Co-Captains Billy McDevitt had three points while Shane Ward had two points to lead the EHL Jr. Flyers to a 5 – 1 win over the first place Philadelphia Revolution in a matinee game at Ice Line this afternoon. The win moves the Jr. Flyers within five points behind the division leading Revolution.
Michael Chris would score his first goal of the season with 3:27 left in the first period to open the scoring. Riley Dohner took a shot from the near side blueline that went wide of the Revolution net but the puck was picked up by Justin Brown at the bottom of the far side faceoff circle. Brown sent the biscuit back to Colby Walters at the point. Walters one-timed it but the puck was redirected out front by Alex Burnett directly to Chris who beat Revolution's goalie Duncan Nichols-Delay to give the Jr. Flyers a 1 – 0 lead.
As the second period was winding down, the Jr. Flyers scored two goals less then two minutes apart to put the game out of reach.
After a neutral zone draw was won by John McCuen, Ward would take the puck into the offensive zone and behind the Revolution's net. As a scrum encountered, McDevitt picked up the loose puck to the right of Nichols-Delay and send a centering pass out front to McCuen who buried it past Nichols-Delay to give the Jr. Flyers a 2 – 0 lead with 2:28 left in the middle stanza.
Eight seconds after the Jr. Flyers scored, Brown was called for tripping to give the Revolution the man advantage. With forty-four seconds left in the second period, the Jr. Flyers went up 3 – 0 on an outstanding individual effort by McDevitt. After McCuen won the draw in his own zone, McDevitt picked up the puck and skated to center ice. McDevitt dumped the puck behind the Revolution's net where it was picked up by George Boyle behind his own net. Boyle looked to set up the play and left it for teammate John Pearson. As Pearson skated out front in the slot, McDevitt stripped him of the puck and took a quick shot that beat Nichols-Delay low, short side for his ninth goal of the season.
Pearson was called for boarding just 1:50 into the third period to give the Jr. Flyers the man advantage. A little over a minute later, Ward would score his first goal of the game.
As time was winding down in the power play, McDevitt brought the behind the Revolution's’ net to the left of new Revolution goaltender Anthony Del Tufo. As McDevitt circled, he was tripped up but was able to pass the puck up to Schuyler Dillon along the boards. Dillon sent a backdoor pass to Ward who put it past Del Tufo to give the Jr. Flyers a 4 – 0 lead.
The Revolution would make it 4 – 1 eight minutes into the third when Brayden Patricia beat Aron Hansson but Ward would close out the scoring with his second goal of the game – a power play goal. Ward and McDevitt each lead the team with nine goals apiece.
Hansson stopped 29 of 30 shots while Nichols-Delay and Del Tufo combined to turn aside 21 of 26 shots. Click here for the box score.
The Jr. Flyers now will travel to Haverhill, MA to play two games, one against the New Hampshire Avalanche on Sunday and another game on Monday against the Vermont Lumberjacks.