PHOTO CREDIT: JUSTINA YOST
The JRFlyers were on the road for the Showcase. Friday they took on the New England Wolves, and Saturday a rematch with the New Hampshire Avalanche. A quick day off on Sunday and then the JRFlyers had a matchup against cross town rival Little Flyers.
Showcase Format 2-25 minute periods
Friday vs Wolves
Things didn't start well as the Wolves were on a breakaway and just nine second in they beat (G) Delbridge for the 1-0 lead. The JRFlyers picked up the pace and controlled the puck in the offensive zone. The shot came from the point and (G) Mattone made the save. The puck was still loose in front and McDevitt moved it to Ruppe who tied the game 1-1. The Wolves bounced back after breaking up the play in their own zone and on the breakaway scored making it 2-1. Less than two minutes later a JRFlyers defensive breakdown led the Wolves to another tally on the rebound for the 3-1 lead to close out the period. It didn't get any better in the 2nd period. The Wolves had the possession behind the net, a nice centering pass followed by a one timer and the blast beat (G) Delbridge for the 4-1 lead. The JRFlyers answered as Ty English connected on a drop pass to Martinez. From there, Martinez crashed the net and fired it past (G) Mattone closing the gap 4-2. The Wolves would answer one final time late in the game as they skated away with a 5-2 victory.
“We had a slow start and gave up a goal right away. We gave up way too many breakaways and they took advantage of them. When you give up five goals in a game, it is very hard to get a win in this league.” Ruppe
Saturday vs Avalanche
The last time these teams met it was all Avalanche in a 4-0 shutout at the Ice Line. The game was much tighter and both teams fought hard throughout the game. The only goal in the 1st period was by Kyle Harris after he netted a centering pass from Platt for the 1-0 lead. In the 2nd period the JRFlyers turned the puck over in the neutral zone and on the counter attack the Avalanche tied the game 1-1. Both teams continued to fight for chances but (G) Sorgio for the Avalanche and (G) Mulic for the JRFlyers turned everything away keeping the game tied. In overtime neither team could score so the game headed to a shootout. Winning the game for the JRFlyers was Dennis Ruppe as they came away with a 2-1 victory. Albin Mulic had another outstanding performance in net making 31 saves ending the Showcase on a high note.
“It was a really good bounce back game for us after losing four nothing to them last time. It was a huge two points for us and we battled hard.” Ruppe
“That was a big game for us. We played them really well and it was one of the better games we played all year. We played with a lot of energy, and it was good to get a win against a team of that caliber.” Kyle Harris
Monday vs Little Flyers
After taking the day off on Sunday, the JRFlyers had a divisional matchup with the Little Flyers. The JRFlyers were looking to get things started on the powerplay. However, the JRFlyers coughed up possession in their own zone and it led the Little Flyers to a two on one opportunity and the Little Flyers put up a shorthanded goal for the 1-0 lead. In the 2nd period the JRFlyers had a big opportunity after the Little Flyers took two penalties and were down two men. Unfortunately, the JRFlyers couldn’t get on the board and the Little Flyers killed off the five on three. The 3rd period is when the Little Flyers pulled away putting two goals by (G) Mulic and they went on to win 3-0. The offense has been struggling so far this season, and this latest shutout makes it the fourth time the JRFlyers were held scoreless in nine games.
“We played very average, but there were some shifts where we were all over them. It all comes down to competing and battles. We can’t put up over thirty shots and no goals.” Harris
“We outshot them in the second and third period and we played a little better. But in the end we have to win every period, and can’t take a shift off. We have to come together as a team right now.” Elliott
The JRFlyers are off this weekend but one player will be in a big game. JRFlyers Captain Drew Platt has been selected to represent the JRFlyers as part of Team EHL. The team is composed of players from all around the league and the EHL All Star Team will take on NCAA DIII UMass Boston this Saturday. The game will be held on UMass Boston’s campus with puck drop set at 4pm. “It’s an honor and I'm really excited about it. I'm excited for the opportunity to play in front of scouts, and I want to show them what I can bring and show them what JRFlyers hockey is about. I want to put on a good show for everyone there and make the best name that I can for myself and for the team,” said Platt.
By: Joe Sindoni
Director of Broadcasting
Play by Play Announcer
Matt Mood scored 2 goals, while Luke Aquaro and Michael Moriera netted one each to lead the 18U team to an impressive 4-2 Victory of the St Louis Blues at the Tier I Elite Showcase in Detroit. Andrew Kelly earned the win in net for the Flyers.
It was the 2nd victory of the weekend for the 18U team as they defeated Milwaukee 4-1 in earlier showcase action. Scotty MeGraw had 2 goals in that game. Michael Moriera and David Perovsek each added a goal for the Jr. Flyers. Tristan Devine stopped 16 of 17 Milwaukee shots to earn the win.