The JRFlyers traveled on the road last weekend to take on the Boston Jr Rangers and the Walpole Express. Both teams are in the Northern Conference and the JRFlyers were looking to get back in the win column.
Saturday vs Rangers
In the 1st period each team had chances but couldn't get on the score sheet. JRFlyers goaltender Tyler Savino stopped all 13 shots in the period while Rangers net minder Bryan O’Toole made 11 saves. In the 2nd period things got ugly, penalties began to pile up and it chopped up the game speed. The only goal was for the Rangers and it came near the midway point of the period and the Rangers took a 1-0 lead to the locker room after the 2nd period. In the 3rd period things got even uglier and more penalties ensued. The JRFlyers were unable to get a tying goal but overall there were 21 penalties in the game as they fell 1-0.
“It was a tough game to swallow. We couldn't get a bounce to go our way and we couldn't put the puck to the net. We battled hard but just couldn't put one in the net.” Alex Seibel
“It was one of those games that when you make one mistake it kills you and that’s what happened. I thought we played well on both sides of the puck, but we just didn't get a bounce to go our way.” Trevor Rucci
Sunday vs the Express
The Express got on the board first as they sent a power play goal by (G)Lakatos near the midway point of the period. The JRFlyers answered with their own power play goal as a scramble for a loose puck in front of the net was jammed home by Dellarose as (G) Flynn couldn't cover the puck in time tying the game 1-1. Just a few minutes into the 2nd period the JRFlyers took the lead with an odd man rush and a goal from Thomas making it 2-1. It didn't take long for the Express to respond as they put two goals by (G) Lakatos to take a 3-2 lead. The JRFlyers capitalized on a power play chance late in the period as Seibel sent the shot through traffic beating (G) Flynn to tie the game 3-3. In the 3rd period teams exchanged scoring chances but Flynn and Lakatos denied every shot to keep the game tied and send this one to overtime. In the 3on3 neither team was able to score so the game was to be decided in a shootout. The Express shot first and Lakatos made the save. Groff was the first shooter for the JRFlyers but Flynn made the stop. The second shooter for the Express scored but Alec Dugan responded with a nice backhander by Flynn for the goal. Lakatos made another save and it was Gannon Stuart with the game winner and the JRFlyers won 3-2.
“It felt great getting a win after losing three in a row, and we needed it. It was a great game and an even one too. Everyone was battling hard and we kept fighting and we were able to end it with a shootout win.” Seibel
“In kind of got the monkey off our back, because we needed to get out of that slump. We were picking each other up on the bench because it was a tense situation but we all had confidence in each other.” Rucci
This weekend the JRFlyers will be home as the Hartford Jr Wolfpack come to town. The Wolfpack are third in the Southern Conference with a 20-11-6 record for 46 points. Last time they met the JRFlyers came away with a 3-2 overtime win, and a 2-1 win in regulation. The win over the Express put the JRFlyers in first place in the Southern Conference passing the Revolution whom they have been chasing the entire season. The gap is only by one point as both teams have four games left to play. The JRFlyers are 28-9-1 for 57 points while the Revolution are 27-9-2 with 56 points. This weekend the Revolution will take on the New Jersey Rockets. It’s coming down to the wire as the JRFlyers approach the final four games of the season and it should prove to be an exciting ride to the finish.
By: Joe Sindoni