Captain Shane Ward scored with 1:14 left in overtime to give the EHL Jr. Flyers a dramatic, 3 – 2 come-from-behind victory over the rival Philadelphia Revolution.
It was the EHL Jr. Flyers second consecutive win.
After a scoreless first period, the Jr. Flyers went on the powerplay just 1:50 into the middle stanza when Revolution defenseman Joshua Haines was called for a two and ten (checking from behind). With time winding down on with the man advantage, the Jr. Flyers’ Billy McDevitt dumped the puck into the Revolution’s far side corner where it was retrieved by goaltender Anthony Del Tufo. The Livingston, NJ native sent the puck high off the glass where it was picked up by teammate Jordan Sgro at the blueline. Sgro passed the puck up to Brayden Patricia in the neutral zone. Patricia skated in line with the far side faceoof dot, cut across the goal mouth and whistled the puck past Jr. Flyers netminder Aron Hansson, high glove side to make it 1 - 0.
The Revolution doubled their lead midway through the second.
Sgro brought the puck out of his own zone and pass it up to Mark Tosti who skated up through center ice and into the offensive zone. As he gained the line, he left a drop pass for Sgro. As Sgro went towards the net, he sent a backdoor pass to a wide-open Patricia who one-timed it passed Hansson to make a 2 – 0.
Despite being down by two entering the third period, the Jr. Flyers didn’t give up and buzzed the offensive zone. Their determination would soon be rewarded by Anton Martino’s first goal on the season with 2:50 remaining in regulation.
Martino would pick up the loose puck behind his own net and pass it up to Ward along the far side boards. The captain passed it up to a breaking Filip Balaz. As Balaz brought the puck deep into the Revolution’s zone, he passed back to Martino who was at the top of the far side faceoff circle. Martino took a wrist shot that handcuffed Del Tufo and went behind the goalie to cut the Jr. Flyers deficit in half.
With time running out in the game, Hansson was pulled for the extra attacker. After a stoppage of play, Jr. Flyers forward John McCuen won the draw deep inside the Revolution’s zone. The puck went back to Billy McDevitt who immediately passed it back to Justin Brown at the near side point. Brown took a one-timer that beat Del Tufo high, glove side to tie the game at two with twelve seconds left in regulation.
Playing three-on-three hockey and time winding down in the extra period, Brown had the puck in the far side corner. Brown sent a saucer pass out to McCuen in the slot and the forward immediately passed it over to Ward on his left. Ward redirected the puck past Del Tufo to give the Jr. Flyers the 3 – 2 win.
“It was all about heart and compete today” stated Ward. “We didn’t give up. I’m very happy for the boys” concluded Ward.
Hansson turned aside 24 of 26 shots he faced while Del Tufo stopped 23 of 26. Click here for the box score.