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Stretching for the Holidays | Episode 147

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On this week's episode of the #EShow, Jake Basile kicks things off with an interview featuring Cody Gonyeau (1:21), the new Head Coach of the Boston Jr. Terriers. Following the interview and inside the Weekly Rundown (21:54), we break down the unique spot where we're at in the calendar, and in particular, an important showcase next week in Newington, CT. Further along in the #ECrew Fantasy Challenge (55:14), don't call it a comeback, but Team HNIB has started to make up some ground on Team 'OG'. Finally, with no new podcast episode coming out between now and the holiday break, we each preview a matchup to watch in the EHL and the EHLP (1:02:58) as we work our way down the final stretch of games in 2022.

Welcome to the Show with Neil Raven. Founded in two thousand thirteen, the e h L has become the college placement leader on the East Coast. Sit back and learn more about the next step in your junior hockey career. Welcome to the Show, presented by the Penalty Box Foundation. The Foundation's mission centers around their daily motto, we take care of our own as they help out all of those within the hockey community who have experienced a catastrophic event. Learn more at Penalty Box Foundation dot org. What's Up? My Name is Neil Raven and this episode number one seven of the show. On this week's episode, Jake Basil kicks things off with an interview featuring Cody Gaudio, the new head coach of the Boston Junior Terriers. Following the interview, we break down the unique spot where we're at on the calendar, and in particular, an important showcase next week in Connecticut for their law in the E Crew Fantasy Challenge. Don't call it a comeback, but Team H and I be started to make out some ground on Team O G. Finally, with no new podcast episode coming out between now in the holiday break, we each preview matchup to watch in the e h L and the e h L P as we work our way down the final stretch of games in two Hello E show fans. Today, I'm joined by newly named head coach and GM of the expansion Boston Junior Terriers, Cody Ganyo. Coach Danya has a plethora of experience in coaching, scouting, player development, and administration. He most recently served as the head coach of the Northeast General sixteen New Triple A team while also directing their General's Academy program. He began with the Generals in seventeen, where a scouting role evolved into positions as assistant general manager and assistant coach. He now looks forward to the inaugural season for the Terriers at the junior level. Coach Ganya, thank you for joining us. Thank you very much, appreciate it. So the Terriers are an organization with a strong reputation in the youth hockey scene. How much of an honor is it to be chosen by them for this role? Well, it's a huge h you know, getting to know uh, the people that are coaching there and they've been part of that hockey family for a while, and you know, you know, they've done a lot of successful things with you know, Mights too, you know, higher levels of a too girls program, and you know just seeing a successful program like that is not going to be part of it all. You start your starting the no with the Northeast Generals is a scout and it turned into administration coaching. So how do you think that we're kind of hons your skills and recruiting and player development. Yeah, so with scouting, you you kind of see a lot of different hockey all throughout the United States. I've been lucky to travel overseas for a few scouting opportunities and getting to know how hockey works over there, getting the coaches, getting into general managers and other junior organizations. Um, really it's just you know, absorbing everything you possibly can and scouting and you know, finding the right players based on um, you know, some of the key aspects we're looking for and and collecting all the information as you know much as possible. You know, there's there's a lot of hockey teams, just a lot of different levels. There's a lot of areas around that we can find players, and you know, just being willing to know collect as much information is what's going to kind of help us be successful? And um, so you your time as a head coach has been primarily at the youth level, coaching Triple A and high school hockey, and but you've been an assistant at the junior's level before. What changes you expect being at the head coach level, this time ushering in a new team in juniors. Yeah, so now I'm more in charge of making sure the culture of a junior organization is following the pathway that I wanted to. I was lucky to come into the junior world as in some coach and just you know, learn a lot of the ins and outs to that type of locker room. Um, you know how that level play is, you know, preparing you know, for games and how to go about you know, establishing the right culture for you know, that group of players. So, um, you know, my probably new tasks that I've been already trying to figure out is you know, what kind of culture do I want to you know and still into the team, and and how do I want to go about you know, developing that along the way and with your time in the no what have you?...

You know, what can you bring from that in terms of creating a new culture. Yeah, I think the the North American League is is extremely talented and UM seeing how talent takes off and how players respond to talent against them UM is is important. And what I noticed right away jumping into the league was how each player how to pump each other up, how to rally behind the bench, how to UM show positivity, how to show seriousness, how to UM go about each shift, how to celebrate a goal. It's two small things, you know, UM, and you know those are going to be a lot of the things that I want to translate into the Eastern Hockey League is is making sure that that type of culture is what UM I bring to the dreamior level and you know, seeing that help the territors be successful. And so you've been a director to it with the General's Academy, which is combination of academics and hockey. So putting an emphasis on the academic side of the game too is something that the e h L puts a lot of emphasis on. College hockey is the destination, desire, destination for so many of these players. How do you envision yourself being able to help them get to that level? But right away, it's resources UM you know, speaking with the owners of the program academics was probably one of the first things we talked about, because you know, that's that is probably one of the be the more important things in everyone's life is setting themselves up for after hockey, you know when or how that may be, but UM, providing them with the resources, helping them, you know, prepare for tests, how to UM you know, schedule certain classes to kind of prepare for entry level courses in the college world. UM, you know, tutoring, availabilities UM, you know, testing accommodations. You know, while we do that at the Triple A level, you know, it's also an important thing to do at the junior level. And I noticed, UM, while working in my prior role that I also noticed how important it was to help a lot of players prepare for UM certain schools. UM, whether it was taking SAT prep courses or UM writing letters to certain colleges, or organizing transcripts and retaking certain courses after graduation. You know, there's a lot of things that players can do to UM make sure their application is strong. And you know, I've been able to understands a lot, understand a lot of the processes that are needed to be taken to make sure they're organizing a strong and you know, competitive of application for certain colleges. And character is another thing that a lot of these college coaches and general managers look for. So how do you see yourself as being a mentor to these kids in terms of values and stuff like that. The biggest thing I'm looking for is how they treat each other, how each player UM fights for the guy sitting next to them. UM. And you know, character is really the behind the scenes stuff that I might not see all the time. And you know how it's it's tough for a coach to be able to measure the character of a certain player when UM, you know, he acts differently when I'm not in the room, you know. And and that's by the biggest thing that I can do is is constantly UM preach types of characteristics that colleges are looking for. You know, you know, if this point of this league is to get players UM to win games, to get players committed UM to college hockey, it's hey, you know, this is the questions that these college coaches are asking me right now, And these are the questions that you need to be asking yourself. Are you UM that kind of person. Are you behaving that way? Are you UM treating each other with respect? Are you you know, are you ready to go to be the best possible version of yourself day in and day out this season so that when colleges are asking, you know, hey, you know what is this player like? You know, I have lots of information to share with them, UM, and it's easy for me. So those are the things that you know, I'm going to have to start from day one and and really manage the care chacteristics UM that I'm looking for and expecting...

...for out of my players, because setting them setting them up day one is going to really set them up for UM that road to commitment. And shifting to focus now to the junior Terrier specifically your thoughts in general just being on the one to have the responsibility of bringing this team into the junior level. Yeah, it's it's it's quite a you know, it's it's a big ask to bring a brand new junior organization in and UM, it's tough, but it's also extremely exciting. And you know, one of the things that really fuels my spirit to do so is just UM by seeing the people that are in that organization already um within you know, my time being there, noticing how hard everybody works, how hard, um, you know, how how important they understand hockey is for um, you know, young players, and I see how serious um they take each and every single little detail and and in that organization they find a lot of successes because of it. And that kind of fuels me, you know, And and that's what makes me want to have that same type of um characteristic myself as a coach and as a general manager and build a new team into the pre existing community of the Boston Engineer Terriers and and exposing English players too, um, the families, the coaches, the players, the young players in the Boston Engineer Terriers and helping everyone be collaborative in the hot world hockey. And you know, it's kind of like a little you know, part of part to that. All that really just you know, feels my passion just to make sure that I'm bringing in the right players, make sure that I'm you know, doing my job as a general manager, asking the right questions to their coaches and um in finding the right guys. Because there's an important family there at the Boston and New Terriers, and I think it's important to make sure that we're finding the right people to bring in. And speaking of those exact people, the period to sign players begins in the new year, So how eager are you to get that process started? Very eager. I've already had a lot of conversations with players, actually, I um, you know, talked with players that you know, just this past weekend after games, asking them, you know, how they feel they've played, you know, what their plans are for hockey. Um, you know, it's it's not just finding every player possible, it's finding the right players. So um, you know, I know it might be a little slow to start right now, but you know, it is January first hits. I think a lot of the preparation that that we're going throughout the terriers to make sure we're finding the right players is really going to pay off for us when we start there. And then, you know, slowly but surely we're gonna one by one organized that roster too to be where we wanted to be. When you're in the process of talking to players and watching them, what are some things that you look foremost on the ice and then again off the ice, what they're doing without the puck right away? Um, what decisions are they making, how are the reaction times? How is their skating? Um, I really want to bring in a team that can skate well, a team that can move up and down, transition through the ice really well. UM. Skating is really important for me. UM. You know, I can develop it and to the season, but UM, I want to see a you know, a player that has a ton of speed and has a lot to give athletically, um, and is making the right choices. UM as they you know, plug and play themselves throughout each zone and and finding successes. You know, it might not be scoring a hundred goals in a certain game or in a certain weekend of games. That it might be back chacking really hard, being strong on the park, you know, creating turnovers, communicating, um, you know, just all around hustle. You know, those are the things that you know, really add up to you know, what type of players find success at the junior level. And That's what I'm looking for right now. And getting to know you a little bit, would you say that you have a specific coaching style. Yeah, I've kind of surprised myself. I can be quiet at times, I can be super loud and and uh and and you know, excited at times, I can you know, I adapt to the certain situations that we are when I've been coaching, and um, you know, I I really think that my style as a coach is kind of drawn from you know, my I as a teacher, you know, being in the...

...academy world and the education side of things, I've understood how each player responds differently to their teachers, and UM, I've taken that type of process into coaching, and UM, coaching each player a different way and not you know, you know, in a way where I'm coaching this player only No, it's more like, you know, what does that player need in order for that player specifically specifically to be successful? And you know that's basically my style. And if that player needs to be yelled at all, yell at you know, I might not want to, but if he needs that to get in going, you know, I'll tell him like, hey, like I have a higher expectations and you have higher expectations for yourself. And if there's players that respond better to positive reinforcement, then you know, I'm gonna give those paths in the back. But I'm not going to hand it out like it's you know, it's it's um, it's free, but it's it's something that I know if that player, you know it's going to have a better new shift by a you know, a quick positive note, then you know that's what I'm gonna do as that players coach. So you know, my style is pretty um individualistic. Um, it's adaptive to you know, every single player on the roster a different way. But I found that to be one of my most successful traits as a coach. And I'm glad you brought up the aspect of teaching because in college you earned a Bachelor of Science and secondary education. Did you always want hockey to be in some way part of your career? Yeah, I, UM, the back of my mind, I was, you know, you know, what's the best way to get to coaching right away and teaching you know right when I right after school? If I went into that road, and I'd be able to coach hockey after school and luckily I've been able to turn hockey into a career. And we know you played growing up in in Michigan. Do you have any favorite moments or memories from your playing days? Yeah, I was. I think my favorite memories kind of all come together I was a very physical player growing up. Um, you know, I played many sports from a small town. Um and you know a lot of players from where I came from playing multiple sports. So I was a football player, baseball player, and track, played basketball, play hockey. Um. But I think a lot of the um physicality, strength or you know, components I got out of football helped me in hockey. And uh, you know, I was a force director with from the corner. Sometimes I um, I might have made some you know hits that were a little bit too aggressive, but I just you know, I loved fighting for the puck. I liked for checking. I liked you know, battling for the scrums and uh, you know, throwing a good body check into the boards. UM. So those you know, if I if I just have to kind of tell you my memories altogether, it's just probably we live in you know, my playing style and and uh that's just kind of who I was. And finally, outside of hockey, how do you like to spend your time? I was a family. You know, we've got two dogs and got the backyard here and now we just you know, you know, like to take dogs for walks and listen to music and relax. Living out in New England's probably one of the more surprising things that we have come across, being close to the ocean and finding a lobster role and you know, just you know, taking the drive and seeing what it's like out here. It's those are kind of some of the things that we like to do on our free time out here and we really enjoy it. All right, Coach John, thank you very much for your time and I can't wait to see what happens with the Terriers next year. Thanks so much. I appreciate your time. Thanks. This week's episode has brought to you by Hockey Tech, developers for the new E h L app, available now in both Apple and Google stores. And with that, let's bring in this week's E crew. Jeff and Tyler. We're that kind of a like weird point in the hawk the calendar, but like it's like an annual thing, right, Like we're in December and it's always just kind of like two or three weeks just rush up until the holidays, you guys with the same way. Yeah, I've been saying on all my broadcast, Neil, you're listening to even games that I'm not doing in the NHL because I literally been saying that for the last few weeks, because it is true. I'm Tyler, and I'm sure you'll agree. It's it's weird. You get that Thanksgiving break, right, you get a week off unless you're the Seahawks and Railers. Then you play a two game series Thanksgiving weekend, and then the Railers sneak in at the end of November to say, hey, there's one other team that's gonna play the h L to finish off the calendar month of November. But yeah, it's weird. You get that little break of a week and then you come back and it's like a sprint, like you just said, Neil for like three weeks and then you get some teams what a week or two weeks off kind of like ten days or so. So yeah, kind of an interesting time of year, but really interesting scheduling had since we came back to that, we're gonna dive into. But Tyler, let's say...

...you I would have to agree, Jeff. I think the common phrase we've been repeating is it's no longer early in the season. We no longer keep saying that it's early because it's not. The calendars officially to December. You know every team now has hit the twenty game threshold, the express for the last to get there. I called that game against the Chiefs last weekend, and the sentiment is is the same. I think it's felt about the players and the coaches too. I think everyone knows that the season is a fast paced one. It's moving along, and um, the games are starting to rack up and it's starting to show on the schedule. And I know we'd be remiss to not say this before we get to the weekly rundown, but um, it's almost felt like you've been making fun of Terry Watt all season. I tried to avoid it there, but but but we'd be remiss to not say this. We've been making fun of Terry because he's every recoach makes their own schedule, right, and he's kind of come flying out of the gates. But he doesn't lead the league in games played anymore. The Seahawks passed, so I'm sure Terry is like, hey, I'm not leading the way anymore. Guys back off, right, But again, it's this this whole balancing act of how many games do you want to have after the holidays and how many games do you want to have, in particular at the end of February, uh into March when the playoffs are coming around, right, So mice or away to sleeping in your own bed. We're sleeping in hotels, you know, I know, Bills in a Bonnie will never forget the year the COVID season where everything changed times and he had to play five games in five days because of a late season outbreak. So they're just it's a it's a little bit of taking ahead. So with that though, let's jump involutely run down. It's time for the e Cruise Weekly run Down. These should week be rundown is brought to you. Buy the Junior Hockey Podcast. You're home for junior hockey news, knowledge and nonsense. Check them out at t J podcast dot com. Do you want to start with the Seahawks, Let's do it. Are they just like the most intriguing team in the league right now? I think so. I mean they're now in first in the East shout out the Rangers three nothing moments before we're recording this podcast this week. And interesting nugget I found too about the Seahawks is since that tend To Baseball game that they played against the New Hampshire Avalanche that one Tyler Rigo had the pleasure of calling. They are. I think it's thirteen and six last nineteen games, eight and three in their last eleven, and I mean Kate Herrera has been the difference maker. Kid has fourteen goals, and I think it's two or three games out of the fifteen he's been held pointless. I think he was held pointless today. He was up until late. But fourteen goals and their power play is still second to the Railers in the league play. It's having leap forwards. You said it, Jeff. I think they've got the answer now and net that they've needed. And I think everything is starting to come together in other areas. But they're also scoring a lot of goals now too. How they have two goals scored all of a sudden. This is a team that used to scrape together, you know, one two goals, they'd win with good defense and good goaltending. But suddenly there, yeah, two goals, four and Kate Herrera with Scott McManus and pretty good things can happen. And he scored four goals in his first game as a Seahawk and never looked back. I think it was seven or eight consecutive that he opened up with gold Street as a seahawk. Yeah. They that's a player that compliments what they already had their guys like Scott McMann his Hans for saleus got a goal today, three Goalsworth got another one today too, So yeah, I think they're they're a deeper team this year. But they've also got now some some game changing skill up front and the goaltending to you got to mention that as well. Fresh off the presses from Jimmy Kiel, the Android has activated his emotion chip. Yeah that's what he said. Whatever that means, so uh, and not to get too far ahead, but uh, it's when I say it's a weird time on the calendar. We obviously had the podcast that uh went out the day before Thanksgiving. This is our first podcast since because if we had done one the following Thursday, we would have had four games to talk about, so it was kind of a really quiet time right This past weekend was busy. We just physically can't drop one next Thursday because we're in the middle of the showcase. So the next time we're gonna drop a podcast will be as every team is officially going on the...

...holiday break, so that's December will be the next podcast release, then the following Thursday, December twenty nine. Not to get too far ahead, but so everyone's it's on everyone's radar that episode on, so for everyone is aware. Those are our Frozen Finals picks, right, and maybe something for me or for you guys. Changed this in the next three weeks twenty two plus state, right, but today I'm picking the Seahawks right at least, like why what I've seen lately, why, I'm let's do it. We could use Big Big z appearance at the Frozen Finals, right, they go every year they do, but they'd like to be in it and not just be spectators exactly right. Him and coaches are always down there, always supporting the league, and I think they'd like to play instead of watching for them. I mean, they've some pieces that I think in years past they didn't really have. And this division is it's really up for any It's it's up for the grabs right now. Between the three teams there, the Rangers the Express who have the games in hand advantage. Well, obviously you know games in hand only good in what you do with them. So I think it's going to come down to those three teams ultimately in the East. But why not the Seahawks? Why not the Seahawks this year? Neil? I could, I could see it happening if they keep this run going. And and like I said, it's it's the fact they have pieces that they didn't really have last year. And the Seahawks and Rangers both have that that good combo too of being able to score goals and but also have strong goaltending. I mean, the Rangers added David Filack and man did he come in at the right time, right place, right time? That was the goalies in the league? What was the what was the old four saying from the Red Sox, wasn't it? Why not US? Right? Yeah? Why not US? Yeah? Hockey Club? Right? Why not? This week's episode name and and why not USK? For the rest of the division? You can make a case for the Rangers obviously. Uh, you can make a case for the Express who made it there last year. You know, you can still say that they may have the best goal in the league in Jack Boss shirt. Right. Um. The Wizards are in every game, right, I mean the record indicates yeah. And and the Warriors, you know, knocked off the walls for the second time this season the day that we record this podcast. So I guess we'll shift north next uh and get to that division that we talked about so much. Like I said, we're not making those frozen finals picks today, right, but but in a few weeks we're gonna have to pick one of these North teams. And with every passing week, Uh, I'm just finding it hard to to not believe that whoever wins this division and makes it the provd and they may not win at all because they're gonna be so warned down just for the fact that they got there took the words out of mind of mouth Thel. I mean, go to our fancy new league tab hit that overall hit league hit not division, and look and read the top three one New Hampshire Avalanche to doing the Wolves, three for mont Lumberjacks, thank you, thankfully, the protect in your duck Seahawks and Naties Devons all mix in there is four or five, six, and then the Spartans at seven. So four of the top seven teams in the league in the North. Still um. But now I totally agree with that Neil is that that North Division is gonna be a gauntlet. It's our only division with four not five, so there's no playing games. So it's one verse four, two verse three and and no matter what those matchups are, those teams are gonna beat the Beet Family show with a bag out of each other. And uh but hey, like we said, why not us that we can be proven wrong? We have many times in the past, right Neil and Tyler. So yeah, we've all been it's a board material before. We're all journalists here, and uh, yeah, we'll see. But yeah, I think it's gonna be tough for someone to come out of the North after they get through that division. But we will to even think who's gonna really emerge. You know, the Avalanche have been almost unstoppable of late, but yet the Wolves are only a point behind them. Uh and I know that there was rather lopside loss today for them, a little un characteristic, but I mean they're a team that scored a hundred goals this year, and that's a division that has two more teams that are on the cusp of hitting a hundred goals scored already this season. There's just there's a ton of firepower in that division. There's a ton of skill uh, particularly up front and forwards. I mean, you can just go down the list if you. If you look at the league leaders right now, in in in offensive categories and in points, a lot of those guys are representing the North. And I think that's what's gonna make this a real dog fight down the stretches. These are teams that are it's it's just gonna be who can outscore who? Yeah and he. I feel like we haven't talked a lot about right now...

...number three in the league fourteen goals, twenty assists, and we talked a lot about hotch Kiss and Pray and that points race with those two. But here comes heat men saying, oh, don't forget about me. And like you just said to Tally, aj Lack is up there as far as one of the top points getters, Daniel Louis Garnon in the in the yeah, in Vermont, Budina from the Wolves, he's up there too. All sorts of guys. There's a lot of skilled guys that represent teams in that division. And it's why you when you look at it, it's there's so many, so many wins and so many points because they've just they've just gotten all all off to such strong starts. So Billy Quay, Yeah, it's got named one of our Stars of the month as the goaltender won seven games in the month of November. Trevor Jewell, he's pretty good. Just committed to Sunny Brockport after uh putting a pretty good effort in the College All Star series. Yes, just notice I was like, why does secuss only or have the fewest games played by three? That's because again we'll go in between podcast episodes, right between this one and the next podcast episode, which of course is the hot we're on holiday break at that point. The Spartans place seven times, they play seven times from the ninth to don't do math. That's eleven days. Ever doth never never never se how many days? Eleven eleven days? And remember this is a division that combined to go eleven one and oh at the November showcase, right, so Avalanche at this showcase next week coming up Philly Hockey Club team Maryland and the Warriors. There's those are their matchups, right, Spartans, We'll take on the Apple Core, the Seahawks and the Chiefs the lumber the Lumberjacks get the Ducks. Warriors rough Riders, and the Wolves get the Railers, Little Flyers and Philly Hockey Club, so mix through them. If if they can go eleven and one again combine, then it'll be the The East Show North podcast. I don't know, like we'll rename the whole darn thing for but I think eleven and wants a tall task. But we'll see. You know what you never know, Um and Fat, we've talked about a lot too, Neil. Real quick is that there's no bad teams are statistically lowest point getting teams right now, the Rough Riders, Warriors. I would just told you Warriors just put up a seven spot and one seven four against those Wolves. So yeahs on any given day, definitely you can't get that. I mean, in that Hebrew showcase, just to throw it back real quick, the Rough Riders took the Rangers into overtime. They didn't say they've They've had a lot of showcase games the Rough Riders had I've called a bunch of them two and a lot of overtime decisions that just haven't fallen in their favor. They've been, you know, one win in the puck away from some of those wins. You really can't underestimate your opponent. In this league, every team has proven that they can beat any of the other teams. And you saw that today that the Warriors definitely underdogs even at home against that Wolves team. Mhmnel back to central or South, Central or South? What do you want to go next? Stay symmetrical? Actually have gone like that like that, so we're going to And you mentioned those rough riders, Jeff, and and yes, when you look at the record, the fifteen points on paper, that's where they are, right, but there are a couple of wins from being in third place, right Like, I think we've always enjoyed the jockeying up until the last possible day of the season. I think the jockeying this season could be even more widespread than in previous years. I mean the fact that you can jump two spots that quickly, as opposed to just you know, one team flip with on the other. And that's significant, of course, because for the three divisions that have five teams, there's that playing game first. And I think what we've learned, I mean through all sports is if you have the chance to avoid a one game playoff, you've got to avoid it. Yeah, absolutely, I would ask any of the teams that have been involved in it, do we name them? Do we leave them nameless? We're good, We're good. Yeah. I mean I called that Wolves Rangers game last year. I'll tell you that that didn't end the way any of us thought it was going to. So we'll leave it at that. What's in the past is in the past. But I would absolutely, on soundly agree with that statement. Neil, you do not want to play a game because that's it. It's it's one and done. So why why have it come down to that? You know, yeah, you don't want to put your team in that chance, right, it's just by all means avoid it. But to the...

...service and hockey, we all love the hockey playoffs the most because they're gauntlet when you play series. And I'm so pumped we're getting series back into the Frozen finals now, Um, well done US staff commissioners for Tommy and Rabbin than I. It was voted upon, but yeah, well we we proposed it. And it's funny. It was actually talking with next week's photographer. His name is Rob Restmusson. I think you've met him before, both of you. Yea connected through Rob through uh My time at Quinnipiac and Rob's coming to the finals again, and and he's looking at the schedule and I'm like, yeah, you can come on Friday, but you may not have any h L team. Like, so the finals ago from Wednesday to Sunday, and the two best of three e h L series are Wednesday, Thursday Friday. Right, So just to make sure everyone's very clear right now that's listening, that means the e h L p round robin is Thursday, Friday, Saturday. So no matter what, there's knock to be an e h L game on Saturday, because it's just it's just a round robin game. You could have to e h L games Friday both game three. You could have one e h L game Friday game three, or you could have none. Right, we could get there. We could get to to two games sweeps on Wednesday Thursday. Right. I hope not, but but you know what I mean, like like like that we'll get to the more in that episode. But what if one team is in game three and the other series is over? Right, Like It's what makes every point so valuable. I bring it up because ultimately we're gonna have four division winners that make it there, right, and in the season where we have the parody that we do, say, for example, the teams finished where they're at right now, right, and the four winners are where they currently stand. So the Avalanche win the North, the Railers win the Central, the Seahawks win the East, and the US when the South. Right, It's easy for us as you record tonight on the seventh that the Avalanche with thirty seven points, they're the one seed they faced the four seed and the Ducks twenty six points. Right. That was a great game, I just called it. But the two three matchup between the Railers and the Seahawks, who both have thirty points, the effort. The tie breaker is their head to head, right, Yes, yes, that's what That's what I'm matt. Sorry, Ducks Seedhots, Right. But how many times to the Ducks and Seahawks play each other? Yeah? Just one time? Right? So these showcase matchups are monumental little previews to the future, if you will. Year. Yeah, they could be the difference between They could be the difference between you playing the Avs, are you playing somebody else? They could be difference between you being the home team for two of the three games. Are you being the road team for two of the three games, and you know, maybe you know the line matchups to some guys don't make that big of a difference. But if I had the chance to tell my team who I want to have go up against, just throw it out there, Kyle Dan, Daniel McCarron in and that top line that I want to take that I want, I want that chance, right, So that's why this is so important. You know what we always talked about on this podcast, never talked about the talking about the playoffs too soon, but the impact that that these games can have is pretty significant. So I mean, that's when me and Tire talking about all the showcases near real quick to on our broadcast is how like the showcases are different beasts, and they're welcomed and loved by some and hated by some as well. Because of the two minute periods one intermission is opposed to to five extra minutes of period of ice time, ice gets a little chop here. Your strategies have to change. Some of these teams, you go on the record books are pretty darn good at showcases. Some of them not so much. But certain teams have evolved and they're here to stay. They're the best thing we can have as far as getting as many college coaches in as we can and developing guys and getting eyeballs on this talent. So uh yeah, and Newington is always that showcase in December. It's that halfway market, the point of the season. It's when teams start to go one way or go the other way too. I feel like in the rat in the past, and for those that are asking the questions, say, we do finish with a two division champions in duck Seahawks, right, and they go and they have the same point total going to the finals. It will come down to their Monday, January sixteenth matchup and Exeter. That's the right. Like, so, but what what we're gonna do and what's crazy about, you know, broadcasters like yourselves, is we're gonna have one of these tie breakers get decided, and you're gonna say to yourselves, like even further than I called that game. Oh man, in that game there was this crazy balanced late and that's...

...why that team is playing this team instead, like every point is just that critical. But before we wrap up the center, I know I mentioned how the North would love a repeat of the eleven and one record that they combined to put together at the November showcase. I'm so the Railers as well, who went three and oh at a November showcase and gave up what I would love to repeat that next it was that was a tip in front too, so it wasn't even like no offense too. I think it was John Michael Childs had scored it. But I'm sure they would love that repeat next week. But then to wrap things up in the South, the South, to me, it feels like a division where if you win one day, you lose the next m It just feels like every time I look at these teams, they played two games last week, they split. They played two games last week they split. It just of all the divisions, it just feels that even I guess you could say, I mean, it's the only Yeah, it's one of the only divisions that look at the streets column, no one has a true streak. No one really in the league has a true streak together in that division. Very hard, no doubt. Protect New Jersey have been kind of flip flopping back between first and second all year, and then Maryland and Philly Hockey Club and the Little Flyers have all kind of been also kind of rotating between the three four five spots, and yeah, Philly Hockey Club has kind of picked up a little steam in terms of their points too. They've they've hopped in the third place. They've been kind of for an expansion team. Like all things considered, their transition into the h L has gone pretty well. You'd have to say they're at this point in the year and we'll see how they fare in Newington as well. They'll have some we'll have some good matchups. I just had a huge eight. Nothing went over the Apple corep That was another cool not that I noticed when I was doing some prep was we played twenty two games since the Thanksgiving break and we only had two routes. Everything else was one or two gold decisions. Even the two goal decisions, there was a couple of empty letters in there, so it was truly one goald decisions. But and that's what the Wolves are saying, by the way, about today's lost the Warriors, there were two empty netters. That everyone gets that out there. I will say. While we're on the South Division. Last Thursday, December one was Tom Williams final game calling for the Little Flyers. That was That was really well done ceremony. I saw that because Jersey. That was damn cool. And he hates being the center of attention like that. I hates it. Actually, he spent time on the broadcast talking about how much he hates being the center of attention. And then he was like at one point, I think questioning himself, saying, but I am the broadcaster and I'm doing all the talking, which makes me kind of us under the attention. But he just because no one, no one has called every single game for one team like he he. I mean, he had a fill in every now and then, right, but he's been He's the he's no g right, Jeff right, he's been with the entire time. Yes, yes he is. So that to see them give him that ceremony, and then it was cool because, um, for a second, I was like, all right, that's Shane Green taking this punt shop with Scott Kremen, And I was like Maryland, not J. J. Creighton, the other captain. But then it dawned on me that Tom also called games for the New Jersey Titans in the A and Kremin won a Robertson Cup with the Titans last year, so that just just a really cool moment, right, Yeah, Like, well done coach caps on the whole PLF organization all flyed up for Tom Willims. That's great. It's one of those things where like, I don't know, I feel like there's times with this job where it's like does it feel real? Like we're just we're just all about this junior hockey league, like like does it feel real? And then you kind of get a moment like that You're like, yeah, damn, this is actually like a real thing, like and he was pretty he was pretty touched by all the things. So I wanted to make sure we got that in because Tom deserved all that recognition that he got last Thursday. Over to the e h L p UM and I'm gonna start kind of in the middle because on the day that we are dropping this podcast, we are getting as big of a December game as we've had in a while. I would say as the Railers host the Rangers. I mean that division has come down to those two teams in that divisions finals the last two years, right, with the Rangers winning one year and the Railers win in...

...the year before, so that each team has taking a finals birth away from each other, but they have been jockeying at the top of that division standings for a long long time this season. The Railers going into that matchup seventeen five and one at two point advantage over the Rangers, but they do have they have played two more games, right, So. Um. It also comes ah a day after coach's funeral, which I do want to want to talk about that, Jeff. It was it was pretty touching to see the entire teams, They're the entire organization at the wake on Tuesday. Um. And it was to see how the coaches come out too, and hear all the stories like it was our coaches, high school coaches, college coaches, like he touched the lot of lives, right, and and we don't bet on things in this league. Right. The first game since the funeral, that Railer's team a big game, maybe a little bit fired up. Jack Lee game winner said that to coach for talking that's the first like maybe a little bit fired up, I would say, so, I definitely playing with happy hearts. Everybody like you just said, you know well very well, said Um. I went there late afternoon, like right after you and Joe were there, and the line was out the door. I mean I saw from college coaches too. I saw coaches in you know, we talked about the competing league, right. Frank Golden coaches with the New Hampshire Monarchs. He had a huge a lot of really nice things to say about coach Odess. So like anybody and everybody, Colin Rose, mom and dad who used to play with the Railers now was over Westfield State. They were me in the line. So you got past players parents that are coming, not just current players or current league staff. For I mean Sean Walsh was there coach just Southern New Hampshire. So like you said, like from any level on every level. I mean coach Odessa coached at r P I. His whole family is in the business, has been for years. Um. It was. That was absolutely one of those moments, like you just said, what with the U with Tom's ceremony yesterday was kind of one of those pinching moments when you kind of sit there and you see everyone and and you're just there for everybody and all the Odessa uh sons just thank you for coming. You know what it means to them to to come out and give your give your best and seeing a little Charlie Adessa there and just yeah, I mean just puts you. It makes you speechless that like, like we always say, like, this is a it's a family. This is an absolute family in the Eastern Hockey League. And I know I'm really happy and lucky to be a part of it and have been since the beginning. And I know Tyler feels the same way, and you feel the same way, Neil. It's just it is. It's just moments like that just kind of leave you kind of pinching yourself for sure. Yeah. I just think that, like I said, we're not gonna bet on anything but that other team. The first day after it'll be pretty fired up. And I know that Coach A will be listening to this episode as well. Just yeah, every episode. To point it out, is he he'll be even more tuned into every episode. Now, yes you will. Ye. So I'm still gonna say I said. I always would SAYID to Coach A when I call Railers showcase games, and then he would tell Mike Free to pass that along and stuff like, oh, Jefferson had some good things to say today, and he used to love that. I would always say hi to him, like I missed I missed seeing him at the rinks. Last time I saw him was at last year's Able Showcase. Had a long conversation with him, and I joked with Brian and and Matt and Mike the other day that he talked to me so long that I almost missed the second period face off because I was a gonna coach. I gotta go out there, you know, doing the broadcast and stuff. I would have missed the miss the face off. He's like, oh, yeah, sorry, go right ahead. And did you not have your alarm going that that? No? I think I did, but he just didn't care. That thing was just it was just going off, and he was I do. I do love the Jeff alarm for intermissions to make sure you guess back in time. Well, you're gonna need it, especially annoying to with how cold that ring could get to. You need every second of warmth when you have the chan. We always, yeah, we always go up to brand Johnson's office and getting that nice warm heard about ten minutes, you get the field back and your fingers and toes and then you're like, all right, I'm gonna go lose it again. We're excited, but obviously a big matchup in that Boston division and be gonna be excited to see how that division kind of unfolds. And then I know that these divisions have different names, you know, Jeff, you laugh about that every week, but I guess you can kind of call it the same as the North of New England division that has a lot of those same teams. You know, ader Ondac just keeps kind of whole hum right there in the middle. And I think even in the games that they lose, it's like, no, they don't quit. And like again, in three weeks we're making picks. We're including e h l P this year. So you know that of all the division, if all the divisions to choose, I think choosing who wins...

...the New England Division in the e h l P, you could pick anybody in that division, right, so that that will be extremely hard for us. And then I think quietly, the New Jersey eight sevens have just rolled out to a fifteen two and three starts. Yeah, seriously, I thought the same thing when I was like in the earlier I was like, Wow, they're up to what I haven't seeing them? Did we missed that? I know they weren't at the November showcase, right, Um, that was the way the scheduling worked out, the odd number of teams. They stayed at home and played at home and home series with the Renegades. But it's like, maybe that's why because we haven't seen them. We haven't seen them for sure, and next weeks so just an e h L showcase. We all say until January. But it's like, wait, they're fifteen two and three. Like talking about racism and the p A Hunts been back and forth, back and forth. Well, I mean, legitimately there's six or seven wagons out of LT. Oh seriously, I was thinking that earlier when I was doing it was Lumberjack's Avalanche, Railers, Rangers E seven Huntsmen. There's two teams in each division. And then like you just said, Adirondack says, wait what about us? And then well what about us? Valley Seahawks have been very competitive, very competitive years. Look at those differentials, stupid Likens plus fifty six, Like what lumber Jacks plus three four Alvas plus twenty three Rangers plus forty seven? I mean, I was love. I don't know about you guys, but I feel like differential is always a really good barometer of how to judge a team. How many goals you score, how many goals do you give up? It's kind of cut and dry. Yeah, no, for sure. I mean it's gonna be exciting to see how how these three divisions play out, just so everyone knows. Also because we are kind of teasing the playoffs a little bit here, um, and we'll be talking about a lot more over the holiday break. Um. In the e h l P, there were there's three division champions remember, and then of course the best of the worst. I guess you could say that of the three division losers, the best record gets that at large bit, which for the Avalanche last year, Um, they still lost their division, but ended up in the championship game, right, which was really a great championship game against the Rangers. I know I've mentioned a few times. That was the game that I literally missed every single goal, remember, because I was that was too and I left to go get the lunch as soon as the game started at eleven o'clock and I missed like a five goal first period. It was like four goals in like five minutes. It was like shot and then they were literally no goals until the Avalanche tied the game late when I was already down there with the trophy with Joe just in case, and it's like, I didn't I didn't see that um And then uh there was the overtime winner, which came like thirty seconds into into the extra frame, right, Like I literally missed every single goal in that game. But I remember we were talking to Mario and rich In, Mike Sort and Chris and all them were up there, and I was like, you guys ready for a lot of wonder sure one of them and also they scored, and everyone was like, oh yeah, wow, that's it. Yeah. I mean, well, it's been Maybe we'll do a holiday break episode just about overtimes, Jeff, because that's so different, right, it's crazy overtime. It's been everywhere in hockey this year too. I'm seeing in a lot at the D one level of Northeastern Bentley too. It's just been. It's everywhere. That just shows you the game of hockey is just continues to be very competitive and the talent is apparent at all levels. You know what I should do. I should do some quick math chef and see how many overtime games we've had so far this year. But we were the Wizards played in four or five, only one one. I was on the call for that, Corey, I was a good Lucre, I know, always jarming that I have a bad buck charm for them sometimes. But we've already had twenty seven overtime games in the e h L this year. What it smokes? I'm many games of me, I don't know, just just over two hundred over two d I feel like at the showcases have been a thing too. I had a few at a row. You had one. I know you had at least one. Jeff the Avalanche come back against protech Um. I think my last day, I like three out of like five calls, it was like, what the heck? That has definitely been a trend this year, but particularly at the showcases, I feel like a lot of those fifty minute sessions ends up not being enough time, right, Like where's our extra ten? Oh, we'll give you something right now here? You play at five three on three? Oh, that's the best, right. It's always it's always exciting. I mean I always prefer it ended over time. If it does go past regulation, ended in overtime as opposed to a shootout, just my yeah, I think everybody, well, our next segment as everyone knows is fantasy and Tyler, I think teammates and ib can be excited about going to fantasy...

...this week. Yeah, thank you, guys made up some ground. We definitely did club, so I'm not talking about meals old days. It's time for the Group Fantasy Challenge, and that the Fantasy Challenge. The Group Fantasy Challenge is presented by bio Steel, the sports drink of the e h L used the promo code E show that's E s h O W for off when you check out at bio steel dot com. I think Nash just started like digging in the middle of that. As I was gonna say, I thought I sized wagging. I think he's digging for some more points for each and I b yeah, come on, you know who would like that one. Jeff Jake would like that one. What you just said. He is the king of nicknames and quick little puns. He died and I think the funniest one to me, it's all playful. That well it had to do with go over right, Um it wasn't. It wasn't the go overwhelming one. That one got me pretty good. But it was when the Wizards snapped the Avalanche streak. Their winning streak at ten games, and Jake tweeted, it's safe to say that the winning streak is now go over God like he comes up with him on the conversation, just like one, two three, that he just rattles them up. It's unbelievable. But matc Over was on teammates and ib for this past kind of two weeks stretch we kind of games from November to December seven um, and he had a bonus game went in there that one against the Avalanche thirteen point six points UM. He had three points from Kyle Dan, nine points from Heath Mention, three from Camera Killion, four from Corbin Mealy, and then Hans for Celius. His three point game today took you guys past us and then some because today included a game winning goal against the top five team in the in the Rags, first goal of the game in a shutout of victory and shut out victory. So Hans for Celius over this stretch got a goal, six assists, three power play points, and like I said, the game winning bonus top five goal for one point. So in total a fifty three point six point week which helped them game some ground on Team O G. H We got our own nine points from our seahawk Jeff and Austin Hershberger did. Yeah, we got three points from a J. Lacis. We got our own eighteen points from Andrew Blanchard from Adam Adirondack, thank you. Nick delare with with four points for us. Isaiah McKinney didn't gets any points. Jeff probably thinks he was just too busy working out. Still the gigantic biceps bigger yeah tries yesterday. I'm trying trying to get there. Man, I'm gonna do at least one or two more armeddys before I see you. Uh. Max b Noon got us a a victory over Philly Hockey Club. That was the game prior to Philly exploding for the eight nothing victory. So he got us eight point two points overall forty two point two points. So yes, as I mentioned, teammates should maybe gained some ground about eleven points or so. But we'll let you guys, let Tyler give us their picks. Remember, these are picks that take us up until the holiday break, So games counting from December eight to December one long stretch here um the Showcase games, which is always fun because you get so many games and so little time. Well, the showcase and the fact that for our first player, we're gonna go with Carson Whitman, and of course the SECO Spartans are going to have a flurry of games over that stretch, and we're hoping that that means he's going to be a part of putting up some points for us because they've got a good offense up there. And speaking of teams that have a good offense, the Vermont Lumberjacks, we're gonna select Trent King because he's a player that putting up some pretty good radar production his first full season in the in the e h L, we're really confident making that pick Trent King. And then to round out our forwards, this is our e h L P pick Damon Warren from the Adirondack thunder Um and that'll round out our forwards. Going to the blue line, we'll go to Philly uh to the Philly Little Flyers defenseman Jack Costa Bio. And then rounding out the blue line is Cody Plaza from the New in the Wolves,...

...second time we've selected him this season, also the second time we've done with Tristan Fatta Dad this season. Uh, he is responsible for getting us back on track, Neil. If you remember plus saves shoutout over the Rangers a few it was last month now already at this point, but that was a big moment. That was a big turning point for us. And we're hoping that Mr Fatta Dad can turn in some more strong starts over this next stretch for the Spartans. And there you go. You young guys are respecting your elders, taking notes. You're like, let's go back to the well where we got all those points and then we can make up more points, going back to to what to what worked for us before. That's right, yeah, Jeff, don't worry though. The difference still as we are at four nineties seven point four minus my calcultor I'm doing this lip minus three forty two point six and that would be a one hundred fifty four point eight. So we still we're losing ground, but we're still feeling good. We're still over the central mar So we got a lot of new faces coming this week, Neil. Right, yes, yeah, we we have not picked yet this year. I was wondering what you were going to say about the picks. Um, Yes, thank you for helping us out and taking the lead and doing new picked all these guys this week for us. I was way too busy and could not squeeze those in Cold Fagin up front, um, hoping that there's some overtime winners in there for him. Um. I think was he the one that Jim Yes, the USS Mortgage Sport. Yeah, I think that was that once. So uh, Cold Fagin up front, Robbie, he's on the Warriors, of course, Robbie rap broker from the Express Hockey Club. I'm sorry taking one of your Express was Dominics dem Chaos. I've learned that one a little bit. Ust know six. I didn't even know that he's oh six right, tell me it again because I was actually doing that in my head. I think it's domakaevsvs. Yes, so confusing with Eddie Grigory. Yeah, he places up there right, yeah. Year. I put Scott Kremin in here, Jeff, not because of just dropping the puck for Tom's ceremony, Butmin is actually committed to go to Stony Kenton for the second half of the season, so this kind of stress coming up is kind of his last. It's it for his junior career, so and ended with a bang. Right there we go, Let's go Scott also with Tommy Madden on the back end and then Kyle span In in nets. So um, yeah, we mixed it up a little bit, Jeff, But I feel good about it. So I did too. Well done, commission, Thank you for doing that for us. Well, let's jump now into what to watch for what There's plenty of games for us to choose from before we wrap things up. Here's what you watched more this week in the show What the Watch Force, presented by Hockey TV, the official streaming platform for your e h L and e h l P action throughout the seasons. Do you want to go a game of piece in the e h L and the NHLP just because there's so much we could Yeah? I could do that. Yeah. So I mean for me, I already kind of said it all to say it again e h L P Railers Rangers the day that we dropped the podcast on the eighth, So that's kind of an easy little cop out for me. And then well I already said it, Jeff. So it's just funny hear you say that I come up with. I mean, I might as well back up on it. I mean, there are so many much intriguing matchups at the Showcase. It's it's it's hard to pick, of course, right. Um, But for me Athleanche Philly Hockey Club first SEC, I, like Tyler was saying, Toty Hockey Club kind of has put a good stretch together here. Of wait, that's helped them jump up in the third place in the South Division. You know, the Avalanche lead the league uh at the top of the league standings along with the North Division. Um. And they're heading home right after the Showcase, right, so they face off in the first day. Each team has three games. You want to start that showcase on the right foot. Yeah, I'm gonna say seven Seahawks on the last day because Kyles are leading goals against guys and Seahawks have been porn goals into the back of the net for h L. So I want you I'm gonna go on first day matchup as well. Ums, Railers taking on the Wolves. I think the Railers are starting to get their game going. I think they're starting to go in the right direction. And I mean, what a better test than going up against the team like the Wolves, uh and and the first day of the showcase too. You know they want to build off what they did in Have Roll. There's a pretty good test right off the hop in Newington. So I'll give love to Trevor and...

Jake's boys there so that the Railers can do against the Wolves. Should be should be a good matchup. I think two good goalies to gotta pug that in as well, Trevor, Jewel and Stunklehna hopefully goalie a goalie to goalie and and you you plug it in a way there for the Railers. Wolves two and oh against the Railers so far this season four one and seven to four. So there's a ton of good matchup stuff. Do you guys want to highlight something on the e h l P are you? Are you focused? You focused on the same game as me. I took a look at the h l P two and the we're always looking at both seven Huntsmen played each other twice in this fantasy chunk on the tenth and the eighteenth, both the Jersey Shore Arena, the number one and two teams in the South. So when do we go with that? Okay, and here comes my boy Waalon saying hello, just like NASA is digging. Hello, Like we get so many appearances right from the animals. Well, do you have a game? I want to watch more about it? No, just real talkative anyway, I always loved when the Pets crash things, right, I'm gonna stick with a North Division matchup in the h LP UM the Wolves travel took to take on the Avalanche UM. I think that the Avalanches p team has had no trouble scoring goals, at least in the games that I've called for them. They always they always seem to score a boatload of goals. Here it's double digits to day here we go. I think it's more so keeping bucks out of the net that's been a struggle for them early in the year. This is a Wolves team that has always seemed to have weapons upfront, always seem to have good offenses, especially at the e h LP level. And yeah, I think whenever they meet up, it's always a fun. It's always a fun battle, whether it's e h or e h l P. Those divisional games are always exciting to look forward. I like it beautiful. So just so everyone remembers again, there's no podcast next week because we will be at a showcase. We just can't record the podcast while these guys call the games, so it's it's it's not possible, right, So the next the next podcast will come out on Thursday December. That will be really just a recap of everything that's taken place to date, um which will then set the table for the following week to which is a podcast solely focused on who we're picking at that point of the season to go to Providence, which, as everyone knows, creates a ton of bulletin board material from every team that we don't pick. Right my mood of the year, but you get really anxious about that episode. Jeff, like Tom, I don't like the spotlight on me even though we call games. It's so weird, but it's so true. I share that with Tom, I think. And then one more thing for everyone to watch for at least on this podcast, I am taking Jeff and Tyler to my favorite dive restaurant right before the showcase starts, so you guys, the second time, I can't wait to go back. You guys can to give you a review of that on the twenty two episode. So a few games between now in the showcase, but as always, all of our games are on Hockey TV and for those that are coming to Newington, travels safe. Will see you in Connecticut. See you Let's go do some home cooking with chefs. Thanks for listening to the show. Learn more at Eastern Hockey League dot org and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. Also, be sure to subscribe and get notified when next week's podcast is released.

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