PHOTO CREDIT: JUSTINA YOST
Last weekend the JRFlyers were on the road to take on the Connecticut Oilers. After a tough weekend at the Showcase, the JRFlyers were trying to bounce back.
The JRFlyers struck first while on the powerplay midway through the 1st period. Bohatiuk fed the puck out in front from the corner and it was Bierker who fired it by (G) Djurberg for the 1-0 lead. The Oilers would answer with a power play goal of their own beating (G) Mulic to tie the game 1-1. In the 2nd, Alternate Captain Dennis Ruppe gave the JRFlyers the lead with a shot from the blue line, the shot was deflected by an Oiler, but the puck found its way to the net for the 2-1 lead. Late in the period the Oilers notched two goals in less than two minutes (One being a PPG) to take a 3-2 lead. The only goal in the 3rd period was by the JRFlyers coming off the stick of the Captain Drew Platt to tie up the game 3-3. After that, both teams exchanged scoring chances, but overtime was needed to decide the game. In OT the shot came from the point and it was redirected in front of (G) Mulic and the Oilers skated away with a 4-3 win.
In the 1st period the JRFlyers outshot the Oilers (12-8) and had two power plays but couldn’t score in the period. The Oilers took the lead after sustained pressure in the JRFlyers’ zone and the shot from the top of the faceoff circle beat (G) Delbridge for the 1-0 lead. The JRFlyers answered as Waterman won an offensive zone faceoff to Radevich and he fired the shot by (G) McEwen to tie the game 1-1. Just over a minute later Ruppe centered the puck to Kiemel for the redirection goal giving the JRFlyers the 2-1 lead. Just after that goal it was Platt who tucked home his own rebound chance giving the JRFlyers a 3-1 lead, and they put up three goals in two minutes. The Oilers would answer on the power play near the end of the period to cut the deficit 3-2. In the 3rd period the Oilers would get the equalizer they were looking for to knot the game 3-3, and once again the game shifted to overtime. The woes continued as the Oilers went on to score their third unanswered goal and it gave them a 4-3 victory over the JRFlyers.
Another tough weekend for the JRFlyers with back to back overtime losses. Both games were just a play away from gaining a potential four points but instead it becomes two points.
“We have to work on our team defense and covering guys in front of our net. Most of their (Oilers) goals were scored in front of the net and a man was always open. We need to stay accountable with each other and we need to come out ready to play every second of every shift.” Kyle Harris
“It was too streaky on our part. There were times in the game where we dominated and times where we couldn’t get out of our defensive zone. We need to lockdown on defense because we are giving up way too many shots.” Ruppe
“We battled hard, it just keeps coming down to a couple little things, or that one extra step. We are still working to get better every day, so we can win those close games.” Platt
This weekend the JRFlyers are off for Thanksgiving, and many will travel back home to enjoy time with family and friends. When they comeback the following weekend the JRFlyers will have three games. They will start off with a matchup against the Wilkes Barre Scranton Knights on Saturday December 2nd at the Ice Line. Last time these teams met, it was a wild weekend and the JRFlyers came up just short of back to back wins. They gained two points from the weekend after losing 4-3 in a shootout and 7-6 in overtime. The Knights are one of the few teams that will be in action this weekend as they will travel to Connecticut for a weekend series against the Connecticut Roughriders. On the 3rd and 4th of December the JRFlyers head to New York to take on the Bobcats. The Bobcats won’t be in action this weekend but are currently on a four-game losing streak.
Saturday 12/2 vs WBS Knights 5pm
Sunday 12/3 at New York Bobcats 2:15pm
Monday 12/4 at New York Bobcats 12:30pm
On behalf of the staff, management, players and everyone with the JRFlyers organization, we hope you and your families travel safely, and have a Happy Thanksgiving!
By: Joe Sindoni
Director of Broadcasting
Play by Play Announcer
Tag(s): EHL Team