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APPLE CORE EHL GOALIE LUKE ANDRIUK

COMMITS TO ST. OLAF COLLEGE

 As of  3. 21. 2014

The New York Apple Core is pleased to announce that Luke Andriuk, goaltender for the Junior A EHL team, has committed to St. Olaf College for the 2014-15 season. St. Olaf is a  private liberal arts school located in Northfield, Minnesota, St. Olaf plays in the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC). 
Through 21 games played with the Core, Andriuk had a GAA of (3.29), and Save Percentage of (.913). His best outings came in the month of January, when he helped the Apple Core defeat the CT Oilers 2-1, the Hartford Jr. Wolfpack 3-2, and the WBS Knights 2-1. Andriuk said "I am very grateful to the Apple Core organization and Coaches Frank Bretti and Lou Santini for allowing me the opportunity and outlets to showcase myself and improve my game. I'm extremely excited to join Coach Goldsworthy and the St. Olaf team for the next four years and further improve myself on and off the ice." Andriuk, who resides in Westport, Connecticut, will be joining a strong St. Olaf program. The Oles have been playoff contenders for eleven of the past twelve seasons in the MIAC.

 

Ganss commits to Tufts

As Of March  6th, 2014


BREWSTER, NY – The NY AppleCore organization is proud to announce that forward, and EHL AppleCore veteran, JJ Ganss, will be attending Tufts University next fall. The 94’ birthdate, native of Montvale, NJ just completed his second full season with Coach Bretti’s team.  A second season that that saw Ganss compile 32pts including 23 assists through 37gp, good enough for second overall in team scoring.

Ganss’s junior hockey career started when he joined AppleCore at the start of the 2012-13’ season after a successful season playing for Coach Murphy at the Taft School.  In his first season playing in the EJHL, Ganss recorded 19pts on 8 goals and 11 assists.  An impactful player, Ganss was instrumental on the short-hand as well as even strength in his first season.  This year, his role continued to improve as Coach Bretti increased his responsibilities on the ice.  During a stretch in the middle of this season, Ganss put together an impressive point streak, tallying 16pts in 10 games. 

“I’m real excited for John-John. He’s been with us for two years, put his time in, and made it all worth it.  He was a guy who played a lot of minutes for us and somebody we really counted on this year to be an effective player.  He played in all situations and was reliable. Tufts is a great fit for him both athletically and academically.  We’re very proud as an organization that we’re able to continue to send players to the NESCAC institutions, they all are very reputable and is an accomplishment these guys should really be proud of”, explained Coach Bretti.

When asked to comment on this next step in his career, John-John was quick to thank those who helped him to this point, “I'd like to thank Coach Bretti, the Apple Core organization and all of my coaches throughout the years.     I'd also like to thank my brother and sister for their unwavering support. Most importantly I'd like to thank my mom Liz for all that she has put up with throughout the years, I wouldn't be where I am today without her.” 

“The past two years of junior hockey with the Applecore have been tremendously rewarding and memorable” , Ganss concluded. 

Tufts University, located in Boston, MA and is a Div III member of the NESCAC Conference.

Best of Luck to John-John on the next step of his hockey career.  Congratulations from the entire Apple Core family!

 

Manginell to head to Franklin Pierce University

As Of March  4th, 2014

 
BREWSTER, NY – The NY AppleCore organization is happy to announce that forward, and AppleCore veteran, Blake Manginell, has made his college decision and will be attending Franklin Pierce University next fall. The 93’ birthdate will join Coach Jaymie Harrington’s team coming off an EHL season that saw him dress in 44 games and tally 10pts.

The 5'8", 170 lbs center will join the Ravens program in the fall of 2014.  “We're excited to get Blake into our program”, remarked coach Harrington.  “His work ethic and speed are assets we look forward to implementing into our lineup.  Blake makes our puzzle one piece closer to being complete and we look forward to seeing him in our uniform".  Originally from Texas, Blake is a 2012 graduate of Cranbrook Kingswood Prep School in Bloomfield Hills, MI where he was senior captain, 3 year varsity player, member of a state championship winning team, and recipient of several personal awards.  Blake joined the AppleCore organization two years ago and produced 43 pts in 37 games with the Empire, team in his first season, was the organization's Player of the Month for October 2012 before joining the EHL squad for the 2013-14’ campaign.

“I’m real excited for Blake”, explained Coach Bretti.   “This is a bit special for me since he’s going to be playing for a former player of mine at Franklin Pierce in Jaymie Harrington.  Jaymie’s got that program headed in the right direction up there.  Blake really had a strong second half for us this year and made improvements to his game all season long.  I expect him to continue on that path and have a productive start next fall for his new team”.

Franklin Pierce University, located in Rindge, NH is a Div II member of the Northeast-10 Conference.

Congratulations from the entire AppleCore family to Blake on this accomplishment, best of luck at the next level!

 

Bandits defeat AppleCore; 4-2

As Of March 1st, 2014

BRIDEGWATER, MA – The Core’ was looking to force a deciding third game however it was not meant to be on this day as Matt Baldino’s power-play tally with just over three mins to go in the third period, ending any comeback hopes the Core and put the Bandits through to the next round.

Rikard Keussen’s tally half way through the first tied the score and Devin Linker’s goal at the start of the second put the Core’ up however they were unable to build on that lead and eventually that cost the road warriors.  Luke Andriuk was solid in goal facing 32 shots.  The loss marks the end of the 2013-2014 campaign for the EHL team, a season that saw the team win 20 games.  There will be more to come as some players are set to make their future college plans official.

 

A sincere Thank You to all the players for everything you put into this season…

 

Late surge not enough; Core’ drops Game 1

As Of Feb 28th, 2014

 

BRIDEGWATER, MA – The postseason started Thursday afternoon and the action was as intense as expected.  After spotting the Bandits to an early lead, NY battled their way throughout eventually tying the score at four late in the third, however were unable to take the lead and eventually dropped a tough Game 1 to the Boston Bandits, 6-4.

Boston took to the early lead as Freddy Gerard was able to get wide on the AppleCore defense and slide one past a sprawling Blake Wojtala (33 saves) making the score 2-0 as the first period came to a close.  Blake Manginell would get NY on the board with assists to Smethurst and Akermark at the 2:45 mark of the second period cutting the lead in half.  Both teams would exchange chances with Applecore pumping 10 shots on goal in the second period. The Bandits added two more increasing their lead to 4-1 as a Jon Stickel shot from the point found its way to the back of the NY net.  NY would wake up offensively seconds later as Caleb Fizer converted with assists to Linker and LaCorte.  The Core’ would keep the pressure on and Manginell would get his second of the afternoon tucking home a loose on a goalmouth scramble making the score 4-3 as the second period came to a close.

The stage was set for a battle in the third.  Rikard Keussen worked and found himself open in the high slot snapped off a wristshot which was stopped, gathered his own rebound and tucked home a rebound on the backhand knotting the score at 4-4, a short-handed goal.  Less than a minute later, Brandon Yee would get the game-winner for the home team as his unassisted power-play goal put his team back on top, icing the game.

These same two teams will go at it again at 1pm on Friday with the Core’ seeking to even the series and force a game 3 on Saturday. Follow all the action on www.fasthockey.com

 

Core’ to open EHL playoffs on the road against Boston Bandits

As Of Feb 24th, 2014

 

BREWSTER, NY-EHL Postseason play begins this Thursday afternoon for the Core’ as they open a best of three series with the Boston Bandits in Bridgewater, MA.  The Bandits finished the regular season with an overall record of 22-17-3, good enough for the #6 seed in the playoffs.  AppleCore finished the regular season winning 2 of their final 3 games of the year, giving them a final record of 20-21-1, making them the #11 seed.

PLAYOFF MATCHUP NOTES - The Core’ played the Bandits twice during the regular season and dropped both games (6-3 & 4-3).  The Bandits are led in scoring by Freddy Gerard (22-28-50pts) and Alex Bonito (14-32-46pts).  Goaltending is a strength for Boston and they are led by Ryan Hubbard who recorded 12 wins on the season….AppleCore was led this season offensively by all-star forward, Rikard Keussen (17-34-51pts).  Keussen’s 51 pts led his team and placed him 7th in the EHL in over-all scoring.  JJ Ganss (9-23-32); Cale Schoenberg (21-10-31); Anthony Guaiani (14-14-28) and Matt Smethurst (11-15-26) accounted for the bulk of the scoring up front.  On the back-end, Frank Sherding (8-24-32) who in his first season with the Core, finished 2nd on the team in assists leads the group.  Conner Finocchio (5-11-16) and Shawn LaCorte (2-14-16) have provided a strong veteran presence on the blueline all season long and continue to play in all situations for Coach Bretti.  In net, both AppleCore goalies have seen time this season and both sport .500 records.  Luke Andriuk earned a recent 1-0 shutout last weekend over the CT Oilers and has a SV % of .913.  Blake Wojtala who joined the Core’ from the NAHL during the season has a record of 8-8 which includes impressive wins over both the NJ Titans and the Valley Jr Warriors. 

Coach Frank Bretti believes his team is ready to get the second season started, “We’re looking forward to the playoffs” stated the coach.  “We feel we’re playing good hockey of late.   The play-offs are a clean slate for everybody and we’re looking to embrace the pressure of playoff hockey where anything can happen.  “We like where we are at, should be a fun series with the Bandits”.

SCHEDULEAll three games will be held in Bridgewater, MA at the Bridgewater Ice Arena located at 20 Bedford Park, Bridgewater, MA.

            Game 1 – Thursday February 27 @ 2:30pm

            Game 2 – Friday February 28 @ 1:00pm

            Game 3 – Saturday March 1 @ 3:40pm *

*if necessary

Go Core!!!!

 

Core’ top Oilers then fall to Washington Jr. Nationals in season finale

As Of Feb 24th, 2014

 

The first season of play in the EHL came to a close this past weekend with AppleCore playing three games in three days.  After a big win on Thursday night in Brooklyn over the NY Bobcats, the Core’ faced off against the CT Oilers on Friday afternoon in South Norwalk, CT.  It was the Luke Andriuk show as the NY netminder kicked aside 49 Oiler attempts and backstopped his team to a huge 1-0 victory.  The win marked the third time this season that the Core’ had beaten the Oilers.  Dan Mainello’s first period tally stood tall and NY was looking to end the season with a win at home on Saturday night.  Washington had other plans and played the role of spoiler as the Core’ had a chance to move up in the playoff seating had they been able to beat the Junior Nationals.  NY surrendered the first four goals falling behind 4-0 before PT Prins got his club on the board.  Shawn LaCorte would add one making it 4-2 however the Core’ would get no closer as the final score would read 5-2 in favor of the road team.

 

That loss marked the end of the regular season.  AppleCore ended the season with a 20-21-1 record, good enough for the #11 seed in the playoffs which will begin this Thursday as NY faces off against the Boston Bandits. 

 

Keussen leads Core’ over Bobcats; 7-4

As Of Feb 21st, 2014

 

 

BROOKLYN, NY – AppleCore’s All-Star forward from Sweden, Rikard Keussen, was the star of the show on Thursday night at the Aviator Sports & Recreation Center.  The smooth skating lefty scored early and often leading his team to a 7-4 victory over the NY Bobcats in an emotional divisional matchup.

 Playing with a shortened bench, the Core’ jumped out to the very early lead as Keussen and Caleb Fizer hooked up to capitalize on a Bobcat turnover just 30 seconds into the first period.  Keussen fired home a one-timer off a nice feed and the Core’ was up 1-0.  Just 3 mins later, it was Matt Smethurst who was able to find space coming out of the corner and slid his 10th of the season past Bobcat starter, Gabe Grunwald.  Then it was Keussen again on a re-direction off a setup from Conner Finocchio and Frank Sherding as the Core’ power-play expired increasing the lead to 3-0 just half way through the opening stanza.

 The Core’ would start the second period with a 3-1 lead before Keussen was at it again picking the puck up in the neutral zone and beating a Bobcat defenseman wide snapping a shot past the tender for his third of the night, this one on the power-play.  With a lot on the line as far as playoff seating goes, the game was emotional and at times, very chippy.  Through all of that, the Core’ marched on continuing to play their game.  “This was a real gutsy performance by our guys and I’m very proud of the result”, remarked a drained Coach Bretti.  “We came in here down some bodies and our guys battled and answered the challenge of playing a very fast team that transitions well, in their building.  We’re back at it tomorrow afternoon so not much time to rest”.

 The Bobcats would eventually tie the score at 4-4 getting a goal on a penalty shot and then a point shot that found its way past Core’ starting goalie, Luke Andriuk (20 saves).  Then, with just 19 ticks left in the second, JJ Ganss made a nifty play, held the puck on a 2 on 1 break and slid a pass over to Keussen who scored his 4th of the night going five-hole.  Devin Linker’s goal would add some insurance and the buzzer sounded on a huge 7-4 win for AppleCore.

 With the win, AppleCore jumps into the 10th seed in the playoff picture. 

The team now travels to SoNo, CT to faceoff against the Oilers at 1:30pm on Friday and then returns home to Brewster on Saturday for the final game of the regular season against the Washington Jr Nationals at 6:10pm.

 

Smethurst chooses Manhattanville

As Of Feb17 th, 2014

 
BREWSTER, NY – The NY AppleCore organization is pleased to announce that forward, Matt Smethurst has made his college decision and will be attending Manhattanville College next fall. The 94’ birthdate, native of Rexford, NY is enjoying a very productive second season with the Core’ recording 22pts through 19 games played.  He’s earned power-play minutes all season and tallied points in 9 straight games through last weekend.  A veteran presence on the ice, Matt is crafty offensive player with a strong shot and the ability to score goals.

 “We’re excited for Matt”, commented Head Coach, Frank Bretti.  “He’s been with us for two  years and has shown he’s a very capable offensive player, he’s done well for us offensively this year with his productivity.  Manhattanville will be a great opportunity for him both hockey wise and academically.  Matt’s excited to get started and we’re all proud of him for the opportunity he’s created for himself.”

 Matt graduated from Shenendehowa High School in Clifton Park, NY in 2012 and joined the AppleCore program at the start of last season.

 “I would like to thank Coach Bretti for pushing me to become a better player and teammate over the past two years”, Smethurst remarked.  “Applecore has prepared me to play at a high level of Division III hockey at Manhattanville. I’d like to take this time to most of all thank my parents Linda and Ken Smethurst for all the time and dedication they have put into helping me achieve my goal of playing NCAA Hockey”.  

 Manhattanville College is a D-III member of the ECAC West Conference and is located in Purchase, NY.

 The AppleCore family would like to congratulate Matt and wish him the best of luck at the next level!!!

 

EHL squad splits with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on the road

As Of Feb11th, 2014

 

PITTSDON, PA – After a weekend off, NY headed to PA to battle Central Division rival, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights in a two game set.  Saturday night, Connor Finocchio handled all the scoring for the Core’ as he potted both NY goals in the first period of play.  The goals were his 4th and 5th on the campaign for the Floridian and propelled his team to an important 2-1 win to open the weekend.  Luke Andriuk shut the door in net for NY, making 36 saves on 37 Knight shot attempts.  The win was Andriuk’s 8th on the season and moved the Apple Core’s record over .500 for the first time all season.

Looking for the all-important sweep, the Core’ took to the ice Sunday morning with victory on the brain.  The game was much different from Saturday as penalties would play an essential role in the outcome.  Both teams had over 30 PIMs each with NY taking 15 total penalties.   The Knights would jump out to the early 3-0 lead and carried it into the third period.  Devin Linker and Caleb Fizer would score to get the score to 4-2 Knights with over 10 mins remaining in regulation but that was as close as the Core’ would get.  A power-play tally by the Knights a minute later pushed the lead back to three goals and NY couldn’t get over the hump.  NY battled until the end but the final scoreboard would read 5-3 in favor of the home team Knights.  Blake Wojtala took the loss for NY, making 36 saves in the process.

The Core’ comes out of the weekend 4pts behind the Knights with just 4 games remaining in the regular season.  The playoff push is officially on for NY as they look to be playing their best hockey as the post season begins.  The next opportunity to get in the win column comes this Friday night as they head north to battle the tough Northern Cyclones. The Cyclones currently sit in 2nd place with a record of 29-9 in the EHL North Division.

NY forward, Rikard Keussen, remains tied for 8th overall in league scoring.  Kevin Valenti of the Cyclones leads the league with 70pts scored.

EHL Central Division Standings (as of February 10, 2014)

TEAM

GP

W

L

T

OTL

PTS

Connecticut Oilers

38

23

12

2

1

49

NY Bobcats

37

20

12

4

1

45

Hartford Jr Wolfpack

39

19

14

3

3

44

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights

40

18

15

6

1

43

NY AppleCore

39

18

18

1

2

39

Walpole Express

40

12

20

6

2

32

AppleCore EHL Upcoming schedule:

February 14 – 6:20 PM – Northern Cyclones – Walpole, MA

February 15 – 12:20 PM – New Hampshire Monarchs – Walpole, MA

 

January 2014

Apple Core Junior Player Of The Month

Frank Sherding

 

January 2014 Player of the Month for Apple Core is EHL defensemen, Frank Sherding. The 94’ birthdate, right-handed local product of Eastchester, NY enjoyed an extremely productive first month of the new year.  In 5 games played, the defensemen from Eastchester High School potted 4 goals and 2 assists for 6pts.  Sherding has been a force from the back end all season and is currently tops among all Core’ defensemen in scoring with a total of 29pts. He’s currently 3rd among all EHL defensemen in league scoring.  Playing in all situations, Sherding is one of two players who has dressed for all 37 contests to this point of the season.  The Eastchester, NY native, playing his home games minutes from his hometown played his HS Hockey for ETB’s team before he began his Jr hockey career with the Brewster Bulldogs organization.  This season is his first with the AppleCore program under Head Coach Frank Bretti and the coach is happy to have him, “Frank has really dedicated himself this season and has got himself in great shape.  He’s matured as a player and improved his game defensively.  We’re relying on him now in all situations and will need him down the stretch”. 

Congrats to Frank as AC Player of The Month for January!!!!

 

 
Andriuk and Prins lead Core’ EHL over Wolfpack

As Of Jan 25th, 2014

 

 

CROMWELL, CT – In a penalty-filled affair, the Core’ rode the stellar goaltending of Luke Andriuk, and his 52 saves, to a 3-2 victory over the hard charging Hartford Jr Wolfpack.  PT Prins would lead the charge offensively for NY as he paced the scoring with a goal and an assist on the night, including the game’s first tally on the power-play.  The win is the Core’s second straight and moved them into a tie with the Wolfpack for 4th in the division; just 2pts shy of the 3rd place Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights.  This sets up what will definitely be a huge weekend in two weeks as NY will hit the road for a 2-game set with the Knights with significant playoff seeding implications on the line.

 

But on Saturday night, it was Devin Linker who scored the biggest goal of the contest with help from Mainello and Smethurst. The tally was Linker’s 4th of the campaign and provided the necessary insurance as the Wolfpack would score with just over a minute to go, increasing the pressure for Andriuk down the stretch.

 

NY would end up going 2 for 5 on the man-advantage and fired 33 total shots on goal.  “We’re excited about next weekend” stated Coach Bretti, “As we move down the stretch, its fun to be playing meaningful games”.

 

That next games comes on Feb 8th against the Knights and with only 6 games remaining after that, there is still much to be decided in the EHL Central.

 

AC Notes: Keussen remains the team leader in assists (29), PIMS (115) and total points (43)…Sherding tops the defensive corps in scoring with a line of 8-21-29…Andriuk has won the last two decisions for the Core’ and now both he and Blake Wojtala each have 7 wins to their credit on the season.

 

EHL Central Division Standings (as of January 27, 2014)

 

TEAM

GP

W

L

T

OTL

PTS

Connecticut Oilers

36

22

11

2

1

47

NY Bobcats

35

18

12

4

1

41

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights

37

16

14

6

1

39

Hartford Jr Wolfpack

34

16

13

3

2

37

NY AppleCore

37

17

17

1

2

37

Walpole Express

35

11

16

6

2

30

 

AppleCore EHL Upcoming schedule:

 

February 8 – 8:40 PM – Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights – Pittston, PA

February 9 – 10:00 AM – Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights – Pittston, PA

 

 

Core’ EHL team tops Oilers in tight Central Division

 

As Of Jan 22nd, 2014

SOUTH NORWALK, CT – NY took to the road in the snow and headed to the SoNo Ice House to take on the rival CT Oilers in a “must win” for Bretti’s troops.  Playing their third game in three days the Core’ was determined to not drop their third straight decision and battled to a tough, 2-1 road victory.

After losing three straight to the NY Bobcats, the Core’ was able to jump out to an early 2-0 lead and hold on.  Luke Andriuk was big in net kicking aside 42 saves in the win.  Frank Sherding continued his strong offensive play of late from the back-end, scoring in his fourth consecutive game for the Core’.  Sherding now has 28pts including 20 assists, good for second in the league for all defensemen in scoring.

Over the weekend, the EHL team lost a heartbreaker in OT against the Bobcats on Saturday as Carlos Ross slipped in the game-winner, just three mins into the extra stanza.  The Core’ came back after trailing and pumped 37 shots on net however were not able to close the deal and suffered the loss.  On Sunday, it was a different story as both offenses were flying high scoring a combined 13 goals on 62 shots.  The Bobcats ripped off five straight in the third and won the game 8-5.

EHL Central Division Standings (as of January 21, 2014)

TEAM

GP

W

L

T

OTL

PTS

Connecticut Oilers

34

21

10

2

1

45

NY Bobcats

33

14

11

4

1

39

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights

35

15

14

6

0

36

Hartford Jr Wolfpack

32

15

12

3

2

35

NY AppleCore

36

16

17

1

2

35

Walpole Express

33

10

15

6

2

28

AppleCore EHL Upcoming schedule:

January 25, 2014 – 8:40 PM – Hartford, CT – Cromwell, CT

 

Core’ tops Bobcats in outdoor “Winter Classic”

 

As Of Jan 16th, 2014

 

 

BREWSTER, NY – It’s not often you have a rain-out in junior hockey however that’s exactly what happened last week between the NY AppleCore and the NY Bobcats.  On Monday, the weather co-operated and both teams took to the outdoor ice in Brewster and played a very entertaining contest with goals, shots, hits and even a fight for the fans who braved the temperatures.  In the end it was the hometeam AppleCore who pumped 45 shots on goal and won the game 5-3, inching 1 game closer to the .500 mark.

 

Frank Sherding opened the scoring for the Core’ in the final moments of the first period and Anthony Guaiani added two more in the second making the score 3-2 in favor of the home side after two.  AppleCore would fire 20 more shots on goal in the third.

 

Cale Schoenberg notched his team leading 20th goal of the season and Devin Linker added another insurance tally and AppleCore would roll on to victory in the first ever outdoor junior game in the organizations history.

 

Coach Bretti was pleased with the outcome but admitted that the game was tough, “this was a battle today, obviously the elements are a factor when you play outside but I thought our guys handled things very well.  Both teams are emotional and this was a very passionate, hard fought contest that probably could have gone either way, I’m happy we came out on top”. When asked about the experience, he remarked, “our guys loved it, any opportunity you get to change up the routine a bit is welcomed from time to time, I thought it was a success”.

 

Blake Wojtla (31 saves) got the “W” for the Core’ his 7th on the season.

 

AC NotesKeussen continues to lead the team in both scoring (39pts) and PIMs (95)…Frank Sherding leads all AC defensemen in pts with 24. The two teams will rematch this weekend in a home and home series.

EHL Central Division Standings (as of January 16, 2014)

TEAM

GP

W

L

T

OTL

PTS

Connecticut Oilers

30

20

8

1

1

42

Hartfor Jr Wolfpack

32

15

12

3

2

35

NY Bobcats

30

14

11

4

1

33

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights

33

14

14

5

0

33

NY AppleCore

33

15

16

1

1

32

Walpole Express

31

10

14

5

2

27

AppleCore EHL Upcoming schedule:

January 18, 2014 – 6:10 PM – NY Bobcats – Brewster, NY

January 19, 2014 – 8:30 PM – NY Bobcats – Brooklyn, NY (Aviator)

 

NY Apple Core Junior EHL

defeats NY Bobcats in first Junior Winter Classic 

As Of Jan 14th, 2014

 


The NY Apple Core Junior A team defeated the NY Bobcats from Long Island 5-3 in the first ever Junior Outdoor Winter Classic at the Brewster Ice Arena's new outdoor rink "The Pond" see link below for photo gallery and gamesheet

Photo Gallery


Game Sheet

 

 

Core’ drops two of three in CT

 

As Of Jan 6 th, 2014

 

 

SIMSBURY, CT – AppleCore hit the road for three games before the Holiday break looking to continue their winning ways while attempting to get their record to .500.  The team faced off against former EJHL rival Valley Jr Warriors, Boston Jr Rangers and the Boston Bandits.  All three games were close on the scoreboard however the Core’ came up on the losing end in two of the three games, moving their overall record to 14-16-1.

 

On Friday against Valley, after spotting the Warriors the first goal of the game, NY stormed back led by All-Star Rikard Keussen (1g-1a) and Anthony Guaiani (2g), the Core’ scored two goals in the final 2 mins of play in the game making the final score 4-1 in favor of AppleCore.  Schoenberg would add his 18th of the season and Blake Wojtala was credited with making 10 saves in earning the win.

 

In the second game of the weekend, against the Boston Jr Rangers, NY again spotted the early lead, this time giving up the first three goals of the contest, falling behind 3-0 just 11 mins in.  Keussen would provide the offense however it was too little too late as a late goal by Nick Aleva of the Rangers pushed the lead back to two goals and the final score would read 4-2 in favor of the Jr Rangers.  Blake Wojtala took the loss in net for NY.

 

On Sunday, in their last game before the long break, the Core’ was looking to get a better start.  Unfortunately, they surrendered two goals to the Boston Bandits and again found themselves down early.  Down 3-1 after the first half, Schoenberg and JJ Ganss tallied just 4 mins apart and the Core’ had the game knotted at three.  A breakdown in the defensive end allowed the Bandits to pot the go-ahead goal with just over 12 mins to play and that’s how the game would end, 4-3 Bandits.  Luke Andriuk took the loss for NY, making 31 saves in the process.

 

After the weekend Coach Bretti was frustrated that his team didn’t get more points on the weekend.  “We battled so hard on Sunday to get back into that game , we really thought we had a chance for a better outcome but we couldn’t finish the job”.

 

The team is will not go on break until January 11th when they welcome the NY Bobcats to Brewster for a two game set.  Many players have travelled home to be with their families.  The NY AppleCore would like to wish all our families and supporters, a Happy and Safe Holiday Season.  See you in 2014 for the playoff push!!!!

 

AC Notes – After the tough loss against the Bandits, Rikard Keussen headed to Lowell, MA to compete in the All-Star game… at the break, the Swedish forward leads the Core’ in scoring with 38pts in 31 games.

 

EHL Central Division Standings (as of December 26, 2013)

 

TEAM

GP

W

L

T

OTL

PTS

Connecticut Oilers

27

18

7

1

1

38

NY Bobcats

28

13

10

4

1

31

Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Knights

30

13

12

5

0

31

Hartford Jr. Wolfpack

27

13

10

2

2

30

NY AppleCore

32

14

16

1

1

30

Walpole Express

30

9

14

5

2

25

 

AppleCore EHL Upcoming schedule:

Jan 11 – 2:00PM – NY Bobcats – Brewster, NY

Jan 18 – 6:10PM – NY Bobcats – Brewster, NY

Jan 19 – 11:45AM – NY Bobcats – East Meadow, NY (Twin Rinks at Eisenhower Park)

 

Kuessen Scores in All-Star Game

As Of Jan 6 th, 2014

 

 

 

 

BREWSTER, NY – Rikard Kuessen had one more game to play before he boarded a plane back home to Sweden for the break and that was the EHL’s 2013-14 Bauer All-Star Game that was held on Monday, December 23rd in Lowell, MA.  In this year’s format, the EHL All-Star team faced-off against the MHL All-Stars which is a team comprised of top players in the Russian Junior League.  The game was an exciting, end to end contest and that ended in favor of the “Red Stars”.  Keussen was a presence on the ice, scoring on a rebound early in the game and seeing a regular shift throughout.  Congrats to Rikard and the rest of the EHL All-Stars…

 

Kuessen is EHL All-Star

As Of Dec 19 th, 2013

BREWSTER, NY – The NY AppleCore organization would like to congratulate Rikard Keussen (Stockholm, Sweden/94’) for being selected to the EHL’s 2013-14 Bauer All-Star Team. Keussen is enjoying a strong first season with NY and is the team’s leading scorer with 34pts including 24 assists.   The Bauer EHL squad will consist of 23 players as chosen by the coaching staff comprised of Justin Lyle (Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights), Bill Flanagan (Northern Cyclones) and Ryan Frew (New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs).  The EHL team will gather in Simsbury, Conn., after the EHL December Showcase, and travel to Lowell to prepare for the game.  The game will be held on December 23 (11:20am start time) at Tsongas Arena in Lowell, MA. In this year’s format, the EHL All-Star team will faceoff against the MHL All-Stars which is a team comprised of top players in the Russian Junior League.  The MHL “Red Stars” are in the U.S to play games against NCAA Div I teams over the next couple weeks.  The game should be highly competitive and will be highly attended by scouts from throughout the university and pro ranks.

JJ Ganss and Connor Finnochio were also considered by the coaches for selection in recognition of their strong season to this point.

Congrats to Rikard as well as John and Connor on this recognition.

Sherding Earns Defensive Player of Week Honors

As Of Dec 19 th, 2013

 

BREWSTER, NY – The NY Apple Core organization would like to congratulate Frank Sherding (Eastchester, NY/94’) for being named the EHL’s Defensive Player of the Week for the week that ended Dec 15.  AC’s leading scorer from the back end, Sherding provided solid play all weekend during a wild series with the Walpole Express.  On the season, through 29 games, Sherding has a 4-18-22 line. Congratulations to Frank on this achievement.

 

Core’ stops the Express; gains 4pts on weekend

As Of Dec 16 th, 2013

 WALPOLE, MA – The Core’ battled the snow and bussed north on Saturday for a two game set with Central Division foe, Walpole Express.  NY would come out of the gate scoring three first period goals, jumping out to a 3-1 lead and eventually holding on for the 5-4 victory.  The offense was paced by the play of Rikard Keussen and Anthony Guaiani as they both tallied 3-pts each on the night.  The Express would battle back to make the score 4-3 in the early stages of the third period but a back-breaking tally by Guaiani just two mins later sealed Walpole’s fate.   Blake Wojtala got the win in net for AC kicking aside 39 big saves.  Cale Schoenberg potted his team leading 16th goal of the year in the first period answering Walpole’s goal just 22 seconds in.

On Sunday, NY again yielded the game’s first goal early in the first before rattling off 5 of the next 7 that filled the net.  Walpole held a 3-2 lead after the first, a first period that included a Power-play tally by AC’s leading goal scorer, Cale Schoenberg as well as a short-handed goal by Dan Mainello, his 5th goal of the season.  Newcomer, JT Prins, was impactful on Sunday as he tallied 2 goals, including one of the highlight variety propelling the Core’ to the lead in the second period.  Wojtala got the call again in net and answered the bell making 48 saves and earned his 5th win of the campaign.  Blake Manginell would add an empty netter and the final score would read 7-4 in favor of AppleCore.  “Sunday was a great character win for us” remarked Coach Bretti, “We were down on numbers, we had a lot of players in the stands whether it be for injuries or disciplinary reasons and our guys answered the call, one of the better if not the best win of the year”.

The sweep moves the Core’ into a 2nd place tie with the Wilkes-Barre/Scraton Knights.  Both teams have 28pts with AC having played 3 more games than the Knights.  With 15 games remaining, AppleCore is poised to make a strong playoff push but it won’t be an easy road as the Core’ will only play three of the remaining 15 games on home ice.

 

AC Notes – AC welcomes forward  JT Prins to the club… Prins came over from the Valley Jr Warriors…former Canterbury product and 95’ birthdate…AppleCore also welcomes back defenseman, Kyles Menges to the roster.  The 94’ birthdate, Ohio native is in his second tour of duty with Coach Bretti’s troops….Keussen continues to lead the team in both scoring (34pts) and PIMs (89)…His 34pts are good enough for 6th in the League… Schoenberg’s 17g’s are tied for the second most in the League…Frank Sherding leads all AC defensemen in pts with 22.

EHL Central Division Standings (as of December 16, 2013)

TEAM

GP

W

L

T

OTL

PTS

Connecticut Oilers

24

15

7

1

1

32

Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Knights

26

12

10

4

0

28

NY AppleCore

29

13

14

1

1

28

NY Bobcats

25

11

9

4

1

27

Hartford Jr. Wolfpack

23

9

10

2

2

22

Walpole Express

26

8

14

3

1

20

 

AppleCore EHL Upcoming schedule: 

Dec 20 – 11:30AM – Valley Jr Warriors – Simsbury, CT

Dec 21 – 1:00PM – Boston Jr Rangers – Simsbury, CT

Dec 22 – 2:00PM – Boston Bandits – Simsbury, CT

 

 AC drops two at home

As Of Dec 10 th, 2013

 

 BREWSTER, NY – The Core’ welcomed in the Hartford Jr Wolfpack and the Philadelphia Revolution to Brewster over the weekend and the results were not what the team was looking for after winning 2 of 3 on the road the week before.  On Saturday, after jumping out to a 3-0 lead against the Wolfpack on goals by Sherding, Linker and Krisak, the hometeam yielded 4 consecutive goals against and fell 4-3 to the visitors from Hartford, CT.

 On Sunday against the Revolution, the hometeam’s inability to score on the power-play in the second period combined with some timely goals by Philadelphia led to a second defeat on the weekend as the Core’ fell by the score of 5-2.  Alec Hardman took the loss in net for NY.

With 17 games remaining, the coach is looking for more consistency.  “We need to play a more consistent brand of hockey, remarked Coach Bretti.  “We win one game, lose one, win two, lose one and so on.  We’re in a tight race and points are essential and that includes this upcoming weekend against Walpole”.

 EHL Central Division Standings (as of December 10, 2013) 

TEAM

GP

W

L

T

OTL

PTS

Connecticut Oilers

24

15

7

1

1

32

Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Knights

26

12

10

4

0

28

NY Bobcats

25

11

9

4

1

27

NY AppleCore

27

11

14

1

1

24

Hartford Jr. Wolfpack

22

9

9

2

2

22

Walpole Express

24

8

12

3

1

20

 AppleCore EHL Upcoming schedule: 

Dec 14 – 4:00pm – Walpole Express – Walpole, MA

Dec 15 – 10:30am – Walpole Express – Walpole, MA

 

Apple Core earns 2 road wins; gears up for big homestand

As Of Dec 6th, 2013

 

 TEWKSBURY, MA – New York’s EHL team spent Thanksgiving weekend on the road in Tewksbury where they played 3 games in 3 days against the Washington Jr Nationals, New Jersey Titans and the Philadelphia Revolution.  The Core’ had no issue scoring as they racked up 14 goals over the three games and earned 4 big points on the weekend.  Led by a hatrick on Friday by Rikard Keussen, NY defeated the Washington Jr Nationals by a score of 7-1.

 On Saturday, two-goal efforts by Filip Akermark and Cale Schoeberg led the offensive charge in the 5-2 win over the NJ Titans.  Keussen added two assists and Blake Wojtala earned the “w” in net making 21 saves.  The power-play remained hot going 3-for-4.  On Sunday, looking to get their third win in three days, the Core’ ran out of gas and felt just short dropping a 3-2 decision to the Revolution.  High scoring defenseman, Frank Sherding added a goal for NY however it was not enough as Philadelphia would prevail in a penalty-laden affair.

 This sets the stage for this upcoming weekend when the Core’ welcomes back to Brewster two rivals, Hartford and Philadelphia.  The match-ups should be very exciting as there is a healthy rivalry developed with both programs over the years.  The opener is Saturday night at 6:10pm against the Wolfpack, AC is hoping to continue to play well.

 EHL Central Division Standings (as of December 6, 2013)

TEAM

GP

W

L

T

OTL

PTS

Connecticut Oilers

22

1

6

1

1

30

Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Knights

24

11

9

4

0

26

NY Bobcats

23

10

8

4

1

25

NY AppleCore

25

11

12

1

1

24

Hartford Jr. Wolfpack

20

7

9

2

2

18

Walpole Express

21

7

10

3

1

18

Apple Core EHL Upcoming schedule:

 Dec 7 – 6:10PM – Hartford Wolfpack – Brewster, NY

Dec 8 – 10:50AM - Philadelphia Revolution – Brewster, NY

 

Wolfpack and AC skate to a 2-2 tie

As Of November 27, 2013

 

 CROMWELL, CT – Saturday night, the Core’ headed to Hartford to face off against the Jr Wolfpack.  NY scored early and then not again until the 18:32 point of the third period when Rich Krisak tallied the game tying goal sending the game to OT.  Anthony Guaiani scored the other AC goal and Filip Akermark added two assist for the road team.  Luke Andriuk took the tie in net for AppleCore in a ridiculous 44 save effort.  The Core’ pumped 33 shots on goal and went 0-3 on the PP in the tie.

 The team now heads up to Tewksbury, MA to play three games in three days over Thanksgiving weekend.

EHL Central Division Standings (as of November 26, 2013) 

TEAM

GP

W

L

T

OTL

PTS

Connecticut Oilers

20

13

5

1

1

28

Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Knights

21

9

9

3

0

21

NY AppleCore

22

9

11

1

1

20

NY Bobcats

20

7

8

4

1

19

Walpole Express

19

7

8

3

1

18

Hartford Wolfpack

17

6

8

2

1

15

 AppleCore EHL Upcoming schedule: 

Nov 29 – 7:50PM – Washington Jr Nationals – Tewksbury, MA

Nov 30 – 9:00AM – NJ Titans - Tewksbury, MA

Dec 1 – 10:20AM – Philadelphia Revolution - Tewksbury, MA

 

 AC Falls to Walpole

As Of November 19, 2013

 BREWSTER, NY – The AppleCore EHL took to the ice on Saturday looking to build on what was a big, 6-1 win over the Oilers only three nights earlier on the same sheet of ice.  The Walpole Express had other plans.  In a division matchup, the visiting Express held on in both games, prevailing by the scores of 6-5 and 4-3 to knock NY back below the mendoza line.

 On Saturday night, Alec Hardman got the call in net for NY and despite a solid four-point night from leading scorer, Rikard Keussen, Walpole scored three, third period goals enroute to the 6-5, come from behind victory.  Schoenberg, Manginell and LaCorte also got on the scoresheet for the Core’ however the home team allowed two, third period power-play tallies against and that sealed their fate on this night.  Evan McCarthy got the win for Walpole making 19 saves.

 Sunday, NY came out with good jump, pumping 21 shots on Walpole in the first 20 mins of play.  However, an early goal by Andrew Amick put the Express up 1-0.  The Core’ would respond potting the games’ next three goals making the score 3-1 half way through the game.  Keussen scored his third of the weekend, off assists from Sherding and Rodriguez giving the home side the 2-goal lead.  Walpole would strike again on the man-advantage giving them their fourth goal of the weekend on the power-play. With NY up 3-2 going into the third, the home team continued to press trying desperately to get the weekend split however it was not meant to be as Evan McCarthy (40 saves) was up to the challenge for Walpole.  The Express would outscore NY 2-0 in the third stanza and would go on for the eventual sweep on the road with the final score, Walpole – 4; NY-3.  The two teams will meet up again Dec 14th in Massachusetts

 Blake Wojtala took the loss in net on Sunday, making 33 saves.

 EHL Central Division Standings (as of November 19, 2013) 

TEAM

GP

W

L

T

OTL

PTS

Connecticut Oilers

19

12

5

1

1

26

Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Knights

19

8

8

3

0

19

NY AppleCore

21

9

11

0

1

19

Walpole Express

17

7

6

3

1

18

NY Bobcats

17

6

6

4

1

17

Hartford Wolfpack

16

6

8

1

1

14

 AppleCore EHL Upcoming schedule:

 Nov 23 – 8:40PM – Hartford Wolfpack – Cromwell, CT

Nov 29 – 7:50PM – Washington Jr Nationals – Tewksbury, MA

Nov 30 – 9:00AM – NJ Titans - Tewksbury, MA

Dec 1 – 10:20AM – Philadelphia Revolution - Tewksbury, MA
 

Apple Core Rips Oilers; 6-1

As Of November 14, 2013

  BREWSTER, NY – The biggest test of the year, turned into the biggest win of the year for the NY AppleCore’s EHL team on Wednesday afternoon at the Brewster Ice Arena as they handed the first place CT Oilers their fifth loss of the season; 6-1.  The Core’ continued their strong play of late and pushed their record to .500 with the sound win over the Oilers.  Led by a balanced attack up front (6 goals by 6 different players) and consistent play in net, Coach Bretti’s team seems to be finding their way as they approach half way point of the season.  “We’re playing some good hockey right now”, remarked the coach.  Let’s hope it continues.

 The special-teams play, particularly the power-play has been very good of late for NY. The team is getting timely scoring and while doing a consistent job on the penalty-kill, evident by holding a strong Oilers power-play (ranks 3rd in the EHL) scoreless on the man advantage.  “Our power-play is finishing opportunities of late which allows us to play with more confidence”, stated Coach Bretti.  “Special teams begins and ends with your goaltender, especially on the PK and right now we’re getting good goaltending”. 

On Wednesday night, the Core’ got a little bit of everything as they jumped out to the 3-0 lead with goals by Guaiani, Thorpe and a power-play goal by Cale Schoenberg before Cam Cundy broke the ice for the Oilers half way through the second stanza. AC veteran and leader, JJ Ganss continued to play an effective role and made the score 4-1 early in the third.  The hometeam would then add two straight power-play goals by Smethurst and Alexander finishing the scoring for the day.

 Blake Wojtala slammed the door shut for NY stopping 28 of 29 Oiler attempts.  The 95’ birthdate, Michigan native picked up his 2nd win in 3 starts.

 After the game, the Coach was upbeat on his teams play over this nine game stretch.  “We’re playing hard, forchecking well, special teams are clicking we’re making good decisions and its paying off with some results.  Tonight our guys knew the game plan and executed it very well, we take the win and move on to this weekend”.

 AC Notes: Rikard Keussen was named AC Player of the Month for October and currently leads the team in scoring…the win on Wednesday got NY to .500 on the season and moved the team past the Bobcats into a tie for 2nd place in the Central division.

 EHL Central Division Standings (as of November 14, 2013)

 

TEAM

GP

W

L

T

OTL

PTS

Connecticut Oilers

19

12

5

1

1

26

Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Knights

17

8

6

3

0

19

NY AppleCore

19

9

9

0

1

19

NY Bobcats

17

6

6

4

1

17

Walpole Express

15

5

6

3

1

14

Hartford Wolfpack

14

4

8

1

0

10

AppleCore EHL Upcoming schedule:

Nov 16 – 6:10PM – Walpole Express – Brewster, NY

Nov 17 – 10:50AM – Walpole Express – Brewster, NY

 

 

Core’ EHL team splits road weekend, beating Cyclones

As Of November 12, 2013

  TEWKSBURY, MA – After a successful homestand, NY hit the road for two games this past weekend in Massachusetts & New Hampshire.  On Friday they faced off against the Boston Junior Rangers and on Saturday they battled the Northern Cyclones.   

On Friday, after spotting two goals to the Rangers, the Core’ surged back, tying the score at 2-2 as Rikard Keussen continued to lead the offensive charge for NY, getting his team even on the power-play with assists to Ganss and Finocchio.  The teams would continue to work in the third period, exchanging opportunities but a late goal by Greg Stoya with just over a minute remaining gave the home team the eventual win.  With the empty netter, the scoreboard read 4-2 in favor of the Rangers.  AppleCore outshot the Rangers 41-28 but were unable to solve goaltender Matthew Beliveau who turned aside 39 NY shots.  Blake Wojtala (24 saves) took the loss for the Core’.

 On Saturday, a motivated AppleCore team traveled to Hudson, NH and took to the ice against the Northern Cyclones and seemed determined to bounce back after a disappointing loss the night before.  Cale Schoenberg and his line remained hot as he opened the scoring for NY in the first period.  Sherding and Guaiani would follow with tallies of their own and the Core’ was out quickly to a 3-0 lead before the Cyclones got within two as the second period drew to a close.  With the score 3-1 to start the third, the Cyclones struck just a minute in to bring themselves within one.  Caleb Fizer answered with assists going to Keussen and Ganss  making the score 4-2 and Schoenberg closed out the scoring adding his second of the game and eight of the year to ice the game, a nice 5-2 bounce-back win for NY.  Luke Andriuk had plenty of action in net for NY kicking aside 49 saves enroute to the victory.

 “It was important for us to get back to winning after a tough loss on Friday. We came on the road and got 2 big points”, commented Bretti.

 AC Notes: Rikard Keussen was named AC Player of the Month for October and currently leads the team in scoring…the win on Saturday moved the Core’ into a third place tie with the NY Bobcats… Big mid-week matchup against the first place CT Oilers on Wednesday at Brewster.

 EHL Central Division Standings (as of November 12, 2013) 

TEAM

GP

W

L

T

OTL

PTS

Connecticut Oilers

18

12

4

1

1

26

Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Knights

17

8

6

3

0

19

NY Bobcats

17

6

6

4

1

17

NY AppleCore

18

8

9

0

1

17

Walpole Express

15

5

6

3

1

14

Hartford Wolfpack

14

4

8

1

0

10

 AppleCore EHL Upcoming schedule:

 Nov 13 -  2:30PM – CT Oilers – Brewster, NY

Nov 16 – 6:10PM – Walpole Express – Brewster, NY

Nov 17 – 10:50AM – Walpole Express – Brewster, NY

 

 

Core’ EHL team sweeps Philadephia Jr Flyers in home series

 As Of November 6, 2013

BREWSTER, NY – The Core’ completed a successful home stand on Sunday morning by defeating the visiting Philadelphia Junior Flyers in a very exciting, OT thriller as Cale Schoenberg banged home the game winner, lifting his team to the 2-1 win.  The win moved NY’s record to 4 wins, 2 losses in the 6-game home stand that concluded on Sunday.a 

On Saturday night, playing in his first game back with NY after a brief stay with Hartford, Matt Smethurst tallied 3-pts including 2-third period goals leading the home side to an impressive 6-4 victory over the Junior Flyers.  After a scoreless first, the teams combined for 5, second period goals including NY tallies from Krisak, Fizer and Bastian. A relatively cleanly played contest with only 4 minor penalties called the entire game, The Flyers tied it up early in the third period before JJ Ganss answered with a response of his own less than a minute later potting his 5th of the season.  His team would not look back as Smethurst would add his two goals later in the stanza, leading to the 6-4 win.  “A real balanced game for us tonight”, remarked Coach Bretti.  “I thought we were good in a bunch of areas and had balance up front”.

Alex Hardman got the win in net, making 27 saves on 31 shots faced.

Sunday, AppleCore was looking to get the sweep at home and turned to a new face in net as Blake Wojtala got the nod to start for the home side.  Mike Rodriguez opened the scoring late in the second period as he scored his first goal of the season for NY putting his team up 1-0 going into the third.  A power-play goal allowed the Flyers to tie the score setting up the dramatic finish for Schoenberg. “This was a hard fought win for us”, stated Bretti.  “We knew when we got to the rink today this was going to be a battle and our guys did a great job preparing from the minute the game ended last night.  Cale and his line have been good for us lately and tonight was no different.  That was a big OT win for us at this stage of the season”

AppleCore newcomer , Blake Wojtala, more then held his own in the cage stopping 31 of 32 Philadelphia shot attempts picking up his first “W” as a member of the Core’.   Bretti was pleased with his new goaltender’s poise, “I thought Blake was very calm in there, he was focused and played well.  He’s a good sized goalie and he was definitely a contributing factor to the win tonight”.

All in all a good weekend for the home team, “I would have liked to have scored more goals to be honest and I thought we could have.  We have to give the Flyers credit, they battled until the end but we’ve been on a good run for the last eight games or so and we need to continue to be ready to play every night.  Our guys answered the challenge this weekend, I was happy with the outcome”.

AC Notes: Last week, the Core’ added a few players to their roster, namely Matt Smethurst (F) and Blake Wojtala (G).  Smethurst has previously played with the Empire team and after a stint with Hartford, is back.  Wojtala spent some time in the NAHL and joined the team last week. 

Most teams have already played 15 regular season games and the race in the Central Division standings is starting to tighten up.  Only 7 pts separate first place from fouth place in the standings with the CT Oilers currently holding the top spot.  The Core’ will head north this weekend attempting to climb over .500 and into the top 3.

EHL Central Division Standings (as of November 5, 2013)

TEAM

GP

W

L

T

OTL

PTS

Connecticut Oilers

16

10

4

1

1

22

Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Knights

15

7

5

3

0

17

NY Bobcats

15

6

5

3

1

16

NY AppleCore

16

7

8

0

1

15

Walpole Express

13

4

5

3

1

12

Hartford Wolfpack

12

4

7

1

0

9

 

AppleCore EHL Upcoming schedule:

Nov 8 -  7:50PM – Boston Jr. Rangers – Tewksbury, MA

Nov 9 – 3:15PM – Northern Cyclones – Hudson, NH

 

 
October 2013 

Apple Core Junior Player Of The Month
Rikard Keussen

 

 

October 2013 Player of the Month for Apple Core is EHL forward, Rikard Keussen. The 94’ birthdate, left-handed native of Stockholm, Sweden enjoyed a very productive month for the Core’ recording 9pts in 9 games played.  This point-a-game pace has put him atop the scoring list for NY with a 2-9-11pts line.  “Rikard is a hard-nosed, feisty player” remarked Head Coach Frank Bretti, “He’s a playmaker with an emotional edge to his game”.  Along with his scoring, Keussen also has the team lead in PIMs with 40.  He’s a graduate of the Kents Hill School in Kents Hill Maine and is playing his first season of junior hockey for the Core’.  “He’s one of our leaders up front and we need him to continue to produce while staying out of the penalty box if we want to be successful” concluded Bretti.  Congrats to Rikard as AC Player of The Month for October!!

 

 

Core’ fall to Titans

 As Of  October 30, 2013

BREWSTER, NY – Looking to extend their winning streak to three games, NY welcomed the NJ Titans to Brewster on Saturday evening.  After a scoreless first period where the home team out-chanced the Titans with the help of two unsuccessful power-plays, NJ would outscore NY 6-1 over the next 40 mins of play and that would be how the game ended.  The defeat knocks the Core’s record to 5-8 in league play. 

Cale Schoenberg scored the lone goal for NY and Luke Andriuk took the loss in net making 23 saves.

 AC Notes: The homestand concludes this weekend as NY hosts a 2-game set with the Philadelphia Jr Flyers.  The Core’ will try to avenge a 5-4 OT loss at the hands of the Flyers 2 weeks ago…internet coverage on www.fasthockey.com

 Apple Core EHL Upcoming schedule:

Nov 2 -  6:10PM – Philadelphia Jr. Flyers – Brewster Ice Arena, Brewster, NY

Nov 3 – 10:50AM - Philadelphia Jr. Flyers – Brewster Ice Arena, Brewster, NY

 

Andriuk shines; Core’ wins second in a row; 4-1

As Of  October 25, 2013

BREWSTER, NY – Looking to build off Sunday’s home win, AppleCore faced off against the Hartford Jr Wolfpack on Wednesday afternoon and kept the home momentum going, knocking off the visitors from CT, 4-1.  Luke Andriuk was the story for the hometeam as the Westport, CT native stopped 45 of 46 shots faced, including 16 in the final period, backstopping NY to an important divisional win.

JJ Ganss continued his strong offensive production of late, scoring on the power-play just seven mins into the game giving NY the early lead.  Hartford would answer before the end of the first but the door was shut shortly thereafter by Andriuk. The Core’ rattled off the next three goals by Guaiani, Bastian and Keussen making the score 4-1 at the end of the second.

“I thought we played hard tonight top to bottom and deserved the win”, remarked Coach Bretti.  “Luke was there when needed, especially in the third helping to keep us out front”

The final score was 4-1 NY moving their overall record to 5-7, 5 pts behind the NY Bobcats for 3rd place in the EHL Central Division.

AC Notes: The homestand continues on Saturday night as the Core’ hosts the New Jersey Titans.

AppleCore EHL Upcoming schedule: 

Oct 26 -  8:10PM – New Jersey Titans – Brewster Ice Arena, Brewster, NY

 

 

 

AC earns split at home Vs. Knights

As Of  October 22, 2013

  BREWSTER, NY – Apple Core opened their season long, six game homestand this weekend as the Wikes-Barre/Scranton Knights came calling for a two-game set.  Both teams came into the weekend battling for points in the EHL Central division standings and the games were tight checking and spirited affairs.  The Knights were able to jump out to a significant lead on Saturday night and held on in the end winning 6-4 while on Sunday, the hometeam showed what they are made of not allowing a division opponent to come to Brewster and take two games, NY downed the Knights 3-2 earning the split.

On Saturday night the Knights jumped out to a 4-0 lead before JJ Ganss attempted to kick-start the troops with his power-play marker at 4:22 of the second.  The game would go back and forth for a while with the road Knights adding two more tallies in the second increasing the lead to 6-2 after the second period.  The Core’ would come out in the third and win the period with goals by Anthony Guaiani and Cale Schoenberg however it was not enough as the Knights held on for the 6-4 win.  Alec Hardman stopped 29 shots in defeat for NY.

The Core’ was determined on Sunday to have a better start and again, lead by veteran JJ Ganss the home side got on the board first with a power-play goal.  The Ganss tally was assisted by Rikard Keussen and Connor Finocchio.  The NY power-play was instrumental in the offense on Sunday as the Core’ would go 2-for-4 on the day with Schoenberg adding a PPG late in the 3rd to ice the win.  Luke Andriuk got the call on Sunday afternoon and answered the bell kicking aside 33 of the 35 shot attempts by the Knights.  The win was Andriuk’s second on the season and allowed the Core’ to end the weekend on a high note with the 3-2 win.

Bretti on the weekend, “Our power-play has been strong of late and I thought this weekend was no different.  We got down 4-goal early on Saturday and almost tied it up at the end.  Today was a good all-around game for us, we’ll take the split and continue to work on playing better in all three zones”.

AC Notes: Swedish-born, AC forward, Rikard Keussen enjoyed a 4-pt weekend against the Knights as he tallied 1g-3a in the weekend split.  The 94’ birthdate Keussen currently has the team lead in scoring with a 2-9-11 line in 11GP’s…Core’ will host Hartford in a mid-week game on Wednesday afternoon.

  

Apple Core EHL Upcoming schedule:

 Oct 23 – 2:45PM – Hartford Jr Wolfpack – Brewster Ice Arena, Brewster, NY

Oct 26 -  6:10PM – New Jersey Titans – Brewster Ice Arena, Brewster, NY

 

 
 

Core’ goes 1-2 on road trip

As Of October 18,2013

 

HUDSON, NH – AppleCore hit the road to New Hampshire for three games in three days facing off against EHL foes, the Philadelphia Little Flyers, a rematch with the New Jersey Rockets and then a Columbus Day afternoon tilt against the Philadelphia Junior Flyers.  NY concluded the trip dropping 2 of 3 games including a heartbreaking 5-4 overtime loss to the Junior Flyers on Monday.

 The trip got off to a promising start for the Core’ as Cale Schoenberg potted the only goal needed in NY’s 1-0 blanking of the Philadelphia Little Flyers on Saturday evening.  The first period goal was assisted by Nathan Bastian and was 1 of 20 shots on net that the road team threw at the Flyers.  In what was a relatively “clean” contest, the teams combined for 5 minor penalties and Alec Hardman collected his 2nd win of the campaign and first shutout blocking aside all 21 shots he faced.

 On Sunday, NY would again jump out to the early first period lead as just two mins into the game, Rich Krisak scored his second goal of the campaign with the assist going to Bastian giving Bretti’s troops the 1-0 lead on the New Jersey Rockets.  New Jersey, looking to avenge an earlier loss to the Core’ in Brewster, tallied the next two goals giving them the 2-1 advantage going into the break.  In the second half, NY continued to battle back until finally, Caleb Fizer broke through tying the score, 2-2.  The game remained tied for the next 10-12 mins until Michael Gillespie scored the eventual GWG for the Rockets with just 3:15 to go in regulation time.  The Core’ pressed on however with the goalie pulled, an empty netter sealed it for NJ.  They avenged the earlier loss winning the game by the final score of 4-2.

 Having split the first two games of the weekend, NY was looking to finish on a high note before heading home for a long, 6- game home stand starting this weekend.  They were facing the Philadelphia Junior Flyers and the Flyers would score first, earning the 2-0 lead before Connor Finocchio tallied his 2nd of the season cutting the deficit in half.  The Flyers potted another and then Anthony Guaiani’s 2nd of the season, an unassisted goal made the score 3-2 with thirteen mins to play in regulation.  Teams would battle back and forth exchanging chances and with both goalies, making saves the teams each netted power-play goals including Filip Akermark’s first of the season with just under 5 mins to play that would send the game into OT.  Jeff Beck would end NY’s gritty comeback attempt for the Flyers as he scored the game-winner.  Final score, 5-4 Flyers.  Alec Hardman made 31 saves in defeat for NY.

 

Coach Bretti commented after the weekend, “I was happy with our compete level all weekend.  We needed to bury a few of our chances, especially Monday afternoon but I felt on the whole it was a good weekend for our team. We’ll put in the work this week and we’re looking forward to getting better and playing some home games over the next few weeks”

NY moves to 3-7 on the year and will now begin a 6-game home stand beginning Saturday, October 19th against Wikles-Barre.  The Core’ is in need of some home cookin’, they hope to gain some momentum with this string of home games.

 

 

AC Notes: Dan Mainello leads the Core’ in scoring with a 3-4-7 line in 7 games played.  Rikard Kuessen leads the team in PIMs with 34 in 6 gp’s……AppleCore alumni, Steven Santini potted his first ever collegiate goal as his Boston College Eagles defeated RPI last weekend in Chestnut Hill, MA by the score of 7-2.  Congrats Steve on what will surely be one of many goals for the Eagles……This weekend, when the Core’ welcomes the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights to town, it will mark the first time in Coach Bretti’s coaching career that he will faceoff against a former player of his as Justin Lyle brings his Knights to town….Bretti coached Lyle in the mid-90’s while at University of Alaska-Anchorage in the WCHA

  

AppleCore EHL Upcoming schedule:

 Oct 19 – 6:10PM - Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights – Brewster Ice Arena, Brewster, NY

Oct 20 -  10:50AM - Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights – Brewster Ice Arena, Brewster, NY

Oct 23 -  2:45PM – Hartford Jr. Wolfpack - Brewster Ice Arena, Brewster, NY

 

Core’ completes homestand with 2 wins

 As of October 10,2013   

 

BREWSTER, NY – Apple Core completed their first homestand of the season on Sunday with a convincing 4-1

victory over the visiting New Jersey Rockets.  The win was a good bounce back game after the team dropped

 a 5-1 decision to the Connecticut Oilers on Wednesday afternoon.

 

Against the Oilers, NY jumped out to the early lead as Nathan Bastian tallied just 7 minutes into the

contest however the lead would not stand.  Connecticut ripped off the next five straight goals, including

one on the power-play and won the game by a final of 5-1.  Luke Andriuk took the loss in net for

 Apple Core making 32 saves.

 

Determined to get back to winning hockey, Coach Bretti’s troops welcomed new rivals, the New Jersey Rockets to

 Brewster on Saturday night.  Again the Core’ would jump out to the lead as veteran blueliner, Connor Finocchio

 scored his first of the year, a shorthanded tally six minutes in.  A spirited affair, the teams went back and forth

exchanging hits, power-plays and goals until Caleb Fizer potted his second of the season on the man advantage

with assists to Finnocchio and Rikard Kuessen.  The home team would not look back as they tacked on two

more goals in the third period, one by Cale Schoenberg and another one from Fizer which put the game

 on ice.  Alec Hardman got the win in goal for NY, his first of the regular season stopping 23 of 24 shots

enroute to the 4-1 win.

 

NY moves to 2-5 on the year and now hits the road for the next three tilts before returning home on Saturday,

October 19 for a long, 6 game homestand.

 

Apple Core EHL Upcoming schedule:

 

Oct 12 – @ Philadelphia Little Flyers – Cyclones Rink; Hudson, New Hampshire

Oct 13 - @ New Jersey Rockets – Cyclones Rink; Hudson, New Hampshire

Oct 14 - @ Philadelphia Junior Flyers – Cyclones Rink; Hudson, New Hampshire

 

 

Apple Core beat Bobcats, earns split at home

 As of October 1,2013   

 

BREWSTER, NY – The Core’ opened the home portion of the 2013/14 EHL season

over the weekend by welcoming in the rival NY Bobcats for a two game set.  In what

was expected to be a very physical and emotional series, fans were not disappointed as

the two teams battled for every inch of ice at the Brewster Ice Arena, resulting in a

series split with Apple Core taking game two on Sunday, 4-3.

 

Coach Bretti’s had his full complement of players available for the home opener on

Saturday night and he saw his team come out in the first period and fire 16 shots on goal,

unable to penetrate the Bobcats final line of defense.  AC earned a 5x3 advantage towards

the end of the first period however were unable to finish, leaving the game scoreless after

 one.    The visitors would get on the board first as just 26 seconds into the second stanza,

 Sean Kacerosky finished off a play, giving the Bobcats the early 1-0 lead.  The goal

seemed to ignite the Core’ as the next 10 mins of play was carried by the home team.  A

very spirited affair, with 15 total penalties called throughout, the game wore on with the

Core’ pressing for the equalizer.  With four mins to go in the period, that equalizer would

come off the stick of Rich Krisak as he buried a feed from Rikard Kuessen.  The goal

was Krisak’s first of the season and ignited the bench, tying the score as the period drew

to a close, 1-1. 

 

The chippy play would continue into the third as both teams got involved with scrums

seemingly after every whistle.  The Bobcats scored with 14 mins to play to gain back the

lead and the home team was unable to put home the equalizer after pressuring the

majority of the final 10 mins.  The visitors would hold on to win game one, 2-1 but the

stage was set for another battle on Sunday evening.

 

AC starter Luke Andriuk was solid in net, making 44 saves on 46 shots in the tough

loss.

 

In game two on the weekend, the home team would make the visitors pay for their

penalties, as the Core’ tallied twice on the power-play and led by Caleb Fizer (1g-1a-

2pts) up front, earned their first victory of the season, downing the Bobcats 4-3.  Local

product, defenseman Frank Sherding, also recorded a goal and an assist in the victory.

 

 

Luke Andriuk got the call again in net for the home team and was again, stellar kicking

aside 29 saves as the Core’s outshot the Bobcats 37-32.

 

Apple Core looks to string together some home wins as they remain home for the next

two games before hitting the road for three. Catch all the action on www.fasthockey.com

 

Apple Core EHL Upcoming schedule:

 

Oct 2 – Vs. CT Oilers; 3:15pm @ Brewster Ice Arena, Brewster, NY

Oct 5 - Vs. New Jersey Rockets; 6:10pm @ Brewster Ice Arena, Brewster, NY

ALUMNI NOTE: Congratulations to AppleCore alum, Zander Masucci, who was

named “Rookie of the Year” after his Freshman campaign last Spring at Williams

College.  Zander, a former Captain for the Core’ was a solid defenseman on the ice and

an exceptional leader off it.

 
Core’ Drops First Three of Season on the Road

                                                                                                                                                       As of September 26,2013 

 The Apple Core 2013/14 EHL season got underway this past weekend with a tough three

 game road trip through the northeast playing three league games in three consecutive

 days.  With only returning three players from last season’s EJHL team, the Core’ has

 essentially an entirely new roster for the upcoming campaign.  Coach Bretti’s team

dropped three games on the opening weekend to the Monarchs, Valley Warriors and the

Boston Bandits.

 Dan Mainello (Troy, NY) paced the Core’ during the weekend posting 4pts in the three

 games including 1g,1a in Sunday’s 6-3 defeat to the Bandits.  The team looks to rebound

this weekend as they open the home portion of the schedule facing off against Central

Division foe, the New York Bobcats, in a two-game series at the Brewster Ice Arena.

 Catch all the action on www.fasthockey.com

 Apple Core EHL Upcoming schedule:

Sept 28 – Vs. NY Bobcats; 6:10pm @ Brewster Ice Arena, Brewster, NY

Sept 29 – Vs. NY Bobcats; 6:45pm @ Brewster Ice Arena, Brewster, NY

 

 

Apple Core Welcomes 

LOU SANTINI

AS EHL ASSISTANT COACH

 

Lou Santini enters his first season as a member of the Apple core coaching staff. His primary responsibilities lie with coaching the defensemen and goaltenders. In addition Santini will scout for players all across North America.

Before coming to Apple core Santini was an assistant coach with Sacred Heart University in the Division One Atlantic Hockey league for ten years. Before that he was an assistant coach for the Tulsa Crude and the Dubuque Fighting Saints of the USHL. He spent one year coaching professional hockey in 2000 serving as an assistant coach for the Augusta Lynx (ECHL) and coaching training camp with the Cincinnati Cyclones (IHL).
Prior to that experience Santini served as an assistant coach for six seasons at Middlebury College. During that time Middlebury won five consecutive NCAA Division - III National Championships and had an overall record of 137-19-10. Santini first began coaching as an assistant coach at his Alma mater, Iona College. He was a high school assistant coach at Clarkstown South and prep school assistant coach at Rye Country Day school from 1990 - 94. In addition Santini has served as a coach and instructor for the USA Player Development Program in Michigan, Minnesota and New York from 1990 - 2012.

Santini ‎earned a BA in Communication Arts/ Broadcasting with a minor in Speech from Iona in 1990. He was also a three year letter winner as a goaltender for the Iona College men's ice hockey team.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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