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2020 ECEL Playoff MVPs

02/17/2020, 4:30pm EST
By ECEL
18U Premier

F Niki Haviar, Elite Hockey Program

Haviar saved his best performances for Elite Hockey Program’s two biggest games of the season. In the ECEL semifinal against Hill Academy, the Slovakian native scored just his second goal of the season, helping fourth-seeded Elite advance to the championship game with a convincing 6-0 victory. Later in the final, Haviar netted the eventual game-winning goal, his second of the contest, with 7:48 remaining, as Elite held off the regular-season champion Mercer Chiefs, 4-3, for the title. Haviar completed his ECEL season with four goals in nine games.

 

18U Showcase

F Anthony Rivard, Mount Academy

Rivard found his scoring touch at the right time for top-seeded Mount Academy. Already netting three goals during the three-game preliminary round, the Quebec resident scored his club’s first goal in its 6-3 semifinal victory over the Mercer Chiefs. In the championship, Rivard equaled his season-high with a pair of goals in the first half to give Mount a two-goal lead at the intermission on its way to a 4-1 victory over the East Coast Spartans. With his six playoff tallies, Rivard capped his ECEL campaign with 9-13-22 totals in 17 contests.

 

16U Premier

G Braden Bovey, Wenatchee Wilderness

Having lost to Hill for the second time this season, surrendering a season-high four goals in the final game of the preliminary round, Bovey bounced back in a big way in the semifinal rematch, turning aside 19 of 20 Hill shots to help advance Wenatchee to the championship game in its first ECEL season. In the league final, the Alaskan native had his shutout bid denied with just 34 second remaining, but the No. 3 Wilderness still managed to hold off their familiar foe Seattle Thunderbirds, 3-1, for the crown. With is 20-save effort in title tilt, Bovey completed the season with a 2.06 goals-against average and .918 save percentage with one shutout.

 

16U Showcase

G Jack Nowicki, West Coast Renegades

Nowicki stopped all 33 shots he faced in the 2-0 championship victory, despite a desperate final three-minute barrage from the Northeast Generals, to record his second shutout of the playoffs for the top-seeded Renegades and fourth for the ECEL season. That spectacular performance came on the heels of a stellar 32-save effort in the 5-2 semifinal win over a talented New Jersey Titans 15U club. The Utah native finished his ECEL campaign with an 8-3 record, highlighted by an impressive 1.90 goals-against average and .929 save percentage.

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