Wayne, NJ- With Halloween around the corner and the EJHL fall season in full swing, last night’s Hitmen vs. Apple Core game was only missing ghouls and goblins. There were tricks, two hat tricks to be precise off the sticks of Tim Clifton and Jason Stephanik, and there were treats, 11 Hitmen with multiple point nights. When the dust settled, the Hitmen rode four power play goals and two shorthanded goals to a 12-4 victory over the Core.
"I thought last night’s effort was the most complete game we had put together all season," said GM/Head Coach Toby Harris after the game. "Coach Hunt and I have been stressing to our team all season that special teams are difference makers and that you must cash in on power play opportunities, especially this season. There is so much parity in the EJHL this year and so many great players that when you have the extra attacker, or you are down a man, the intensity level has to go up, and tonight we did that on both ends."
Harris, post-game, also mentioned the hot play of goaltenders Chris Funkey and Tanner Creel in the early season. He also spoke about guys like Josh Henke, Brendan Bradley, Brock McGinn and Connor Costello “flying under the radar” as they are putting together very solid seasons early and aiding in the Hitmen's rise to the top of the southern division.
- Courtesy of Jersey Hitmen