Empire Players/Coach of the Month Selectees, December 2006
Coach: Pete Preteroti
Team: Buffalo Junior Stars
While Buffalo may not have a winning season,
Coach Preteroti and his staff have made remarkable progress with the Junior
Stars in the past 3 months. Back at the start of the season Buffalo was
losing games by a wide margin and were clearly outplayed in the early games,
but by December this situation changes where Buffalo games are not only
being decided by one or two goals. Coach Preteroti has turned his team
around thru hard work and instilled in them the attitude that they are
as good as any team in the Empire. While Buffalo may not be a playoff contender
this year, with this attitude and drive they will become a dominant Empire
team in the next couple years.
Team: Fitchburg NE Jr. Huskies
Ryan has 20 goals and 18 assists
(38 points) at the end of December.
Player: Shane Talarico
Team: Pittsburgh Jr. Penguins
Won 3 of 3, with a .925 Save Pct and a 1.67 GAA (5 goals in 3 games).
Player: Tommy Monteiro
Team: Junior Bruins
6 games (all wins), 2 assists
Monteiro, a 1989 defensemen and captain of the Junior Bruins squad has
helped lead his team to a perfect December with six victories. He is a
tough nosed defensive defensemen who was great in his own zone and helped
keep opponents goals per game average under two for the month. In those
six games the Bruins played some of the league's top teams.