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Little Flyers take 4 of 6 Points in 3 Game Road Trip

12/09/2014, 4:30pm EST
By WB

Little Flyers Suffer 1st Loss in Regulation Since OCT 13

The Little Flyers took to the road last weekend for 3 games in less than 40 hours, including two against the EHL #2 and #3 teams in the standings. Friday night brought about a highly anticipated rematch between the Little Flyers and North Division leading New Hampshire Monarchs. The Monarchs knocked off the Little Flyers at the Columbus Day EHL Showcase by a score of 1-0. The rematch was a fast paced affair with the teams trading offensive opportunities in the 1st period. Each Goaltender stood tall for their team until the Little Flyers took advantage of an offensive zone faceoff half way through the 1st. Colin Woods pushed the puck forward behind the Monarch centerman and Phil Zbell won the race to the loose puck. All in one motion Zbell snapped the puck hard at the feet of the Monarch Goaltender and it found its way into the back of the net for an early 1-0 Little Flyer lead. The 2nd period was an exciting period with each team reaching double digits in the shots on goal column but neither team able to find the back of the net. The 3rd period was all Little Flyers as they won the special teams battle while outshooting the Monarchs 14-2. Less than a minute into the period Oleg Potemkin netted a powerplay goal off passes from Hector Majul and Jesse Macintyre to stretch the lead to 2-0. Half way through the period the Little Flyers found themselves on the Powerplay again and for the 2nd time of the game took advantage. Potemkin recovered a loose puck and slid it to Majul, who threaded a pass to Austin Kelly on the back door to make the score 3-0. The Little Flyers also went 3 for 3 on the Penalty Kill in the 3rd period to secure the win. Greg Procopio stopped all 23 shots that he faced to register his 3rd shutout of the season and 9th win for the Little Flyers.

Saturday night the Little Flyers traveled to Waterville Valley, NH to battle the New England Wolves. Dominating the game for most of the evening the Little Flyers outshot the Wolves 40-20 and defeated them by a score of 10-1. The offense was very balanced as all 4 lines got on the score sheet. Drew Gannon (2), Cam Berry (2), Phil Zbell (2), Brien Caseria, Hector Majul, Colin Woods and Jesse Macintyre scored goals for the Little Flyers. Assists came from Gabe Chuckran (3), Garrett Gallagher (2), Austin Kelly (2), Woods, Macintyre, Gannon, Blake Delisle, Berry, John Nugent, Pavel Mikhasenok, Potemkin, and Tyler Pietrowski. Trevor Micucci stopped 19 of 20 shots to earn his 10th win of the season.

After a late finish and a long drive back to the hotel the Little Flyers found themselves with only a short turnaround before facing off at 10:30am against the well-rested Northern Cyclones, who had not played since last Wednesday. The Little Flyers jumped out quickly and controlled the 1st few shifts of the game, however a quick blueline turnover gave the Cyclones a 2 on 1 break and they took advantage to take an early 1-0 lead. Just over 2 minutes later the Little Flyers found themselves on the wrong end of another turnover, sending the puck to a wide open Cyclone defenseman, who shot it towards the net. The puck deflected off a stick and the chest of a Little Flyers defender before finding its way to the back of the net. The Little Flyers carried the play in the 3rd period but couldn’t find the net, while the Cyclones were able to score on the powerplay to add the insurance goal and secure the 3-0 victory. The loss snapped the Little Flyers 12 game winning streak and was their first loss in regulation since October 13, leaving them with a record of 19-2-2 on the season. Greg Procopio registered his first regulation loss of the year stopping 23-26 shots against. 

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