Boston Junior Rangers: 2014-2015 Foster Cup Champions!
Walpole, Ma- In only our third year with the junior program, the Junior B team were crowned champions of the Metropolitan Junior Hockey League Saturday night, with a decisive 5-1 victory over the Walpole Express to sweep the best of 3 series. This was the third year in a row the team has made it to the league finals, and their first championship victory. Coach Rich DeCaprio saw his team come back from an early deficit to collect the win, as they did in game 1 of the series.
After falling down 1-0 in the first period, the Rangers tied the game with a powerplay goal from Matt Tufts. It didn't take long for the Rangers to strike again, Shawn Moody scored what eventually became the game winning goal only 21 seconds later! The Rangers added three more goals from Jared McCracken (2), and Kolby Vegara on their way to the victory that would send them the Simsbury Connecticut next weekend for a chance to win a National Championship.
Jared McCracken earned the MET playoffs Most Valuable Player award. McCraken had 12 points (6-6-12) in 8 playoff games for the Rangers, adding to his regular season total of 27 points earned in just 15 games! McCracken was also a key player for the Rangers 18U Full Season team this year, scoring 59 points in 50 games.
Ryan Spencer was exceptional again in net for the Rangers, making 42 saves, many of which were quality chances. Spencer has had an impressive run for the Rangers this post season. He started all 8 games, stopping 270 shots, earning a 2.5 GAA, and a .931% save percentage.
The Rangers will head to Simsbury to go for the national title, with games starting Friday night. All games can be streamed live on www.FastHockey.com. Schedule is below! Good Luck to our Junior B team, and let's all hope they come back National Champions!
Friday- 3/27/2015: Boston Junior Rangers VS. New York Aviators- 6:00PM
Saturday- 3/28/2015: Boston Junior Rangers VS. Boston Junior Bruins- 3:15PM
Sunday- 3/29/2015: Boston Junior Rangers VS. West Sound Warriors- 3:15PM
Monday- 3/30/2015- NATIONAL FINALS, 1 Seed VS. 2 Seed- 1:00PM
We are excited to announce that we will have 4 half season teams next season for players at the 16U and 18U levels.
At 16U we will have one Tier 1 Elite team coached by Shawn Hutcheon. This will be Shawn's 2nd year in the program after serving as an assistant to our 18U and 16U full season teams during the 2014-15 campaign. The Tier 1 Rangers will play in the Mass Select Hockey League.
Two other teams will be fielded at the 16U level. Our 16U "White" team will be coached by Cliff Lord, Cliff has spent the previous 3 season with the Rangers. Our 16U "Red" team will be coached by Steve Piecz who has been with the Rangers for 7 years.
At the 18U level we will have one team coached by Mike Heffron. The 18U Premier team will be a half season team and will be National Bound at the Tier 2. This will be Mike's 3rd year with the program after serving as an assistant coach to the EHL, 18U and 16U teams.
All four teams will play approximately 20 games prior to their high school seasons.
The 04 Junior Rangers had a record of 4-1 in the Cyclones Tournament this past weekend. They defeated the Lovell Knights 4-1 and then went on to beat the Connecticut Nighthawks with the same score of 4-1 to capture the Championship. Great job by the entire team this weekend!
Congratulations to 18U forward Jared McCracken on being named to the EJEPL All Star Game! McCracken, a Buford, GA native, will be the first player to represent the Rangers program in the EJEPL All Star Game that will take place on January 25th at Brown University. In 37 total games this season, McCracken has 19 goals and 42 points. In addition to the 37 games played at the 18U level, Jared has played 9 games with our Junior B team where the 17 year old has 9 goals and 14 points in 9 games.
"Jared has really dedicated himself to being the best player on the ice every game with us this season. He came up here in July this past summer to train at our facility with High End Hockey and continues to put in the extra time in the weight room. Because of his dedication he has been able to attract attention from numerous colleges and has earned this personal accolade." said 18U head coach Jon Hutcheon.
Jr. Rangers ’02 Select team brings home Gold from Lake Placid
The ’02 Select team enjoyed some success in the Can/Am Challenge Cup in Lake Placid, NY last weekend (Nov. 13-16th).
The team qualified for the Gold Medal game with a 2-1-1 record during the competitive Round Robin play.
Stellar goaltending by Andrew Macdonald and Michael Graham, combined with a stout defense, limited the opposition to just 4 goals during the 4 preliminary games.
In the 2-1 Gold Medal win vs. the Central Mass Outlaws, Logan Campbell notched both goals, including the winner with 1:09 left in the game, off a feed from Ned Malolopszy.
“The kids really stepped it up when it counted. A total team effort all weekend with contributions from everyone was the key” , the coaches said. “ We got great goaltending, really tough defense, and some timely, clutch goals.”