL Box Scores

Friday

New Jersey Titans 7 at Northeast Generals 1 – Status: Final
Friday, October 15, 2021 – New England Sports Village

New Jersey 1 1 5 – 7
Northeast 1 0 0 – 1

1st Period-1, New Jersey, Dumas 3 (Bannister), 8:37. 2, Northeast, Friberg 2 (Schubert, Schroeder), 16:25. Penalties-Luik Njt (slashing-minor), 0:31; Zezima Nte (cross checking-minor), 7:39; McGraw Nte (interference-minor), 13:31; Farrell Njt (tripping-minor), 17:00.

2nd Period-3, New Jersey, Willey 3 (Keresztes, Young), 19:57 (PP). Penalties-Calafiore Njt (holding-minor), 1:49; Schubert Nte (holding-minor), 1:49; Keresztes Njt (checking from behind-minor, unsportsmanlike conduct – 10 minute), 3:50; served by McCarthy Nte (too many men-minor), 5:48; Dumas Njt (roughing-minor), 9:11; Farrell Njt (roughing-double minor), 9:11; Marnauzs Nte (roughing-minor), 9:11; Andreychuk Nte (roughing-minor), 10:25; Bannister Njt (cross checking-minor), 14:15; Boczar Nte (head contact-major, unsportsmanlike conduct-ej), 16:29.

3rd Period-4, New Jersey, Ring 1 (Bannister, Mollica), 0:17 (PP). 5, New Jersey, Calafiore 2 (Bannister, Dumas), 4:33. 6, New Jersey, Keresztes 2 (Posma, Dumas), 13:01 (PP). 7, New Jersey, Ring 2 (Mollica, Posma), 15:32. 8, New Jersey, Avezov 7 (Young, Testa-Basi), 15:44. Penalties-Farrell Njt (cross checking-minor), 5:02; Jennersjö Nte (holding-minor), 12:06; McCarthy Nte (slashing-minor), 15:44; Ardagna Nte (interference-minor), 17:38.

Shots on Goal-New Jersey 13-12-21-46. Northeast 11-11-3-25.
Power Play Opportunities-New Jersey 3 / 8; Northeast 0 / 7.
Goalies-New Jersey, Takacs 4-2-1-0 (25 shots-24 saves). Northeast, DeYoung 2-2-0-0 (46 shots-39 saves).
A-223
Referees-AJ Potvin.
Linesmen-Kieran Green, Anthony Tarquinio.

Saturday

New Jersey Titans 2 at Northeast Generals 3 (OT) – Status: Final OT
Saturday, October 16, 2021 – New England Sports Village

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

1st Period-1, Northeast, Scott 5 (Jennersjö, McCarthy), 15:22 (PP). Penalties-McDougall Njt (interference-minor), 10:17; Farrell Njt (tripping-minor), 13:51; Wites Nte (holding-minor), 16:36.

2nd Period-2, New Jersey, Keresztes 3 (Willey, Posma), 9:57 (PP). 3, Northeast, Jennersjö 1 (Woll, Gordon), 14:49. Penalties-Schroeder Nte (boarding-minor), 8:07; Willey Njt (roughing-minor), 17:49; Schroeder Nte (roughing-minor), 17:49; Grable Njt (hooking-minor), 18:48.

3rd Period-4, New Jersey, Calafiore 3 (Bannister, Dumas), 1:50. Penalties-Schroeder Nte (slashing-minor), 6:08; Minnehan Nte (slashing-minor), 6:20; Corcoran Nte (slashing-minor), 14:05; Andreychuk Nte (cross checking-minor), 15:25.

OT Period-5, Northeast, Keefer 6 (Kolnik, Schroeder), 2:07. Penalties-No Penalties

Shots on Goal-New Jersey 6-14-12-1-33. Northeast 10-12-13-2-37.
Power Play Opportunities-New Jersey 1 / 6; Northeast 1 / 3.
Goalies-New Jersey, Takacs 4-2-1-0 (37 shots-34 saves). Northeast, Baliotti 3-1-0-0 (33 shots-31 saves).
A-270
Referees-AJ Potvin.
Linesmen-David Annecchiarico, Kieran Green.

For the NA3HL team, they came off another sweep of their opponents on the week, having won their last six straight games. The team is consistently near the top or at the top of their division and battling for the Fraser Cup.

Wednesday Box Score

Northeast Generals 4 at Bay State Bobcats 1 – Status: Final
Wednesday, October 13, 2021 – Fitzpatrick Ice Skating Rink

Northeast 1 1 2 – 4
Bay State 1 0 0 – 1

1st Period-1, Northeast, Young 2 (Solokhin, Sinople), 9:07. 2, Bay State, Harwell 1 (Boothe, Anderson), 10:51. Penalties-No Penalties

2nd Period-3, Northeast, Sinople 1 (Solokhin), 17:32 (PP). Penalties-Hess Net (tripping-minor), 5:34; Desmarais Bsb (interference-minor), 7:17; Hess Net (tripping-minor), 10:22; McGrath Bsb (cross checking-major), 14:33; Schirm Bsb (interference-minor), 17:40.

3rd Period-4, Northeast, Lambert 1 (Mulligan, Savoie), 1:14. 5, Northeast, Nuzzolilo 2 (Kennedy, Savoie), 12:31 (SH). Penalties-Savoie Net (high sticking-minor), 2:49; Lemnah Bsb (roughing-minor), 2:51; Schirm Bsb (roughing-minor), 4:56; Lambert Net (cross checking-minor), 11:29; Basarab Bsb (boarding-minor), 15:47; Basarab Bsb (charging-minor), 18:02; Murphy Net (slashing-minor), 18:26.

Shots on Goal-Northeast 19-15-13-47. Bay State 10-11-6-27.
Power Play Opportunities-Northeast 1 / 0; Bay State 0 / 0.
Goalies-Northeast, McCoy 2-0-0-0 (27 shots-26 saves). Bay State, Di Fiore 2-2-0-0 (47 shots-43 saves).
A-192
Referees-Patrick Sharron.
Linesmen-Joshua Berenson, Caley Eaton.

Sunday Box Score

Bay State Bobcats 2 at Northeast Generals 8 – Status: Final
Sunday, October 17, 2021 – New England Sports Village

Bay State 0 2 0 – 2
Northeast 3 1 4 – 8

1st Period-1, Northeast, Hess 4 (Wracker, McNamee), 4:00. 2, Northeast, Felix 2 (Lubin, Gorman), 19:06. 3, Northeast, Kennedy 4 (Murphy, McNamee), 19:42. Penalties-Murphy Net (hooking-minor), 14:54.

2nd Period-4, Bay State, Warren 1 (Basarab, Penning), 2:52. 5, Bay State, Harwell 2 (Boothe, Murray), 7:28. 6, Northeast, Gorman 5 (Mulligan, Felix), 15:17. Penalties-No Penalties

3rd Period-7, Northeast, Gorman 6 (Savoie, Lambert), 8:52. 8, Northeast, Lubin 1 (Frolik, Sinople), 11:37. 9, Northeast, Felix 3 (Lambert, Gorman), 12:11. 10, Northeast, Solokhin 1 (Sinople), 19:22. Penalties-Murray Bsb (roughing-minor), 2:12; Wracker Net (roughing-minor), 2:12; Sinople Net (high sticking-minor), 2:56; Nuzzolilo Net (tripping-minor), 12:40.

Shots on Goal-Bay State 8-17-12-37. Northeast 13-17-23-53.
Power Play Opportunities-Bay State 0 / 3; Northeast 0 / 0.
Goalies-Bay State, Bovey 0-3-0-1 (13 shots-10 saves); Schnopp 1-1-0-0 (40 shots-35 saves). Northeast, Joseph 4-0-0-0 (37 shots-35 saves).
A-100
Referees-Thomas Quick.
Linesmen-Joshua Berenson, Kieran Hurley.

Northeast Generals Player Profile: C.J. Zezima

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Last year, C.J. Zezima played for the USPHL Charlotte Rush. He went to that team partly because there were less teams and spots available for him at the NAHL level. While there, he took that opportunity of playing a first line role, and turned it into a National Championship at the Premier Level, and earned a spot with the Generals. This year, the skilled forward who wants to model his game after Johnny Gaudreau is playing a big role in all situations for Head Coach Bryan Erikson’s group, and has put up seven points in 11 games. Erikson appreciates Zezima’s skills, and in coaching him has seen in person “how smart he is away from the puck. He is always in a good position and understands where everyone else is as well. In addition his D zone play had been much better than I expected. Strong on the walls and has a good stick. He also has a great shot. It doesn’t always look as good as it is but his release and his accuracy are at the elite level.”

Player Profile

Why did you decide to play hockey
“I went to an ahl game when I was younger and I wanted to try it out and loved it right away”


What is your favorite food and why?
“Steak and mashed potatoes because they go well with each other.”


What is your favorite thing about the Generals?
“The facilities”


Where are you from ?
“Connecticut”
What is your favorite subject and why?
“Science because it’s hands on work”

Tell us about the type of player you are
“Small and skilled with a high iq”

What is your best hockey memory?
“Winning a national championship with the Charlotte Rush”

What are your goals on and off the ice this year?
“To develop as a player and person”

What is your favorite tv show or movie to watch?
“The Office”

Tell us one unique thing about you off the ice
“I like to spend time with family in my free time”

What is your favorite place to go around the rink in Attleboro?
“Chik fil a”


What is your favorite video game or thing to do in your spare time?
“MLB the show”

Who do you look up to most in your life and why?
“My dad because he’s such a hard worker and he’s played baseball professionally”

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Northeast Generals Player Profile: Landon Kolnink

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Earlier this season, Bryan Erikson offered a unique background to Landon Kolnik, his third line center. Kolnik plays on Erikson’s energy line featuring Joe Schubert and Kyle Schroder.

Of Kolnik himself Erikson said Hear Erikson’s explanation on what lead to Kolnik coming back after being cut “We self assess a lot. We had a divided scout room about Landon. And I was on the no side. But that night I went back and rewatched some games of camp and I realized that we made a mistake. So instead of ignoring the mistake we decided to try to fix it. I called Landon expecting he would say no. But I was glad he accepted my apology and came back. The boys love Koko! He plays hard and the right way. He has become a player we really rely on.”

On tape Erikson said the following, “ well, he’s an undersized import forward without great speed. But on the tape I realized he was just a very smart hockey player. We loved his grit but sometimes at camp you don’t see the IQ. And he just made so many small plays, area passes, sneaky shot. He just is a very good player.”

Select Profile Answers

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

Sign (an) NCAA D1 (scholarship)

What is your favorite tv show or movie to watch?

“Tete à Claque”

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

“My Parents for their numerous sacrifices they did for me.”

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NAHL Northeast Generals Player Profile : Brent Keefer

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For Division One College Hockey teams, they are looking to add more players like 2001 born Generals’ forward Brent Keefer to their group.

Why?

Keefer not only competes hard but also is consistently one of the fastest skaters on the ice and also has an eye for the net. On a few plays this season he has already sped ahead of the opponent and made his own breakaways. So far he has visited at least one Division One school, and has more than a few that are interested in him. His development from the end of last season to where he is now generated interest at the NAHL Showcase, and he is drawing looks from many schools so far. If Keefer contributes to show the speed and eye for the net he has in the first nine games, combined with his hard working personality then he could get even more Division One interest. Like his favorite player, Keefer does not cheat the game, and more schools are realizing that each time they see him play.

Player Profile Questions

Why did you decide to play hockey?
“Because I love the game , and it’s the sport my dad introduced to me.”


What is your favorite food and why?
“Chicken Parmesan and pasta , because I love chicken and pasta.”


What is your favorite thing about the Generals?
“The boys”


Where are you from ?
“Oklahoma”


What is your favorite subject and why?
“History , I like learning about the past.”


Tell us about the type of player you are
“Fast skilled player , I like to use my speed and my hands and vision”


Which NHL player past or present do you model your game after?
“I try to model my game after Matthew Barzal or Connor McDavid.”


What is your best hockey memory?
“Winning a state championship”


What are your goals on and off the ice this year?
“On the ice I want to be a consistent player who is relied upon in every situation and off the ice get stronger.”


What is your favorite tv show or movie to watch?
“Movie Remember the Titans , tv show Criminal Minds”


What is your favorite place to go around the rink in Attleboro?
“Going to eat sushi with the boys”


What is your favorite video game or thing to do in your spare time?
“Playing Warzone”


Who do you look up to most in your life and why?
“Sidney Crosby and because he is a complete hockey player and doesn’t cheat the game.”

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Generals earn 4-0 shutout over Jamestown: Read More, and what comes next

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While Generals Head Coach Bryan Erikson is right to divide his team’s season into six ten game segments, the Generals have shown a marked improvement in their first nine games this year, compared to after game nine of last season. Tonight was one of the best games his team played as they earned a 4-0 shutout over the Jamestown Rebels, with Carson Limesand securing his first NAHL shutout, making 25 saves on the evening.

The scoring got off to a strong start in the first, with Paul Minnehan getting the first of his two goals. Joe Schubert got a clean wrister off, similar in form to his goal against Danbury, while Jared Scott also contributed as well. On the goals and compete level of the night, Erikson had this to say ” I thought we did a good job early getting to the net. Creating opportunities. Great to get Minnehan going. And of course great for Schubert to bury that one and Scott to stay hot. Loved the compete especially in the first 20.”

One player that did not score, but has consistently elevated his game is Matt Boczar. In front of dozens of college teams he shined bright tonight, and has played well this year, elevating his game in a bigger role. As Erikson said of Boczar, with the nickname of “Box”, ” Box is the man. He just works and works and works. The buzz on him has been great. And this is a kid that has literally never been given anything. He just competes. Love him as a person and love how he owns mistakes and doesn’t get too high on great plays.”

One other group of standouts that Erikson has hated to keep apart is the line of Joe Schubert, Kyle Schroder, and Landon Kolnik. Tonight Kolnik had two assists and drove his line with his consistent energy. On why the line works together, Erikson was honest about its genesis, and what they bring, saying ” Sometimes you draw something up and it stinks. Other times you draw it up and it just clicks. And those three love each other on the ice and off the ice. 3 amazing kids that all play with such passion, grit and energy. I love that line.” That line will be a big part of the Generals goal to finish their first block of the season with a 7-3 record tomorrow night. Erikson and his staff will work to keep the team in the moment. Even after tomorrow, they will only have a winning record over one of the six ten game segments this season is divided up into. While the start is positive, tonight showed that this team could have a higher ceiling than many would have thought heading into the year.

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NA3HL Northeast Generals Player Profile: Caiden Hess

Caiden Hess is making his mark on Junior Hockey this year and has a high celing. He is being asked to step into a big role for an NA3HL team that had a lot of its Fraser Cup group move on to higher levels. Hess is a speedy forward with the capacity to put up points in bunches, and plays a strong defensive game in his own end. If he can help the NA3HL group get back in that realm, then a lot of options at the NAHL level could rise.

As Head Coach of the NAHL group Bryan Erikson said of Hess’s game ” Caiden Hess has NA potential. He could push for a spot at some point this year (a game or a few) and a potential full time role next year. But he needs to continue to improve away from the puck. My favorite part of his game is his fearlessness. He hits everything that moves even though he is an undersized forward. He takes pucks to the net very well and he can rip it. I like his speed a lot but would like him to continue to lengthen his stride.”

Player Profile Questions

Why did you decide to play hockey
“My dad played and I picked it up when I was little and I have loved it ever since.”

What is your favorite food and why?
“I love steak it’s just the best food you can eat”


What is your favorite thing about the Generals?
” I liked the facility and my coach”


Where are you from ?
“Abington, MA”

What is your favorite subject and why?
“I love history because I like to learn about how different our lives are now then along time ago.”

Tell us about the type of player you are
“I would say I play fast and really gritty.”


Which NHL player past or present do you model your game after? *
“Phil Kessel”

What is your best hockey memory?
“Winning games with my high school hockey team”


What are your goals on and off the ice this year?
“My goals are to make it to the next level and finish my senior year”

What is your favorite tv show or movie to watch?
“The boys”


Tell us one unique thing about you off the ice
“I love comic books”

What is your favorite place to go around the rink in Attleboro?
“I’m new to the Attleboro area so I don’t know yet”


What is your favorite video game or thing to do in your spare time?
I love to read comic books and play call of duty”


Who do you look up to most in your life and why?
“My grandmother who was officer in the air-force she always does the best she can no matter what”

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A special night for a Colin Bilek sees the Generals earn a 6-3 win: Read more

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In their series finale against Johnstown, the Generals faced a seesaw match that went their way. Arguably retiring Colin Bilek’s number six, and playing the Saturday game had an effect on the result.

The team again got the first goal, but their opponents, the Johnstown Tomahawks fought throughout the game and kept it close until a Jared Scott empty netter gave us the final result.

On the night, Head Coach Bryan Erikson said of the Bilek number retirement

” It was really special for me. And I know it was for him and his family. We were able to keep it a secret all the way until we actually announced it. We hid his parents, had a ton of family here. It was great. I always get emotional talking about Colin because he means to much to not only me and the ownership but also the entire Organization. We wouldn’t be what we are without his leadership in those first 2 years. He is the model of the player we are looking for. He is a great person first. Yes he is a great hockey player. But it is his heart that shows through. It is why we have such a high standard for the type of kid we will take here. We don’t care if Colin plays hockey after college (even though I think he will). His number is retired because of the person he is and what he means to not on the Generals but to each of us personally.”

Once again, Brent Keefer and Matthew Boczar chipped in with key goals and showed their development. Of the Generals’ returners for this season, those two have shown immediate improvement both on the ice and the score sheet. Keefer is visiting at least one Division One school and has interest from many more for the speed game he plays, and Boczar has developed his playmaking over the past year. Both are a point or more per game players right now.

As Erikson said of their work

” They are both special young men. They have elevated their games, shown what their hard work in the off season can translate to on the ice. They also both have a full buy in. They boys love them. They work hard and they generate a ton of offense and they are capitalizing on their chances.”

As to two former Charlotte Rush players, CJ Zezima and Jared Scott, Erikson made some good points about their contributions, and the importance of effort and hard work even when you do not have your best game.

He said of Zezima’s work, after he put home his first NAHL goal yesterday ” Zez has really impressed me with his growth in the Defensive zone and his ability to play all 3 Forward positions. He had great coaching with the Charlotte Rush last year with Ryan Cruthers and Troy Schwabb and you can see how it has helped his transition to us. He was a bit unlucky through 7 games hitting posts and not getting the bounces so it was great to see him put one home. But I love him on the Power Play and has prove to be a good player on the PK as well.”

On Jared Scott, who put in the rebound for the game winning goal, he added It was great, Erikson said last night, “I just said to Jared in the locker room. I thought you were terrible tonight. But what defines us as people is what we do when we don’t have it. And he hustled and beat that icing in the 3rd on the shift he scored and that changed everything. It completely changed the game. And we talk about that a lot. One play, one shift, the game can change. So don’t get too high or too low. Just focus on each play every shift.”

That same focus for the Generals is essential heading into their next series against the Johnstown Rebels. They impressed with their effort at the Showcase, and took teams all over the league, including the Lone Star Brahmas, to task with their effort and speed game that allowed them to get ahead quick and hold down leads.

As Erikson said of what to build on ” I thought our effort level was there for all 60 minutes tonight. We did a good job keeping them to the outside. We still have consistency issues and I thought Johnstown bullied us a little bit on the walls. We will need to clean that up in order to beat a good Jamestown team that is always very tough to play against.” The next test for the Generals takes place next week, as they look to continue to build on their start.

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Quick start and fast finish gives Northeast a home opening 5-1 win: Read More

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In their NAHL Showcase Finale against Amarillo, the Generals had plenty of looks as the game wore on, but could not find the equalizing goal. The team looked better playing from behind for most of the showcase than they did tied or with a lead.

Tonight, they never trailed the Johnstown Tomahawks in their home opener at New England Sports Village.

For the Generals, Ryan Gordon, Douglas Friberg, Ryan Corcoran, Martin Marnauzs, and Brent Keefer all pitched in with goals. Friberg’s was the game winner, and one that pushed the team forward in their three goal first period. For that he was given first star honors.

As Head Coach Bryan Erikson said of what he liked from his group tonight:

” I liked how we protected the lead in the 3rd. We played really smart hockey. Stayed out of the nonsense for the most part and forced them to the outside. It was a solid 20 minutes.”

As to his first goal scorers (first NAHL goal scorers) Erikson said ” Great to see Doug score. Thought he struggled a bit on the puck early in the game and then once he scored he was able to relax and get more into the flow. It’s a huge monkey off the back for him. Same goes for Ryan Corcoran. Played real well. Stepped up when Kolnik got the 15 minutes for fighting and earned a regular shift. Excited for him”

Going forward, Erikson was clear, the third period for this team in how they played a complete game, and added scoring is the example period moving forward.

As he said ” If we can take that into every game I would love for that to be the standard, [with us playing] smart, intelligent, disciplined hockey.”

One General that has stood out more and more each game, as the speed Erikson saw in him at the NAPHL level and is showing more and more of his game breaking potential is Brent Keefer. He took the puck on a partial breakaway, skated into the pass, and then easily deposited the puck in the back of the net to earn the final goal of the night.

Erikson noted that Division One interest in him is picking up, saying ” Yes Keefer and I have spoken to a few D1 schools. Interest is picking up. He will be a huge get for any school. Has a visit coming up and then we are scheduling a few more. Great goal by him today.”

Tomorrow, with around 20 alums from the first Generals team, including Army West Point Captain Colin Bilek in attendance, the spotlight will be on this group. Erikson summed up what he is looking for from them saying of what he wants to see his team be “better on the puck, better F3, better communication. Just be more disciplined in executing our systems. I loved a lot of stuff but we didn’t see the best of Johnstown. They will bring a lot more tomorrow and we need to be ready for it.”

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Northeast Generals Player Profile: Carson Limesand

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Carson Limesand has made quite the impression early on for the Northeast Generals. He has 142 saves on 152 shots faced in four games, and has won three starts. His opening weekend of work against Danbury made him the first East Division Star of the week, and he put up a zero goals allowed in relief for them in their NAHL Showcase finale against Amarillo.

Limesand is a state champion from Orono Minnesota that plays an athletic style of goaltending with a celling at the next level of some college goaltending’s best, like former Lake Superior State Laker, Mareks Mitens. His style and ability to make routine saves with ease, combined with his strong hockey sense have helped him make saves at high volume in danger areas and work to limit rebound chances in dangerous areas. As Head Coach Bryan Erikson said when Limesand was tendered by the Generals “Carson is a very athletic goaltender that we think will have a huge impact on the team in 2021-22. Carson comes from a very good MN High School team where he put up great numbers. This past year Carson went 12-6 with a 2.56gaa and a .912 save percentage. We look forward to him transitioning smoothly to the junior level and working with our goalie coach Steve Mastalerz.”

So far, its safe to say the transition is going quite well. Mastalerz has helped accentuate Limesand’s style and has put him in a position to succeed early on. The team loves what he brings, as he already has two nicknames, ‘Limer’, and ‘Sando’ (Sando is the more popular one of the two). Limesand is a vocal leader, consistently bantering with his skaters, and he is quite vocal during games directing defenders and setting up outlet plays. Limesand’s future is bright, and Erikson and his staff are impressed not only with his skill, but with how he responded in relief after his first tough outing against the Minnesota Magicians. The staff saw more about him at the NAHL Showcase and were impressed.

Player Profile Answers

Why did you decide to play hockey
“I watched my older brothers goalie one game and from there knew I wanted to be a goalie.”


What is your favorite food and why?
“Burgers because there’s always new things you can put on it.”


What is your favorite thing about the Generals?
“Family”


Where are you from ?
“Minnesota”


Tell us about the type of player you are
“Butterfly goalie with quick movements.”


Which NHL player past or present do you model your game after? *
“Carey Price”
What is your best hockey memory?
“Winning the state championship”
What are your goals on and off the ice this year?
Hand eye and becoming stronger
What is your favorite tv show or movie to watch?
“Outer Banks”


Tell us one unique thing about you off the ice
” I love to go fishing”
What is your favorite place to go around the rink in Attleboro?
“Anywhere with food”


What is your favorite video game or thing to do in your spare time?
“Rocket league”


Who do you look up to most in your life and why?
“Dad and brother because they both are smart and successful”

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