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February 18, 2008
Inch Closer to League Title

FRAMINGHAM, MA - Coming off a three game weekend sweep at the CD Selects Showcase the Bruins are now one win away from winning the 2007-2008 Empire Jr. League regular season championship. If they pick up one more win (they have five games remaining), the regular season title will not only be theirs but they will also have their ticket punched for Nationals. Should the Bruins win they will make Empire League history as the only team to ever Three-peat as regular season champs.

Two other teams, Wheatfield and Applecore, have won the regular season crown back to back, but both failed in their attempt at the Three-peat. The Bruins, who first joined the league for the 2005-2006 season have compiled an 80-7-2 record in their first two seasons and now have a combined regular season record of 104-9-2-3 to date. That is good for a staggering .902 winning percentage. Their winning ways can be looked at like this-this year, 15 of the 19 teams in the Empire League have lost 9 or more games THIS year. In three years of league play the B’s have only lost 9 times.

The Bruins success has carried over into the playoffs in their first two years in the league as well. They have a combined playoff record of 15-1-1. In ’05-’06 they reached the title game losing to the Syracuse Stars. In year two they reached the finals again, this time taking down the NH Jr. Monarchs.

The teams combined regular season and playoff record in the Empire league now sits at 119-10-3-3 (as of February 18, 2008).
In their first season in the league the team was an offensive machine scoring an Empire league record of 6.29 goals per game. They were led by Stevie Moses (Junior Bruins/UNH), David Boehm (Cedar Rapids/U-Mass Amherst), Justin Alonzo (Junior Bruins), Matt Zarbo (Junior Bruins/Clarkson), Mike Cichy (Tri-City/University of North Dakota), Cody Warila (Junior Bruins) and Mike White (Junior Bruins).

Last season it was a slew of new leaders who came onto the scene and led the Bruins to a 40-4-1 regular season mark. In addition to leading the league in goals scored per game they were also the league leaders in goals against. Steve Morra (Junior Bruins), Johnny Henrion (Junior Bruins/UNH), Derek Arnold (Junior Bruins/Maine), Cory Kane, Connor Knapp (Junior Bruins/Miami of Ohio) and Evan Gogonis (Junior Bruins) took the reins leading the B’s.

The ‘07/’08 Bruins returned only ten players so it was time to start all over again. The team has answered the bell, like those before them have done, and have put themselves in a position to check off one of their preseason goals of winning the regular season crown. The first chance the Bruins will have is a Wednesday matinee with the Valley Jr. Warriors at the New England Sports Center.

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