November 15, 2013

Soo Eagles vs. Michigan Warriors (Soo Eagle Report)

Article and Photo by: Chelsea Zalewski



The Soo Eagles are looking to snap their four game losing streak this weekend when they travel to Flint to take on the Michigan Warriors.  The Eagles haven’t had the opportunity to play Michigan yet this season, but this weekend opens up the flood gates as they will see the Warriors six times in a month’s time starting Friday.  This weekend’s games will be statements of what fans can expect from the teams this season.  The Warriors currently have a 9-4-6 record with 24 points and sit in 2nd place in the division.  The Eagles have a 7-9-4 with 18 points and sit in 5th place in the division.

The Eagles will still be down a few men, at least on Friday night.  Captain Ryan Urso is will be serving the last of his five game suspension on Friday and should be expected to be on the ice Saturday.  Defensemen Michael Caruso is still dealing with his shoulder injury and is out for an undetermined amount of time.  He is undoubtedly missed out on the ice by his teammates and fans alike.  Matt Menta is still dealing with his back injury that has taken longer than expected to heal.  Rest is about all Menta can do in hope to get back on the ice as soon as possible.

Brad Pung will be making his debut back on the Perani Ice in Flint this season.  Pung was a part of the Warriors team last season and made the switch to the Eagles before the start of this season.  Also worth noting are two former Soo Eagles players who are now wearing Michigan Warrior jerseys, John Nugent and Connor Lyons.  Nugent played for the Eagles last season but ended up dropping down to play out his last year of midget major eligibility with Honeybaked U18 and develop.  He was picked up by Michigan in the off season and has since starting producing with them.  Lyons played for the Soo Eagles in the 2011/2012 season, the Eagles last season of the NOJHL.  Lyons has been praised for his impressive skills with the Warriors since joining the team in 2012.

Tis that portion of the season when the roster starts to get shaken up and no one is safe.  The Eagles have added a few NAHL players to their roster recently.  Sandis Zolmanis, a 1994 forward who hails from Riga Latvia, played with the Magicians for a few games before coming to the team.  In addition, the Eagles added Matthew Montermurro, a 1994 defensemen who comes to the team from Coulee Region and spent the majority of last season with Odessa.  Also, the Eagles have another forward on the roster, Evan Erickson, but he was no acquired via trades from another NAHL team.  He is a 1994 forward who comes from Minnesota.  As for releases, the Eagles have finally released Anthony Saleh’s rights.  Junior hockey is a business and as fans, we have to roll with the punches and put our faith in our coaches in scouts.  

Fans that aren’t going to make the drive just a short four hours down I75 can catch all the action on fasthockey.com

Soo Eagles Lead Scorers

Player
G
A
PTS
+/-
Ryan Urso
4
9
13
+6
Jacob McDowell
8
4
12
+3
AJ Jarosz
3
9
12
+3
Mike Sabatini
5
5
10
-4
Brad Pung
4
6
10
+4

 

Warrior Lead Scores

Player
G
A
PTS
+/-
Jake Hopfner
9
8
17
0
Alec Pellegrino
5
6
11
+6
Zack Szajner
2
9
11
+3
Colin Larkin
7
3
10
+1
Jon Farkas
4
6
10
+4

 

Soo Eagles Goaltending

Player
W
L
OTL
SOL
SV%
GAA
Colin Brennan
4
3
1
2
.919
2.64
Paige Skoog
3
6
0
1
.926
2.45

 

Warrior Goaltending 

Player
W
L
OTL
SOL
SV%
GAA
Dillon Kelley
5
3
1
1
.898
2.46
Trevor Gorsuch
4
1
1
3
.918
2.47

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