Aston, PA – Little Flyers Youth Hockey Weekend Wrap Up 9/21 & 9/22 2019
16U National: In their 2019/20 AYHL debut, The Little Flyers 16U National Elite team visited Team Maryland’s National Premier team. Team Maryland took a 1-0 lead in the first period but Christian Sam’s unassisted goal at the 16:59 mark sent the game into the second period tied at 1-1. A three goal second period by Team Maryland put the Little Flyers down heading into the third period. Philadelphia was unable to close the gap and fell in their season debut by a final score of 6-1. Michael Manzi was solid in net all game long, making 38 saves.
Sunday, the Little Flyers hosted the Junior Flyers National Premier team. While down 2-0 in the first period, Christian Sam scored his second AY goal of the season with an assist from Daniel Whittock. The Jr. Flyers struck early in the second period but Andrew Henry’s unassisted goal a minute later got the Little Flyers to within one. A Jr. Flyers Power Play goal extended the lead back to two late in the second. Michael Gurracino’s power play goal again got the Little Flyers to within one goal with five minutes left in the third period. The Little Flyers power play tally was assisted by Thomas Sullivan and Jack Ellis. The Jr. Flyers added an insurance goal with less than two minutes to play and eventually won the game 5-3. Matt Lynch kept the Little Flyers in the game making some big saves down the stretch.
16U American: Saturday’s game was at home against the New Jersey Colonials. Jeremy Durr and Evan Golatio scored second period goals just 18 seconds apart. Durr’s even strength was assisted by Golato at the 11:11 mark of the second. Eighteen seconds later it was Golato putting the puck in the net assisted by Jeremy Durr and Santino Capone. Francis Scales scored the lone Little Flyers goal of the third period, coming on the power play with Capone picking up his second assist of the game. John Plumley made 22 saves in the Little Flyers loss.
Golato kept the scoring going in Sunday’s game against the New York Saints, netting a shorthanded goal off of a feed from Zach Neild. The game remained tied at 1-1 until the third period when Neil scored a goal of his own to give the Little Flyers a 2-1 lead. Two minutes later, the Saints once again tied the game. The two teams battled through the end of the third period with neither side being able to find the game winner. The Little Flyers and Saints each picked up a point in the standings as the game ended in a 2-2 tie. AJ Golden made 21 saves in the game.
2005 Bantam Major American: Eric McHale gave the Little Flyers the first period lead on an even strength goal against Virtua on Saturday. McHale’s goal was assisted by Matthew Kratchwell and Joseph Samango. Virtua scored two goals in the second period to take a 2-1 lead into the third period. A Virtua power play goal put them up 3-1 early in the third period. Jack Wolf cut the lead to one with an even strength goal at the 9:18 mark of the third period, Kevin Hudak and Nick Fiore were credited with assists on Wolf’s goal. The Little Flyers comeback came up just short as they fell to Virtua by a final score of 3-2. Christian Amato made 36 saves in the game.
Sunday’s matchup was against the North Jersey Avalanche National team on the road. Little Flyers net minder, Aries Carangi was tested early and often in the game making 26 saves in the game. The Avalanche defense held the Little Flyers offense at bay in the game, winning by a final score of 5-0.
2006 Bantam Minor American: Callahan Schultz made 33 saves in Saturday’s 6-3 loss to the NJ Jr. Titans. After falling behind 3-0 in the first period, Nathan DeLorme’s unassisted goal in the second period got the Little Flyers on the scoreboard. Alex Fusaro and Grayson Esposito each scored third period goals for the Little Flyers to cut into the lead. Fusaro’s even strength goal was assisted by Corrado Ditoro with Christian Gabriel picking up the only assist on Esposito’s goal.
2007 PeeWee Major American: The Little Flyers 2007 team ran into a tough Long Island Gulls National team on Sunday. Thaddeus Raynish scored the lone goal for the Little Flyers, coming on the Power Play in the 3rd period. Jake Aranda and Davis Fairbanks combined for 46 saves in the game for the Little Flyers.
2008 PeeWee Minor American: Anton Stackow’s two goal performance led the Little Flyers offensively against the Long Island Royals National team on Saturday. Stackow’s first goal of the game was set up by Jack Torr. Anthony Haag made 33 saves in net in the 6-2 loss.
Sunday, Stackow kept the scoring going, Netting a first period even strength goal with assists from Same Flood and Paxton Hoishik. After the Mercer Chiefs tied the game at 1-1, Aiden Delfin regained the lead for the Little Flyers. Michael Gravinese and Connor Nattress set up to go ahead goal. Sam Flood put the Little Flyers up 3-1 with a second period goal with Stackow picking up the primary assist and Hoishik registering his second assist of the game. The Chiefs would cut the lead back to one but Adam Charrafi’s goal at the 8:31 mark gave the Little Flyers a two goal cushion heading into the third period. Stackow collected his third point of the game with the assist on Charrafi’s goal along with Jackson Alcott collecting the secondary assist. Page Faith was strong in the third period to keep the Little Flyers lead, in total he made 24 saves in a winning effort for the Little Flyers.