Aston, PA -- The Philadelphia Little Flyers EHL Premier team continued its hot start to the regular season, picking up an 8-3 win against the New Jersey Renegades on Sunday, in their only game of the weekend. The Philadelphia offense got going earlier when Jon Rineer won a face-off deep in the Renegades zone back to Patrick Price who sent the puck back to David Wilf at the point. Wilf sent a wrist shot towards the net that was beautifully tipped by Ronnie Higgins and into the back of the net for Higgins first career goal in the black and orange. Elliott Schon continued his scoring ways as the first year forward took a feed in the slot from line mate Jake Reifer to collect his 5th goal in as many games, Dylan Sangmeister who got the play started by creating a turnover in the neutral zone was also credited with an assist. The Little Flyers defense did a good job in the first period by limiting the Renegades to just five shots on goal in front of Joel Keller.
Tyler Ruppert increased the Little Flyers lead to 3-0 less than five minutes into the second period. Kelly Stroik won a battle behind the Renegades net to get the loose puck to Ruppert who curled to the front of the net to score his second goal of the season. Little Flyers captain Luke Headman put his team up 4-0 taking a feed from Nick Bouchard below the goal line, Headman stick handlded his way to the front of the net to slide the puck into the back of the Renegades net, Shane Green picked up a helper on the goal. Pat Jensen followed the Headman goal with his first career goal in junior hockey less than a minute later, firing a wrist shot through traffic to give the Little Flyers a 5-0 lead. The Renegades were able to get on the board with thirty seconds left in the second period to spoil Keller’s shutout bid.
Elliot Schon would get the five goal lead back in the third period, scoring his second goal of the game at the 5:39 mark of the third period, Reifer and Green assisted on Schon’s team leading 6th goal of the season. Tyler Efymow and Steve Roccia connected on a greatly executed 2-0 to give the Little Flyers their largest lead of the day on Efymow’s second goal of the season. The Renegades never gave up in the game, scoring two goals in the final three minutes and change of the game to close on the Little Flyers lead but it was too little too late as Tyler Ruppert put the exclamation point on the game, scoring his second goal of the game to give the Little Flyers an 8-3 victory. Joel Keller finished the game with 15 saves, picking up his 3rd win of the season. The Little Flyers are back in action this weekend, heading to Staten Island for a two game weekend series against the New York Bridgemen.
Aston, PA -- The Philadelphia Little Flyers EHL team hit the road for the first time this season for a weekend series against the New York Applecore. In game one, Ryan Turse got the Little Flyers on the board mid-way through the first period, taking a feed from Ryan Candia and backhanding it past the Applecore goaltender for his second goal of the season, veteran defenseman Soren Bredeson also picked up an assist on the play. For the Little Flyers, Thomas McLarnon turned away 8 Applecore shots in the first period. Will Smith, extended the Little Flyers lead to 2-0 under two minutes into the second period, picking up a loose puck off of Candia in the slot and wristing it into the back of the net, Dante Gattone was credited with the secondary assist on the play. New York didn’t get discouraged with the deficit as just 23 seconds later they scored their first goal of the game to cut the Little Flyers lead back to one. The score would remain 2-1 Little Flyers until the final five minutes of the period which was a hectic one. New York scored three goals in two minutes to take what looked to be a commanding 4-2 lead heading into the second period. The trio of Tyler Marvil, Sam Clapinson and Dan Mundy would get the Little Flyers back into the game with a great shift that kept the puck deep in the Applecore zone. Eventually Clapinson and Mundy were able to get the puck to Marvil at the side of the net for the put back goal with just 11 seconds remaining in the second period. Off of the ensuing faceoff, Alex McBey hammered the puck into the Applecore zone, Kevin Brown chased the puck down and slid it back to McBey on the wall, with three seconds left, McBey shot the puck towards the net. McBey’s shot deflected off of line mate Cam Lindsay then off of Brown and into the net to tie the game with less than three seconds left to play.
McLarnon stood tall in net for the Little Flyers, turning away all 13 Applecore shots that he faced in the tied game. Eventually it would be Will Smith sending the Little Flyers home victorious. On a 3-on-1 rush into the Applecore zone, McBey sent the puck over to Turse creating a 2-on-1 down low, Turse slid the puck across the clot to Smith who hammered the puck home for the game winner. McLarnon picked up his second win of the young season with a 26 save performance.
In game two, the Philadelphia offense came to life early and often. Alex McBey got the scoring started with a power play goal 2:14 into the first period. Kevin Brown set up Cam Lindsay for a shot that was saved by the Applecore goaltender but McBey was right on the doorstep to put the puck into the back of the net. Forty Five seconds later, Rob Holland extended the lead to 2-0, after Ryan Houle kept the puck in the Applecore zone, Anthony Savignac sent a backhand pass to Holland in the slot all alone, Holland picked his spot and sent a wrist shot across the goal line for his second goal of the season. Dante Gattone, put the Little Flyers up 3-0, carrying the puck from the Little Flyers defensive zone through the neutral zone and found himself in a 1-on-3 situation against the Applecore defense as he entered their zone. Gattone put on the jets and made his way past the defense for a one on one with the Applecore net minder, backhanding the puck five hole. Two minutes later the Applecore’s Charles Massey cut the Little Flyers lead to 3-1 with an even strength goal but Lindsay and McBey would answer back for the Little Flyers. First, Lindsay put a rebound off of a McBey shot into the net with an assist from Kevin Brown, then McBey scored his second goal of the game with under two minutes to play with helpers coming from Liindsay and Gattone. Philadelphia took a 5-1 lead into the first intermission. Adrian Morales made 9 saves in net for the Little Flyers in the period.
The Applecore scored a power play goal just :47 into the second period to once again get within three. The score would remain that way until Ryan Candia netted his first goal of the game that was set up by linemates Ryan Turse and Will Smith. Ryan Houle’s unassisted goal with under two minutes left in the second gave the visiting Little Flyers their largest lead of the day heading into the final 20 minutes of play.
Candia’s second goal of the day came just :54 into the third period but seemed to put the game out of reach, Turse and defenseman Brett Turner were credited with assists on the Little Flyers 8th tally of the day. Cam Lindsay capped the Little Flyers scoring on the day with a 4-on-3 power play goal, Kevin Brown registered his 3rd assist of the game on the goal and Ryan Houle picked up his third point with the secondary assist. Adrian Morales remained sharp in the third period, making 11 more saves to bring his game total up to 28 and picking up his second win in as many chances in a Little Flyers uniform.
Aston, PA – The Philadelphia Little Flyers Premier team opened the 2019-20 season with a 4-3 win against the Philadelphia Revolution. Returning forward, Nicholas Bouchard got the Little Flyers on the board with under two minutes left to play in the first period. Pressure from linemates Richard Lynch and Luke Headman forced a turnover in the Revolution zone, leaving Bouchard all alone to put the puck past the Revolution goaltender. Joel Keller made 11 saves in the first period for the Little Flyers in net. The Revolution tied the game at 1-1 five minutes into the second period. As they would do all day, the Little Flyers answered back with Tyler Ruppert’s first career goal at the Junior level. Ruppert’s even strength goal was assisted by Andy Redder. Elliott Schon increased the Little Flyers leads to 3-1 jamming home a lose puck in front of the Revolution net, Jake Reifer and Dylan Sangmeister were credited with assists on the play. The Revolution answered back with an even strength goal of their own to get back within one.
The third period was a closely contested one with the Little Flyers holding onto a one goal lead with only four defenseman left playing in the game. The Revolution found the equalizer at the 13:50 mark of the third period. Two minutes later, second year defenseman Shane Green would send the home crowd home happy. The 2002 birth year defenseman picked up the puck in the neutral zone, skated into the Revolution zone with Elliott Schon crashing the net, Green went around a defenseman and backhanded the puck into the net for the game winning goal. Even though the Revolution held a 14-7 shot advantage in the third period, Joel Keller held on and made some big saves down the stretch to pick up his first career win in net for the Little Flyers Premier team. The Little Flyers are back on the ice this weekend with a home game on Saturday at 1:30 PM against the New Jersey 87s then hit the road on Sunday for an 11:30am game at the Philadelphia Revolution.
Aston, PA - The EHL season kicked off this past weekend featuring one of the league’s top rivalries when the Philadelphia Little Flyers hosted the Philadelphia Revolution in the opening game of the 201920 Eastern Hockey League regular season.
After going 16-0 in his rookie season with the Little Flyers, Thomas McLarnon picked up where he left off last season with a 26 save shut out on Saturday. Will Smith opened the scoring with a Power Play goal when Brett Turner found a curling Smith in the slot. Smith fired a wrist shot up blocker side to give the Little Flyers a 1-0 lead, Rob Holland picked up his first career junior point with a secondary assist on the play. Smith, extended the lead to 2-0 with under a minute to play in the first period when he redirected a Soren Bredeson shot from the point into the back of the Revolution net.
Midway through the second period, puck pressure and fore-checking by the line of Tyler Marvil, Ryan Candia and Keegan Morin got the Little Flyers on the board for the third time in the game. Marvil moved the puck off the boards to Morin moving towards the net. Morin’s quick pass to a cutting Candia left the second year forward all alone with the Revolution goaltender. Candia quickly moved to the backhand to tuck the puck home short side. Rob Holland finished the Little Flyers scoring on the day, notching the teams third power play goal of the game and first of his career. Brett Turner and Dante Gattone were credited with assists on Holland’s put back goal. McLarnon was sharp all game long turning away 12 total Revolution shots in the third period. A great defensive effort on the penalty kill left the Revolution scoreless as the Little Flyers shorthanded units forced the Revolution to go 0 for 8 with the man advantage. McLarnon and the Little Flyers host the North Carolina Golden Bears at Premier Orthopeadics IceWorks Skating Complex on Saturday 9/14 at 4:15 PM Live on Hockey TV.
Aston, PA -- The Little Flyers EHL Premier team traveled to New Jersey on Sunday night for game three of their best of three series, the winner would moved on to the League Final, the losers season would be over so close to a chance to play for the Championship. The Little Flyers won game one 4-3 but lost game two the next night by a final score of 4-1.
The first period was a tightly contested one with the two teams exchanging scoring chances and power play opportunities. Second year forward Austin Mazzulo broke the scoreless tie with fifteen seconds remaining in the first period banging home a loose puck in front of the 87s net, Mazzulo’s goal was assisted by Sebastian Romeniecki. The Little Flyers out shot New Jersey 13-6 in the period.
Sam Clapinson doubled the Little Flyers lead near the halfway point of the second period with a power play goal, Shane Green was credited with the only assist on the play. Special Teams and Goaltending would be the story for the rest of the game for Philadelphia as Goalie of the Year candidate Graham Burke saved his best performance of the season for crunch time. The Little Flyers found themselves shorthanded 11 times in the game including a huge stretch of five minutes in the third period. A Brett Turner Boarding major gave the 87s a five minute power play with just under 15 minutes left to play in the third. While killing off the Turner penalty, Will Garrison was called for a High Sticking minor, putting the Little Flyers down two men for two full minutes. Burke and the defense stepped up, successfully killing off the major penalty and two man advantage. Mazzulo started the Little Flyers scoring, and he finished it scoring his second goal of the game 11:49 into the third period with assists from linemates Johnny Scarduzio and Ryan Sharkey to take a 1-0 lead.
Down the other end of the ice, it was Burke’s night. The 2001 birth year goaltender from Baton Rouge, Louisiana made 34 saves in the 3-0 Little Flyers victory, sending his team to the Eastern Hockey League Finals on Sunday February 24th where they will face-off against the New England Wolves in the League Championship game.