The Jr. Flyers were shutout today 4 – 0 in game one of the Eastern Hockey League’s (EHL) Showcase being held in Walpole, MA.
The Wizards took a 1 – 0 just twenty-seven seconds in the first half (during Showcases, games are played in two, 25 minutes halves). Buzzing around the Jr. Flyers net to start the game, the Wizards Sandro Bosmans picked up a loose rebound after Jr. Flyers netminder Aron Hansson made a point blank save. Bosmans sent a pass back to Brendan Darby at the top of the near side faceoff circle. Darby slid a pass over to Gabriel Gagnon who took a snapshot the beat Hansson low, blocker side to give the Wizards the lead.
At 6:01 of the first half Jr. Flyers forward Alex Burnett was called for interference to give the Wizards the man advantage. A minute later the Wizards doubled their lead.
After the Wizards won the draw deep inside the Jr. Flyers zone, the puck would go back to Alex Harley at the point. Harley sent a pass to Ryan King in the far side corner. King skated to the left of Hansson and took an off angle shot that beat Hansson high, long side for his second goal of the season.
Leading 2 – 0 entering the second half, the Wizards would capitalize on another man advantage opportunity. With Colby Walters in the box for tripping at the 14:04 mark, Chance Gorman made it 3 – 0.
Jack Johansen would set up the play behind his own net. He passed it up to Darby on his left. Darby brought the puck up through center ice and into the offensive zone. As Darby gained the line, he passed the puck to Gorman who skated in all alone on Hansson and lifted the puck past the fallen netminder for the 3 – 0 lead.
The Wizards scored their third powerplay goal of the game with seven minutes remaining in the second half. With Burnett off again for hooking, Johansen would score his third goal of the season.
With the puck deep inside the Jr. Flyers far side corner, Gorman sent a pass back to Johansen at the point. The defenseman took a shot on that that was deflected by a Jr. Flyer and redirected past Hansson to close out the scoring.
Hansson, who played very well, stopped 27 of 31 shots while Wizards goalie Jarret Bovarnick stopped all twenty-three shots. Click here for the box score.
The EHL Jr. Flyers will play game two of this mini-showcase tomorrow morning at 8:00AM against the Boston Jr. Rangers.