2009-01-02 / Sports

Aces' Brannigan Travels West; Neville Named Top Goalie

By Elio Velez

James Brannigan shoots the puck. Photo By Howard Schwach James Brannigan shoots the puck. Photo By Howard Schwach Brooklyn Aces top scorer James Brannigan got some good news last Monday. For Brooklyn Aces fans however, the news wasn't great to hear.

Brannigan, who leads the Aces and the Eastern Professional Hockey League in goals and points, was called up to join the Utah Grizzlies, the AA affiliate of the New York Islanders.

A force on the ice since joining the Aces, the 6-2 Brannigan recorded a goal in 11 straight games and scored a point in the 17 appearance he made.

The former Aces top scorer joined up with brother and teammate Bobby Brannigan to put up goals on the scoreboard last Sunday night at the Ice Time Sports Complex in Newburgh. The Brannigan brothers each scored a goal as Brooklyn improved to 15- 2-1-0 with a 7-4 victory over the Hudson Valley Bears (1-14-0). After James was called up, the Aces released older brother Bobby Brannigan, who scored his first and only professional goal, on Monday.

Kyle McCullogh, who is now the team leader in points with 35, will take up the scoring slack along with CJ Tozzo (30 points) and Mike Christensen (28 points). The Brooklyn Aces have a healthy lead on top of the EPHL standings with 31 points, which is 13 ahead of the second place Jersey Rockhoppers.

Eddie Felten of the Brooklyn Aces carries the puck. Photo By Rob Schwach. Eddie Felten of the Brooklyn Aces carries the puck. Photo By Rob Schwach. Eddie Neville was named the Eastern Professional Hockey League's Goaltender of the Week.

The Aces goalie stopped 61 out of 66 shots in wins over Danbury on December 23 and 26. The Aces return to the Aviator Arena at Floyd Bennett Field on Thursday, January 15 to take on Hudson Valley.

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