BRICK, NJ - October 2, 2017 At the beginning of the season, things were not looking very bright for the Jersey Shore Whalers Elite Team. The first weekend the Elite team, while still working on getting their team chemistry, had to face one of the best top teams from last year and the Whalers were out played. Since then the team has been working hard, with that they are seeing a great deal of success. In the recent Boston Jr. Bruins showcase, the team split 2-2 including an exciting shootout win 5-4 against the Syracuse Stars with John Horner scoring the game winner in the shootout. Goaltender Lane Skon was huge in goal keeping the game tied at 4 and giving the team the chance to pull off the win.
The Whalers then came home for a set of games , one against the New York Aviators and the other against the division leading New Jersey Rockets. In the first game of the weekend, the Whalers came away with a 7-0 which saw Steven Hollabaugh score a Hat Trick and Aidan Tolnai have a 3 point night with 2 goals and an assist. Goalie Andrew Nogowski recorded his first shut out of the season.
The next day, the Whalers faced the division leading Rockets. The Whalers wasted no time showing the Rockets that they would not be pushed around in their house when TJ Evan scored the 1st goal just 11 seconds into the game. Steven Hollabaugh continued his strong play with 2 assists for a total of 5 points for the weekend. The Whalers finished a weekend sweep, beating the Rockets 4-1 to get back to .500 for the season with a 5 - 5 record. Once again Lane Skon was strong in goal to get the win stopping 35 of the 36 shots he saw.
After the win, Head Coach Wayne Anderson said, “The team is finally starting to gel behind good team defense and great goaltending”.
The Elite Teams next game is on the road against the Hartford Jr. Wolfpack on Oct. 15th.
Whalers Premier took to the ice Wednesday, September 14, 2017 in Wayne NJ to take on the Jersey Hitmen in their season home opener.
Trailing 1-0 after the first period, the Whalers tied it up at 15:47 in the second on a goal by Dylan McDonald assisted by Evan Hoey. With 5:04 remaining in the second, Hoey scored a power play goal on a back door pass from McDonald and Griffin Hurley to give the Whalers a 2-1 lead.
The Whalers continued to roll in the third with Jared Fisher scoring at 12:08 assisted by JC Lachapelle and Tiger Weber. McDonald would add his second goal on an empty net with :24 left in the game.
Danny Porth was outstanding in net making 43 saves on 44 shots.
The Whalers are proud to announce the signing of Zak Lasley from Salt Ste. Marie, MI. The 1998, 6’01”-185 lb forward spent the last two seasons with the Soo Indians 18U AAA program.
"Zak is a dynamic forward that has progressed through a great midget program. The coaching staff took a look at Zak's progression throughout the last two years and we see nothing but the same for his development. He gives our team another weapon offensively and brings speed to our forecheck. We're excited to see how he excels in the USPHL"
The Whalers are proud to announce the signing of Dylan McDonald from Roseville, MN to their Premier team. The 1997, 5’7”- 160 lb forward, spent the 2016-2017 season with the Syracuse Stars in the USPHL. Seeing time at both the Premier and Elite, McDonald put up 49 points scoring 23 goals and 26 assists drawing the interest of several NCAA DIII teams. Prior to joining the Stars, McDonald played 18U AAA for the Omaha Lancers in the NAPHL.
Premier Head Coach, Rob Cherella had the following to say about McDonald:
“Dylan brings experience, maturity and explosive offense to our team. He is going to be the foundation for our offensive systems and we look forward to having with us this season.”
BRICK, NJ - August 5, 2017 - The Jersey Shore Whalers are pleased to announce the re-signing of two players for the Whaler’s Premier team in 2017-2018. Both players started their Junior careers with the Whalers organization and have worked hard to make their way to the Whaler’s top team. In addition, these two players have been 2 time All-Stars in the Asbury Park Press All-Star Classic which features High School players from Monmouth and Ocean.
Justin Hulse, ’98 from Brick, NJ, is an outstanding two-way player. He plays a great game at both ends of the ice, and always gives 110%. Last season, Justin played on the Whalers 18U team as well as the USP3HL team when needed. In 28 games Justin had 9 Goals and 1 Assist for 10 points.
Goaltender Spencer Reu, ’98 from Oakhurst, NJ, returns after playing for the Whaler’s USP3HL team. Last season, Spencer had a GAA of 2.57, Save Percentage of .920, and led the team with 3 shutouts.
Commenting on the re-signings, Premier Head Coach Rob Cherella said, "Both Hulse & Reu have worked very hard over the past few years with our coaching staff and organization. They have shown much improvement both on and off the ice. We (as the coaching staff) believe Reu & Hulse have proven themselves to compete at the Premier level, and we look forward to seeing their continued success in the upcoming season. It's a great feeling to promote players from within.”
Congratulations to both Justin and Spencer.
The Whalers are proud to announce the signing of Dylan Demers from Bidderford, ME to their 18U team. The 1999, 6’0”-190 lb defensemen spent the 2016-17 season playing juniors with the Maine Wild in the NA3HL. In addition to his size, Demers put up 16 points last season with the Wild.
The Whalers are proud to announce the signings of Defensemen Jamison Westaby and Forward Tiger Weber to their Premier team.
Jamison Westaby, a 1997, 5’10”-180 lb defensemen from Sioux Falls, SD brings a high compete level and junior experience to the Whalers. After playing in the NA3HL as a 16U, Westaby took his game to the T1EHL where he played for the 18U Iowa Wild. Last season Westaby played for the Espanola Express in the NOJHL and the Springfield Express in WSHL.
Tiger Weber, a 1998, 6’2”-200 lb forward from Buffalo Grove, IL returns to the USPHL where he played the 2014-2015 season with the Providence Capitals. The past two season Weber played for the 18U AAA Soo Indians. Weber spent part of last season with the Blind River Beavers in the NOJHL.
The Whalers are proud to announce the signing of 97’ Goaltender, Dakota Cyhaniuk from New Braunfels, TX. Cyhaniuk spent the 2016-2017 season with the Islanders Hockey Club’s USP3 team where he recorded 16 wins, with a 2.44 GAA and a .918 SV%. Cyhaniuk frustrated the Whalers last season posting a 5-0 record including a series sweep of the Whalers in the first round of the playoffs, where he faced 86 shots in two games posting a .95 SV%.
The Whalers are proud to announce the signing of Jared Fisher from Fort Wayne, IN to their 18U team. The 2000, 5’9”-170 lb forward spent the last two seasons with the Skipjacks Hockey Club 16U team in the USPHL.
Whalers 18U Head Coach and Director of Recruiting, Anthony Matarazzo, had the following to say about Fisher:
"Getting a player of his caliber was a priority for us heading into the off season this year. He not only brings speed and size to our forward group but also makes players better around him. After watching him in the National Boys Select 17 camp, and seeing him this past weekend in the USPHL Showcase, were excited for training camp."
The Whalers are proud to announce the addition of Mark Rivera (Premier Assistant Coach) and Wayne Anderson (Elite Head Coach) to their coaching staff.
Rivera comes to the Whalers after finishing up his professional hockey career in the Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL), where he played the last two seasons with the Pensacola Ice Flyers and Macon Mayhem. Rivera was part of the 2017 Mayhem team that won the SPHL’s President Cup. Prior to his professional career, Rivera played NCAA DIII hockey at Manhattanville College in the ECAC where he earned Rookie of the Year and All-American accolades while there. Rivera spent four years as the Head Instructor at Erik Nates Euro Hockey specializing in skill and player development. During his youth years, Rivera was a four year starter at Christian Brothers Academy and played junior hockey with the Philadelphia Revolution and Springfield Pics in the EHL.
Anderson comes to the Whalers with 30+ years of coaching experience at the youth, high school and international levels. Anderson is currently the Head Coach at Marlboro high school, where he has won three division titles since his tenure there. While coaching at Red Bank Catholic in 2002, Anderson was named NJ High School Coach of the Year. Coach Anderson brought his coaching skills abroad, where he coached the Australian National Ice Hockey team. In additional to his coaching skills, Anderson had numerous hockey articles published in the Hockey News, USA Hockey Magazine and Hockey Player Magazine.
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