Soo Eagles News - Hockey News September 25, 2014

Berry named North Division Star of the Week

The Soo Eagles may have found themselves a keeper in 18-year-old goalie Jack Berry. (Listen to interview with Jack Berry)

The rookie and native of Holly, Michigan played very well at the NAHL Showcase, helping the Eagles to a 3-1 record and 1st place in the North Division. Berry started in two games and made an appearance in a third. Berry (6’2/185) won his first NAHL start as he stopped 19 of 20 shots that came his way in a 3-1 win over Minot. After posting a perfect period against Brookings in a relief role, Berry then made 20 saves in a 5-0 shutout win over the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees. He has allowed just one goal on 43 shots to date.

“Jack has looked good in practice and we were eager to see what he could do. I thought he got stronger as the games went along. He players under control and mature for a younger goalie,” said Soo head coach Bruno Bragagnolo.

Forward  Sandis Zolmanis, of the Soo Eagles, was named North Division’s second star.

Soo Eagles News - Hockey News September 25, 2014

Get to know your Soo Eagles - Goalies Jack Berry and Sean Keating

This week we get to know two goaltenders, Jack Berry and Sean Keating. "Get to know your Soo Eagles" interviews with Fast Hockey’s, Scott Nason.

Jack Berry was just named the North Division player of the week, as he earned a pair of victories at the Blaine Showcase Tournament. The 6'2", 185lb, '96 birth year goaltender, from Holly, Michigan is 2-0-0 this season, with a goals against average of 0.43 and a save percentage of .977.

Sean Keating has also earned a pair of victories this season. The 5'11", 178lb, '94 birth year goaltender, from Grand Rapids, Michigan is 2-2-0 this season, with a goals against average of 2.74 and a save percentage of .903.

This season, you will also be able to hear the interviews during the intermission of home Fast Hockey broadcasts.

Soo Eagles News - Hockey News September 19, 2014

Soo Eagles win first game at Blaine

The Soo Eagles couldn’t have started the Blaine Showcase any better, as they shut out the Bismark Bobcats, 7-0, on Wednesday night. Seven different players scored goals for the Eagles, including Raymond Brice, Trevor Cope and Chason Matson in the 1st period, Evan Mills in the 2nd period and Sandis Zolmanis, Keegan Miller and Brad Pung in the 3rd period. Sean Keating posted the shutout for the Eagles making 18 saves, while Hunter Sheperd took the loss for the Bobcats, also making 18 saves.

Soo Eagles News - Hockey News September 19, 2014

Birzitis earns North Division Star of the Week

The North American Hockey League (NAHL) today announced the Divisional Stars of the Week presented by Easton for the week ending September 14, 2014.  The Divisional Stars of the Week is a weekly feature during the 2014-15 regular season that honors the top performing players in each of the four NAHL divisions. Only players that are nominated by their respective teams are considered for the Divisional Players of the Week award.

North Division Star of the Week: Bruno Birzitis, forward, Soo Eagles

The Soo Eagles ended up with a weekend home split with the Janesville Jets this past weekend and leading the way was forward Bruno Birzitis. The 19-year-old native of Riga, Latvia, registered four points, which included two goals and two assists. He was also a +3. On Friday night, Birzitis (6’0/182) scored twice including the game-winning goal in a 3-2 win over the Jets. On Saturday night, he assisted on two of the Eagles three goals in a 4-3 loss. Last season, Birzitis had 26 points in 50 games played. “We expect big things out of the Bruno this season and he really rose to the occasion this past weekend,” said Soo head coach Bruno Bragagnolo. “He has a lot of skill and can put the puck in the net, so it was a great start to the season for him.”

2nd Star: Jacob Coleman, F, Keystone Ice Miners
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Brady Bender, D, Johnstown Tomahawks – Drew Callin, F, Janesville Jets – Jake Houston, D, Johnstown Tomahawks – Kyle Patava, F, Janesville Jets – Sandis Zolmanis, F, Soo Eagles

Soo Eagles News - Hockey News September 19, 2014

Eagles open up regular season with a split

The Soo Eagles opened up their 2014-15 North American Hockey League season last weekend, as they split a pair of games with the Janesville Jets, at Pullar Stadium.

Soo Eagles 3, Janesville Jets 2 – Friday, September 12, 2014

The Soo Eagles came from behind to defeat the Janesville Jets, 3-2, in the season opener for both clubs, in front of 769 fans at Pullar Stadium.
It didn’t take long for the opening goal, as some strong Jets fore-checking got a loose puck to Drew Callin, who put the first shot of the game past Sean Keating, for a 1-0 Jets lead.

Bruno Birzitis would tie things early in the 2nd period for the Eagles, as the veteran forward tapped home a pass from Sandis Zolmanis to tie the game at 1-1.

Callin would answer for the Jets with his second goal of the game late in the 2nd period.

The Eagles scored twice in the 3rd period, including another early goal, as a loose puck bounced out to the high slot, where Raymond Brice would bury a slapshot past Matt Jurusik.

The game-winner came with just under six minutes to go as Birzitis would score his second of the game as he was left all alone on the back door to tap in a goal to make the final 3-2.

Janesville Jets 4, Soo Eagles 3 – Saturday, September 13, 2014

Brandon Schultz scored twice, including the game-winning goal late in the 3rd period, as the Janesville Jets earned a weekend split against the Soo Eagles with a 4-3 win on Saturday night.

After a scoreless 11 minutes to open the game, Janesville scored first on their first power play of the game. as Kyle Patava found the back of the net.

The lead didn’t last long. as less than two minutes later, Trevor Cope scored to tie the game at 1-1.

With :46 seconds remaining in the 1st period, Schultz scored his first of the game to put Janesville ahead 2-1.

Drew Callin scored his third goal of the weekend to put the Jets up 3-1 in the 2nd period, but the Eagles responded with goals from Cope and one from Sandis Zolmanis.

Schultz’s game-winner came with just about nine minutes to go in the game.

Soo Eagles News - Hockey News September 15, 2014

Weekend Recap (9/12-9/13)

Friday, September 12, 2014

Janesville     2
Soo     3

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Janesville     4
Soo     3


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