Aston,PA -- This past weekend the Little Flyers hit the road for two games against Mid-Atlantic division opponents. On Saturday, the Little Flyers traveled to the Revolution Ice Garden to face-off against the Philadelphia Revolution, Brendahn Brawley got the start in net for the Little Flyers. Avery Smith, gave the Little Flyers an early lead when he deflected a shot from Defenseman Nick Magill-Diaz at the 3:18 mark of the first period, Sasha Miniouchine assisted on the play as well. The Revolution tied the game with less than 1:30 to play in the first period. A Little Flyers penalty late in the period put the Revolution on the power play but Brawley in the defense stood strong to head into the locker room tied at 1-1.
The two teams battled back and forth for the first ten minutes of the second period, exchanging numerous scoring chances on both ends. The Revolution broke the tie on a power play goal 10:24 into the second period. Just over two minutes later, the Little Flyers were on a power play of their own but it was the Revolution offense that would strike. The Revolution took advantage of an odd man rush and beat Brawley to take a 3-1 lead. Forty five seconds later, still on the power play, Little Flyers captain Joey Savel cut into the Revolution's lead. Nick Magill-Diaz passed the puck to Brendan Coughlin who shot the puck wide of the net, Savel was at the side of the net and put the puck home to get within one. Another Revolution odd man rush would cost the Little Flyers late in the period. The Revolution entered the zone on a 3-on-1, Brawley saved the initial shot but Revolution forward Samir Abouelhana was on the door step to tap in the puck. The Little Flyers fought back once again when Nick Magill-Diaz scored his second goal of the season with a wrist shot through traffic to make the score 4-3, Coughlin and Alex Ochterbeck assisted on the play.
The Little Flyers comeback bid came up short in the third period as they couldn't score a goal to tie the game as the Revolution handed the black and orange their first loss of the season. Brawley made 27 saves in net.
Sunday was a rematch of last year’s EHL Finals when the Little Flyers traveled to West Chester to face off against the Jr.Flyers in their opening game of the season. Coming off of Saturday's loss, the Little Flyers wasted no time getting on the scoreboard. Savel and Ochterbeck worked the puck loose from the boards and got it to Ryan Galvin who snapped a shot past the Jr.Flyers goaltender just 1:17 into the first period. The Little Flyers added to the lead just over two minutes later when Ochterbeck deflected a Magill-Diaz shot from the point into the net and just like that the Little Flyers held a 2-0 lead not even four minutes into the game. Will McEwen, in net for the Little Flyers had all the answers in the first period, holding the Jr.Flyers scoreless through the first twenty minutes of play.
The Jr.Flyers were able to get on the board with less than six minutes remaining in the second period as former Little Flyers Nate Chuckran put a rebound past McEwen to get within one. With less than a minute remaining in the period, the Little Flyers Captains Trevor Lewandoski and Joey Savel connected to regain the two goal lead. Lewandoski, got the puck to Savel who fired the puck high blocker side for his 7th goal of the season to take a 3-1 lead into the locker room.
The combination of Savel and Ochterbeck gave the Little Flyers some breathing room early in the third period. While killing off a penalty, Savel picked the puck off of a Jr.Flyers defenseman and moved into the Jr.Flyers zone on a 2-on-1 with Ochterbeck. Savel slid the puck over to Ochterbeck who buried it for his 8th goal of the season just as the Jr.Flyers power play expired. The Jr.Flyers answered back just over two minutes later with an even strength goal. McEwen and a full defensive effort from the Little Flyers was needed in the third period to preserve the lead, as the visitors had to kill off four Jr.Flyers power plays in the period. The final buzzer sounded with the Little Flyers taking the game by a final score of 4-2. McEwen picked up his 2nd win of the season, making 39 saves on the day With the win, the Little Flyers move to 5-1 on the season.
This weekend, the Little Flyers will hit the road for two games in Massachusetts. On Friday, the team travels to Breakaway Ice Center in Tewksbury, to take on the Boston Jr. Rangers, who are currently ranked, 3rd in the EHL Power Rankings. Saturday the Little Flyers will head to Bedford, MA for their first meeting of the season against the East Coast Wizards. All games can be viewed live on HockeyTv.com with a subscription or follow online at easternhockeyleague.org for updates.
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