Aston, PA – The Philadelphia Little Flyers, members of the Eastern Hockey League are proud to announce 1998 birth year Goaltender Brendahn Brawley has committed to attend Plymouth State University in the Fall of 2019 to continue his education and hockey career. Brawley, a 6’2” 190lb Goalie from Morton, Pa is in his second full season with the Little Flyers EHL team. After posting an impressive 21-7 record last year with a 2.33 Goals Against Average and .924 Save Percentage Brawley has upped his game in a major way this season including an All-Star nomination for EHL All-Star weekend against UMass-Boston and Plymouth State. “Any coach will tell you that no matter how good of a team you have you aren’t going to be competitive without a good goaltender and we are lucky enough to have two in Brendahn (Brawley) and Tommy (McLarnon) but Brendahn has been really good in the last two years. He’s played against all of the top teams, has a great record obviously but also had a great showing at the EHL All-Star weekend which really boosted his stock amongst the Colleges. He’s stayed on path all year long, comes to the rink every day ready to work and improve, Mike (Narrigan) and I are extremely proud of Brendahn and all that he has accomplished” said Little Flyers Head Coach and General Manager Mark Catron. The Plymouth State University Panthers are members of the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MSCAC) under 9th year head coach Craig Russell.
“I am honored to announce my commitment to Plymouth State University for the fall of 2019. I would like to thank my family for all of their support throughout my life. Without all of their sacrifices none of this would’ve been possible. I would also like to thank Coach Catron, Coach Narrigan, the Giacobbo family and the entire Little Flyers Organization for everything they have done for me. Also, thank you to all of the great coaches and teammates I’ve had over the years that have helped me reach this point. Finally, thank you to Coach Russell for this amazing opportunity to continue my education and hockey career at Plymouth State” said Brawley upon announcing his commitment for the Fall.
This season, Brawley has put together one of the best statistical seasons the EHL has seen for a goaltender. Through the Little Flyers 43 games played, Brawley has amassed a 23-3-1 record with a 1.84 Goals Against Average and .938 Save Percentage. Brawley’s league leading 7 shutouts are tied for the most all time in an EHL single season. Through 43 total games, Brawley and rookie goaltender Tommy McLarnon have combined to go 39-3-1 while allowing a league low 73 goals against behind stellar defense led by EHL All-Stars Ziki Mroz (Lebanon Valley) and Nick Daluisio (UMass-Boston) along with Nate Dunning, Cade Street, Nick Cramer and Soren Bredeson. “Goaltenders are a different group but you see Brendahn and Tommy talking often, they sit next to each other in the locker room and communicate a lot. Coming from youth hockey into juniors Tommy came into a good situation with Brendahn being a returning player. Junior hockey is different, the games are longer, the players are more skilled and you have to be mentally tough with the right approach to be successful in this league and I think Brendahn has been a great example of doing things the right way and being very successful at that” added Catron when talking about the relationship between Brawley and rookie goaltender Tommy McLarnon. With one regular season remaining Brawley and his teammates are looking to make a deep playoff run to Providence in March.