Down two goals with 7:25 remaining in the second period, the Jr. Flyers scored three unanswered goals to defeat the Philadelphia Little Flyers 4 – 3 in Eastern Hockey League action today at the IceWorks Skating Complex.
It was the Jr. Flyers third win in as many tries this season against their archrival.
The Little Flyers Soren Bredeson was called for hooking at 6:53 of the opening period. Fourteen seconds later veteran defenseman Riley Dohner opened the scoring for the Jr. Flyers.
After John McCuen won the draw in the offensive zone, the puck went back to Dohner at the point. Dohner would exchange short passes with Shane Ward, who was slightly up in front of him. The Jr. Flyers co-captain sent the puck back to McCuen at the blueline, and McCuen sent a pass over to Dohner on his right. Dohner was able to skate to the top of the near side faceoff circle and take a shot that beat Little Flyers goalie Adrian Morales long side to make it a 1 – 0 game. It was Dohner’s first goal of the season.
With 7:12 left in the first, Schuyler Dillon was called or hooking to give the Little Flyers the man advantage. Less then a minute later Dante Gattone would knot the game at one.
Flyers goalie Sean Dynan made a save off a Kevin Brown from the near side point but the deep rebound would go into the corner where it was sent back to Brown at the point. The defenseman took a shot that found its way through a screen and redirected by Gattone past Dynan to make it 1 – 1.
Just 2:58 into the middle period, Ryan Candia would give the Little Flyers the lead. As the Jr. Flyers tried to dump the puck out of their own zone, it was blocked by former Jr. Flyer William Smith who sent a cross-ice pass back over to Brown. Brown send a blind pass over to Candia who cut across the goalmouth and slipped the puck past Dynan to make it 2 – 1.
Matthew Valdez was called for unsportsmanlike conduct with 10:11 left in the middle stanza to put the Little Flyers back on the powerplay. Five seconds later Gattone scored his second goal of the game to extend the Little Flyers lead by two.
Gattone won the draw deep inside the offensive zone and the puck went back to Smith at the top of the faceoff circle. Smith passed it over to Brown who took a shot on net that was redirected by Gattone for his second goal of the game to give the Little Flyers a two-goal lead.
Valdez was off again for hooking to give the Little Flyers the man advantage for the fifth time already in the game. After a scrum took place behind the Jr. Flyers net, the puck came loose and was picked up by Adam Nilsson. Nilsson sent a bounce pass to himself off the far side boards and entered the offensive zone all alone. Nilsson cut across the goal mouth and beat Morales blocker side to bring the Jr. Flyers within one.
With eight seconds left in the second, Ward scored his tenth goal on the season to tie the game at three.
Jake Maley sent an outlet pass but it was too far for Ward, but it was picked up by the Little Flyers Cam Lindsay at the top of his own far side faceoff circle. Lindsay went to pass the puck up but it was intercepted by Ward who walked in all alone on Morales and beat him in close to make it 3 – 3.
Twelve seconds into the final period co-captain Billy McDevitt closed out the scoring. Ward sent the puck into the offensive zone where it was picked up by McDevitt along the far side boards. McDevitt cut to the outside and then the inside and took a shot that beat Morales top shelf to give the Jr. Flyers the 4 – 3 win.
Dynan stopped 24 of 27 shots while Morales turned aside 19 of 23. Click here for the box score.
The Jr. Flyers now will play Team Maryland on Saturday and Sunday at Ice Line.