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Photo: Mira Basich
The Philadelphia Little Flyers Premier team hit the road last weekend for the Eastern Hockey League’s first showcase since January of 2020. Over a span of three days, the Little flyers faced off against some tough competition from the Northern Conference.
Game 1 Philadelphia Little Flyers @ Boston Jr. Rangers
Philadelphia 1 – Boston 0
#39 Owen Ozer - #19 Collin Berry – Even Strength 2nd period 18:02
(W) Ronnie Petrucci – 32 Saves
In their first game of showcase action, the Little Flyers took on the Boston Jr. Rangers in a defensive battle that took just over 43 minutes of play for either team to break the 0-0 scoreless tie. The Little Flyers Ronnie Petrucci, was lights out on Thursday night in net, making 32 saves including a highlight reel that was selected the #9 Play of the Week out of all EHL and EHL Premier action. 18:02 into the second period, Philadelphia found themselves on a 2-on-1 rush into the Boston zone when Collin Berry dished over a perfect pass to a wide-open Owen Ozer to put the Little Flyers up 1-0. The goal was Ozer’s first career junior hockey goal. The shutout victory was Petrucci’s first win of his junior hockey career and first shutout as well.
Game 2 Vermont Lumberjacks @ Philadelphia Little Flyers
Philadelphia 3- Vermont 2 Shootout
#22 Logan Downs – unassisted Shorthanded 1st Period 10:57
#14 Ian Finley - #5 Dominic Bowers – Even Strength – 2nd Period 19:12
#19 Collin Berry – Shootout Goal
(W) Liam Kelly – 29 Saves
The Little Flyers were back at it on Friday morning this time against the Vermont Lumberjacks in another close competitive game. Vermont took an early 1-0 lead at the 4:16 mark of the first period. Philadelphia bounced back 10:57 into the period with a short-handed goal from veteran returner, Logan Downs. With 10 seconds remaining in the first half, Vermont was able to regain their one goal lead with an even strength goal from Francis Hamelin. The second half was a tightly contested 25 minutes of hockey with neither team giving an inch to the other, Philadelphia out shot Vermont 16-14 in the period. The Little Flyers found the game tying goal 19:12 into the second half with an Ian Finley even strength goal that was set up by Dominic Bowers. The two teams headed to overtime deadlocked at 2-2, but neither was able to find the game winner in the five-minute extra session. The game went to a shootout where Collin Berry’s highlight reel backhanded goal was the eventual game winner. The eventual game winner showed up at number five on the EHL's Top Plays of the Week. Down the other end of the ice, Liam Kelly made his first two saves of the shootout, giving Tyler Page the chance to end the game. Page, calmly skated in from center ice and fired a wrist shot into the Vermont net to win the game 3-2.
Game 3 Philadelphia Little Flyers @ New England Wolves
#19 Collin Berry - #21 Johnny Lee - #29 Angelo Carboni – Even Strength 2nd Period 24:27
(W) Ronan Marley- 28 Saves
It was another tight contest for the Little Flyers on Friday evening as they took on the New England Wolves. The Wolves opened the scoring 12:11 into the first half, taking the 1-0 lead into intermission. This would be another dog fight in the second as the two teams battled for every inch of ice. Ronan Marley came up with some big saves in the Philadelphia net to keep his team within one. It took all the way until the final minute of play for the Little Flyers to find the back of the net. With the goaltender pulled and an extra skater on the ice, Johnny Lee and Angelo Carboni found Collin Berry all alone in the slot for a quick snap shot to tie the game at 1-1. On the ensuing play, it looked for a second that The Wolves had regained the lead with less than 10 seconds left, but somehow with the puck behind him, Marley kept the puck from crossing the goal line, sending the game to overtime. The overtime session had a good pace with both teams having time of possession and exchanging scoring chances but that wouldn’t be enough as another shootout was necessary to determine a winner in this matchup. Marley for the Little Flyers and Shawn Mika for the Wolves were almost unbeatable in the shootout, with Marley making 7 saves on 7 shooters. Mika was perfect in the shootout until Angelo Carboni stepped on to the ice, the veteran Little Flyers slipped the puck 5-hole when Mika went for a pokecheck to send the Little Flyers home with two more points in the standings.
Seahawks Hockey Club @ Philadelphia Little Flyers
#11 Aidan Danese (EV) - #22 Logan Downs - #29 Angelo Carboni 1st period 1:55
#11 Aidan Danese (EV) - #13 Jordan Pakuris - #22 Logan Downs 1st period 12:21
(L) Ronnie Petrucci 28 Saves
In their fourth game in three days, it was the Little Flyers hosting Seahawks Hockey Club for the first ever matchup between the two teams. Philadelphia struck early on the scoreboard in this one with Aidan Danese lighting the lamp with help from Logan Downs and Angelo Carboni. Danese struck again with a power play goal at the 12:21 mark of the first half with assists credited to Jordan Pakuris and Downs. The Seahawks were quick to tie this game up, scoring two goals in just over two minutes of play to end the first half tied at 2-2. The second half was another closely contested one with just one goal being scored in the 25-minute half. It took over 18 minutes to break the 2-2 tie, with the Seahawks Jackson Ryan netting the eventual game winner. The Seahawks out shot the Little Flyers in the game 31-18.
Philadelphia had a successful first showcase at the Premier level, taking home six of a possible eight points in the standings. The Little Flyers are back in action this weekend with two games on home ice at IceWorks Skating Complex.
Saturday October 9th vs NJ 87s 7:15 PM
Sunday October 10th vs NJ Renegades 2:30 PM