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Northeast Sled Hockey League Tournament
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NEP WILDCATS, CENTER-PEDES AIM TO BREAK TIE AND TAKE LEAGUE LEAD

The NESHL’s top two teams look to end deadlock as season’s end draws near

 Written by Peter Quartuccio

DANBURY, CT—With only two games remaining on the 2009/2010 schedule, the fourth and penultimate round of NESHL competition on January 10 in Danbury, Connecticut promises to showcase some intense hockey, as the New Hampshire NEP Wildcats and Pennsylvania Center-pedes seek to separate themselves from each other and the league in an attempt to grab first-place.  In addition to contending with each other, however, the NEP Wildcats and Center-pedes must also thwart the ascent of the talented and impressive 2nd and 3rd place teams, the New York Spinal Rangers and the Connecticut Wolfpack.

            The quest for first-place that continues on January 10 seems to favor the Center-pedes, whose fourth round schedule appears to be less dangerous than the NEP Wildcats’, but will nevertheless be no cake walk, as the Vermont Sledcats and Connecticut Wolfpack are sure to give Pennsylvania all they can handle.  The Sledcats, who are playing their first season in NESHL, have struggled most of the season and find themselves last in the standings, but they are a hungry and rapidly improving team.  The third-place Wolfpack, who finished with one win and one loss in the last round of competition, will be no pushover either, as they hope to ride the recent dominance of goalie Karen Smith to an upset win over the Center-pedes.  The NEP Wildcats have to contend with Vermont as well, but they must also face the red hot New York Spinal Rangers, who are fresh off a 2-win performance in last month’s round.  The Rangers, lead by league-standouts Chris Meigel, Nick Teodoro, and Victor Calise, trail the Wildcats and Center-pedes by a very manageable 4 points in the standings, and pose a very real threat to both teams.  The NEP Wildcats, however, are no paper tiger; theirs is the most potent offense in the NESHL, boasting some of the league’s best players, including Kip St. Germaine, Bryan Genovese, and NESHL point-leader Josh Moran.

            The league championship is well within the respective grasps of the NEP Wildcats, the Center-pedes, and the Rangers, and both the Wolfpack and the Sledcats will make each of the three earn their spot atop the standings by playing all-out in their remaining games. With so much to play for and so few games remaining, the fourth round of NESHL action on January 10 is sure to provide hockey that’s not to be missed.

            The games will be held on Sunday, January 10, from 10:00am to 4:00pm at the Danbury Ice Arena: 1 Independence Way, Danbury, CT  06810.  For more information please visit www.NESHL.org or www.WheelchairSportsFederation.org.

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