The Philadelphia Jr. Flyers are pleased to announce the organization’s Players of the Week for week ending January 26, 2020. The Players of the Week is a weekly feature during the 2019-20 regular season that recognizes top performing players for the Peewee, Bantam and Midget levels. Only players that are recommended by their respective teams are considered for the Players of the Week award.
Pee Wee Major Players of the Week - Michael Coneen (Defense) and Blake Platz (Offense)
This past weekend, the 2007 Philadelphia Jr. Flyers swept a 3-game series versus the Washington Little Caps and solidified their spot in the AYHL playoffs. Coach Joe Moran reflected on the performance of the team, "This was not our best weekend of hockey, especially through the first game and into the second. We didn't really hit our stride until the 3rd period of that second game. We had to gut it out through those first several periods. We were playing hard but not getting results, so it was the determination of players like Michael Coneen and Blake Platz that got us through that grind. The playoffs are not going to be easy, so I feel the team learned valuable lessons on how to gut out wins and also how to put games away."
Coach Moran on Michael Coneen, "Michael has been such a solid defenseman for us all season. No matter what is asked of him, he jumps in and gets it done. His toughness and determination were a big factor in our successful weekend. Michael was dominant along the boards, and when he had the puck, he controlled the play and made good decisions. The team only allowed 4 goals this weekend and Michael's play was big factor in that. He also jumped into the action in the offensive zone by picking up a goal and 2 assists. This was an all-around great weekend for Michael."
Coach Moran on Blake Platz, "Blake was injured and missed several games prior to this past weekend. He returned to practice early in the week and I could just tell that he was like a coiled spring, just looking to get back on the ice and perform. So it was no surprise to the team when the games started and we got the Blake we've come to expect with no lingering issues. He was a bundle of energy throughout the weekend. As an example, in Game 1, the team was creating a lot of offense but couldn't connect. We were losing and the frustration was mounting. That's when Blake hopped on a loose puck and potted a huge goal that got us going. Blake was the spark we needed at that moment and for the rest of the weekend. His energetic, fast-paced play was infectious."
Pee Wee Minor Players of the Week - Jake Kanzinger, Forward
Jake led the team with four points on Saturday, January 25 which helped the team capture a 10-5 win against the New Jersey Titans.
Jonathan Gabriel scored three of the four shootout goals to give the visiting Jr. Flyers a 2 – 1 win over the Revolution in an afternoon matinee.
Co-Captain Billy McDevitt opened the scoring for the Jr. Flyers at the 4:03 mark of the first period. After the Jr. Flyers dumped the puck into the Revolution zone, it was picked up by the Rev’s Tiger Bjornlund but he was in constant pursuit by McDevitt. Bjornlund dumped the puck into the far side corner where a scrum occurred with Levi Wright and McDevitt. As Wright moved from the corner to the faceoff circle, he was buried by Gabriel and McDevitt picked up the loose puck and shot it through the five hole of Revolution’s goalie Anthony Shrum to give the Jr. Flyers a 1 – 0 lead. It was McDevitt’s team high nineteenth goal of the season.
At 4:48 of the second period the Revolution evened the score on Ryan Clear’s second goal of the season. With the puck in the Jr. Flyers far side corner, the biscuit was sent behind the net where it was gloved down by the Revolution’s Jordan Sgro. Sgro sent it out front who buried a snapshot past Jr. Flyers goalie Aron Hansson to make it 1 – 1.
After a scoreless third period and overtime, the game went into the skills session.
Robert Batton, who scored the Jr. Flyers game winner in Sunday’s overtime victory against the Connecticut Roughriders, scored first. The Rev’s Saava Smirnov made it 1 – 1. The Rev’s Trevor Clemson scored to make it 2 – 1. Gabriel scored his first goal of the shootout to make it 2 – 2. Gabriel scored his second shootout goal to make it 3 – 2 Jr. Flyers but Bryan Garry tied it right away. Gabriel scored his third goal of the shootout and Hansson stopped Smirnov to seal the season straight victory for the Jr. Flyers.
Hansson stopped 41 of 42 shots while Shrum turned aside 38 of 39 shots. Click here for the box score.
The Jr. Flyers next game will be held on Thursday, January 30 at 11:30 AM against the Little Flyers.
The Philadelphia Jr. Flyers Junior team, proud members of the Eastern Hockey League, are pleased to announce that Co-Captain and forward Shane Ward has committed to play NCAA Division III Ice Hockey for the Bryn Athyn College Lions, who are currently an independent team. His commitment begins in September 2020.
Ward, 20, is in his second season with the Jr. Flyers. He has fifty points (20 goals and 30 assists) in 73 games.
This season the 5’9”, 170 lb. Glastonbury, CT native has thirty points (14 goals and 16 assists) in 33 games.
“First off, I would like to thank my father for pushing me each and every day to be the best player that I can be” stated Ward. “Secondly, a huge thank you to Coach Domish for really taking the time to turn me into the player that I have become today, I can’t thank him enough. I also would like to thank Tom Regan who has helped me throughout my career to achieve this unbelievable accomplishment” added Ward.
“As soon as I stepped on the Bryn Athyn campus, I fell in love with it and I felt as though the Bryn Athyn coaching staff and hockey program was the best spot for me to have the most success in my college career. Coach Burke and Coach Seravalli of Bryn Athyn have persistently continued to recruit me day in and day out until my decision was made which made me feel very wanted and I can’t thank them enough for that. I look forward to getting started with my college hockey career and want to give a huge shoutout to everyone else who has helped me along the way. Go Lions” concluded Ward.
“I’m very proud of Shane” stated head coach Jerry Domish. “He is the perfect example of what hard work and following directions can do for a player. He came to us a year ago as a fourth line player, but his coach ability has made him a top player in the league. The amount of improvement his has made is overwhelming. I know he will be very successful at the next level because of the person he is.” concluded Domish.
Bryn Athyn College is in Bryn Athyn, PA. The Camels head coach is Andrew Burke.
The Jr. Flyers 16UAA Girls Elite Team took Detroit by storm over MLK weekend! The team played in the competitive Freeze in the D Tournament and took the championship title. The final game was a tough match up and a nail biter at times for those in the stands. But the girl’s hard work this season paid off and they beat the Northshore Warhawks 3-2 for the win. Kids, coaches, and parents celebrated with a lot of loud cheering and you can see the girl’s big smiles in their photograph. If you pass by a member of the team or coaching staff at the rink this week, give them a high-five!