PHOTO CREDIT: JUSTINA YOST
After splitting a home and home series with the Philadelphia Little Flyers, the JRFlyers were home last weekend to take on the Connecticut Chiefs, and the rival Philadelphia Revolution. Then it was a Thursday night matchup against the Central Penn Panthers.
Saturday vs Chiefs
The Chiefs got on the board early as the JRFlyers turned the puck over in their own zone resulting in a 1-0 deficit. Less than two minutes later the JRFlyers tied the game. Martino sent the puck to Schwartz in the offensive zone. Schwartz held the puck then fired on net, the shot was blocked but Pohlig was there to shoot the puck past (G) Briggs tying the game 1-1. An odd man rush for the Chiefs gave them the 2-1 lead, as (G) Moyer got 90% of the puck but it squeaked by and into the net. Pohlig again would answer for Philadelphia as he sped around the net with a wraparound shot to even things up 2-2. The JRFlyers took the lead with :17 left in the period when Martino fired a shot from the point that was redirected by Anastasi giving them a 3-2 lead. Within the first two minutes of the 2nd period, Brendan Allen sent a backhander top shelf for the 4-2 lead. Connecticut would answer as the JRFlyers would turn the puck over deep in their own territory as the Chiefs pulled within one and it was 4-3 at the end of the 2nd. The Chiefs tied the game near the midway point of the 3rd period with a power play goal to make it 4-4. Then the Chiefs got into penalty trouble opening the door for Philadelphia. The JRFlyers won the faceoff and Schwartz would setup Fuller backdoor for the 5-4 lead. But once again Connecticut would have an answer tying the game 5-5. This one needed overtime to settle the contest but it was the Chiefs who were able to come away victorious 6-5.
Sunday vs Revolution
In the 1st period it was a tight game. Each team had powerplay opportunities, but neither would convert. There was no score and shots were even at 9. The 2nd period was when the JRFlyers came to life. Buch and Allen beautifully executed a 2 on 1 as Buch tapped the puck through (G) Janis for the 1-0 lead. Briefly after that goal, Schwartz skated into the offensive zone and used a backhander to beat (G) Janis for the 2-0 lead as the JRFlyers put up two goals less than three minutes. The Revolution were given a double minor which led to a power play goal for Anton Martino, who fired the puck from the point through traffic extending the lead to 3-0. The Revolution were able to stop the bleeding as a deflected shot would get past (G) Roeder to cut into the lead 3-1. With :25 left in the 2nd period, Pohlig made a great play and blocked a clearing attempt to keep the JRFlyers onside. He chased the puck into the corner and then perfectly fed Schwartz who was alone in front and the lead was now 4-1. JRFlyers came out hot to start the 3rd period as Pohlig stole the puck in the neutral zone and charged the net with a nice move to make it 5-1 JRFlyers. The Revolution quickly answered just :16 later as the Revolution now trailed 5-2. It seemed like the game was in the bag as the Revolution got into some big penalty trouble. A player was given a major, and ejected, then a slashing major would put the JRFlyers in a lengthy 5 on 3 power play. Unfortunately, the JRFlyers could not score and the penalty kill came up huge for the Revolution and it shifted the momentum. The Revolution would climb all the back to tie the game 5-5 and close out the 3rd period with four unanswered goals. In overtime both teams came extremely close to ending the game but this one had to be decided in a shootout. No JRFlyers would score, and the Revolution would score once and steal a victory with a 6-5 win.
It was a frustrating weekend for Philadelphia, as they were on target to gain four points but instead come away with two.
“We lost our focus. We were throwing the puck away too much and not making the right plays and it ended up costing us. We need to have better puck support in our own zone.” Martino
“I think it’s more of a mental thing for the team. We don’t have the mentality that we should in order to win the game. I don’t think it is a skill problem, but more of a mentality issue.” McDonald
Thursday vs Panthers
Marsico put the JRFlyers on the board going coast to coast with the puck and finished off the opportunity with a backhander past (G) Morrison for the 1-0. Late in the 1st McDonald fired a shot and it bounced to Fuller. He skated directly on goal and went five hole to give Philadelphia a 2-0 lead. In the 2nd period the JRFlyers took a 3-0 lead when Pohlig would rip home a shot just over five minutes into the period. The Panthers were able to answer back with a power play goal to beat (G) Gorelenkov cutting the lead 3-1. Almost from the same spot on the far angle, Pohilg would score again to regain a three goal lead 4-1. Shortly after that, Martinez would setup Pohilg again for a hat trick and the JRFlyers were in control 5-1. A bad hop would favor Central Penn creating a breakaway to close in on the lead and make it 5-2. That was as close as the Panthers would get as Philadelphia would enter a scoring frenzy. In the 3rd, Martinez (2), Schwartz, Buch and Henzie would hit the scoresheet as the JRFlyers would roll to a 10-2 victory. Gorelenkov picked up the win making 22 saves.
The JRFlyers will look for redemption on Sunday as they will be on the road to take on the Philadelphia Revolution who are now 2nd in the Conference at 9-3-1. Before the rematch on Sunday, the Revolution will be on the road Saturday to take on the Connecticut Chiefs.
Sunday @ Revolution 12pm
By: Joe Sindoni
Director of Broadcasting
Play by Play Announcer