Aston, PA -- The Philadelphia Little Flyers 2010 capped their season off in style, taking home the Championship from the Presidents’ Weekend Outdoor Classic in Buffalo, NY . Balanced scoring and dominant goaltending was the name of the game for the Little Flyers as seven players finished in the top 14 in scoring and Noah Russo led goalies in all statistical categories.
In Game one, the Little Flyers took down the North Bay Trappers by a final score of 9-2. Nicholas Marra and Michael Siddons scored two goals each for the Little Flyers in the win. Chase Bell, Luke Hartman, Sean Devine, Marcus Berlansky and Carter Olds all lit the lamp once in the Little Flyers offensive outburst. In addition to Bell’s goal he also added three assists to lead the way with four points in the game. Noah Russo and the defense were solid all game long, limiting the Trappers scoring chances to seal the victory.
Game two saw Russo and his Little Flyers teammates shut out the Niagara Jr. Purple Eagles by a final score of 4-0. Michael Siddons put the Little Flyers on the scoreboard with just 16 seconds left in the first period to take a 1-0 lead. Less than three minutes into the second period, Carter Olds and Chris Siddons set up Nicholas Marra for his third goal of the tournament to double the Little Flyers lead. With under a minute left to play in the second period, Matthew DeNucci found Sean Devine to go up 3-0 heading into the third. Luke Hartman sealed the game for the Little Flyers midway through the third period when he connected with Shane Horkan for the final goal of the game.
The final game of round robin play was the Little Flyers toughest test as they took on the Buffalo Regals. Marcus Berlansky put the Little Flyers on the board early with help from Sean Devine to put the Little Flyers up 1-0 early in the game. Nicholas Marra added to the lead four minutes later taking a feed from Chris Siddons to take a two goal advantage into the second period. The two teams battled back and forth in the second with neither team able to find the back of the net. Buffalo mounted a comeback in the third period, scoring two unassisted goals to send the game to overtime. After a hard fought overtime period, the teams remained deadlocked at two apiece and needed a shootout to settle this game. The Regals were able to win the shootout and beat the Little Flyers by a final score of 3-2.
In the Semi-Final matchup, the Little Flyers took on the North Bay Trappers once again who they defeated in game one of the tournament. Matthew DeNucci got the Little Flyers off to a good start scoring a goal less than two minutes into the game with a setup from Sean Devine. Later in the first period, Chase Bell found Luke Hartman to double the Little Flyers lead. The second period didn’t produce any change to the score in the game and the Little Flyers were one period away from the Championship. DeNucci struck once again in the third to give the Little Flyers a comfortable 3-0 lead, Michael Siddons registered the only assist on DeNucci’s second goal of the game. The Trappers scored late in the third to cut the Little Flyers lead to two but Marcus Berlansky sealed the Little Flyers victory and place in the Championship game with 21 seconds left in the game.
The Championship game not only gave the Little Flyers a shot at the Outdoor Classic Title but a chance to avenge their shootout loss earlier in the tournament against the Buffalo Regals. Getting off to another fast start gave the Little Flyers an early advantage when Marcus Berlansky found the back of the net less than two minutes into the game; Sean Devine registered the lone assist on Berlansky’s goal. Noah Russo with the help of his team defense kept the Regals off the scoreboard in the first period. Luke Hartman doubled the Little Flyers lead to 2-0 with an unassisted goal 4:37 into the second period. The Regals answered back scoring their first goal of the game in the second period to make it a one goal game heading into the third period. The Little Flyers were up to the task when Berlansky notched his second goal of the game at the 6:14 mark of the third to regain the two goal advantage, it was once again Devine who set up the Berlansky goal. Sean Devine added insurance to the two goal lead late in the third with an unassisted goal of his own. With the clock winding down and the Championship within the Little Flyers grasp, Marcus Berlansky delivered the knockout blow, scoring his third goal of the game as the Little Flyers won the Championship by a final score of 5-1. With the balanced scoring attack and goaltending being at the forefront, the stingy Little Flyers defense was the unsung hero of the weekend with Jeremy Raughley, Michael Siddons, Chris Siddons and Lucas Solimini manning the defensive core and getting help from good two way play from Pete Esposito at his forward position. Overall, the Little Flyers outscored their opponents 24-7 in the five tournament games.
16U National - CCM World Invitational
The Little Flyers 16U National team played their final tournament of the season as a tune up for the AYHL playoffs coming up next week.
In Game one, Sean Pomerantz led the way offensively, scoring a hat trick in the Little Flyers 6-3 win over the New Hampshire Cyclones. Luke Reilly, Ian Asuncion and Michael Guarrancino each added a goal in the game with Matt Lynch shutting down the Cyclones in the third period to pick up the win in goal for the Little Flyers.
The second game of the tournament was a good test for the Little Flyers playing against the Edge School from Alberta, Canada. Michael Guarracino lit the lamp twice for the Little Flyers in the game but it wasn’t enough as the Little Flyers fell by a final score of 5-2. The Little Flyers offense couldn’t get it going in game three against the Syracuse Nationals as Michael Guarracino scored the lone goal for the Little Flyers, extending his goal streak in the tournament to three games but the Little Flyers lost by a final score of 5-1 to drop their tournament record to 1-2.
Needing a win in their final round robin game and then some help to make the playoffs, the Little Flyers turned in a complete team effort against the Carolina Jr. Hurricanes. Daniel Whittock’s two goal game was a major reason for the Little Flyers eventual 4-2 win over the Hurricanes. Ryan Karbach and Thomas Sullivan each scored a goal to even the Little Flyers tournament record to 2-2. Michael Manzi came up big in net for the Little Flyers, making key saves down the stretch to seal the 4-2 victory. Due to tournament tie breakers, the Little Flyers missed out on the playoff rounds but this was a good four game weekend to prepare the team for their League playoffs coming up next week.