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Eels off to a strong start.

DEDHAM – After an early, Friday morning victory over Tigers Hockey at the Canton Ice House, the Eels traveled over to Dedham’s Boch Ice Arena for a noon contest against the East Coast Militia. The Eels took advantage of a slow start to the tournament for the Militia, posting a 5-1 victory to improve to 2-0-0 in the Jr. A division of the 2018 Pre-Draft Showcase.

Eels teammates Adam Burtzlaff and Cade Swygert scored two quick goals back-to-back early in the contest to set the tone for the game. The scores came just seven seconds apart at 4:54 and 5:01 of the first half to open up a two-goal advantage.

The Militia cut that deficit in half at 16:10 of the opening frame on a Joe Idelson score that made it 2-1, but the Eels lead was back to two before the half’s end. Hayden Haldane with the score at 18:51.

The Eels were then back at it quickly out of the locker rooms, James Cerepak making it 4-1 at 1:26 of the second half.

Room was minimal for a Militia comeback, a feat made even more difficult when Ian Friz put away yet another for the Eels at 11:28. The goal sealed the Militia’s fate and the 5-1 Eels victory.

Peter Barry credited with the win in net for the Eels.