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Motivated for March | Episode 2

ABOUT THIS EPISODE

This week's episode features the 1st-place team in the Mid-Atlantic Conference, the New Jersey 87s.


Adam Houli and Matthew Kiernan are the co-owners and co-coaches for the organization that's only in their 3rd year of operating a junior hockey franchise. However, based off of their successes to date, you would never had guessed that.


As for the player on this week's podcast, Andrew Maynard is in his 2nd season with the 87's, and may be the most improved player in the EHL this year. After tallying 24 points in 33 games last season, Maynard already has 43 points in 26 games to date this year.

Welcome to the east show with Neil Ravn. With over onezero NCAA commitments, the ehl is the proven path to college. Turn it up and learn more about the college placement leader at the division two and three levels. Welcome to the east show. My name is Neo Raven. This is episode number two, brought to you by Shell sticks, the official training aid of the east show. I'm going to bring in now our co host that I had on last week I have on again this week. We'll start with Brittany Hart. Brittany is almost like a communications assistant for me throughout the season, and then Jeff Mills, a name that you probably will recognize from hockey TV, cause a number of games you'll hear his voice coming up this weekend at the showcase and eggs are so let's welcome you guys into the east show. Did you make it through the holiday break? Somehow, some way, yes, I did. You know, I actually honestly have like old too much wrestling. Was Getting wrestles towards the end of the break. So excited to get back to a nice gym. Pact showcase. We can get ten games movie broadcast, and so I'm pumped and you've already called some games, right. How many? How many games have you called in two thousand and twenty? Two Thousand and twenty? Let's see, last weekend did the USPAHL, they showcase, did three games for them. Popped over to Bentley for a couple basketball games or EASTERN FOR BASKETBALL GAME. So I think I'm around like six broadcasts right now because I dow PA and play by play for Oh that's six times to me. I had just one. I had MSK Boston versus albertist madness. So your way. I had a me so far and that was Peter buisles two hundredth when I believe correct. Yes, it was the beginning of the of the cod fish bowl, which they, unfortunately for them, did not win. But ads off to Leslie and there was a number of ehl players that played in that cod fish bowl and scored their first colisia hockey goal is also. So it was pretty cool to be a part of and congrats to coach Buisle as well. We get to see him with the showcase as well. It's a great accomplishment. I know he's kind a huge effect on a lot of coaches and players that have came through the Ahl and most we are an awesome modern meal to be able to call a game of that magnitude. Yeah, for sure. We've drune coach with them because of the All Star Week that we had and we're now going to transition into the around the east show segment a little different look to our podcast this week. It's time for this week segment of around the east show. So we did this at the end of last week's show and we're actually going to start jump right into things with the team that we are featuring on the podcast this week. As we mentioned during the show last week, we're going to kind of balance back and forth between the North and south conferences throughout the year. So the first team from the south that we're going to feature on the east show podcast with it in New Jersey eighty seven. So let's welcome in First, Matt Kiernan. Good afternoon, all habits on the show today. Thank you, Maddie. This is kind of your idea to to help spark this so I appreciate that. John by Maddie will be Adam Holly, the head coach, and GM. How's it going, guys? Thanks for having us. And then one player from the team, Andrew made it. We can call him moves on the PODCAST. Right. Yeah, yeah, definitely, thanks. Right, you have go by that one. So, coming out of the holiday break, a home and home series separated by a few days with the New York Apple Core, how do you like what your team is at right now, Adam, you know, I feel pretty confident. The break came out of good time for us. We were bend up with a few injuries. We started to get a hit with the sickness, which we're still fighting a little bit, but everyone got home, so she got to see their family and when they got back there pretty rejuvenated for a couple days of practice. You know, we had a good game. Then some on Saturday. They took US overtime, but overall was a good game for us. We did the little things. We had a different lineup than usual, so some of our deaths guys got some more time. And again tomorrow, you know, we get moves back in the lineup, so we get some guys back that were, you know, we're longer in their travels. So we feel pretty confident. Skate today was very good. So we're excited for the you know, to get another game on our belt and then you know we have one...

...more before the showcase and finish a second half and I'm a strong way and move. So, unlike a lot of players on your team, actually most, you got to play for the Austin Bruins in the NL. What was that experience like, not really taking a break by going out to Minnesota? Yeah, it was. Was An amazing experience. It's so professionally run over there and I got to go in practice a couple times and got thrown right into the lineup. That's play. You Tube Games and Matt, I don't want to ask you question about now. You guys are officially in year two and you guys again are having great success. Me and Neil and a lot of different broadcasters and coaches and staff, I've always talked about the success that you guys have had as a expansion franchise and we see that across the league. I mean you look at teams like the Worcester Railers, North Carolina Golden Beyers, some teams that have came into the league the last few years and they've really struggled in their first couple years. But that was not the case with you guys. You guys have just flawlessly entered into this league. What do you guys, you and Adam in the bunch down there a tribute to your success you guys have had this past two years for us getting into this like you know, we're product of the way in which we entered the league. The requirement that we had to spend a year at the premier level before we all dated up to the HL allowed US some some some room to grow, to learn, to borrow, to steal from our competitors and and see what works and what doesn't work and also to improve upon a process that we created. So I hope in the future that a lot more organizations follow that blueprint because I do think that is a big reason for our success. Well off of that, the year and the in the Premier Division. What is there? You know, one or two things are particular that really stood out that you will like. Thank God I got to experience this first before we made it up to the EHL. I would say that the preparation, the gained Ay preparation is very, very high at the junior level and that is a great you know, learning experience to be able to do it at that level. And then obviously you build upon it, you fix the things that aren't working, you add new things, and I think that's another thing for us. We are we are processed driven, but we understand that the process is always evolving and I think it was great. You kint our teeth at that level first, and we still continue to, you know, to learn and improve upon everything we do every day here at both levels. You know, I think. I think also what what we do so well and we have to is that, you know, mean matter of both co owners. We're also co coaches, so we literally live and breathe this thing as much as possible, and our successes is, you know, based on what we're willing to do what we're not willing to do. So I think this being both for that understanding that your livelihood is based on how well you do, how well you recruit, how well the experiences for the players. That is a big thing for us and every day the decisions we make, from the business side to the hockey side are so intertwined. It kind of puts us in a position that we have to be successful and that's why we are successful. And one thing that guys don't know is you share an office within an a organization. Also, yeah, yeah, and again, those guys have been instrumental and it kind of the process us to their two coaches who actually have coach in the League before. So they understand our league. They understand how to be successful in what we're doing. So having that as your sort of backboard is an awesome opportunity to also learning experience. You know, we sit there and we volleyback ideas, you know, and we just talk general hockey and even the business side a bit of what works and what doesn't work, you know from from coach Matt said, you know, the travel, the the game day operations. It's all about the experience and even move setted about being out in Austin. It's professionally run. That's what we're trying to do here. You know, we want our players coming here and understanding how professionally run we do things, and it can go from as little as washing their practice scared right after a practice and getting it back fresh to them to when we travel they don't have to worry about anything except their equipment. So...

...there's a little things I think I've really separated us from from our competitors and hopefully that continues and we continue to grow as a club and grow as a successful program. Hey, Andrew, Jeff Mills here. Just want to ask you a question. It's no secret that you've made a huge jump on the statue. Last year, twenty two points for you in thirty games, six goals, sixteen assists. This year, seasons not even over yet, you already have twenty goals, twenty three assists, forty three points in twenty five games. Did you work with coach Woolli and coach Caaron on something in the offseason? Today, you know, talk to you about working on specific parts of your game. That's, you know, allowed you to excel to this high of a level in year number two at the eighty sevens. Yeah, talked with them a lot about getting in shape from the next season and how to work on scoring and all that, and I just did what they told me over the summer and came back this year knowing all the systems and I think I was a beneficiary knowing the structure and got some points out of it. And Yeah, I think. And what specific things did you do? And you're actually so I'm just going to mention. I think all that. I think what who's does well is he believed in what we said and he believed in who he was as a player. He wasn't someone who was going to, I don't use the word chase it, but he knew in the summer he had, you know, he had two goals in mind. He let us know from the start that that's what he wanted to do and he wasn't going to be influencing any other way. He knew this type of school he wanted to get to. He knew what the League was doing. So I think he really paid attention in his first year with us and just grew a tremendous amount, you know, both maturity wise, in that summer offseason. That that was a big indicator. You know, and again I we didn't really talk too much about Connors offseason regiment as far as working out of the skating but as far as his sense of maturity, I think that was one of the biggest things we talked about and that's what really showed and why I saw the boost with them. But I didn't mean to go off and was, but just one of the biggest things I thought I noticed from a from a coaching standpoint, and off of that for Andrew, obviously you committed the tubs for next year. It was kind of almost done when we got to the All star week, but once the all star week kind of progressed he became an official thing. How is that process with toughs and Pat Norton and and how excited are you for next year? Oh yeah, we're we're both really excited for putting together the team next year and we have a couple other PHL commits on that roster too. So I think it'll be great going in season knowing some people and was really excited to get going and Maddie having returners coming back for year to like move. What does that mean for the younger kids coming in who don't really know about the systems and everything like that? It's not only just a systems, it's everything you have to do on and off the ice to make sure you're operating at your highest level throughout season. And the guys that come from you eighteen hockey. They might play a lot of hockey games, but very, very few of them have the intensity level of just your random Wednesday ehl gream. So that's a big adjustment for them. So when they see guys like moves, for pairing the white right way, taking care of his body never missing a workout, never missing the ability to to eat right or to hydrate and to treat it as a professional. It rubs off. And then when they say or man, look at Moose, he's committed to toughs. I would love to go there look at the stats that he's put up. It's very, very easy for players to follow our veterans because they do set a great example. So I think that's a big thing for the guys that have been through it. They learn, they understand when their bodies kind of fel them there. You preus year and and and they don't want to have that happen again. So they make a lot of better a lot better decisions throughout the season and that's a good transition because you guys have returners across the board, ehl and EH LP and Adam. I have to ask, and know this may sting a little bit, but I know there's some motivation for you guys this year based off of the...

...recent years. What's happened to you in the postseason? Is that like the number one motivating factor for both your teams? Yeah, I think for for me when I go to bed nighted, certainly on my mind that providence is where we want to be and it's where we expect to be. It's where we demand our players to get. I don't think it's the number one motivasion, but selfishly, you know, it is the last thing I think about before I go to bed and certainly something I mentioned to the guys, you know, on a daily basis that we're thinking about. Obviously, last year we had a good year. We had two teams having an opportunity, came down to game three, to get to providence and and and, frankly, you know, we failed when I went too and that Sunday, a dark Sunday for us is as a whole. But I think it leads us into the new beginning now where I think are better and guys who returned realize, bow you know, we had a real opportunity to get there and you can just feel it. This year it's a different it's a different vibe. We know how close we got to and now we want to get there. So you really start to see why veterans are so important to your lineup, because it helps transcend your message to the locker room. I think that's the biggest thing and, frankly, put you know, we want to be, you know, next year. This year we want to be on a Sunday Simon or situation. We wanted to be in provid and so it's definitely a driving force for us and the players know it. Both teams know it. You know, our focus is clear and concise and we know where we want to be and we're not we're not shy about you know, make we want to be there. We're going to do everything in our power to get there, you know, and make sure that you know we're playing on the right part of the Sunday in question. For you, Andrew, as far as you know, you started out like we said. You've doubled your points total, more than double your points total from last season, and you have, like Neil said, already committed to tough university. What's your mindset as far as a keeping yourself focused and be trying to help the rest of your teammates do what coach hooly just said and stay focused with the task at hand, which is continuing your rest of the season right your season success and then getting into the playoffs and making some noise. Yeah, happy we're we're at right now and, like Maddie said earlier, I think I just need to keep doing the right thing and people fall and I don't. I don't think I'd do anything really that specials that always try to do the right thing and fall. The system exactly how they are. And Maddie, we've talked a lot about your ehl organization. We've thought a little bit about the premier team. You know, looking at the premier team, ranked number one right now in the power rankings, one of the hottest teams at that level. But one thing that kind of stands out to me is with five losses, four of them have come and showcase play. Can you attribute that to anything in particular or what stands out to you? You know, you don't you don't want to give the guys ready made excuses because you want to have, you know, guys understanding that that it's difficult anytime you're on the road. But we've had some really, really difficult start times in the showcases and we've had a really difficult timing schedule for the showcases. So I think that's been a, you know, a real factor in our underperformance. One of our worst games of had to play the junior rangers, who was one of the top teams in the League. You know, if you if you had a different schedule, I think that game goes a little, little differently. But at the what we're try to Urt the guys understand that's part of playing junior hockey. There is difficult travel, there are obstacles and you can overcome those obstacles by making sure you're following all the details in practice, making sure you took care of your body during that week leading up to those games, leading up to that bus trip. So it's those things that they're learning at the premiere, premiere level. They haven't quite experienced it. So it's good to face that adversity at the premiere level because sometimes for our team, because of the depth we have and the types of players that were able to attract to a premiere level, not every single game is a dog fight for them and they get away with some some maybe poor habits and some poor play and they're not penalized for it because simply they're they're stronger, faster, a little bit better than some of the teams we play. So I like going to those showcases and we actually like faking the adversity and maybe the difficult travel conditions that we have.

So we're looking forward to the next showcase, but same thing. We are going to have a difficultult schedule and, you know, we hope that we've learned from from the previous months and just to keep going with this. Obviously, Adam tests on a little bit. You guys want both teams in Providence. You want the premier team to follows through with the EHL team and vice versa, and you've been kind of using a unique hashtag throughout the year. If you don't want to talk too much about it, that's fine, but I think it's Hashtag to tea. I see. Is that correct? Or One see? Is that correct? Adam? Yeah, it's kind of been our monkey for what we do and again goes back to what I said, it is you know, we're not shy about it. It stands for two teams, one city, and that's Providence, you know, and that is the goal and that is what we're here to do in a second half of the season. On the first half of the season we talked with both our teams and it's about finding ourselves, what our identity is, who we are, the way we can play the way we want to play now the second half. We shift our focus to now we're starting to lock it in for playoffs and look towards, you know, the future in that and then this league again. You know, if you're able to lock in a one or two, see it's only a three game series that determines who goes to province and who doesn't. So the the pressure that's on us to perform heightened. So No, am I mindset in our mindsets as a club. Why not talk about it now so we ease that pressure and and we don't have that elephant in the room of what we're trying to do. We're trying to on both our teams to providence and give ourselves a kick at the can to hopefully win championships at both levels. So that's what it stands for. A kind of provides motivation for us, as every time we see it, it's in our head, we're thinking it. We are big on you know, you see, you believe it, it will come to fruition. So it's been a good it's been a good thing and it's been fun to kind of think of those little twitter handles and things like that to keep it going. But but yeah, that's kind of what it stands for and what it does. And now I have one last question because you kind of just set it there and I asked rich to Capio this same question last week. You know how critical is the first round? By it's tremendous. It allows you to get healthy, to feel good, to get sickness out and and train an extra week, and doing it your home. You know that first game is going to come at home and you kind of are able to dictate when it's going to be played, and and and all the little factors that you can not have to worry about. You're able to handle it. So it's a tremendous thing, you know, and it goes too fold, I think. Once you're able to lock in a one or two seed, you're let again set up yourself for the future. You're allowed to get some P guys games at the ehl level. You're allowed to rest some of your guys who need some rest. We've really been carrying you throughout the year boldtending situation. You're allowed to get your goal is some more games, things like that. So it's a tremendous thing to try to lock it in and that's what we're trying to do now. Last year, you know, we're in a similar situation and it took a little longer than we had envisioned to get there, and that's where I think we're trying to sign the difference for this year, as we want. That is our goal right now, is to get to that point as quick as possible, and this way we know. You know when we're going to play and the obviously we'll wait to see who play, but it is our leading focus to get that number one or two seed so we can have that first round by well, there you have it, folks. They are the New Jersey eighty seven. Adam Jolie and Matt Kiernan Co ownership and humated one of the leaders on the EHL team this year. A program that you have to watch at both the EHL and EHLP level, as both teams are in first place and, as we touched upon, it's two teams, one city. That's the ultimate goal for the sevens. They want both teams and providence this year. Thank you, guys, for your time. So, keeping with our around the east show segment, will pick things up with what took place this past week in the EHL and ehl p. There weren't too many games, but the holiday break is officially over and we had a...

...pretty big upset in the EH LP. Humbering me. Yeah, I mean cliff Graziano in the renegades beat the little flyers who, as we said, I think now they're tied for first place with the sevens. But Nick Graziano, who is our forward of the week this week in the premiere, picked up a few points, so I'm sure cliff's pretty happy about that one. And the revolution also swept their series with the Bridgeman. And then for the eighty sevens, it's just a touch on them. One more time. They faced off against the little flyers and I think you were saying that they lost the first game against them in the regular season, but they've won every game since yes correct. So the top two teams right now in the mid Atlantic conference, one and two in the standings, now technically tied. I think the eighty sevens have a game in hand, but you would say that they're probably the two favorites right now to come out of that conference and make it to Providence. And then there was no games on the northern side of things in the EHLP. Similar to the EH Shell. What took place in the EHL this past week? Jeff, there was one HLP game in the north. Oh, yes, I apologize. There was the lumber Jackson chiefs. Good can go right. Younger stuff, Pretty Hart leads and gentleman, all this other stuff. What were gonna say? The for the Games played in the mid Atlantic conference. The eighty seven have twenty four in the little fires have twenty seven. So the you know, yeah, they're time with points. You have games in hand and that's key because remember in that conference for the playoffs, only four of the five teams make the postseason. So it's one versus for and then two versus three. A simple best of three series winner goes to Providence. So you're going to get two teams right from there. I mean don't want to look past anybody in that at conference, but if you're the one and you get ideally what looks like the Rennegades, it's probably a better option than two versus the revolution. So we'll see how it plays it out. So there was. I had to take it back. There was a game in the New England conference at the EHLP level. I don't think there was one at the ehl level. Do you need to correct me again there, Brittany? I didn't mess them one up. Now my socks. Continue on. What else happened in the Ahl? Jeff? So we had a few games on the for so Saturday three teams got back, or three games rather in action. Had some high scoring affairs to neal. Two teams that are very important to watch out for the second half, team Maryland, the Philadelphia little flyers, of themselves quite the tennis match, a nine six final, or of a baseball score there for eats Maryland or yeah, I guess, a low scoring. You can use say that three, three field goals to two field goals. Yeah, exactly. And so either baseball or baseball or football, whatever's Your Cup of tea. But team Mariland currently sitting in fourth in the mid Atlantic. And then everybody knows coach catch Ron and a little flyers last year's you know story. That made it all the way to the frozen finals with very few regulation losses, and they're just getting back over five hundred. So those two teams. Team Maryland thirty three points. That was a very important win. They're not only one point head whole flyers, but little flyers do have two games in hand again this coach Fusco and team Maryland, and had a couple other games in action. The eighty sevens, who we just had on Matt Holy and excuse me, Adam Hooie and mciernon, or dual dyslexia there, switching the first names. Eighty sevens took down the apple cores but, as coach Elie said, they had to go into an overtime frame to take care of them. They ended up winning. Five four was the final score in that one and that was a little bit of a Topsy Turvy Affairs. The seven's were up, then they went down two one and eighty seven scoreing back, scoring three straight goals and then the apple core score. But just twenty eight seconds left Francisco Martinez getting...

...the game tying goal and then after that in the overtime period, Dante Terr Medi got the game winner and sevens walked away with the win. But I'm sure first game back from break it's tough. All the guys have been offer weeks and weeks at a time. So you know the sevens. If you look at that on paper, et seven should have probably taken care of the apple core pretty handily. But, and they say, as they always say, the Games there, you gotta you gotta play every game that's there and take every team with the importance that you would for the next and a couple other games. That's see, the Philadelphia junior flyers won six to one over the golden bears, revolution beating the Gold Mare's four to one and then the revolution winning again. So they had a two game series. Four hundred and five nothing. Philadelphia Revolution Win in that little series and then yesterday little flyers beat the junior flyers board two, three and looser all the Games we've had here in the new year. Neal, and the matchup the IRA was really kidding an eye on, and Brittany can touch on this more, is that Maryland little flyers, because that's kind of your for five matchup, and what's key about it is there are under a hundred and twenty five miles. So in that best of three series you start at at the four seed, go back to the five and then go back to for if you need to. And Brittany, if you had to pick today, who wins that matchup? Come on, all right, remember I see all these teams this weekends. This weekend the next to make sure cases. My confident answer is the little flyers. Al If you text me and yell at me that no little flyers, and that is my final answer. Well, and for Maryland, I think you were saying that one of the guys reached out to they goes. Trystan mocked because as soon as I had put them in the power rankings, when was that back in November, they lost every game after that for a few week. Yes, quote, don't ever put us in the power rankings. Is it curse? I mean, I don't think it's curse, but maybe it's just that it's definitely cursed. Yeah, and I think those power kings Gona be the way, don't they? Niel, see, you see some coaches that have been pumped to get into the top five, you know, the lumberjacks the world getting in there for first time in their exist distance. And then you get some other teams that are like, you know what we're just want to go into the radar and just keep us away from those top five. So it's well interesting, isn't well, that was your sleeper pick, right the walpole express cody text go, yes, he goes, do not put me in the power rakings, I go well like if I don't have a choice, I'm going to put you in. But you know, for what's funny is that cody works with Justin Scudery, who's our lead graphic designer. Also in Justin stead, make sure on the podcast you talk about how the power rankings work. So for those that are interested, it's a combination of who you've beat, who you've lost you and what you've done lately. And what I like to point out to a lot of people is that in college football this year you had teams like Clemson and Lsu, who are playing in the national championship coming up here on Monday, the thirteen, who were undefeated, but they kept bouncing away from the number one and number two rankings based off of, you know, who they beat, what the score was and all that. They're still undefeated, obviously, but I try and carry that same thing over to the EHL. I think the tough part for us that we when we make those power rankings is simply the parody in the league. Yeah, I think the parody is a very strong thing this year. We've talked about that numerous times at all the different showcases and I think that it's it is a good bad, a good and bad thing, like you're saying. Deal. But I think the power ranks are a great thing because it kind of like you said, it's it's exactly. You did a great job of molding it off of the College Football Standard and that's a very good analogy because I feel like it's it's very similar and I think that is a good way as a coach to kind of to gage yourself and,...

...like you said, you have to see, all right, who if we played? How have they done? But and then see how you can move on from there. So I see it is a good thing but, as I always say on my broadcasts, I have no dogs in the fight. So easier for me to say is behind the microphone, that it is being a coach, behind the vengeance. Well, the text that I always like to send is I always type standings, then a greater than symbol and then power rankings, because where you're at in the standings is obviously more important than the power rankings. Absolutely say, I would add some people right now, but I will not do the so I guess that will well, if it wasn't a showcase this week and you wouldn't get sure, would you say it? No, I don't want to get in trouble. But that transitions us into the what to watch for this week before we wrap things up. Here's what to watch. More this week in the east show and, as I just mentioned, we have our fifth and final league wide showcase at the ehl level this weekend, Sunday in Monday. The ranks at exit, their sea coast spartans hosting the showcase. I asked you both, Jeff and Brittany, to give me three things to watch for each matter. WHO WANTS TO START IT OFF? But what's some stuff to watch for this weekend? Well, I guess I will start and we will just to throwing what little premier thing before we go full ehl mode here. Okay, I think everybody knows that rich and Chris have quite the rivalry on the Rangers in the avalanche. It's everyone knows. Yes, this weekend their premier team space off, not that either one of them are the head coaches, but there's still very much competitive. But the New Hampshire avalanche of our have won two things against the Rangers so far. I mean they still have work for more left to play, but those are two potential teams from Providence. So that's one premier game to keep an eye out for this weekend. And with those two guys in particular. Yes, Chris Serella and rich DiCaprio do not coach the premier teams, but the second one of them wins a Premier Championship, they will make sure the other one knows well. I mean, rich hasn't wanted an eahll yet. We don't want to go cross that bridge too soon. But really what I'm trying to say is the first organization to win both an EHL and EHLP, the first text will go to the other guy and say take that right. Yeah, absolutely, and then it will go on for her and will be gifts and then it will just black hole on social media. But remember they also say we don't care, we're best outs. Yeah, we don't pair rude the other. That is true. They all are. They it's an ECLECTIC bunch that we have in the EHL. They're all enemies one minute and then the next minute they're all hugging and smiles and laughing and it's so good. It's such as life. It didn't, sadly, glad dynamic do well, though. Yes, yeah, circle, I think they're like the BFF in the League, would you not say so? The closed Ridge and Christ yeah, yeah, I'd say so. They definitely aren't. They have similar then they have similar pedigrees, pedigrees, backgrounds, Chris Planet Point of the Act Rich plane up at Niagara. So both playing for Division One schools. And Yeah, it's I'd say they have a respect for each other on a playing level and a coaching level and both have had, you know, their resume speak for themselves as far as the success that they've had, and each guy wants to be the other one as badly as they yeah, as they can. They want a minute, but they want to beat each other. So that's a matchup to watch at the EHLP level. Thank you for giving us that one pritty before we go full ehl mode here. Jeff, what do you did you, Joready, get the Games you're going to call...

...this weekend at the showcase? I did kneel. I did so I do have three things to watch for and one of the things that I have to watch out for is the New Jersey seven's playing against the Vermont lumberjacks, and that is going to be a late affair. Believe. That is the last game we have on day two, so they're going to actually end up playing the second last game. So I'll have that for you. And then they had playing against the worster railers. First Time they're going to see that team and so that's one of my things to watch out for. Its first and only time that the sevens lumberjacks are going to lock heads this season, so that could be something to watch out for. As far as two teams that we've profiled throughout the podcast and talked about in conversations at the showcase as two teams that we may see in Providence. And number two point that I had was watch out for the avalanche. This doesn't work out as well because I forgot that they only play day one and not day two. I was going to say watch out for Chris Sorella and his showcase record. We mentioned back in the fall that they have a lot of trouble with showcases. There are eight and eight back then. They've since bettered their showcase record. But that was going to be my second point because, and as we saw with that interview to coach Holy and coach Karen and have mentioned that that really does come into play and obviously you guys do things fairly. You try to spread things out as far as teams and their proximity from the rinks and trying to put that schedule together, but also it's I think it's a great thing because what coach Karen said was these guys have to realize that that's part of life, that's part of the sport. You know, look at the NHL. Was a lot of teams that end up playing three games and four nights. You end up playing on the west coast, you're traveling from city to city, take a trains, buses, airplanes. So I think that is a big thing for these guys to learn at a young level because if they want to continue to play at the collegiate professional levels, that just going to continue to happen. So that was point number two. Watch out for the ABS and for Sorella on Day One, and then number three was going to be watch out for the East Coast Wizards. This is that time year when they usually turn things up. Freddy Meyer and the bunch not so great in the last ten games. Two wins, eight losses. There one game under five hundred, but they did end up being that sneaky surprise team that made it to the providence frozen finals last year and can they do it again? I mean they're in the thick of it in the standings and they're really going to have to start turn things up, though, because their eight points behind the wing the wolves, nine points behind the wabble express. You get the spartans and the chiefs breath them right down your neck as far as the seventh and or actually the spartans when that last Bot the eight spots. So they're really breathing down their neck on like three points away. So forty and the wizards really have to start amping things up, and that's going to be my last point to watch out for. You and and Jeff TES touched on at the eighty sevens versus lumberjacks matchup. You kind of mentioned the avalanche a little bit. Brittany, there's a matchup for the avalanche. It's only one game of the showcase, but they had a match up to watch on Sunday as well. Yes, going back to the little flyers that you are recurring team, we have a championship rematch and that's the cree game of the week on Sunday. So we'll be interesting to see and like I said last week, that little flyers are a different team, but so are the avalanche, so two very different teams compared to last year. I'm very interested to see how their two new teams do against one another. I don't have the exact number in front of me, but I think last year's two teams combined for like twenty five plus commitments. Is that? That probably sounds right right. Yeah, the ABS definitely, absolutely. When we got to the frozen finals, looking down their line chart, it was the forwords were wittered with the little college symbols all underneath their names and and that was actually if you remember to Neil those two, I'd say they don't like each other that much. If you remember our broadcast, I thanks little little hippy, and there was a lot of regression on both sides. We a lot penalty calls and some disagreements with some...

...referees and you know, the usual avalanche little flyers duels. So that I'm actually very interested and luckily that is one of the Games that I will be called this weekend. Avalanche, little flyers of looking up. So you got both free games. You get the free game Sunday and the free game money. Yeah, so hopefully the fans of home on happy TV like here my voice. I promise I'll bring the I'll bring the punches I usually do and try to continue entertain everyone at home and we'll have some fun. And of course the avalone ants will touch on it. Did win that meeting in Providence on on championship Sunday last year part of their backtoback titles. That was a four twenty three victory, though, as is both championships wins for the avalanche. The first one against revolution two years ago, a little fires last year. Each game was a one goal game. So it'll be interest in the sea with I think there were twelve commits or so for the little fires last year as well. So there are two totally different teams this year, but it's still a little flyers, it's still the avalanche, it's still a championship rematch, so there's a few guys that are back on the rosters again this year that I'm sure for the little flyers side of things. Would love to get a tiny bit of revenge on Sunday right, and then the avalanche would love to make it three straight day dating back to March. And then do you have one final thing for us to watch for this weekend. Brittany, I would just say locked out. For the Rangers. I'm excited to see how they come back from break because I know brick said they needed the break, and I mean they are on their twelve game winning streak and they have the chiefs in Maryland. So two games that they should win. But as right, I know, far was allowed follow. You can say that. I mean you could. You could say that they're the favorite, like that's what that's what it is. They're twenty five for no Jeff, I think you said it last week. They were what they won too, and I would start the season is that it lost. Yeah, I believe, but I think it was that fourth game of the year I had against the Steve Brown are Glenna. The connectic rough riders think are one in two and the my bollowing thing when I looked at there that was my first game of calling of the season for them, was in those three games I've wived they had seven goals for and six goals against. So as we yeah, we have billy Gerard on last week. He's one of the best goals in the entire league. They were giving up goals but they just couldn't put it in the back lanette and of course they believe that was seven three final. They got their store. That's they really got their stride against the rough riders and that game and they have a look back since. Yeah, so you're one and to go into that game, which means you've all you lost the game in October and you lost the game in November and that that's it. But it's good, is it? I'm excited. Month ahead of them, I am all rial about for their series with Vermont. It's going to be a good time. They're like last year's little flourst riches energy on the bed. I'm excited. Yeah too. And and last year's little flyers team set a league record with forty wins in a year. You know, for rich he's got seventeen games left in the regular season. You got to win fifteen or sixteen. Like you have to be nearly perfect down the stretch. I mean, if he if he kept going, you know, you win the next eight or so straight. Maybe you kind of gun for but this is actually a great transition back to the interview with the seven S. is like we talked a little bit about that first round by. And what was interesting talking off line and Adam about that first Rome by last year is he thinks it actually came back to hurt him a little bit because, if you remember, Wilkes Bare scramped nights. They were the team they faced and what was the second round and they had to beat the apple core to, you know, get to face the eighty seven's and they were kind of in playoff mode for a while down the stretch and then that extra week of rest kind of hurt the sevens and they fell behind in game one. It's such a short three game...

...series that even once you tie up the series and game two, you still feel like you're behind in the series. Right. Yeah, and that's and that's a thing. Opinions about it. I feel like some coaches love it and some coaches the like and could go either way. Yeah, it's and I agree neal. I agree with Brittany that that layoff. Rich said that they needed it, that they had some tire guys and they've been running that such a full steam ahead. But that's what I'm wondering is you had a twelve game winning streak. It's kind of, you know, play both sides of it. You want to when you're feeling it like that, even if you are hurt and tired, you almost just want to keep going right and it taken two weeks off. It's almost like that winning streak came to an end, because you have two weeks off and you just gotta boom, go right back into action. You go to just blow doors and start to turn things back up, and every team at this time of years trying to do the same thing. Luckily, they've have, you know, pad of themselves and they have themselves a good record, but those are the type of games that you have to look out for, like Brittany was saying, as far as you know, can't she say? Yeah, absolutely, because that's stuff that the chiefs and the team marilands in the world are thinking. They're like, you know what these guys are sitting in the first place, they're fat happy. Let's go in and let's knock them in the mouth, let's try to get them, let's try to get away and let's try to continue our seasons. And you know a lot of those teams, we said, the chiefs are a team that's fighting for a playoff spot their battle with the Spartan so I'm sure deal breen in the bunch down in newingtonner are saying that exact same thing. And just to touch on the interview a little bit more too, I find it funny, I think maybe it was just me, but Billy Gerard and Andrew Maynard, to all stars, kind of both have that same calm demeanor to them. Yeah, I agree. Yeah, they don't see me bastard. No, billy specially, I think, and Maynard. Andrew I don't know as much. I've talked to billy more in between games and I feel like the thing with billy to being a goaltender. You noticed that goaltenders are an odd breed. They are you have to be right to be where pads and stopping pox there seventy eighty plus miles an hour. That's that's just they have something on their DNA and their brains that the rest of us don't have, and I feel like you can you see goalies. They they tend to be a little different and they also tend to be little more calm, because you have to be and you can't be a frantic type personality in the in the back of a net. You have to be that comming force on the back end because you're the last line of defense. And Yeah, I sense that too with with Andrew. As far as he seems like nothing really fazes him too much and he's just kind of that same tone throughout, and sometimes that works well as far as having a leader like that, team's respond and players respond while to that. And Brittany, this weekend at the showcase needs you to find out when the Moose nickname really started. I know he's a big kid, but I I need to find out when Moose started. Okay, me and my player personnel type. She's the best. Honestly, sir, I'm surprised they don't know the answer. Oh, the surprise. You don't know it already too, Britt you're always very in tune your good friends, a lot of these guys on these teams. So, Oh, I'm sure you'll figure it out this yeah, like Billy Gerard is the most chill human, like he sho chill, even in like like instances where he's like talking to college coaches, like so chill. He's just black honey moos is a funny dude and they call them loose on the all star team to like when we were doing the campus tours, like guys that you know are on his team were this like it was like, I don't know, that chemistry just caught me so by surprise. It was a good thing, though, of course. Yeah, like I feel like if I called him Andread like cool, I talk. Well, the question really is, when he gets to tops university, a a high end academic institution, right,...

...will any of his professors be calling him moves out? I don't know, but nordy called. I'm sorry, I woult to say I doubt it. But Pad Norton, you know, besides Seawan Waltz. I know you're listening to the Seawan Walsh how are you all say? Norton is one of my Pat Norton one of my favorite college coaches. Right, that's the well, here's what you can do. then. Here's your second assignment. Okay, talk for your favorite college coaches and figure out which team from the New England conference they want to hear on next week's podcast. Okay, Shaun Walt hit my lines well, thanks, guys. That would do it for episode two. As we mentioned before, big showcase coming up this weekend in the ehl Jeff Scott, both free games. I did not do that intentionally, but hey, it worked out him. Little flyers and apple, little flyers and avalanche on Sunday and the seven s and lumberjacks on Monday just two of eighteen great matchups that we have set at the ranks of Exeter, the home of the Sea Coast Spartans, the fifth and final league wide showcase of the year. So be sure to check out the full schedule at Eastern Hockey League Oregon. Thank you, guys, and we'll see you an exitter. Wait, can we pick our our win for the second free matchup? I'm con I'm serious. Oh, you want to do picks? That? ARE WE gonna? We had to pick both free matchups, then okay, if we're gonna, if we're gonna do this, okay, since you got it, love, you can start, all right, all right, I left Ab. Yes, either interwing give is gonna get me paid you. Yeah, you brought it up, so I know, I know. Um Hmm, all right, I'm going ABS A low. Sorry, okay, sucking one, but again, either answer I give is gonna get you heat up the yeah, HMM, I want to know Adams going to put in that Ian Drive? Yeah, okay, so Ian, the Lawrence Academy brought back here he was. I'm going them. We're gonna go them. Rolls. That Jeff, Jeff. You're calling both games. Do you want to make predictions? I'M gonna stay out of it. How's The yes, that's a very professional way to go about things. If you're calling the game, well, you know, what are your picks? Thank Professional. Feel like I caught I caught you off guard last week with the with the frozen files. Yeah, well, it's not. I am. I am caught off guard by this one, but I will you know I'm gonna go us the same pick for the first game, avalanche. Okay, but I will go against you with a second pick, and from not. and that's heat from everybody in fine. We all we always catch heat. I mean we're not going to read to the frozen finals picks the street. Nothing. Nothing. There aren't too many games that took place this past weekend but, as I mentioned, those are two huge games to watch at the showcase. We can't wait to see all the college coaches there to see our guys at the League wide event for the fifth and final time this year and, as I mentioned, this the Sea Coast Spartan's first time ever hosting a showcase. Unfortunately, for all the Patriots fans out there, there are no football games that you're really of interest of going on at the time. Put there is a bar, last restaurant with TV's for those that do want to watch football in between games. So thank you both of you for your for your time. This week we'll see an exeter. He's good, and you'll see you then see them Britain. 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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