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.