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Huge game by Weldon boosts East Coast over Hampton Roads, 7-2

Polar Ice House    Sat, Oct 27, 2012

The East Coast Eagles' Jacob Weldon had a big offensive game, scoring one goal and contributing three assists in his team's 7-2 win over the Hampton Roads Whalers.

Weldon beat Taylor Brost with a shot 5:55 into the second period to make the score 6-1 East Coast. Bailey King picked up the assist. Weldon dished an assist on Matt Burleson's goal that made the score 4-0 East Coast at 19:40 into the first period. He then added assists on Christopher Grosvenor's goal at 1:48 into the second and on Graff Richards' goal at 18:10 into the second.

East Coast's penalty kill excelled, as the Eagles gave up one goal despite allowing eight power plays.

East Coast kept Hampton Roads' goalie busy throughout the game, and Brost made 24 saves on 31 shots. The Eagles bested their season scoring average. This season, East Coast averages 3.7 goals per contest. The defensemen of the Eagles were also effective in the Whalers' zone, and came away with two goals. East Coast could not stay out of the penalty box, as the team accrued 24 minutes in penalties during the game.

East Coast additionally got points from Samuel Banasiewicz, who also grabbed one goal and one assist and Connor Sheehey, who also tallied one goal and one assist. In addition, East Coast received assists from Bruce Chappell and Thomas Gilmartin, who contributed two a piece.

Hampton Roads was often in penalty trouble, totaling 11 minors and one major for 27 minutes in penalty time. The Whalers had been averaging 18.0 minutes in penalties per game. Hampton Roads could not produce up to it normal offensive output. The Whalers average 4.1 goals per game. The Eagles were unable to stop Hampton Roads from sending pucks towards the net, and the Whalers eventually piled up 31 shots on goal.

Hampton Roads was helped by Nathan Kanter, who racked up one goal and one assist. Kanter scored 2:21 into the second period to make the score 5-1 East Coast. Jonathon Jones provided the assist. Hampton Roads also got points from Jones, who also had one goal and one assist. More assists for Hampton Roads came via Jeremy Wilson, who had two.

Ryan Taylor rejected 29 shots on goal for East Coast. The Eagles registered three goals on 10 power play opportunities.