Aston, PA – The Little Flyers hit the road for two weekend matchups against New England Conference opponents. Saturday the EHL team faced off against the Valley Jr. Warriors. Brendahn Brawley, who started the season with a shutout win against Team Maryland got the start in net for the Little Flyers.
Co-Captain Nick Daluisio opened the scoring for the visiting Little Flyers with 1:10 left in the first period. Daluisio took a pass from Lukas Vopat and cut towards the middle for a shot on goal, Daluisio collected his own rebound and put it past the Jr. Warriors goalie to take the lead. Austin Master picked up an assist on the Daluisio goal. Twelve seconds later The Little Flyers took a two goal lead when Mikey Giampapa put a rebound from a Kyle Scott shot into the back of the Valley net, Nate Dunning assisted on the Giampapa goal. Brawley, kept the Jr. Warriors off the board in the first period, making 7 saves in the first twenty minutes of play.
Just past the midway point of the second period, Kevin Brown added to the Little Flyers lead, taking a pass form Nick Daluisio down the side of the Jr. Warriors offensive zone and backhanded the puck across the goal line for a 3-0 lead. A little over a minute later, Co-Captain Ziki Mroz fired the puck off the post and in the net. With under two minutes to play in the second period, Kevin Brown scored his second goal of the game to give the Little Flyers a commanding 5-0 lead after forty minutes of play.
The Little Flyers offense added three more goals in the final period of play. Kevin Brown’s shorthanded goal was his third of the game to complete his first career junior hat trick. Soren Bredeson and Austin Master (power play) were the other goal scorers in the period. Bredeson’s first goal in a Little Flyers uniform was assisted by Kevin Brown and Max McAllister. Master’s power play goal was set up by a behind the back pass from Mikey Giampapa and Jacob Berg. Brawley collected his second shutout in as many starts with a 24 save win on Saturday.
Sunday’s matchup against the Boston Jr. Rangers was a rematch of an EHL Frozen Finals game held at Providence College in March. Brawley, was once again in net for the Little Flyers looking to pick up the teams fourth win in a row. Rookie forward Mikey Giampapa, provided the offensive spark for the Little Flyers in the first period. While shorthanded, Giampapa picked the puck off of a Rangers defenseman in the neutral zone, skated into the Jr. Rangers zone and put the puck past Ben Parker for a 1-0 lead. Down the other end of the ice, Brawley kept the home team Jr. Rangers off the board, making 14 saves in the first period.
Jacob Berg extended the Little Flyers lead just 1:06 into the second period, causing a turnover deep in the Jr. Rangers zone and putting the puck into the back of the net. Kyle Scott doubled the Little Flyers lead scoring two goals in an eighteen second stretch. Scott’s first of the game was set up by a beautiful backdoor pass from Soren Bredeson. Off of the ensuing face off Nate Dunning passed the through the neutral zone to send Giampapa and Scott on a 2-on-1. Giampapa passed the puck over to Scott who sent a wrist shot into the back of the net for his second goal of the game. A minute later, Giampapa scored his second goal of the putting an Austin Master rebound in to take a 5-0 lead, Ziki Mroz assisted on the play as well. The Jr. Rangers were able to score the first goal of the season on Brawley at the 15:44 mark of the second period with a Conor Leonard even strength goal. Brawley went 155:44 to begin the EHL season without giving up a goal, a new EHL record for consecutive minutes played with a shutout. Austin Master scored his 3rd goal of the season just over three minutes into the third period while the Little Flyers were shorthanded. The third period was a penalty filled one, as the two teams combined for 54 penalty minutes. The Jr. Rangers closed in on the Little Flyers five goal lead late in the third period, scoring two goals in a 44 second span. Brawley picked up his 3rd win on the season, making 33 saves.
Brawley Named EHL TSR Hockey Top Performer
Little Flyers goaltender Brendahn Brawley has been named the EHL TSR Hockey Top Performer for week 1 by the Eastern Hockey League. With the Little Flyers off to a 4-0 start to the season, Brawley is now 3-0 with a 1.00 GAA and .961 Save Percentage. Brawley started the season without letting up a goal in 155:44.
Turner, Scarduzio Called up to EHL Roster
Brett Turner and Johnny Scarduzio of the Little Flyers EHL Premier team were called up to the EHL roster for last weekend’s games against Valley Jr. Warriors and Boston Jr. Rangers.