WNY Hockey Prospects

EHL Playoffs Continue Next Weekend

Jimmy Poreda

 
The Eastern Hockey League playoffs are set to continue next weekend and there are three Western New York Hockey Prospects still continuing play. Goaltender Trevor Micucci and his Philadelphia Little Flyers will go head to head with the Connecticut Oilers in one semifinal and forward Sean Brown and goaltender Jimmy Poreda of the Northern Cyclones will face the New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs in the other semifinal. If all goes right all three could find themselves competing for the EHL title. Either way, any team that finds themselves paired up against the Little Flyers will have to do something to slow down their incredibly potent offense that has swept both series by winning all four playoff games thus far. The Little Flyers completely dismantled the Hartford Wolfpack in the quarterfinals by 10-2 and 9-1 scores.
 
Micucci, a 6-foot 175 lb goaltender from Hamburg, NY spent two seasons with the Buffalo Jr. Sabres U16 program and has had a lot of early success with Philadelphia. In 21 games with the Little Flyers Trevor has posted 19-1 record and was second in the Eastern Hockey League with a 1.69 goals against average while also managing a stout .938 save percentage and 4 shutouts. Micucci was a 2014 draft pick by the Bloomington Thunder of the USHL, a team who will be losing one of their two netminders to the NCAA ranks next season, opening room in net for the team’s 2015-2016 season.
 
The Cyclones attack will be led by assistant captain Sean Brown of Amherst, NY. Brown’s 23 goals and 28 assists for 51 points led the Cyclones during the regular season, good for a tie at 11th place in league scoring. Brown will be leaving for NCAA Division III Cortland College next season but would like to bring a title home in his last year in Hudson, New Hampshire.
 
Looking to assist Brown and his Cyclone teammates in advancing to the finals will be Buffalo, NY native and standout goaltender Jimmy Poreda. Poreda posted an impressive 19-3-1-1 record along with 3 shutouts during the regular season. Poreda has also bumped his totals from 2.18 goals against average and a .931 save percentage to 2.00 and .940 to go along with a perfect 4-0 playoff record including a shutout in Game 2 to close out their quarterfinal series against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights.
 

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