Atlantic Youth Hockey League

 

SEWELL, NJ — With the young season taking shape, teams are still figuring out who they are and how good they can be. This week features a ton of matchups that'll reveal how the rest of this season may go, and possibly shake up the standings in the process. Let's look at some of the most interesting matchups in the 14U Major Division for Week 3.

New Jersey Youth Devils vs Philadelphia Hockey Club (Premier)

The Devils are looking to pull their record up to .500 as they face the undefeated Philadelphia Hockey Club. Although the Devils started their season 0-1, a win over the second-place team in the division would do wonders for getting them back on track and building some serious momentum. If they’re to pull it off, they’ll surely need contributions from Charles Sorrentino, who scored the Devils’ only two points in their first contest. On the opposing side of the ice, the Philadelphia Hockey Club will be led by Brian Vega, who through two games already has six goals and is second on the team in assists behind forward Caine Bickel. 

North Jersey Avalanche vs Valley Forge Minutemen (Premier) 

This next bout is a struggle between two clubs looking for their first win of the season. Beyond that, the minutemen will be looking to score their first goal of the season, as they were unable to find the back of the net in their first and only contest thus far. The Avalanche are 0-2, but despite being further down in the standings, have the advantage of more experience. In their two losses, the Avalanche were able to score a very respectable six goals, so perhaps this game is what they need to get their season realigned. In any case, this game represents a huge opportunity for both teams to escape the dregs of the division and begin their climb to contention. 

New Jersey Devils Youth vs Philadelphia Little Flyers (Premier)

Speaking of opportunities, the Devils have the chance to play yet another Philadelphia team this weekend and potentially bolster their positions in the standings even further. The Flyers have only played one game so far this season, and coincidentally, it was against the team who the Devils will play on Saturday: the second ranked Philadelphia Hockey Club. Although they lost that game, the Flyers scored two goals, which were split by Marshall Matyszczak and Daniel Burke. They’ll be looking to continue that trend against a Devils team just as hungry for a win as they are.  

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