Aston, Pa -- After capturing the No. 2 overall seed in the Mid-Atlantic Conference and a first-round bye, the Philadelphia Little Flyers were back in action Tuesday afternoon in a second-round EHL matchup against the Protec Jr. Ducks.
Connor MacDonell opened the scoring for Philadelphia midway through the first period. A good keep-in at the offensive blue line by Jake Frankenfield, pinned the puck deep in the Jr Ducks’ zone where Adam Beauvais was able to find MacDonell for the goal.
Protec responded back five minutes later when Tyler Everling tied the game with a power-play goal.
Matt Harvey gave the Jr Ducks their first lead of the day 17:16 into the game. Harvey’s shot from the point found its way through traffic and into the net. Little Flyers netminder, Jakub Kubik, made a highlight-reel save with under one minute remaining in the first period to keep the Little Flyers‘ deficit to one.
In the second period, two Philadelphia veterans put their team back in the driver’s seat. First, Brett Turner tied the game at 2-2, taking a cross-ice pass from Beauvais. Less than a minute later, Scott MeGraw fed Mikey Giampapa a pass from behind the net that Giampapa deposited into the Protec net to put Philly up 3-2.
The Little Flyers limited Protec’s scoring chances in the third period, holding the Jr Ducks to single-digit shots in the final frame, but it remained a one-goal game.
Adam Beauvais gave the Little Flyers some breathing room midway through the third, firing a slap shot from the point past Protec’s Matt Sayles. Avery Arnold and Vincent Nicosia picked up assists on Beauvais’ power-play goal.
With the Protec net empty, a hard forecheck by the trio of Kyle Patton, Gavin Fritch and Josh Wilkins forced a turnover and Wilkins found Patton to seal a 5-2 win for the Little Flyers with the empty-net goal.
Inside the Box Score:
Adam Beauvais 3 points (1G, 2A) and Connor MacDonell 2 points (1G, 1A) each registered multi-point games in their EHL Playoff debuts.
Jakub Kubik made 24 saves