The visiting Connecticut Roughriders defeated the EHL Jr. Flyers last night 5 – 2 in the Jr. Flyers home opener.
Connecticut got on the board first at the 4:44 mark of the opening period when Andrew Bella skated around the Jr. Flyers net and took a sharp angle shot that hit the far side post and went into the net behind Jr. Flyers goalie Aron Hansson.
Lucas Baksay would double the Roughriders lead at 9:37 of the first. After receiving a pass from Connor Snowdy, Baksay took a shot that found its way through Hansson and rolled into the net to make it 2 – 0 Connecticut.
With 9:04 left if the first, Billy McDevitt cut the Jr. Flyers deficit in half. Trying to break out of his own zone, McDevitt sent a bounce pass off the near side boards to himself. McDevitt out hustled and skated a Roughriders defenseman and walked in all along on Connecticut’s goalie Richard Ledek and beat him short side to make it a 2 – 1 game.
With 8:20 left in the first, Jr. Flyers forward Alex Burnett was called for elbowing. As timing was running down with the man advantage, Tao Ishizuka beat Hansson long side to give the Roughriders a three goal lead.
Just 1:23 into the second period, the Jr. Flyers Matthew Valdez was called for tripping to put the Roughriders back on the powerplay. Fifty seconds later Tommy Schwartz beat Hansson glove side to make it a 4 – 1 game.
Following the Roughriders fourth goal, head coach Jerry Domish replaced Hansson with Sean Dynan. Connecticut’s Eelis Räihä immediately greeted Dynan by skating in on him all along on a breakaway and beat him through the five hole.
Jonathan Gabriel scored with 7:46 left in the third to close out the scoring at 5 – 2.
Hansson and Dynan combined to save 32 of 37 shots while Ledeck stopped 28 of 30. Click here for the box score.
The EHL Jr. Flyers are back at it tomorrow at 12:00 PM at Ice Line against the rival Philadelphia Little Flyers.