Jack Burkel has been named EHL Third Star of the week for his performance against the Bandits and the N. Cyclones.
Burkel and the Lumberjacks won both of their games this week, finishing the season in 7th place in the North Conference. The Lumberjacks will now take on their border rival, the Monarchs, in the First Round of the EHL Playoffs.
While Burkel was in net for each victory, but it's the win Sunday afternoon stands out. The Minnesota native faced constant pressure on his way to making a career-high 52 saves in the victory. The Lumberjacks will look for Burkel to step up in a similar fashion during their tough first round matchup in the North Conference.
"As an individual, receiving this kind of achievement at this time in the season can feel really good. It's important to keep in mind that playoffs are right around the corner at the same time. With that being said, I think that it's key for me to keep a short term memory and focus on the moment . The same concept applies for the team too. We need to capture this confidence and deliver it on the ice," Burkel said.
The Vermont Lumberjacks go up against the NH Jr. Monarchs this weekend in the First Round of the EHL Playoffs. The games will be held at Tri-Town Ice Arena Friday 2/26 at 7:40pm, Saturday 2/27 at 7:50pm and if a third game is needed it will be played Sunday 2/28 at 4:50pm on Fast Hockey, GO JACKS!