Last weekend the JRFlyers hit the road for a series against the Walpole Express. It was the first time these teams have met all season.
The JRFlyers got off to hot start as Carsello would tap home a goal past (G) Pelligrino taking the 1-0 lead less than a minute into the game. The Express would answer with a shot from the point that bounced off the post and in to tie the game 1-1. Late in the 1st period the Express blasted another goal by (G) Colella to take a 2-1 lead closing out the period. In the 2nd period the Express would extend the lead 3-1. Each team had three power plays in the 2nd period but neither would capitalize on the man advantage. Less than two minutes into the 3rd period, Mark Bianchi fired a shot from the point that made its way to the back of the net cutting the deficit 3-2. The Express would answer putting up two goals in a minute and a half giving them a 5-2 lead. The JRFlyers would fight back as Dougherty would score and it was a 5-3 game. That was as close as the JRFlyers would get, the Express would score twice and win by a final score of 7-3.
It was the Express who got off to a good start in Sunday’s game as they were up 2-0 after the 1st. The JRFlyers were shorthanded early in the 2nd period and the Express took a 3-0 lead. The third goal sent (G) Savino to the bench and Rickenbaker came into the game. The JRFlyers would respond as Carsello would score a power play goal and an even strength goal and it was a 3-2 game after the 2nd. The Express would strike quickly in the 3rd to take a 4-2 lead but then the scoring frenzy began. Carsello would score a hat trick goal on the power play, then Bianchi tied the game and Troy would score shorthanded which gave the JRFlyers a 5-4 lead. It was short lived as the Express would tie the game on the power play about a minute later. Troy would score his second goal of the game to reclaim the lead 6-5 just after the midway point of the 3rd. In the final minute the Express had a power play and would tie the game 6-6. In the Overtime it was William Smith (Asst Troy) to give the JRFlyers a big win 7-6 in a wild game.
“Coach told us that we were not going to lose this game and we all took it to heart. Everyone kept playing hard, and the way we were playing we knew that there was no way we would lose this game.” Aughey
The JRFlyers have a big game coming up this weekend. They are in action on Saturday evening at the Ice Line and take on the New Jersey 87s. The Teams have met twice so far this season. The first meeting was at the Showcase back in November and the JRFlyers came away with a 3-1 win. The second meeting was on December 9th and the 87s won 3-2 in overtime. The New Jersey 87s (27-6-2) have 56 points and are on a 10 game win streak heading into Saturday’s game. Last weekend they defeated the New York Applecore 6-2, and won 4-3 in overtime against the Jersey Wildcats. The JRFlyers are 6-3-1 in their last 10 games with a record of 26-5-4 and also have 56 points. Both teams have nine games remaining in the season as they fight for the top spot in the Southern Conference. They will faceoff with each other again on February 24th but for now all eyes are focused on this weekend.
“This is a big game for us, and we are looking forward to. The boys are going to come out ready and we are going to put it to them (87s). We need to execute our systems and stay consistent. If we keep our play consistent throughout the game, we will get the win.” Aughey
Saturday vs New Jersey 87s 5pm
By: Joe Sindoni
Director of Broadcasting
Tag(s): EHL Premier