NJ RENEGADES EHL PREMIER Jr Teams Youth Players Prospers From Tough Training Camp
West Chester, PA (IceLine Arena)
Aug. 28th, 2017
The NJ Renegades went 2-0-1 on the weekend in the Jr Flyers Pre Season Jr Showcase with just a shootout loss as the only blemish on the weekend. Alec Dugan 1997 birth year forward played on a line with the 2 youngest Renegades skaters on the team in Anthony Zito & Nick Graziano who are both 2001 birth years. The elder statesman Dugan had 3 goals and 6 assists playing on the line with the “kids”. Co-Head Coach Cliff Graziano said “Alec embraced the role we gave him playing with the 2 youngest players and they all really clicked as a line.” Zito had a stat line of 2 goals and 7 assists for 9 pts on the weekend, as well as getting a goal in an EHL game with Renegades affiliate the NY Bobcats. Nick Graziano had a big weekend as well, playing a game and half with the EHL NY Bobcats and delivered 9 pts in 3 games with the EHL Premier NJ Renegades with 4 goals and 5 assists in the 3 games.
“Our youth is a strength on this team, as well as having that balance of veterans for leadership purposes on and off the ice. We expect leadership and on-ice performance from the veterans, but to see our 2001 and 2000 forwards and defenseman play as well as they are this early in the season is great for the team as well as the future of the program” said Co-Head Coach Pete Rossi. "We fully expect a bunch of our players to be called up to our 3 affiliates very early in the season as we are preparing them for that asap. Our defenseman also moved the puck extremely well and outside of a few brief moments in the final game, they all played tight gaps and solid, tough defense" said Coach Graziano.
Also, 2001 goaltender Jordan Elisee notched his 1st Jr victory in goal defeating the USPHL Potomac Patriots 9-1. Jon Szynalski 1997 goalie beat the USPHL Jersey Shore Whalers 8-2 to get his 1st victory of the season. Unfortunately for Renegades 1999 goalie Tom Fornabia he lost in a shootout on Sunday, but played very well in the game with a few tough breaks giving up 3 goals on screens and bad bounces.
2000 forwards Sasha Pace and Scott Schnell also contributed with their offensive outputs over the weekend. Asst. Coach and alumni Renegades Jr player John Craig added “Our training camp was extremely tough. We have a sand pit at our facility that the boys train in to strengthen their legs, core and overall conditioning and it paid off big time this weekend. Add in the skills and the very early stages of team play that we installed and these young kids really adapted a lot quicker than we expected as a coaching staff.”
“It’s amazing that we’ve gotten calls already this weekend from players that are looking to jump on this train. I fully expect to complete our roster with 4 or 5 players within the next 2 weeks.” said Coach Graziano.