PHOTO CREDIT JUSTINA YOST
Last weekend the JRFlyers headed to Brewster, New York to take on the Applecore. After a weekend of shootouts and overtime loses the weekend before, the JRFlyers were looking to get back in the win column. Then just a couple days later they hosted their division rival, the Little Flyers on Wednesday afternoon.
The Applecore scored first on a weird bounce on a shot from center ice and it caught (G) Delbridge off guard and the Applecore had a 1-0 lead. Early in the 2nd period Radevich took a heavy slapshot that flew by (G) Allard to tie the game 1-1. The JRFlyers took the lead late in the period when Nick Harris took a shot from the point. The save was made but sending the rebound home was Martinez for a 2-1 lead. In the 3rd period Billy McDevitt raced down the ice and ripped a shot by (G) Allard to extend the lead 3-1. Newcomer Christian Bierker sealed the game for the JRFlyers with an empty netter for the 4-1 win. Dakota Delbridge picked up the win in net making 35 saves.
“I think it was a hard fought game and battle. We came ready and prepared, our forecheck was working and our D Zone was good. We had a good jump and our communication was key.” Kyle Harris
“It was nice to get back in the win column after coming off three games with overtime losses. It was nice to see us put up a bunch of goals and get a comfortable win.” Ruppe
In the 1st period Gianni Dini went bar down on (G) Seigel to give the JRFlyers a 1-0 lead. The JRFlyers looked to extend their lead with a power play chance, but they turned the puck over in the neutral zone. Applecore rushed in on a breakaway and tied the game 1-1 shorthanded. In the 2nd period the JRFlyers took the lead on the power play and the rebound was sent home by Bohatiuk for the 2-1 lead. After that goal the Applecore controlled the period. New York netted three goals on (G) Delbridge and the JRFlyers were down 4-2 to end the 2nd period. Shifting to the 3rd period the Applecore continued to roll on offense as a shot from the point put the JRFlyers down 5-2. Just after the midway point, Radevich took a high stick and the JRFlyers were given a four minute power play. The JRFlyers couldn’t get the offense in sync and the Applecore killed off the penalty. The Applecore went on to win by a final score of 5-2.
“We had a hard time getting our forecheck going. You can’t score goals when you don’t have the puck and chasing guys down the whole time.” Platt
Wednesday vs Little Flyers
Like usual for a JRFlyers-Little Flyers game, the pace was fast, and it was a physical start to the game. The Little Flyers capitalized on a power play chance five minutes into the game to take a 1-0 lead which was the only goal of the period. The JRFlyers had their chances on the power play as well in the 1st period, but went 0-3. In the 2nd period the Little Flyers scored twice in :20 to take a 3-0 lead (one goal was a PPG). The JRFlyers would answer a few minutes later as the shot from Pisani was redirected and bounced its way past (G) Henson to make it a 3-1 game. The Little Flyers would answer quickly as another shot was sent by (G) Mulic to give them a 4-1 lead. Late in the 3rd period Bayley Kubara fired a shot from the point to make it a 4-2 game, but the Little Flyers would go on to win 4-2.
“We started off well, but I took a bad penalty, that’s on me. They're (Little Flyers) are a good team and capitalized on the power play. I thought we played well, but it wasn’t a sixty-minute effort and we can’t allow that against a good team.” Kyle Harris
“We had some defensive lapses, and missed opportunities. We have to clean things up in our defensive zone and be hungrier for the puck.” Platt
It’s a big weekend coming up for the Eastern Hockey League. It is the second Showcase of the year and every team is heading to the Haverhill Valley Forum, the home of the Valley Jr. Warriors in Massachusetts. On Sunday the JRFlyers will take on the East Coast Wizards (11-7). The teams last met back in September and the JRFlyers came away with a 5-2 victory as Delbridge made 34 saves in the win. They finish the Showcase on Monday against the Boston Jr. Rangers. It didn't go well for the JRFlyers as the Rangers dominated with a 4-0 win. The Rangers also are 1st in the Boston Division with a 14-4 record.
"Our forecheck needs to be going nonstop this weekend. Some games it’s on, some games it’s off. We need to be consistent with it, when you forecheck it makes teams struggle to get out of their zone. That leads to sustained pressure and goals, so that’s the big key factor.” Ruppe
Sunday vs East Coast Wizards 4:30pm
Monday vs Boston Jr Rangers 10:50am
By: Joe Sindoni
Director of Broadcasting
Play by Play Announcer
Tag(s): EHL Team