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Falter becomes the Cyclones Premier 10th Commitment of the 2017-2018 Season. Congratulations to Billy on his achievement!


The Northern Cyclones Premier team is proud to announce their 10th college commitment of the 2017-2018 season. Billy Falter committed to Salem State University for the fall of 2018.


Billy is in his first season with the Northern Cyclones and the 1998-born forward came to the Cyclones after playing a season with the Middlesex Black Bears last year. Before the Black Bears, Falter played four years at St. Johns Prep in Massachusetts where he won the MIAA Super 8 Championship his junior season. Falter came to the Northern Cyclones this year so he could be seen by more colleges and get his chance of playing college hockey.


So far this season the Wilmington, MA native has a stat line of 11-13-24 in 43 games. Billy is currently eighth on the team in points and sixth in goals. Billy has seen time on the Cyclones special teams, especially on the penalty kill, where he has logged big minutes for Coach Weiand.  


The physical forward is considered a two-way player who plays with an edge and can make an impact on a game in many different ways. Falter plays a tough 200-foot game and there are games where he might not put the puck in the net but will do other things to help his team win.  He will be looking to bring his maturity, dedication, work ethic, and his ability to the Vikings line up next season. 


When Premier Head Coach Bill Weiand was asked about Billy he had this to say; “Billy is a pleasure to coach, because of how hard he plays each and every time he is on the ice. Salem State is getting a very dedicated and impactful young man”– Coach Bill Weiand 


Salem State University is a state university in Massachusetts and they compete in the MASCAC, which is one of the most competitive D3 conferences in the country. The hockey team is currently 6-9-3 in the MASCAC and 10-11-5 overall this season.


When asked about his recent commitment and time with the Northern Cyclones Billy had this to say;


“I am excited to announce my commitment to Salem State University. I cannot thank Bill Weiand and the Cyclones organization enough for the support and opportunity they have given me this season.”


“Coach Weiand taught me that hard work really pays off. I would also like to thank my family for all the support throughout the years. I couldn’t have done it without them. I want to thank my teammates and prior coaches for making this possible and a fun journey. I am looking forward to attending Salem State University and playing for Coach O’Neill next season. Go Vikings!”


The Northern Cyclones would like to congratulate Billy and his family on this great accomplishment and wish them the best of luck in the future.

USPHL Premier Nationals First Round Wrap

By Jim DenHollander 03/08/2018, 7:15am EST

MARLBOROUGH, MA - There’s still a long way to go, but the defending United States Premier Hockey League (USPHL) champion Charlotte Rush looked impressive in its opening match at the 2018 National Championship tournament.

The Rush opened the scoring 83 seconds in and never looked back in an impressive 8-1 win against the Florida Eels Tuesday (March 7) at the New England Sports Center in one of six opening round games for the Premier Division.

In other games: The Jersey Hitmen used four middle period goals to pull away from the Motor City Hawks in a 6-0 win and the Islanders Hockey Club also earned a shutout despite some spectacular goaltending at the other end of the rink with a 2-0 win against the Wisconsin Rapids Riverkings.

The Minnesota Blue Ox used a late empty netter to finally close out a crazy slugfest with the Northern Cyclones 7-5, the New Jersey Rockets scored three times in the third to put away a 6-2 win against the Chicago Cougars and Hampton Roads Whalers scored the first six in a 6-1 win against the Tampa Bay Juniors.

Rush 8 Eels 1

The Rush carried a 2-0 lead into the second period and piled on three more heading to the third. The Rush was up 8-0 before Nikita Lopatin, 18, from Moscow, Russia gained some consolation with his goal just past the halfway mark to shatter the shutout bid of Rush goaltender Sam Best, 19, from Woburn, MA.

Matthew Headland, 19, from Nottingham, England paced the Rush attack, scoring three goals and assisting on another and Bailey Conklin, 19, from Malone, NY fired a pair as well. Blake Bennett, 19, from Grand Island, NY added a goal and three assists while Tyler Barrrow, 20, from Massapequa, NY scored once and set up a pair. Nick Yzaguire, 20, from Chicago, IL scored the other Rush goal, Scott Aaron, 21, from Madison, AL and Brendan McCormack, 19, from Nutley, NJ both setting up a pair.

Best stopped 30 shots to pick up the win and Danick Franceour, 19, from Laval, QC also stopped 30 for the Eels.

Hitmen 6 Hawks 0

The Hitmen dominated this contest, peppering Hawks’ goaltender Nathan Norkevicus, 19, from Pittsburgh, PA with 51 shots.

That margin included an 18-3 edge through the opening period but the lone goal in the frame came from Thomas Lamacchia, 19, from Glen Rock, NJ, his first of a pair, scored late in the period.

The Hitmen busted through in the second though beginning 80 seconds in and the Jersey boys were up 5-0 heading to the third.

Abel Christians, 19, from Grand Rapids, MI also scored twice for the Hitmen, adding an assist and Zach Wilson, 18, from Ballwin, MO added a goal and two helpers. Josh Nead, 19, from Sparta, NJ scored the other Hitmen goal and Matthew Paiotti, 19, from Oakland, NJ had three assists, Charles Stewart, 19, from Littleton, CO setting up a pair.

Trevor Osborne, 19, from O’Fallon, IL stopped all 11 shots he faced in goal for the Hitmen and Norekvicus ended up with 45 saves in goal for the Hawks.

Islanders 2 Riverkings 0

The Isles also had a wide margin in shots in its game against the Riverkings but it took a while before the advantage paid off.

Even after 20 despite a 15-5 edge in shots, the Isles finally found an opening past Erik Schuette, 20, from Olathe, KS 3:55 from the end of the second, Jason Bilski, 20, from Pittsburgh, PA scoring with help from Alex Laplante, 19, from Londonderry, NH and Devan Sheth, 20, from Ashland, MA.

The other Islanders goal came 97 seconds into the final period, John Garrity, 20, from Dublin, CA giving his team some insurance with a shorthanded tally.

Schuette went on to stop 50 shots for the Riverkings while Michal Soustal, 21, from Czech Republic handled all 24 shots he faced for the Isles to nail down the shutout win.

Rockets 6 Cougars 2

It was the Cougars dominating the offense in this one, but the Rockets took advantage of its few chances to put the game away.

Despite a 15-5 margin in shots for the Cougars in the opening frame, it was the Rockets up 2-0 with a pair of goals in the second half of the period.

Both teams pulled one back in the middle period, but the Rockets scored two goals in 56 seconds to open it up to 5-1 early in the third, then added another late to clinch the 6-2 win.

John Massara, 19, from Fenton, MO turned aside 44 shots nail down the win in goal and the Rockets had six different shooters: Lucas Bachofner, 18, from Los Angeles, CA; Travis Quigley, 20, from North Babylon, NY; Joseph Vogt, 19, from Franklinville, NY; Josh Kim, 20, from Leonia, NJ; Tyler Glennon, 19, from Kennett Square, Pa and Glenn Puppa, 20, from Bronx, NY. Glennon also added an assist and Spencer DeRidder, 19, from Fairport, NY had two helpers.

Michael Helf, 20, from Chicago and Gleb Bandurkin, 17, from Moscow, Russia had the Cougars goals.

Whalers 6 Juniors 1

The Whalers held a 47-16 edge in shots in this one including a 14-7 doubling in the opening period, but Kirill Romanov, 20, from Moscow, Russia, scored the lone goal just past the halfway mark of the period.

Conner Hunt, 19, from Frisco, TX and Brandon Osmundson, 19, from Chesapeake, VA added middle period markers to give the Whalers a 3-0 edge.

The Whalers smothered the Juniors down the stretch, owning an 18-3 edge in shots and putting the game away with three goals in 1:56 Two of them came from John Moncovich, 19, from Wilmington, NC  and Adam Toor, 19, from Kamloops, BC supplied the other.

Parker Elvy, 20, from Madison, WI gained a small consolation for the Juniors as he destroyed the shutout bid of Sean Dickson, 19, from Millbrae, CA just 65 seconds from the final buzzer.

Tyler Roy, 19, from Brighton, MI turned aside 34 shots through 47:16 with Nic Redmond, 19, from Rawdon, QC handling seven of eight through the final 12:44.

Moose 7 Cyclones 5

The Moose never trailed in this one but saw a persistent Cyclones team rally back to tie the game from deficits for 3-0 and 5-3.

Matej Krasny, 19, from Pilzen, Czech Republic fired his second of the game with 4:26 to go to put the Moose in front for a final time but the game wasn’t clinched until Jake Peterson, 20, from Oak Creek Wisconsin sank an empty netter with 44 seconds to go.

The Moose carried a 2-0 lead out of the opening period and added another 82 seconds into the middle frame before the Cyclones responded with three goals in 6:01 to even it up. The Moose scored twice in the final minute – five seconds apart, to carry a 5-3 lead into the final 20 minutes, but once again the Cyclones rallied back, scoring twice in the opening 11 minutes of the period and setting the stage for Krasny and Peterson.

Riley Keays, 20, from Brookfield, WI had a goal and assist for the Moose with other goals added by Nate Ackerman, 20, from Willmar, MN; Nicholas Gonrowski, 19, from Robbinsdale, MN and Matteo Menotti, 18, from Chicago, IL.

Captain Dylan Gast, 20, from White Bear Lake, MN helped with three assists and Bronson Moore picked up his 15th straight win in goal for the Moose with a 30-save effort.

For the Cyclones, Brendan Schulte, 19, from Fullerton, CA picked up a goal and assist and other goals came from: Billy Falter, 19, from Wilmington, MA; Killian Hammersmith, 19, from Glen Ellyn, IL; Erik Friberg, 19, from Stockholm, Sweden and Jake Cimarusti, 20, from Buffalo Grove, IL.

Niklas Bretschneider, 18, from Sulz Im Wienerwald, Austria picked up a couple of assists and Kyle Martin, 19, from Westford, MA also stopped 30 shots in goal for the Cyclones.

Teams will play second round matches tomorrow (Thursday) morning beginning at 9 am (EST) with the Hitmen taking on the Riverkings and Hawks battling the Rush. At 9:30 am the Eels are scheduled to meet the Islanders while the Whalers play the Cougars and the Rockets go up against the Moose. The final second round game will see the Cyclones taking on the Juniors beginning at 11:10 am.

Final round robin games will be played later Thursday with only the top teams from each of the four three-team pools advancing to play in Semi-Finals on Friday.


Premier Division National Tournament Preview

By Jim DenHollander 03/07/2018, 11:15am EST

MARLBOROUGH, MA -- The United States Premier Hockey League (USPHL) Premier League has whittled its field of 44 teams spread across six geographic divisions to a final dozen that will begin their final battles at the New England Sports Center.

The final group includes players representing 32 states as well as 17 other countries from four different continents. They will compete in four three-team pools, each team playing its pool opponents as well as one crossover game. All 12 teams will begin play on Wednesday (March 7) and wrap up pool play Thursday with two more games each.

The four division champions will move into semi-final games Friday which will determine the two finalists to settle the league championship at 12:10 p.m. (EST) on Saturday with one final battle.

Here is a quick look at which teams are taking part in the season-ending championship tournament.



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Chicago Cougars -- (Midwest-East Regular season champions – 30-11-2).

The Cougars dominated its division this season, earning a first round bye in the post season before earning a sweep last weekend against the Decatur Blaze to punch its ticket to Nationals.

Cougars will begin play at 1:10 pm against the New Jersey Rockets on Wednesday and then go against the Hampton Roads Whalers at 9:30 am on Thursday, wrapping up its division play with a cross-over match against the Northern Cyclones at 8:10 pm the same night.


New Jersey Rockets – (Mid-Atlantic Division Regular season champions – 35-5-4)

The Rockets led from start to finish in the Mid-Atlantic Division, claiming the regular season title with 13 points to spare. The Hartford Jr. Wolfpack put up a fight in the opening round of the post season, but the Rockets advanced in three games before moving into the National tournament with a second-round sweep of the Connecticut Jr. Rangers.

After opening with a game against the Chicago Cougars at 1:10 pm Wednesday the Rockets will go outside of the division to face the Minnesota Moose at 9:30 am Thursday, wrapping up division play at 8 pm that night against the Hampton Roads Whalers


Hampton Roads Whalers – (Second in Southeast Division 30-13-1)

The Whalers played in a tough division this season with five of the six teams finishing over .500, due in part to dominance at the Showcase tournaments.

The Whalers needed just one series win, but it was a tough one, the Whalers moving through with a sweep of the Carolina Eagles.

The Whalers start off on Wednesday with a 2 pm match against the Tampa Bay Juniors, then play a pair of division matches Thursday, playing the Chicago Cougars at 9:30 am and finishing with the New Jersey Rockets at 8 pm.



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Tampa Bay Juniors -- (Florida Division Regular Season Champs 30-13-1).

The Juniors battled the Florida Eels down the stretch and ultimately held on for a five-point edge for the regular season title. In the post season, the Florida and Southeast Divisions battled together, but the Juniors drew its own division rival, Florida Junior Blades in the opening round, sweeping the Best of Three series in two games to move into the National tournament.

The Juniors start the tournament at 2 p.m. Wednesday with a crossover match against the Hampton Roads Whalers, then meet division opponents on Thursday with an 11:10 am meeting with the Northern Cyclones followed by 7:20 pm tilt against the Minnesota Moose.


Northern Cyclones – (25-16-3 Sixth Place, North Division)

The Cyclones are a testament that regular season positioning means little once the ‘second season kicks off. While the Cyclones finished sixth overall, the team was also just nine points away from the Syracuse Stars who it squared off with in the first round, taking the series to the limit and then pulling off the upset.

That set up a second-round series against the Division champion New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs and the Cyclones proved it still had some more playoff magic left, grabbing another win in thrilling three game series to earn its way to the National Championship event.

After opening the tournament Wednesday with a 3:20 pm start against the Minnesota Moose and then the Tampa Bay Juniors with a faceoff scheduled for 11:10 am Thursday. The Cyclones will play its crossover game at 8:10 pm against the Chicago Cougars Thursday night.

Minnesota Moose – (Midwest-West Division Champions – 37-5-2)

The Moose has been almost unbeatable since Christmas and wrapped up the regular season with a 10-game winning streak to wrap up the title with nine points to spare. The Moose continued its run in the post season, first eliminating the Dells Ducks in two straight before moving on to the second round where it eliminated the Minnesota Mullets in two games as well.

The red-hot Moose will open play Wednesday with a 3:20 pm game against the Northern Cyclones and then returns Thursday, moving outside of its division to play the New Jersey Rockets at 9:30 am and finishing division play with a 7:20 pm meeting with the Tampa Bay Juniors.



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Charlotte Rush -- (Southeast Division Champs 40-2-2).

The defending Premier Division champions were a dominant force all season long and enter this event as perhaps the favorite to do it all again.

In a division that included several top-notch teams, the Rush still managed to wrap up the title with a 19-point edge. In its only post season series, the Rush dispatched the Richmond Generals in two straight to make a triumphant return to Nationals.

The Rush begins play here Wednesday with a 12:50 pm meeting against the Florida Eels, getting its crossover game out of the way before playing a pair of division games Thursday against the Motor City Hawks at 9 am and the Jersey Hitmen at 5:40 pm.


Jersey Hitmen – (25-16-3 Third Place in Mid-Atlantic Division)

The Hitmen wrapped up third spot in this tough division and drew the sixth place Connecticut Nighthawks in the opening round, advancing to the second round with a sweep.

A first round upset left the Hitmen as the favorite as it took on the fourth place New York Aviators in the second round, moving on to Nationals with another series sweep.

The Hitmen begins play at the tournament with a 12:50 pm meeting with the Motor City Hawks on Wednesday, continuing Thursday with a crossover game against the Wisconsin Rapids Riverkings at 9 am following by its division finale against the Charlotte Rush at 5:40 pm.


Motor City Hawks – (20-22-2, Second place Midwest-East Division)

If you are a glass half empty person, you look at the sub .500 record the Motor City Hawks carry into Nationals and realize the team is a longshot, playing in a tough pool.

But if you are glass half full, you note the team has turned in an awesome second half to the season, including a 12-game winning streak that came to an end in the penultimate game of the regular season.

The Hawks needed just one series win but it was a doozy as they outlasted its Motown rival, the Detroit Fighting Irish. After dropping the series opener in overtime, the Hawks battled back with an overtime win of its own in game two and finally, a goal inside of the final two minutes of game three to get the invite to Nationals.

The Hawks begin play at 12:50 pm Wednesday against the Jersey Hitmen, then return on Thursday for a 9 am battle with the Charlotte Rush, wrapping up play outside of its division against the Islanders Hockey Club at 8 pm. Thursday night.



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Islanders HC -- (29-9-6, Second Place, North Division).

The Islanders wrapped up play in the North Division, seven points behind the New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs and just two up on third place Syracuse Stars.

After dropping its first playoff game against the seventh place Springfield Pics, the Isles stormed back to tie and then win the Best of Three set. The Islanders were pushed to the limit again in the second round, battling through three tough games to ultimately move past the South Shore Kings and earn a spot at the National event.

The Islanders will begin play on Wednesday with a 1 pm game against the Wisconsin Rapids Riverkings and returns on Thursday with a 9:30 am game against the Florida Eels before wrapping up play with a crossover battle against the Motor City Hawks at 8 pm. Thursday night against the Motor City Hawks.


Wisconsin Rapids Riverkings – (33-10-0. Second Place, Midwest-West Division)

The Riverkings are another team that turned it up after Christmas and as a result slid from third, to second in the Midwest-West Division, edging the Minnesota Blue Ox by two points at the wire while trailing division champion Minnesota Moose by nine.

After moving past the seventh place Ironwood Yoopers in the opening round, the Riverkings advanced to the second round against the Blue Ox. Another two-game sweep against its rival gave the Riverkings its second straight ticket to league championship event.

The Riverkings will face the Islanders HC in a 1 pm match on Wednesday and plays its crossover match against the Jersey Hitmen at 9 am on Thursday before wrapping up division play at 6:10 p.m. the same day against the Florida Eels.


Florida Eels – (27-15-2, Second place Florida Division)

The Eels took turns with the Tampa Bay Jrs. in the penthouse of the Florida Division, but in the end, it was the Jrs. taking the spot with a slim five-point margin over the Eels.

In the post season, the Eels faced the Palm Beach Hawks and were pushed to the limit before finally taking the series in three games and moving on to the National tournament.

Eels will start on Wednesday with a 12:50 pm game against the Charlotte Rush before moving into division matches on Thursday, against the Islanders HC at 9:30 am and then wrapping up at 6:10 pm against the Wisconsin Rapids Riverkings.


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