PHOTO CREDIT: JUSTINA YOST
Last weekend the JRFlyers were back on home ice to take on the Valley Jr. Warriors and the New Hampshire Avalanche. After falling to the Revolution last Wednesday 1-0, the JRFlyers were looking to get back in the win column.
Saturday vs Warriors
The Warriors came into the game without a win on the season. In the 1st period the Warriors got on the board just a few minutes in with a goal right on the doorstep for the 1-0 lead. The JRFlyers answered on the power play as Pisani found Martinez streaking to the net and with a backhander he beat (G) Anderson to tie the game 1-1. Right after the goal the JRFlyers were shorthanded and sent out the penalty kill. While the Warriors were setting up on offense, Ruppe broke up the play. The assistant captain chipped the puck around the defenseman at the point and raced down the ice. Ruppe skated into Warriors territory and took a slap shot to beat (G) Anderson and the JRFlyers took a 2-1 lead. The Warriors answered as they battled in the corner and worked the puck back to the point. With traffic in front of the net, the shot beat (G) Mulic to tie the game 2-2. Shifting to the 3rd period, the Warriors took a 3-2 lead with a tap in goal as a man was wide open back door. The JRFlyers answered when Dini, with a great effort, beat (G) Anderson and tie the game 3-3. The JRFlyers got into penalty trouble again and had to kill off a penalty. The defense had the puck behind the net and on the clearing attempt it hit off a JRFlyer in front and the puck squeaked by (G) Mulic giving the Warriors a 4-3 lead. The JRFlyers couldn’t recover and fell 4-3 to the Warriors.
“They (Warriors) came out and worked hard. We lost too many battles in the game and if you don’t win those battles, you don’t win hockey games.” Ruppe
“We came out flat again to start the game and we need to get out of that rhythm. We took them lightly and went down to their level. We gave up some goals and put ourselves in the penalty box too much, and that also has to be limited.” Kyle Harris
Sunday vs Avalanche
The Avs came to the Ice Line as one of the best teams in the EHL with a 7-1 record. A few minutes into the game the Avalanche were up 2-0 and their goals came :19 from each other. In the 2nd period the Avalanche had the puck down low and a wrap around chance turned into a goal making it 3-0. About two minutes later New Hampshire was in control setting up in the offensive zone. A shot from the point beat (G) Sayger giving the Avalanche a 4-0 lead and caused a goalie change. Delbridge came in relief of Sayger. The JRFlyers offense was out of sync, despite having six power play opportunities they were kept off the board and were shutout 4-0 by the Avalanche.
“All around I thought we played more solid in a sense of playing our systems. We’re just having trouble finding the net. We need to put more quality shots on goal, and we need to dig for rebounds when they're there.” Elliott
This weekend the JRFlyers hit the road to Massachusetts for the Showcase. Friday the JRFyers take on the New England Wolves and Saturday they rematch with the Avalanche. The Wolves are coming off a 7-6 win over the Bobcats and a 4-3 loss vs the New York Applecore. The Wolves are 2-5-1 so far on the season, and they battle the Total Athletics Seahawks today (Wednesday). After the busy Showcase weekend, the JRFlyers will have to battle their rival, the Little Flyers, on Monday.
“We need to be ready this weekend and come out swinging. We need to play with more intensity and have hunger for the puck.” Platt
“It’s a big weekend going to the showcase. A lot of eyes will be on us and we have to perform. We wanted last week to be a turning point for us and we fell short of that. We changed up some things this week as far as in the locker room and team wise, and getting guys to click.” Elliott
“Our compete and battle levels need to change if we want to be successful. We have to out work teams, that’s our game. Any team can win in this league, and we have to come out and bring it.” Harris
“Showcases are always exciting. We need to go up there and work our bags off, it’s a big four point coming up. The Wolves are struggling a bit so we need that win, as for the Avalanche you never like getting swept by a team so we want to earn the split with them.” Ruppe
Mid Atlantic Standings
Philadelphia Revolution 11-0
Philadelphia Little Flyers 7-3
Wilkes Barre Scranton Knights 3-7
Philadelphia JRFlyers 1-5
SHOWCASE FORMAT 2-25MINUTE PERIODS
Friday vs New England Wolves 6pm
Saturday vs New Hampshire Avalanche 11:10am
**Monday vs Philadelphia Little Flyers 1pm
By: Joe Sindoni
Play by Play Announcer
Tag(s): EHL Team