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Episode 5 · 2 years ago

Playing a New Role | Episode 5

ABOUT THIS EPISODE

This week's episode features a program that has won multiple regular season championships, but the Philadelphia Little Flyers are playing more of an under the radar role this year. Can they make it back to Providence, RI for the 2020 Frozen Finals?


Mark Catron is the Head Coach for both the EHL and EHLP teams, and also serves as the General Manager for each club.


In his second season in this role, Catron credits the success of his former players as well as the league, when discussing the challenges of recruiting. Jacob Berg is a player Catron brought in last year, and the Little Flyers' captain is the latest example of a strong pipeline that has been established from Dallas, TX to Aston, PA.


Berg is very pleased that he found the Little Flyers organization and the EHL, as ultimately these elements of his life will be the reason he plays hockey in college.

Welcome to the east show with Neil Raven 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 into the east show. My name is Neil Ravens. Is Season One, episode number five, brought to you by GEL sticks, the official training aid of the east show, and to welcome in this week's guests, the Philadelphia little flyers is the head coach and GM mark catch run and team captain Jacob Bird. Thanks raving us, Neil, thanking you. Appreciate to be on it and mark will jump right into it. Last season, you guys won forty games in the regular season and that's a league record. It was probably goes without saying. To come into this year and I spent to win forty again would be unrealistic. You've won twenty one so far. Is this kind of where you thought you'd be at this point in the season? Yeah, I thought we would be returned over our roster with more than half of our team going to college. So we knew it would be a especially the beginning, would be a little copper because we had to rebuild basically our whole decore, our goaltending, and you know, we lost a lot of sporting so I kind of thought we may have a slow start and then hopefully we would pick it up midseason, you know, towards playoffs. And then, Jacob, as a captain on the team and as a player, you actually began the season with a little taste in the NA and then you came back to the little flyers. From a player's perspective, is this kind of way you thought this group would be? Yeah, I mean just coming back from the NA was it was definite a little bit weird stepping into the lock and rap of the boys that already been together for a few months and everything. But I mean just part of it from last year, everything that was such a tight knit group and then we because we were winning so much and then struggling through the first part of the season. As we started to get closer and everything, it made a kind of tough to that first half season. But I mean just as everyone got closer, thinks that are running more smoothly, and I mean look at us now. We were on a nine and one in our last ten and things are starting to look up right now. So I think it's just the biggest thing is everyone's getting together and starting to feel good about each other. Well, you took that right out of my notes there. I was going to say to you next, before the team went to the holiday break, this you give them some message as a captain. You'll get get your rest over the break because since you've returned, you drop the first one, then you've won seventh straight. It's been a totally different team. A yeah, I mean it wasn't much of I wasn't say much, too much of a message or anything like that, but I mean break came in a good time. We had guys that just started getting really sick and everything. My My, I'm actually came over the flu just around that same time too. So think this is going around a room and we just started US break really badly. And then we got back and it had no one had really stated too much over break and was just trying to get healthy. And I said, I look, guys, we got to pull together and now the time like a run. And I mean it just felt like you were seeing a bunch of good friends come back together after the break and we just said tighten, tightened into the group and everything touch together and we started to push. Just things have been volunted place. And what have you seen? Mark? As I mentioned that first game back it was a pretty high scoring game with team marrown. You you lost nine twenty six. You haven't even given up more than three goals in the game since then. So has that been the key for your team? Yeah, I think obviously everything starts with your defensive zone and we weren't very good that game and I joked with Josh after the game that we were trying to set up for a game time field goal here at the end. And but since then, you know, it was kind of a reality set in that if we don't kind of get it together, it's, you know, we're going to find themselves to the bottom, you know, looking looking from the outside in, and I think that was the first thing that happened. We got better own zone. That kind of led to, you know, even though it's been a lot of close games, just playing more solidly. Known in is really turned around. And then looking at the roster, you're already touched on it a little bit with how much turnover you guys had from last year to this year. But you've also brought some kids up from the premier team. How important is having that premier team to the success of your organization? It's been great actually. It gives them, you know, honestly, a reason when they come in that premiere room to keep working hard and keep working on their game because, you know, we've called a lot up, even for single games. But the guys we move from last year, the marvels and the turners, have really done a great job in the ehl this year. But it's such a big step for them. So we kind of give a taste for the younger guys. That P team is very young, so we give them a taste here and there with some games up and and they're really kind of looking forward to trying to make the team next year and I like that we're doing here with the ladders of get them in this room first, kind of get them in...

...the system and then give a little taste and then, you know, have them shoot for the team next year. And I keep saying this from a captain's perspective, Jacob, but from your perspective, how did the two teams kind of kind of coincide with each other? How do they support each other and what do you tell those players when they come up, even it's just for one game. Oh, I mean it's a great I love having those guys when we're in the same building. Their locker rooms five of our people from ours, so it's great having around. And I mean they're on the bosom with us for a lot of these trips and everything. And I I've actually had talked with their captain head and he asked me stuff all the time and it's just great being able to I mean, I wouldn't call myself the wise in person or anything, but it's nice to be able to just talk to someone and feel almost like having a little brother around, and which is pretty great. And then, I mean it's just good to have them come into the room and had a little bit of competition. I mean one of the biggest things about junior hockey and moving forward is having a fight for your spot in that line. Happened? Do you got guys? They want to get into games and these our guys on our those so it's great to have that competition around. And then, shifting gears to a topic about recruiting, will start with you, mark. This is your second full year as the full time ehl coach. Of course you have a role with the EHLP team as well, but having a full offseason where it was just you recruiting, what challenges did you encounter? And you know, how does the success of the Lee help you recruiting as well? Well? It's, excuse me, it's recruiting four tier three is has its own challenges, just with the pay to play situation. So you know, the the more success you've had in the past with college placements and even just winning games makes it a little bit easier. But it's still a challenge to to make sure that you can get enough up and enough defense and the right goaltending without kids going to try other leagues and week for cutdowns and things like that. So it's always a challenge with that, Neal. But we have a pretty good situation here with the way we take cos us in a rink with a p program, so that gives us a chance to bring some guys up. We have a lot of AAA in our area, so it gives us a little bit of connection to that. But then, you know, we're you know, like we've seen each other and places in Boston and can and Colorado and places like that where you just trying to find into visuals one by one. But you know, I think the success of the League in as a whole, putting guys in Ncaa hockey is our biggest asset and recruiting, to be honest, and you just such on seeing guys in that's Susans Colorado. But what about Texas? How how is this Dallas, Dallas to little flyers connection become a thing? Because it's not just Jake Berg, it's Alex Octr back. The list goes on and on. Over the past few years. Yeah, we have, you know, we've got Burd we've got mcbay. We've had kids in the past all from the Dallas area and and you know, honestly, with that neal comes connections other kids. You know, they have friends are still playing back there or they were a year behind them and they're looking to try to get into higher level junior hockey. And and those guys are are some of our best recruiters, you know, because they come about the situation here and the success of our teams in the past, but more so the success of putting guys in the college hockey and I think right now all of our twenty year olds are either going to be committing soon or have gone college visit. So as a coach that makes me feel good that we can continue pushing those guys into college hockey. I'm sure all the coaches feel the same way in our league, but it's been such a it's a nice path that have the guys become kind of recruiters with you, you know. Yeah, and then, Jacob, as I just started to say, they're you're from Texas. When did you first learn about the Philadelphia little flyers and what really attracted you to come to Aston Pennsylvania? Yeah, so I was I was just working out of the summer one day and my season had just finished up with the Doll Stars elite program and I got a text from Alex Octo back and he said, Hey, look, I got someone numbers names Mark Cash Ron and I got a George Lewis number here. I played with a little chois last year and everything he told me about how well the season why, how he was a captain and everything, and I was a little bit, I was hesitined at first, say the least. I mean my goal had been to play here, to hockey my whole life and everything, and obviously, like there's different challenges that and everything. But I say look, I mean you need a backup plan no matter what, and this is the best place to be. And so I checked it out and everything. I actually remember tasting mark that day too, and I called up George Lewis because George was doing George and a lot of that was getting out here too. And I mean they just they sold me on the place. And the other big thing is a ruse main camp for their any teams, always at this ring too. So George and rocky were both here and they getting a tour of the locker room and they kind of sold me on this place. Says like an area...

...where I want to be, and it was huge for him. Plus the list of guys from Texas that have been here, like Camera Bot has he you got a Alex octo back running hog when Abrasmith, he just got a lot of guys from Texas. I've been there, had great experiences. No one said a bad thing about this place and I can't wait to start telling more tax to guys about this. I got a little brothers going to be making up the right here soon and not take for sure, and not to you know, give too much away on the podcast, but from Texas to Aston where do you want to go next? I mean, I'm the goal college here. Obviously I've got a I got a couple plays and I'm looking at and everything. It's just the biggest thing for me is for hockey. For me is been let hockey be a kind of a start to be able to get into somewhere where I normally wouldn't be able to get into. I don't have that grades or anything, but it's just talk. He's a great area where if I can use this skill to hold in on other skills for real life, and that'd be great. And that's just kind of been the biggest part for me. So as a few schools on our radar here and there, but quite made my decision yet. And I'm sure you'd love to get that weight off of your shoulders, but you still have plenty of time left, you guys. You guys as a team, still have nine games remaining in the regular season mark. Are there any matchups that you've kind of circled on the calendar down the stretch here? Is it kind of just one game at a time until you get to the finish? Well, we have to do one game at a time here. We have a challenging two weeks coming up, starting with the junior flyers on Thursday and then we're in Connecticut for the weekend for two games. So those are three big games for us, you know, because we're we're chasing Connecticut, we're chasing the ribs, and we slept five left between those two out of our nine. So you know, for us, if you got to take it one at a time to be a drop to point somewhere, you know you're you're now relooking at your situation. But you know, with all the teams, thing so, so, so much parody. This year was the exception of you know, the Rangers having a great year and the sevens are having a great year. There's a lot of parody between the team. So it's not so much you know where you would end up, although you love to get home ice advantage on on one of these rounds. But if you can find your way into the top two, which I'm sure every coach is trying to do, you know you can survive with a buy on that first round and I let the other teams kind of battle each other out and you just named the two first place teams right now. But you have a win over each of those teams and Jacob, you know, looking back, I don't want to touch on it too much. I'm sure it's still kind of a store of subject in the locker room, but is there a motivational factor that carries over still from this past March for your team? You know what I mean. There's there's the things, but you yeah, you want to win and make it back the championship, but there's just a such a new group of guys in our room that a lot of them have been there before. So it's on us, it's not US older guys, to dry and show them a look. We didn't quite kind of last year and we got to learn from on the states. But I mean as far as like a garage anything, I mean it definitely feel good to be the eighty seven final, like we didn't do it last year, but I mean that that's about it. Well, that's that's actually are pretty funny point to make their because you guys won forty games of the one team you couldn't be in the regular season was the sevens. I don't want to put you too much on the spot right now, but right now you guys are current four seed mark you kind of just touched on being the one or two gets your first round by is there a team you want to face in the playoffs? Is there a team you don't want to face in the playoffs? Is there is this question don't want to answer either. Yeah, I don't think you want to start looking at who you're going to see in the playoffs because you know you could lose every one of the top six, you know, the other five of the top six. You know we we've either beating the sure or loss of this year. So yeah, I don't think there's a real you say, Hey, I'd rather play this team than this team, because you know it's one of those you know, you're a great what you wish for kind of thing, you know. But I think they're all those teams are are ones that can trip you up at any time because they all have talented players, they all have talented goaltenders and you know, in the stets of such a short series, you know you need to get overlook and get tripped up real quick. Well, they have a folks there the Philadelphia a little flyers, a team to watch really at both levels, ehl and EHLP. Ehl kind of playing a different role this year, a little bit under the radar, kind of an underdog, if you will, but not want to know. In their last ten games they've won seven straight as well and, as mark mentioned, they have the junior flyers this week and then two games up in Connecticut. So good luck this weeken guys. Will see you soon. Thanks. They'll appreciate it.

Thanks mail. Thank you again to the little flyers. Are Jumping on the pod this week, Mark, Cat Sean and Jacob Berg, and will that will start marking our way around the e show. It's time for this week segment of around the e show and welcome in by E crew, Brittany and Jeff. Another week down. We have crossed into are about to cross into the month of February, the final month of the regular season. It's crazy right now, e. there's nothing really totally set in terms of playoffs seeds and the next month will determine all that. Very excited. The next month is going to be a wild one. There's lots of good matchups left in the season, although there is not a good deal of time. Yes, and good evening to you guys. Yeah, this, yeah, what a what a good action. I just like to say hello, it's all for not calling you out, Bert. I'll call you out, but yeah, it's we're gonna have a lot of sleepless nights. I think a couple of all three of us are going to be burning the midnight oil watching all these different standings changes and it's just it's what you want is a broadcaster and as a fan of the league. I'm sure a lot of the coaches and players are pulling their hair out with the how tight the standings are in the New England in the mid Atlantic, but best thing you could ask for as far as a fan and for US broadcasters. New there are a number of teams that have officially cleansed a playoff spot so far, but the final seatings are what's really left to be determined. The only conference where it's set is the mid Atlantic EHLP. We know the four of the five teams that will be advancing into the playoffs. We just don't know who will play who. And you know, this past weekend the big matchup that we all talked about was the rangers lumberjacks and of course it was a dead even split, as pretty damn predict yeah, I was going to say me and Brittany predicted it. Neil, you didn't predict the right because you were on the call like myself. Yes, I left myself absent from their predictions for that one smartman. I predicted it reverse. I predicted Vermont Wood Game One and B J would take two, but in fact it was the opposite. I didn't even predict a game. Wonner game to I just said serious split. So yeah, and thank you to reducy into Scan E. Oh, I know we'll talk about fantasy a little later, but those two came up big. And Neil, you're telling me the other day that this fantasy thing is getting pretty big and starting. It's like the power rankings, where when we work those a few years a couple years back. I mean we post the picks and then immediately rich post a Gif of someone rolling eyes at us because of those we have all lumberjacks are no and no rangers were picked. It's like, okay, Hey, that will change this week, Richie boy. Yeah, that's a good tease. Good job, good teas, and keep people lock on the podcast from the next half hour. Well, lock it, lock it in. Ladies. You know, a Logan had a point in the first game, second period to officially break the record. Absolutely no smile in the congratulations picture, but no smiles. Angry business. A lost the tall business, but like, Oh, you gotta love that though, Neil, right. I mean he's that's that just shows you. We had Jimasso and the scanning and Reduci on last week. That just shows you they're just keeping it going. They're just they have their eyes on Providence. They're not looking at the regular season victories and losses. They're just trying to keep on chugging a line. Coach, the Capras Rich, said that to us too. They're both kind of echoing the same sentiment. They're both just trying to be business as usual and try to just keep getting win. So kind of a good thing to see that at Logan. I kind of like an honestly, and between the three of us we've really all had at least one of them, and maybe the seahawks in Providence. The team that we haven't had are at any of us have ever set. It has one backtoback titles and they scored twenty four goals and three straight in three total games. whatenty four goals? Yeah, land this weekend I literally going to roll. I literally texted Britty. I was like the goal song is good, but like, I'm getting really sick of it now, like, Hey, you have heard it many times over the past three games and but it is way better than L Rapo, but it you Sall. That's what I was going to say. That was what their old one was. What's the one this year? I actually haven't done any games. I mean, I can play it, but I don't know if we want to buy. Well, well, not. Oh, you can play it for me after, I guess. Yeah, okay, but thank you, Tim Cronan, who I think made the new one our board of the week. Yeah, I don't like Rico. He didn't like Rico by drake. That was a good one, Britt last year, I just will use that, wasn't it? Wasn't that what the ABSW's last or wasn't it really? No, it was elchopo still, oh, the I'll chaw. Yeah, Chapo. Yeah, it was just twenty four goals and three games and and in the world and the words of the Wise Chris...

Serella, we are under the radar. Okay, Chris, whatever, whatever you have to tell yourself. They're inside the top five again. Whatever helps you sleep at night. They're inside the top five for the first time in a while. Yep, shows Walpole cody was not pleased, like coding cody immediately said this is too much attention. Code damnible. Then we gave that. We gave star the week honors to both of his goal he is ehl fieldstead. Now we're talking about way too much attention. They well, don't go form one out of the break iver. There's starting. But you know then he he's in a battle of Worcester and a shootout and some people, some people was yet think that I cursed them with the power things. Yes, I mean kind neal does not sit there at not even a Voodoo doll that has different jerseys on it. Oh tight, we're gonna put the express ures he on and pin here, pin there. No, he doesn't do that. I can a test that. Can we do that? I'm getting we slid the avalanche and the express in. We didn't make any changes. Eh LP wolves didn't play, so they stay at one rangers. Speaking of offense, it's just it's out of the man world what their premiere team is doing. They're at like six and a half goals per game in two thousand and twenty, and that was actually something I didn't get to talk about last week. Neal was as we talked about last week. We talked about that last EHLP showcase. I had that first game, that game that they scored nine goals and their offense is ridiculous. Mala Drukloh and all those got the way they move the puck is like you look like the red wings from the s are just like Ding zing zing Zang. Shoot, score like you've no chance and they're all ones. Right, they're all ones. Are Own twos to yeah, I think we'll say Ryan Bailey is also not just gem boy. Yeah, Bailey had a hat trick, I believe, in that game. That was Ryan Bailey scored six goals, I think in this weekend. So single handedly six goals, it looks asis. And actually rich was texting me during that to neil and I was like rich, this is the first time I've seen your P team. Wow. I was like, so you guys are gonna be good next you goes yep, we got this. This this coming next year. We got these guys coming back as like wait, he didn't, he didn't got up there. You didn't go. Um, Yep, UM, yeah, Mil Druk was pretty good it. Um, nope, no, the well, what's funny, as he said to me, he goes, we don't really know who our number one goalie is yet, but if we are next year. No, the EHLP team. Right now he's saying like we don't know who that is, but if we score six goals a game, we're good matter. Like what r one of us in net? You can score six goals a game. ME WITH PADS on, I'll stop a couple of bucks. The railers and avalanche split their their home and home series. I love out it's always the road team that wins each game. In that situation a little bit different. Little flyers, big five for overtime victory over the eighty sevens, who are playing one and they're playing a revolution this weekend. Revolution have kind of readtooled that premier team a little bit. So while I said before, we know the four teams in that conference who are making the playoffs, Bridgeman will not be making the playoffs this year. It's just who's who's who. Who's going to be one, who's going to be too, and what's going to be really interesting is to see. So just a highlight on the premier some more like when we go to Providence, two teams make it for each conference and the top north place the top cell and vice versa. Are we going to have a north North final? We could have a south south. Find it's what's funny is like controversy. We've all been like little fires. Eighty seven like that's what we've said for the EHLP, sell, if you haven't really said much about the revolution, they could pull the upset. But how do you pick two out of the for in the in the North Right now? I don't know, don't like you. Just stay out of it. You'd have to say the Rangers are playing the best. To anyone else, they are both the wolves. How about the wolves? Near nine and one row. Rangers have are inversation and the most explosive offense. Yeah, through the wolves of hundred eighty five goals, for twenty more than the Rangers at this point in time. A couple more games play, do oh sorry, nope, wrong. Five, yeah, and averaging the six goal game per clip. That's so fine. Yes, thirty goals, so passive. You know, you know what riches listening to this. He's gonna text. He's got a text as you're making one of us. Yep, Jeff, what's your say? Jeff, you're wrong. I don't you cooked at yourself. Oh, okay, move on. Oh God, I love rich. He was text me door one of my broadcasts. I think it was that HLP game. He was text to be stuff most like wow, I was like and then he was texted me during one of the other games. Is like, rich, go enjoy your beautiful wife and your family, like you don't have to be here today. What are you doing? Well, here's what you should say that to on this. Hey, rich, I have an extra clipboard. Am I addict? Do you need which was in case you missed it, ladies and...

Gens, after that's got a little mad win. Was that well early? Yeah, that's for a three win. Yeah, but the board like it said something to him. Yes, I origin could have been a little wider. In riches mind, I was going to make it the GEL sticks stop playing the week. But but John Gabriel, which I'll be posting later on this week, scored three goals and one shootout and they were all pretty nasty for the junior flyers. So Gerry's world series, world who? WHO's playing? The little flyers? Tomorrow. I'm not going to segue too far yet because we're going to talk about that later, but it's the six matchup of the season between those two teams in the EHL. Every single one of the Games so far decided by one goal. It's wild. The parity, the party this year's just extra special in both and both levels. There aren't that many big matchups to watch this weekend. Nothing like mangers lumberjacks, who play again next weekend. I know in Vermont, I know Brittany's trying to call out stick and whatever else she's doing to make the trip up there. The No, no, no, I don't know what you're talking about. Show us up with like three coats on, two hoods and two knit hats. WHO's that? Was that my hair purple for the weekend? Purple? That the boat is the fest of all raiser nickname that was coined this week in our group ship, but it's it's all a great transition into what to watch for this week in the show. Before we wrap things up, here's what to watch more this week in the east show it and what to watch for this week. It's really as I mentioned before, we're turning over to the month of February. I always kind of bokenly say that the playoff races like they're they're they're heating up right now, but they really hit another level after the Super Bowl. Not that too many of our guys are playing necklace TEPs in the football but but come come Monday that the battle for points is going to be pretty intense. You know, I don't know where these teams will fall, especially in the north and the Eh Shell. Godness, the the all over the place. The team that I know is frustrated right now is the seahawks and talking my head coach, Bills Anna Bony, he pointed out you know, we haven't controlled the business that was in front of us and they've given up some points two teams that they didn't want to and then they have the most game is played. So now it's kind of it's tough because you're you're sitting there like I can't do anything. I'm here, I want points, but I can't play games right now. Right they're kind of stuck and they lost John Murphy, so that's tough. Grant did feel really bad for him, one of the toughest kids in the EHL. I'm not sure if you've got to know him at all, Jeff. But like no, he fractured his collar bone and like this gime will block a shot of his face, like if he had to, like he was a mcquaid style. Yeah, like he like he would and and he was like yelling out in pain. I like it was scary. I had to like take my headset off. I was like Oh, like, but the next day he committed. So I guess there's a little bit of positive to it, but like lining, so a little bit. But Hey, mans, those kind of things that get the colleges to notice your right now and yeah, when you good give out your body at any and actually, I know Jim McCabe has mentioned Murphy a lot. I Know Jim obviously calls all the seahawks home games and he's definitely mentioned a my haven't gotten to see them a lot. And Actually Jim calls their games during the showcase too. So I haven't called the seahawks game yet this season. Well, I'll have to find the twitter interview for you. Jim with the mask on, interviewing John with this like steamhawks mask on, but it was like like really tight up. It was it looked like I a less seller mask from like whatever that show was. I don't know. You know, they can't wait to we have the broadcasters, or actually, we won't spoil anything, but because spoiling, but we'll have a we'll have a broadcasters. Well, we'll go over with Jim all of his tremendous calls from the year, the Randy Mohler style go calls. Not My chair, not my problem. Yeah, okay, okay, Jim, not your chair, now your problem. I told him. I said, Jim, that fits your style. So well, keep doing it and I can like, I just can never replicate that. It's his. If it's we all know him. If it's his personality, very well and it can't wait to show the rest of the e show family Jim in the future when you are progs. He's awesome. What's interesting this week is he got teams like the Rangers and avalanche who have games coming up against team games like the warriors and sea coast who are either at the bottom of the playoff picture just outside. And I'm talking all the coaches like you can't look ahead to if you're the rangers, like next weekend, you already want again the bus, you want to go to ever Mont. You want to play th those two games, but you can't look past these games against the warriors and Spartans,...

...because heaven forbid you give up any of the four points that you want. Now all of a sudden those teams in your Review Mirror this even closer behind you, and that's yeah, Steve Brown, Ericlen that the rough riders. They've been have an issues with the Apple Corps. The Apple Corps a team that's down there in the mid Atlantic conference not making a whole lot of noise, but they've got the connectic rough riders number right now and they're stealing points for them. So maybe you want to talk about that. She doesn't want to talk about that, and your Bella. So it's a beautiful transition into our fantasy, into our fantasy. Becaud pause. On Saturday night, was at the first game, that the avalanche, first game o the Apple Corps versus rough riders. Yes, yes, which is also the same day, but yeah, yes, yes, we're watching overtime. Jeff at buy house is a breakaway for gray owens and I saw but O'Neil had FYI do great. Oh, it's lit it up there and I celebrate like I won the Stanley Cup, the ones going bothers and Vicky, my fiance, is like you gotta chill, you gotta told it that. I that's what this yeah, I could love Gray Owen's great kid, but like gray, come on, brother. So I've nil. I literally I didn't get to any of those games because I was working, but I literally want shout out to Justin'squterie for this awesome spreadsheet that he's set up for us for the people that don't know what at home. He's a great it guy and brings the operation there for Walpole Express. When I looked at your spreadsheet points, I was like, wait a minute. Gray Owens had two goals and assist, to powerplay points and the game winning goal, and he's Defenseman, Ladies and gentlemen. Yeah, that's what it is. Great Offensive Abilities. I was like yeah, yeah, he got eleven points for new so that was pretty loss. I had manard first, a goal and to assist, plus a game winner. Plus I found out that he missed a wide open that Andrew and I will talk about that on a different thing, as in Moose, Moose Morus. Yeah, okay, got the eight points. Gray Owens. Jeff just mentioned I don't need to rip through it again to dig in any harder. That solid. Eleven points for me at Lane. Picked up two wins where I have to have a side conversation with Chris is. Still against the chiefs. On sarday night. After making seventeen saves, Chris one of the game of George Mcmichael some time and brought him in and there went my shutout. So it's okay, it's okay, if not not better. Not Better. Matt wasn't better either, not only just texted up to me to put them back in the game and I couldn't stop my broadcast to go do that. That's fine, you know. I would like to thank Jake Mend Zoom for giving me the point. He was really strong for me. Zooner, thank you your horse. This resuter to power play points. To right. You should have seen it. Every time you at four power play points, you were the most powerplay points of all. In case anyone does not know, I the scorer for the avalanche. So every time that the ref like too good, would come over and tell me. I'm can we add twenty? lets add twenty. Come on, number twenty had every assist. What are you talking about lip simmer twenty and then adds twenty, as I how it worked. Oh yes, she still ends up last enough, but I'm bitter. You know what, when you people hear my team this week, I'm gonna definitely when it's not even a question. As she mentioned, Mendez Zoo with thirteen points for her Bella similar line to gray Owen's. A going to Isas to power play points, nihappily, though, nine fantasy points. Hadley didn't have his best game in a four to one loss to the wizard. So that's that's really the difference. That is like say he even makes the same amount of saves, same goals against, but gets the win if flips everything with those four points for the win. Now she's at twenty seven. No, pretty, pretty. He's that twenty three. I'm at thirty one, point eight, Jeff. For you. Well, Katee Hanley wasn't your start. Want to Rob Haig, but he was injured and we don't have access to an injury report yet. Maybe in the future, maybe in two thousand and two thousand and twenty one, will get ourselves a little injury report us. Probably he didn't play either today. If that makes you feel and he he come out to Miss You, rob, get better, but he was like trembles tweet. Was Hysteric. I know I was, and then I woke up and I was like what it was like. Jeff, great pick, but he's not playing those like Andrews. F me. Andrew is a great social media presence. Some of it is thanks to me and I don't feel anyways continue. So what we came up with quite well, we came up with Justin and I is as soon as the first game, which would be Thursday nout. For this we coming up on thirty soon's. That starts the picture. Locked it locked in. If before that, if before that we find out that he's on a college visit, he's home with his family, he's injured, some reason that they're not in the game, we will be allowed to pick again, as long as it's submitted by that deadline,...

...which Neil question. Not all the coaches are as up to date with social media and stuff like Andrew are. So if we do run into an issue like this down the road where we have someone you know, and we won't name any names, but there's some people to just darn as big on social media, what the heck are we going to do. This is gonna if you go on the scouts page on the League website, every coach's phone number is supposed to they're just yes, it's going to start texting. What we'll say is we'll say jerry will put a five dollar appeal process and play and I will go to it'll go to Justin. Okay, y'all. Doll five dollar built out of Justin. And that's only if, like, we get to this weekend, one of the guys that you picked ends up, you know, go on a college visit last minute, and now you're like, well, I didn't predict that. I don't even remember who. Jeff Arey. I can tell you if you'd like. I had loaded the CANDIA. No, no, I mean this week is. Well, is his record breaking assists. Unfortunately only counts as two points, but maybe we could add a milestone points at some point. Well, it really good points. A lack of black three goals to assist. That was a nice big one that really really stood out for me. With your points is to reduce these. So he dropped game one but came back in game two. Actually left game two with an undisclosed injured injury. Oh God, and I don't even know what happened, like six minutes later, said, I'm good. Yeah, I don't really know. I was actually going to text you because I looked at the box shor. I was like how did I looked at that and I saw it back. I played six minutes and I was like what the and I reached out to Cam Roch for the scorekeeper for our finals and for the Rangers throughout the year in Cams, like no, he came out to cam he came back in. So of kid, that's that's huge, because that I mean seventy you gave up seven goals, seventy seven saves, seventy seven stays, but that's that's good. That's kind of the tough part of all this, right, is it's a high risk high reward, because you know you're going up against a top five team. So, while you know that you can get that bonus point for beating a top five team, hmm, you also know the shots are coming. Yes, I did the my research. I did my research, my friend I did. I did my prep. So no new rules. Everything's set now. The rule of wee put in place in the beginning is whoever is in third place yeah, not last. I am never last. I don't know what the world last means that word. Go ahead, boat, you go first. Okay, I'll so let's go. Why tear? The Games are from Thursday to thirty through Wednesday February. Five, seven days tomorrow. Okay, so right, from podcast to podcast, right, and the dropping of episode five to the least of episode six. Correct. Okay. So my pics, rich DiCaprio, I better receive a text message. So, B Jr, they play. Oh, Jeff, I just remembered something. Anyways, food, don't even I could change they're already lot. No, they're locked in. The pigs are locked anyways. Thank so, I might have tritty. Brittany, make your picks. Okay, anyways. Yeah, so my board is Biz A, Ka number ninety one, Connor Bizal. I don't even know if that's how you say. Is it is all? Yo, yeah, that's all. I've just calmed Biz, but whatever. So business. My forward, my defenseman is our former podcast guest Mitchell hate. And then I'm just telling Jeff's goalie from last week and doozy. He's great. They played the wolves this weekend, which throwback Thursday. I guess this is being released on a Thursday. The Wolves Sweat Burmont. But sorry, Wolf Bye and company. I do not see a sweep in your future in Burlington Vermont, as though, as Jimmy said, he never wins in Laconia. I don't. I don't know why. They go to like weirs beach and go to like the drive in too much. I mean it's a love. Weirs beach is a kid rich says all the time. I never win at Hogwarts, which, as don't know if the edge sports center of the wizards and widow. Yes, of course, Harry Potter reference. Like. Well, you go to England and play rich whatever. And and I know where Brittany was kind of going at with the pick locking in statement that he just started to make. Yeah, that player is going to play on Tuesday, Brittany. Okay, well, rich city wtn't, but oh, but okay, never mind, never mind, never I'm talking about you. Talk about my goalie. Yeah, I am. Why don't you go? Oh, no, you got first place, not even you got second. I know the standings. All I know is that I'm in our wis. Yeah, high, I'm blond now again. So those our bedtime. She's getting she's wired down.

Not Okay, true. Go ahead, Jeff. Who are your picks? All right, so let's start. I always like to start from the back end out so, as Britney is just prefacing, I picked from the Boston junior ranges, won billy Gerard, because Billy's the man and these are real good goaltender so we're going to go a billy this weekend. And for defenceman, I actually want a little outside the box. I went with from the Philadelphia Revolution, Tiger Biorn went oh, small defenseman, five time, one hundred and sixty one, but he's put up some good points the season and I like what the revolution are doing a little more of an active offensive type defenseman. Has Five goals, eighteen assists, twenty three points, almost a point per game player for coach Roger and coach Joe Down there. Twenty three points and twenty seven games. Chips in a little bit on the power plays. Get eight power play points, so I was looking at that. Is a bonus stat and he's got a game winning goal. So looked at that. They have a tough game this week. They do like the sevens, they do, and you know it's going to be tough going up against grife and the seven's, but I don't think they're going to get blanked. So I'm hoping that Borland gets me some points there. And then for my last pick, we're going with forward. I got Connor Galloway, WHO's another guy that we didn't get to have on the pod as a guest, but he's only played twenty five games. Had some injuries early in the year, but he's got twenty six points in twenty five games. Thirteen goals, thirteen assists. Also chips in on riches power plays. Get seven power play points, two goals, five assists and has to game winning goals. And he's also done very well against sea coast and valley. He had he played them back to back back in the beginning of November. Had two goals and assist against sea coast and then the next day you had two goals against valley. So look at those matchups. I like what I see. Same with billy to billy actually is beaten. He's three and against the warriors, but I did not get the insight that you did, Britt all, so sorry. Well, I may or may not have spoken with decaps this morning. Well, so he's possibly going to play one out of the two. We don't play in two games, but we don't know yet, right. That's why I for you, said against sea coast, because he sat against Ecos last time. So maybe he sits againsteacos plays against valley or vice versa. I don't know. Judging by riches clipboard, he may play. I don't know, right, judging by riches clipboard. Also, Dalloway has been doing really well since he got back from his injury. Yep, exactly. So that's why I picked him. And Yeah, thank you, Britt and over to you, Neil, for your picks. There was first place, all right, so to doc so from the top, from the top looking down on the two of you. Yeah, also like one point something once ahead, Jesus. Yeah, I'm gonna embrace the hell out of it when first you are oldne sir. Many anyways, quietly the second leading score in the league this year, Jordan Buffalo Line. That's put a good picked thirty goals, thirty two assists, could power play points, thirty two big on the power play. Here. Already kind of angry when I saw that. Pick to the nails, like damn it, thirty thirty two of the sixty two in the power play for game when he goals, but like quietly, partially because this candy's seventeen points ahead of him, which is kind of just it's got an absurd to think of, like truthfully, that he has seventeen more points while playing on the same line in that sweep when they got swept by the wolves back in November buffalo and three goals to assist. I'll go with that. Back on the Blue Line, last year's Defenseman of the year in the EH LP, Jack Johansson for the wolves last year helped them win a championship at the premier level last year. Score a goal in the championship winning game. Any say? Yep, good pick, because an no one jumped up and he's been playing a lot better as of late, especially here in the second half. No points against the lumberjacks earlier this week, but oh he was very disappointed. He goes. My goal streak has been snapped. It was like it was the goal streak and game winning goals streak, two games in a row to game winners in a row. Now was a starting to play a little better to neils. So that's a good pick. Pretty it's one of those teams late season push one a phase in the playoffs. So last year they snuck into the frozen finals. When I see Jack on Friday, I'll make sure that he understand hands that gray did set the bar absurdly high. So we're we're okay, we're over come. On. Yeah, Jack, now you're a pointer game defenseman. Okay, Buddy, and the power playing. All we're seeing is the back of that net, right, yeah, and animals. We're seeing goals when we get to it's a very offensive defenseman. Yes, and we get to over it. When we get to over time, I need you to flee the Zoney. Going to breakaway. It's really simple. Just going to breakaway. Don't worry, right, Freddy...

...has game plan is out the window. That's probably not Freddy's game plan, let's be honest. And as to the facto, commission and then in goal, Nico Gomara, and they're here's the reason why. Here's the reason why. They, as I mentioned a little bit earlier, five games so far this season against the junior flyers. All five the sided by a single goal. No team has scored more than four goals in the game. So they've all been low scoring. A number of them have been to one matchups. Junior fires have won three of those matchups. Little fires have won to the two day won Gomorrow. Wasn't that eats? Did you confirm with catchro on if easy Ben playing like you did speak to him this more or sights? Okay, Oh, I'm so sorry, I offended. Of course I confirmed. Now I don't know if he's playing in the rough riders series this upcoming weekend. Kneel. That one could be a little scary. Well, what the little fires have done got it. This is a good trade position because they are on the podcast this week. They've people. You didn't have a low one. He's definitely that. I offered. He said No. I'll be sending him a text. Continue. They really use Gamarra, Asrian Moralis and Thomas McLaren and kind of like one. Yeah, throughout. So I don't know what I'm gonna get with the Gamara pick and a one game. I have him. One is better than none. One is better than none. Yeah, it's a great point and you better hope people. Never mind. Never mind. I don't want to wish vill but I hope he gives up. It's boozy. Lets me down, David Rodusi I swear to the heavens you did jeff good. If you don't do me good. But the point I the points add up throughout the year. So what? What? Yeah to when a week to week like it's you want to leave them. It's amazing, Jeff, you write rules, you put together in graphics like I got it read. Okay, shy I. There is a group chat and if you know me, you know that I hate group messages and I don't read one single thing unless I see my name, which is why I answered one text in the group today because me o literally wrote my name. Oh Yeah, apologies, bretted and know you were driving those funny to it. You're like, I'm driving. I was like, oh, sorry to know your schedule and then I legit muted. You know I'm driving. anyways. Any were going to just give wins and losses out when the year is done, whoever has the most points with it? Do we decide? We guys, I think we can discuss that in the group chat and it's going to be something in Providence. Yeah, stay good. Just said that. You don't speak in the group chat. Sow gonna Right. But if we're going to discuss prizes, if we're going to discuss prizes. We're all over s maybe you know I live in Ryland too, so I could have you guys. Yeah, I forgot that. You don't stay, I can st I mean I'm so spies. So Providence. I knew this was coming. Any changes? Wait, I had we're doing picks again, so I gues. I won't know anything's changed. I might have to. I'M gonna get rich fired up. All Right, okay, that's always fun. I love you. Gonna leave him out. You'RE gonna go. I'M gonna GO LUMBER LUMBERJACK's avalanche s white rough riders right now. Okay, I'm changing mine. I am sorry, Philadelphia Revolution, but you have not been doing it for me as of every sin ever since when they were number two in the power rankings. Yeah, and then in power, so the aftercore, and then they lost this on. Yeah, sorry, the revolution, see you later. We won't see you in Providence. Um, wow, wow, sorry, hit him again. This all does hard. You know what, Andrew Bella, if you let me tell me swear. No, I don't like the self. I don't like pick any points to power, play points. Let me down. Okay, maybe he didn't exactly let me Downe. Sorry, I apologize. Can we cut that out? No, Oh, so I'm doing I'm doing roll sevens, as they say in the as I know, I can't disclose my name. By the rough riders on the PODCAST, the rough riders north, I don't sight. You know, the North Jr abs, Rich DiCaprio, Christralla, CE, Jimmy, see an eva. I'm kidding, not never I just don't see a scenario. Word Rich and the Rangers don't. I mean rich will market a lot of them too. I think. So. That team is very, very good. I've had. I'm lucky. I think I've called the most games for them out of any team. Fill in for you and showcases, Neil, and they're abs are just on a heater. They have they got valid yard baby gap, Barber Gallow, Damn, sorry, sorry, defenseman. And they've been there before. That's where it's like it's hard, like you want to say. The sexy picks, I guess would be rangers, lumberjacks, but Serella,...

...the boys. They know what they're doing. Back to back H L Champs, your champ until you're deep road right. But I still I don't know. I can't. I can't pick them yet. I think it's the goaltending. I don't know. No, Matt Lanes Been Great Lately. Lean, her husband, phenomenal, but he's not reducey and Gerard. I think that lane is just as good as we're duzy really. Yeah, but the thing is, yes, hold on, episode of Fire Takes Right now. Right. No, no, lane is just as doozy. The avalanche or starting to find more scoring as of late. That's where a little she quiet. They have been quiet, but recently they've been figural. Song, goal songs we go. Songs a plenty. The goal song has been stuck in my head for approximately now. I need to listen to it. What is it? I'm going to send you it. All right, good, yes, send it to the group. Chet far the baby. Oh yeah, B Jr an h A. Saying bjr vtl. We just were doing all abbreviations now. And the Middle Lantic. Eighty seven, I think, ID eighty seven. You can't already eighty seven? No, yeah, I say Jersey's a definite. And then that second team. I don't know. Could it be Connecticut? Could be the revolution? COULD IT BE MARYLAND? Just comes out the cut. Maybe the little fires, even little flyers. They've been there. The Jerry's world shows up. Who knows? Who knows? He said maybe I'll see in Providence. He dare did. Yeah, it's the January showcase. I mean they won the whole thing just a few years ago, so they've been there too. That's the thing. You get all these battle tested teams that have been there before, and I mean another team we don't really talk about a time. We've had them on here. But what about the wolves in the New England conference and honestly, Walpole? What will to exactly? I picked them and now it's like has be every top team that has been in the power rankings except the eighty seven, which kind of isn't fair because they only play them once. So I don't think that's like a fair assessment. And that's another team I haven't called a ton of games for. I think maybe one or two to this year, but I liked what I saw when I you know, we all like cody a lot. He's taken over for John Lownsbury and Lanzi was there for a long time and had some very good teams and Mark Humpo before that. So he's stepping into some big you know, Christian was also in Walpole and coach for Rella. Yeah, lots of guy. M'C Grat was there for a little while. At one point. Rob Bartletta want to hire me do as that call for what pretty still swing in here should go. And I don't know, I know, I'm sorry. Coach in term head coach here. I I'm no, but once when Falcon said is on, like he's on. So I think when he's when he is on point for Walpole, they're a little difficult to beat. And I like Noah Chemo Raison. Noah, yeah, I think so. Noah Chemo as the big defenseman. There are no team to though. Goal scoring. I think that's there. is they yeah, they need to tough time give getting goals. I think I need to talk to cody about trading for a few fords that I can think of, but that's a different story on speaking of trading, I saw that coach mcgraths and Taylor Corey to the revolution the other day. After not after standing pat and saying I wasn't going to make any trades, he sends them, sends them off to Philly. It was a bluff. There was. And then Diana Strowski went from whered he go. He went from sevens to REV revelue. He wasn't on. Yeah, he hte right, hold on, hold on, I resolution did junior flyers right high. Do I know what I'm talking about? Well, yeah, I don't know. The roster freeze is February ten, so things will be interesting. There's a number of moves that are going to happen with players that are on teams that are outside the playoff picture that will get moved here the teams that are, you know, inside the playoff picture. A George Vanakis and Austin finch. I like Trevor to Trevor. I keep calling Tucker Trevor, Tucker Twitter, or ski to yeah, I was gonna say Twar as. Course, Shane. There's that whole first line for will see. There's a very quiet and that I've heard a little bit about Jack Studley and the hl all star. So there's a few names to watch here. Rylot Duke's maybe. Yeah, in the upcoming Jukes has had a few big games recently. Yeah, there's a there's a lot of names to watch. You know, while there aren't that many premier matchup, I guess you could say, coming up this week. It's every point still critical. It's about ten games are so left for a most teams, every point's critical in the EHL standings and in the fantasy standings and in the I'm going to have the biggest week ever. Let's go be JR, be to Wolver B Jr, Brett. Yeah, B Jr until the bjr til the debt. I've ad bjr backpack and a sticker on my phone, so put your phone fingers away. Sorry, we're number word team rich. Yeah. Well,...

...thank you, guys, for your time. I have no idea's going to be on the podcast next week. We're gonna have the rough riders, but it need to thank the little fires for coming in last minute. Rough riders had something come up so they couldn't come on. So we'll figure that out and we'll make more pis next week and I won't put any more pressure for frozen finals picks and you guys until the first week of March, which will be the playoff preview. Addition, between now and then we have a month to get to a point where we say these are our picks and then lock them in, walking them in, and maybe we'll figure out some way to add bonus to our fantasy if our picks make it the providence. Well, that's good. We'll go to we'll go to fantasy, commissioner, Justin for how many PAS? Yes, anything kind of SIRT, Justin well, but all right, thanks, guys. We'll talk to you soon. We'll see at the rink this weekend. Thanks as see you. 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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