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NORTHEAST SLED HOCKEY LEAGUE KICKING OFF NEW DIVISION AT AMELIA PARK ARENA
Westfield, MA – Amelia Park Arena is proud to host the first games of “AdultB” Division action of the Northeast Sled Hockey League on Saturday, November 15th starting at 3pm.  The Northeast Sled Hockey League (NESHL) has expanded their competition to “A” and “B” Divisions, which the local team, Western Mass Knights, is a part of.   The “Adult B” Division teams are:  Northeast Passage (NEP) Wildcats, Vermont Sled Cats, and the Western Mass Knights.
“We are thrilled to expand our league competition to Westfield,” said League Commissioner Mike Ciavarro.  “Amelia Park has long been a supporter of our sport through their annual tournament and to be able to showcase the talent of our athletes at this beautiful facility is great for our league.”  The schedule is:
 
3:00PM
VT Sledcats
vs
Western MA Knights
 
4:30PM
VT Sledcats
vs
NEP Wildcats
 
6:00PM
NEP Wildcats
vs
Western MA Knights
Amelia Park is an ice arena/sports complex and memorial garden, financed by the late Westfield philanthropist Albert F. Ferst (1919-2011), in memory of his wife Amelia.  In 2000, the Ice Arena that Millie envisioned several years ago became a reality.  Unfortunately, her early death prohibited this gracious lady from seeing one of the Ferst’s many generous acts to the Westfield community come to fruition. The Albert & Amelia Ferst Operating Foundation, a 501 (c) 3 non-profit entity, was formed in 1998, with the expressed purpose of building & maintaining this recreational facility and garden in her memory.

Tug of War in Flemington

Written by: Steve O’Brien      10-26-14
     When the USA Warriors and Philadelphia Flyers clash on the ice a great game follows. This one was no exception. During warmups players from each team seemed on point mentally; preparing themselves for the game ahead. The first period started with the Warriors dominating the ice netting their goal early in the period on a beautiful back door shot by David Noblit. The Warriors maintained a hard fore-check in the Flyers zone resulting in a second goal by Andrew Wilson after a four shot-rebound sequence.  The Warriors would continue to play hard laying out many good hits and keeping Philly on their heels.
     The second period would prove to be a great one for the Flyers as they began to play tighter defensively, while bringing in a good fore-check of their own. Nobody scored in the second period but there were a plethora of great shots from the players of both teams, and even better saves by both goaltenders.
     The third period saw a shift in play, with the Flyer tying up the game early with goals by Danny McDevitt, and Tim Jones. After the game was tied up the Flyers had a second wind in them playing with an aggressive fore-check, and giving the goaltender Benjamin Harrow several scoring chances and a good  workout. Even with this momentum shift the Warrior’s defense would prove too resilient despite the Flyers having a few juicy chances that were ultimately denied by the great goaltending of Harrow.
     The game ended in a 2-2 tie with both teams satisfied in the Congo-line and looking forward to the next game.

Back and Forth Fight Between States

Written by: Steve O’Brien   10-26-2014 

      The Philadelphia Flyers and New Jersey Freeze hit the ice on Sunday ready to play their first game of the season. Both teams skated hard in the first period; each throwing bodies into the boards and pucks at the net. The Flyers, however, had more time in the Freeze’s zone then NJ would have liked with the Flyers scoring goals scored by Jack O’Grady, and Mike Doyle with Danny McDevitt assisting on both. The Freeze, however, would not go into the second period down by two, with Jack Wallace scoring one at the end of the period.
      The second period would once again see the Flyers strong fore-check; doing their best to keep the puck in NJ’s zone. Despite that hard fore-check, the Freeze would take the lead for most of the second period with goals from Nick Teodoro, and Connor Fee. Even though they were down, the Flyers were not out; with Danny McDevitt tying the game at three apiece. Nick Teodoro would once again give the Freeze the lead ending the period with a score of NJ 4 and PHL 3.
     Entering the third and final period the Flyers knew what had to be done and came out stronger and more focused then they were in the previous two periods. They netted three goals starting with a beautiful two line pass from Doyle to McDevitt to tie the game at four all. Tim Jones followed with two more goals, the last of which was scored on an empty net. The game would end 6-4 with the Flyers taking the first game of the season.
     Both team played exceptionally well setting the stage for the rest of the games this season.