February 10, 2008
Despite Five Call-ups, Apple Core Still Has Plenty of Fire Power
Long Beach, NY- The Apple Core EJHL team has officially called up five players for the remainder of the season, marking the most mid-season call-ups in Apple Core history. Frankie Posillico (the team’s leading scorer), Brendan Tracy (the team captain), Rui Encarnacao (team leader in game-winning goals), goaltender Dan Sullivan (arguably the best goaltender in the Empire League), and defenseman Anthony Bitetto (who has become one of the top defensemen on the EJ team) have all been called-up and playing big roles on the EJHL team. Despite the call-ups, the Apple Core Empire team is all but negative. With a new look and attitude, the Junior B team is ready to make its run at an Empire League Championship.
“At the beginning of the season we had a good handful of guys chomping at the bit to get the big time minutes,” said Apple Core Head Coach Chris Cosentino. “Now, it’s their opportunity to get in those key situations, and I have 100% confidence in them to get the job done.”
Apple Core replaced the five with players who will not only keep the team in good shape but they also mix in well with the team chemistry. Apple Core signed forwards Matt LeClair and John Kelly, two players that played instrumental roles in last season’s run. The team also acquired versatile speedster Ben Kramer, who will be a huge asset to the team’s offense. Defenseman Chris Joseph was called-up from Apple Core’s CHA team and has been logging some big time minutes on the blue-line. And finally, All-Star goaltender Carl Rappa makes his return to the Empire League and quickly won all three of the games he started.
Defenseman Danny Honovic has taken the reins as team leader, while Chris Leonard heals an injured knee. Forwards Rudy Sulmonte, Tim Baxter, and Tim Condon will continue to put points up and contribute to the team’s offense.
“I believe that our team character alone will get us further than any other team’s skill down the road and into playoffs,” said Cosentino.
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