In its final game of the round robin at the Buffalo Inferno tournament, the New England Hockey Club (NEHC) faced off against Team Illinois (TI). NEHC got off to a great start, scoring one goal in the first period with a snipe from PG D Jenna Abeyta (Aurora, CO), assisted by SO F/D Lia Poggio (Cumming, GA).
In the second period, NEHC scored 3 PP goals to take a commanding 4-0 lead. JR F/D Maxi Bird (Essex, VT) scored the first goal, assisted by PG D Jenna Abeyta (Aurora, CO); JR D Molly Flynn (Arlington, MA) scored the second goal, assisted by PG F Bekki Antonelli (Wellesley, MA), and SO G/F Leo Clark (Stowe, VT). The final goal, her second of the game, was scored by JR F/D Maxi Bird (Essex, VT), with assists from SR F Georgiana Santullo (Woburn, MA) and PG D Jenna Abeyta (Aurora, CO).
Splitting the game, both goalies played strong, helping NEHC earn its first win of the season.
Next up for NEHC is the TWO NATIONS tournament in Brampton, ON, CANADA.
Saturday, NEHC played against HTI, the eventual tournament champion. Although NEHC started strong, HTI capitalized on turnovers and NEHC was unable to recover. Ultimately, NEHC lost, however, the team started and finished the game with impressive play.
In the final minutes of the game, PG D Jenna Abeyta (Aurora, CO) scored a beautiful goal after an excellent pass from PG F Bekki Antonelli (Wellesley, MA).
Next up for NEHC is a final round robin tilt vs Team Illinois.
In their second game of the day, the New England Hockey Club (NEHC) faced off against the Aurora Panthers from the PWHL. SR G MacKenzie Nicholas (West Palm Beach, FL) started in the net for NEHC. Aurora came out strong and ready and was able to score 2 early goals in the first period.
MacKenzie Nicholas made 20 saves in the first half of the game. SO G Lauren Barbro (Loudonville, NY) played the second half and made 18 saves.
The final score was 3-0 for the Aurora Panthers.
Next up for NEHC is HTI.
The New England Hockey Club (NEHC) traveled to Buffalo, NY, for the Buffalo Inferno Tournament hosted by Kelly Katorji and RUSH HOCKEY. The first game in the round robin for NEHC was against Trinity College Prep. SO G Lauren Barbaro (Loudonville, NY) started in net, saving nine out of ten shots. SR G MacKenzie Nicholas (West Palm Beach, FL) played the second half making 6 saves. An exciting and action-filled game, JR F/D Maxi Bird (Essex, VT) put NEHC on the board with an impressive end to end effort while shorthanded, putting the puck upstairs over the goalie’s glove.
SR F Georgiana Santullo (Woburn, MA), gave NEHC its second lead of the game with a PP marker; after digging the puck out of the corner, she skillfully carried it to the front of the net and slid it five hole on the goalie, another unassisted goal for NEHC.
Trinity College Prep responded and scored two quick goals gaining a lead of 3-2. With time winding down, SR D Molly Flynn (Arlington, MA) made a breakout pass to PG D Jenna Abeyta (Aurora, CO), who skated it into the offensive zone and shot to the low blocker side to tie the score 3-3.
Next up for NEHC is the Aurora Panthers from the PWHL.
#24 Jenna Abeyta
#17 Emma Dorf
Becky Antonelli #7
JENNA, BEKKI AND EMMA NAMED "A'S" FOR THE 2017-2018 SEASON.
Jenna Abeyta is from Aurora, CO and begins her post-graduate year and fifth season playing for Coach Hechter. Possessing a high hockey IQ, Jenna has always had a strong offensive presence on the blue line, and her work ethic motivates the team on and off the ice. She arrived in superb physical shape, ready to lead by example and make an impact. “I am so proud of her and am very excited to see all of her hard work pay off,” said Coach Hechter.
Regarding her title as an alternate captain, Jenna commented, "I'm happy to be back on the east coast. I am honored to be selected as an assistant captain and hope I can help NEHC pick up where we left off and continue to push forward. I am thrilled to be able to share my experiences with the team and help in any way I can." Willingly accepting any challenge, Jenna is expected to make both personal and team goals come to fruition.
Bekki Antonelli, a post-graduate, is from Wellesley, MA; this is her second season playing for Coach Hechter. Bekki’s personal improvement can be attributed to her admirable work ethic; since last season, the changes she has made are impressive. She reflected, “The JWHL was a big adjustment from what I had been playing before, especially the speed and physical play.
I am excited for a second opportunity to play a full season with NEHC and to be more of an impact player for the team.”
Emma Dorf joined NEHC last year and came from Kings Park, NY. Currently a senior at Chelmsford High School, she looks forward to the upcoming season. Although most of Emma’s experience has been as a defenseman, she will be playing forward for NEHC this year. Her comprehensive understanding of the defensive zone as well as her strength on offense will bring NEHC many advantages. Emma is a strong skater with great hands and a quick release. She commented, “It is an honor to be a captain. I look forward to helping the team in any way I can.” Jenna, Bekki and Emma hold themselves to the highest expectations, and will inspire the NEHC to bring full effort to every contest this season.
Lauren Barbro #40
#1 Mackenzie Nicholas
U19 JWHL Season 11 begins in Buffalo, NY
The JWHL U19 hosted its opening weekend at the Harborcenter in downtown Buffalo, NY, the practice facility for the Buffalo Sabres, and home of the D1 Canisius Griffins.
The NEHC travelled from its home in Marlborough, MA for 3 league contests, which started Friday with a game versus the Washington Pride. The Pride is based out of Rockville, MD, one of the original four teams and is coached and operated by league Co-founder Kush Sidhu.
“This was a great way to start league play. It’s always an adjustment at the beginning of the year for all of the girls to get acclimated to the speed, physical play and length of the games. Kush has done a tremendous job with his program; they get better and better each year and they are always fun to play against,” said Coach Hechter.
SO G Lauren Barbro (Loudonville, New York) started in net and was sensational, making 55 saves in the contest. The final score was 6-0 Pride.
Saturday, NEHC faced off against the Balmoral Hall Blazers of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. The Blazers have always been a tough matchup for the NEHC. SR G Mackenzie Nicholas (West Palm Beach, FL) started in net for NEHC and was tremendous. She made 2 breakaway saves early in the game to keep the NEHC within striking distance. She finished the game with a total of 55 saves.
“The first period and beginning of the second were great. Once the momentum swung it was really hard to get things back on track in the second. It was great to see we were able to make some adjustments and have a better third,” said Coach Hechter. The final score was 7-0 BH.
Sunday, the NEHC played its final game of the weekend against Little Caesars from Detroit, Michigan. This was the first time NEHC had faced off against the new JWHL squad. “This was the best game of the weekend for the team and again we got some great goaltending, which never hurts,” said Coach Hechter. SO G Lauren Barbro (Loudonville, NY) started in net, making an impressive 36 saves. The final score in the game was 3-0 Little Caesars.
Next up for JWHL competition is October 27-29, 2017 in Wilmington, MA.
After a week of practice, the New England Hockey Club (NEHC) left the New England Sports Center (NESC) located in Marlborough, MA, on August 31st en route to the 16th Annual Labor Day Classic hosted by NAHA in Burlington, VT.
Head Coach Josh Hechter said, "There is never an easy game at the Labor Day Tournament. It’s a great way to start the season, to see the top level competition, and get a sense of where you as an individual, and team.”
The quality of competition at this prestigious event, known as one of the best girls hockey tournaments in the U.S. and Canada, attracted 101 scouts from NCAA Division 1, Division 3 colleges and universities as well as coaches from the CIS.
“We started the tournament off versus the Minnesota Whitecaps Grey on the Olympic sheet at UVM. So it really was right into the fire. Later that day we played the Pittsburg Pens Elite. Both games were very similar. The other team was able to get off to a quick start, the girls battled hard and we were able to make some adjustments and really play our best hockey in the second half and right up to the final buzzer,” said Coach Hechter.
Day 2 saw NEHC faceoff versus the perennial PWHL powerhouse, the Stoney Creek Jr Sabres. It was another game like Day 1. Slow start, into a great finish, which served as excellent momentum heading into the fourth game, a battle versus fellow JWHL team, the Washigton Pride.
In the fourth game the girls came out ready right off the opening faceoff. Snake bitten up until this point in the weekend, NEHC was finally able to get on the board, with a Power Play goal by PG D Jenna Abeyta (Aurora, CO), assited by JR D Madie Olson (Minot, ND), and Emma Dorf (Kings Park, NY).
Sunday the NEHC finished the weekend against the Sudbury Wolves, another Canadian team from Ontario. It was the closest game of the weekend and NEHC came up short giving up a late Power Play goal to fall 2-1.
“Some of the best ‘takeaways’ of the weekend were that things we worked on in practice showed up in the games and the team is a group that responds and can make adjustments. We definitely made some mistakes, but those we can work on to fix. I am excited to get back to practice!"
Day 1 Season 2 for NEHC
Day 1 of the second season for the New England Hockey Club (NEHC) began at the New England Sports Center in Marlborough, MA.
Head Coach and Team Owner Josh Hechter had this to say on Day 1 for the second season of the New England Hockey Club, “I am super excited for the new season, to see all the hard work the veteran players have put in over the summer and specifically since the last time the group was together in July. As well as how the new girls are going to step right in to help push us to the next level.”
The team is returning 9 players from last year’s team and inaugural season. Those players include PG F Bekki Antonelli (Wellesley, MA) and PG D Jenna Abeyta (Aurora, CO), SR G MacKenzie Nicholas (Lake Worth, FL) and F Emma Dorf (Kings Park, NY) , Juniors Maxi Bird (Essex Junction, VT) and F Peyton Nagy (Columbia, MO), Sophomores Lia Poggio (Cumming, GA) and Savannah Willard (Plymouth, MN) and F/D Cordi Campbell (Orlando, FL).
Hechter continues, "I am thrilled with the core that we have returning. It will allow us to start so much further ahead this year. It is still a young group and I am excited about where we can end up, especially with the awesome kids we added to the roster."
Heather Schwarz serves as both AC and Strength and Conditioning Coach for 2017-2018 season
Heather Schwarz has joined the New England Hockey Club staff as an assistant coach and Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Club’s second season. “I am beyond thrilled to have Heather on board as an Assistant Coach and as the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach,” said Head Coach Josh Hechter about the news. “Heather is an extremely impressive young lady who has achieved great success in her NCAA and Professional career. She is an excellent addition to the New England Hockey Club and a valuable role model for these players trying to achieve their dreams.”
Schwarz finished her high school career as captain of the Boston Shamrocks U19 JWHL team. There she became the team’s MVP and JWHL All-Star, and accepted a scholarship to Syracuse University.
Schwarz spent her college career at Syracuse University, playing in 141 games for the Orange, tied for 7th in program history and accumulating 51 career points on 29 assists and 22 goals.
At Syracuse, Schwarz earned a B.S. in Heath and Science and completed an internship with Mike Boyle. Currently, she works at Republic Boston as a certified personal trainer, specializing in Strength and Conditioning, training for athletic performance, weight loss, functional movement training and cardiovascular training. As a trainer, she promotes athletic lifestyles and confidence through training and education, highlighting the importance of preparation.
The New England Hockey Club (NEHC) is the most recent team to join the ten team elite Junior Women's Hockey League (JWHL). Our home rink is the New England Sports Center in Marlborough, MA (nes.com). Our objective is to prepare and create opportunities for young women to pursue their hockey and academic aspirations at the college level.