Last weekend the JRFlyers hosted the Hartford Jr Wolfpack. When they met back in November the JRFlyers came away with a 3-2 overtime win and a 2-1 win in regulation.
The only goal that was put up in the 1st period was by Anthony Dellarose giving the JRFlyers the 1-0 lead. Just after the midway point of the 2nd period the JRFlyers took the lead as Fisher had the assist on a Rucci shorthanded goal making it 2-0. Just over a minute later Gannon Stuart gave the JRFlyers a 3-0 lead. The three goal lead was short lived when the Wolfpack responded less than a minute later putting a shot by (G) Kelly making it a 3-1 game. The JRFlyers answered as Dellarose sent his second goal of the game past (G) Hale and it sent him to the bench for the remainder of the game. Anthony Thurston welcomed (G) Famiglietti to the game just minutes after Dellarose’s goal giving the JRFlyers a 5-1 lead. The final goal of the 2nd period was a power play goal for the Wolfpack making it 5-2. In the 3rd period the Wolfpack stormed back putting up two goals (one was on the power play) to diminish a comfortable lead for the JRFlyers and it was a 5-4 game. Goaltender John Kelly came up with some big saves late in the game for the JRFlyers as they were able to hang on and win 5-4.
“I think everyone was a little shocked as they came back. It was a wakeup call for us. We took too many penalties and got a little lazy towards the end of the game.” Trevor Rucci
“We hung back and spent too much time in our own defensive zone. We didn't do a good enough job at picking up guys in front of the net.” Alex Seibel
Midway through the 1st period the Wolfpack forced a turnover as the JRFlyers were trying to break out of their own zone. The puck was sent to the middle and a man wide open fired it by (G) Lakatos giving the Wolfpack a 1-0 lead. Late in the 1st period Skyler Thomas tied the game whipping a shot by (G) Famiglietti making it 1-1. In the 2nd period the JRFlyers were battling for the puck in the corner of the offensive zone. It came out to Seibel at the point at he took a shot that was deflected by Thurston and the puck went to the net giving the JRFlyers a 2-1 lead. Less than a minute later Aughey took a shot that went wide but McKenna slid a pass out front that was tucked in by Salerno making it 3-1. The final goal was from Dellarose as he beat the defenseman wide and ripped a shot by (G) Famiglietti as the JRFlyers took a 4-1 to the locker room. In the 3rd period the Wolfpack would draw closer with a power play goal but the JRFlyers controlled the game the rest of the way and picked up a 4-2 win.
“We played much better defensively. We were moving the puck better and we supported each other in front of the net and our offense had a good cycle going.” Seibel
This weekend is the end of the regular season for the JRFlyers. They will host the Vermont Lumberjacks on Saturday and the New Hampshire Monarchs on Sunday. The Lumberjacks are the best team in the EHL with a 34-4-2 record for 70 points. When they met a few weeks ago the JRFlyers battled the whole game but came up short in a 2-1 loss. On Sunday is another rematch, this time with the New Hampshire Monarchs. The Monarchs are 2nd in the Northern Conference with a 27-9-3 record with 57 points. In the previous meeting it was another tough game but the JRFlyers weren’t able to win as they fell 4-2. The JRFlyers are looking forward to rematches with these top teams, and they should be fun games to watch.
“It is going to be a good test to see what we are made of; it is definitely going to feel like playoff hockey atmosphere. They are both really good teams but so are we; we just have to bring it all for these two games. It is going to be a hard fought battle all the way, and hopefully we can come away with victories.” Anthony Thurston
With the two wins over the Wolfpack it improves the JRFlyers record to 30-9-1 for 61 points which is the best in the Southern Conference. The Philadelphia Revolution are right behind them with 60 points after sweeping the Rockets and taking four points. In their final two games of the regular season the JRFlyers and Revolution will take on the Lumberjacks and Monarchs. This will be a great test for the team as they playoffs are just around the corner.
By: Joe Sindoni