PHOTO CREDIT: JUSTINA YOST
After the Holiday break and one game being cancelled due to the snow, the JRFlyers were back in action to start the second half of the season. The JRFlyers hosted the New York Bobcats and the Wilkes Barre Scranton Knights. (Friday vs NY was cancelled because of the snow) Then a quick turnaround and a matchup with the Little Flyers.
Saturday vs Bobcats
The JRFlyers threatened early forcing an odd man rush. Kubara slid the puck to Waterman in the offensive zone. Waterman went cross ice to Connor Lenaghan who fired the shot by (G) Carpenter for the 1-0 lead. Late in the 1st period the JRFlyers headed to the power play. Platt setup Justin Cohn and he fired the shot wide but on the rebound was McDevitt making it a 2-0 lead for the JRFlyers. Early in the 2nd period, the Bobcats got on the board as a shot from the point changed direction on its way to the net and beat (G) Mulic making it a 2-1 game. The JRFlyers got into penalty trouble and the door opened for New York. After a five minute major and a tripping minor the Bobcats would have a 5 on 3 advantage. The Bobcats would score on the power play tying the game 2-2. Near the end of the period, Drew Platt slammed home a rebound chance after a shot by Weinbrenner was loose to reclaim the lead 3-2. In the 3rd period the JRFlyers would extend their lead. Pisani took a shot from the point with traffic in front. (G) Carpenter got a piece of it and the rebound was sent in by Dini giving the JRFlyers a 4-2 lead. Just a few minutes later McDevitt would notch his second goal of the day and the JRFlyers would win by a final score 5-2. Mulic made 31 saves in the victory, including stopping three breakaways for the Bobcats.
“It’s always nice to come back from break and get a win. We controlled the puck a lot better and we were solid in the d-zone.” Ruppe
“It’s good to be back and getting into the swing of things. We had a couple new line combinations, and the offense got going. Albin (Mulic) made some big stops for us.” Platt
Sunday vs Knights
The Knights would score first as they forced a turnover in the JRFlyers zone and then beat (G) Mulic taking a 1-0 lead. Shortly after that goal the JRFlyers headed to the power play. After setting up in the zone, Pisani ripped a shot from the point that was initially saved by (G) Stahel. The puck bounced up in the air and baseball swinging it to the back of the net was Weinbrenner to tie the game 1-1. The 2nd period was all Wilkes Barre and the Knights would tally two goals and have a 3-1 lead. At the end of the period the JRFlyers were being outshot 25-11. In the 3rd period the Knights would extend the lead and not look back. They would put up another two goals. Lenaghan would put up a PPG for the JRFlyers but it didn't help too much as the JRFlyers would lose 5-2.
“We had our chances but didn't bury them, the shot column was lopsided, but I thought we controlled the puck well in the offensive zone. We had a few defensive break downs and we couldn’t come back for a win.” Platt
Wednesday vs Little Flyers
The 1st period looked like your normal rivalry game; Fast pace, hits, back and forth action and good battles. The Little Flyers did capitalize on a late power play chance to take the 1-0 lead to end the period. Just over five minutes into the 2nd period a loose puck trickled out into the slot and the shot was fired by (G) Mulic and the Little Flyers had a 2-0 lead. After that the JRFlyers were given a huge chance to get back in the game. The Little Flyers were called on four consecutive penalties and it led to the JRFlyers having two separate chances with 5on3 power plays. The JRFlyers couldn’t get the offense rolling and were unable to convert on their chances. Then the JRFlyers sat for a minor penalty and the Little Flyers wasted no time in taking a 3-0 lead. The Little Flyers would add one more in the 3rd period and the JRFlyers lost 4-0, as (G) Mulic made 37 saves in the loss.
Coming up this weekend for the JRFlyers they host two Northern Conference Teams. On Saturday the Vermont Lumberjacks come to town for their second meeting with the JRFlyers. The first meeting was at the Showcase right before the Holiday break. The game went all the way to a shootout and Martinez scored to give the JRFlyers a 2-1 win, as Mulic was outstanding in net. The Lumberjacks are on a 12-game losing streak and haven’t won a game since mid-November. Vermont is 14-16-2 with 18 games remaining on their schedule. On Sunday, the JRFlyers take on the New England Wolves. Last time they met was also at a showcase, but it was back in October, and the Wolves came away with a 5-2 win. The Wolves are 9-22-2 this season and they will take on the Little Flyers on Saturday before heading to the Ice Line on Sunday.
Saturday vs Vermont Lumberjacks 8pm
Sunday vs New England Wolves 2pm
By: Joe Sindoni
Director of Broadcasting
Play by Play Announcer
Tag(s): EHL Team