MJHL Announces Three Stars Of The Week

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MJHL Announces Three Stars of the Week December 20, 2012 7:32 AM

HAWTHORNE, NJ – The Metropolitan Junior Hockey League is pleased to announce its “Three Stars of the Week” for the period ending December 16th. The three stars program is a weekly award given to the top three performers in league games, regardless of position, for the previous week. The awards will be scored on a 5-3-1 point basis and will assist in determining the end of year awards.

This week, Richmond Generals forward Eric Tien (‘93 birth year/Midland, MI) is the league’s 1st star, Cranston Reds forward Andrew Etheridge (’94 birth year/Burrillville, RI) is the league’s 2nd star and Long Island Royals goaltender Corey Cairo (’94 birth year/Shoreham, NY) is the league’s 3rd star of the week.

Tien, the first year forward for Head Coach R.C. Lyke, had an eight point weekend (3G 5A) over the weekend in guiding the Generals to a three game sweep over division rival, the New Jersey Renegades (8-2, 9-0, 5-1). Tien, one of three Michigan born players for the Generals this season and a previous Star of the Week recipient, has been on the MJHL scoring leaderboard all season long and this past weekend’s performance moved the forward into 4th place.

Etheridge, the first year forward for Head Coach Dave Capuano had a big offensive weekend as the Cranston Reds picked up 4 points in a pair of victories over the Laconia Leafs (4-2, 7-3). Etheridge had six points (2G 4A) on the weekend, picking up points on half of the goals registered by the Reds in the two game sweep. Both of the Burrillville native’s goals came shorthanded and Etheridge also picked up a pair of power play assists.

Cairo has been a steady force in net for Coach Ken Hoey and the Long Island Royals this season. Cairo, a backup on last year’s silver medal winning national runner-up team, has played the most minutes of any netminder in the MJHL this season, playing 1,078 minutes over 21 games played, also tops in the MJHL. Cairo currently ranks 10th in GAA and 15th in save percentage. Cairo is being recognized as the league’s third star this week after shutting out the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights over one and a half games this past weekend. Cairo was a perfect 28 for 28 as the Royals swept the Knights, 3-0 and 5-0.

Honorable Mention:

Central Penn Panthers forward Dominic Brenza (’95 birth year/Camp Hill, PA)

New Jersey Rockets goaltender Joshua Creelman (’96 birth year/High Bridge, NJ)

Philadelphia Little Flyers goaltender Andrew DePuy (’95 birth year/Palmyra, PA)

New Jersey Rockets forward Cameron Klein (‘’95 birth year/Alpine, NJ)

Long Island Royals forward Matt O’Shaughnessy (’95 birth year/Babylon, NY)

Cranston Reds defenseman Zack Moran (’94 birth year/Nantucket, MA)

Richmond Generals goaltender Tucker Murphy (’94 birth year/Chesterfield, VA)

Central Penn Panthers goaltender Benoit Niclot (’93 birth year/Paris, France)

Philadelphia Little Flyers forward Justin Nugent (’93 birth year/Cinnaminson, NJ)

Metro Moose goaltender Joseph Santiago (’92 birth year/Holbrook, NY)

Founded by former New York Rangers General Manager Emile Francis and now celebrating its 46th year of existence, making it the oldest USA Hockey-sanctioned Junior hockey league in the United States, the Metropolitan Junior Hockey League (MET League or MJHL) has a membership of 18 teams across 9 state and prides itself on player development for athletes ages 16-20 who aspire to reach higher levels of junior, collegiate and professional hockey.

Charles O’Brien
Director of Public Relations and Social Media
Atlantic Metropolitan Hockey League

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