2006 Monarchs "Crowned" EJHL Champions
Third Title for NH in Five Years
Hooksett, NH - In what was another 'banner' year for
the New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs, the team capped it off with a
thrilling 6-5 OT win over the Junior Bruins in the EJHL Championship
Game. The title is the third for New Hampshire in the last five
years having won it in 2002 and 2004. Tournament MVP Greg Holt
scored the game winning goal with just 2:08 left in overtime when
he converted a Dan Bartlett feed from in front of the net. "That
game was exactly what you want your league finals to be, just
an unbelievable tilt all the way through," stated GM/Head
Coach Sean Tremblay. "To be up 4-1, have them tie it 4-4,
go up 5-4 with two minutes to play only to have them tie it with
52 seconds and then win in OT is more than a storyteller can handle."
After the game the accolades kept coming in as the annual EJHL
awards were announced. Greg Holt earned the EJHL Offensive Player
of the Year as he also won the EJHL scoring title. Ryan Simpson
was the recipient of the EJHL Goaltender of the Year as he was
the leader in GAA and save % from start to finish all year long.
Lastly, Sean Tremblay was named Coach of the Year as his team
compiled a 45-4-4 overall record.
In alumni news, over a dozen former Monarchs participated in
the NCAA Tournament. Leading the way were Chris Higgins (BU) and
Matt Duffy (Maine) who were named to the NCAA All Regional Team.
Higgins also made history when he scored the fastest hat trick
in Regional play ever in a 9-2 win over Nebraska-Omaha. It was
also the fourth fastest in NCAA history. Derek Damon capped off
a tremendous career at Maine as he piled up 111 points in his
four-year career. After playing in his second Frozen Four he signed
an Amateur Try-out Contract with the Lowell Lock Monsters of the
American Hockey League.