Aston, PA -- The Little Flyers EHL Premier team traveled to New Jersey on Sunday night for game three of their best of three series, the winner would moved on to the League Final, the losers season would be over so close to a chance to play for the Championship. The Little Flyers won game one 4-3 but lost game two the next night by a final score of 4-1.
The first period was a tightly contested one with the two teams exchanging scoring chances and power play opportunities. Second year forward Austin Mazzulo broke the scoreless tie with fifteen seconds remaining in the first period banging home a loose puck in front of the 87s net, Mazzulo’s goal was assisted by Sebastian Romeniecki. The Little Flyers out shot New Jersey 13-6 in the period.
Sam Clapinson doubled the Little Flyers lead near the halfway point of the second period with a power play goal, Shane Green was credited with the only assist on the play. Special Teams and Goaltending would be the story for the rest of the game for Philadelphia as Goalie of the Year candidate Graham Burke saved his best performance of the season for crunch time. The Little Flyers found themselves shorthanded 11 times in the game including a huge stretch of five minutes in the third period. A Brett Turner Boarding major gave the 87s a five minute power play with just under 15 minutes left to play in the third. While killing off the Turner penalty, Will Garrison was called for a High Sticking minor, putting the Little Flyers down two men for two full minutes. Burke and the defense stepped up, successfully killing off the major penalty and two man advantage. Mazzulo started the Little Flyers scoring, and he finished it scoring his second goal of the game 11:49 into the third period with assists from linemates Johnny Scarduzio and Ryan Sharkey to take a 1-0 lead.
Down the other end of the ice, it was Burke’s night. The 2001 birth year goaltender from Baton Rouge, Louisiana made 34 saves in the 3-0 Little Flyers victory, sending his team to the Eastern Hockey League Finals on Sunday February 24th where they will face-off against the New England Wolves in the League Championship game.
Aston, PA -- The Philadelphia Little Flyers are heading back to the EHL Frozen Finals in Providence, Rhode Island next weekend after sweeping South Conference Rival Philadelphia Revolution on Thursday. On Wednesday afternoon in game one of the series, Jake Berg put the Little Flyers up 1-0 in the first period when he tipped a Ziki Mroz shot past the Revolution’s Logan Kramsky, Rece Bergeman was also credited with an assist on the play. Ryan Candia increased the Little Flyers lead just over three minutes later with helpers from Mroz and Kyle Browder. The Revolution got on the board 47 seconds later with a Jake Houk shorthanded goal. With time winding down in the first period, Mikey Giampapa’s power play goal regained the Little Flyers two goal led off a feed from Bryce Witman and Austin Master.
Little Flyers goalie Brendahn Brawley kept the lead for his team in the second period, making 15 saves. Cam Lindsay increased the lead to three midway through the third period with assists coming from Mroz and Alex McBey. Brawley remained on his game until the final buzzer finishing game one with 26 saves in a 4-1 Little Flyers victory.
On Thursday the series shifted to the Revolution’s home rink with a ticket to the EHL’s Frozen Finals on the line for the Little Flyers. A power play goal 1:55 into the first period by Bryce Witman gave the Little Flyers an early 1- lead. Witman’s goal was assisted by Ziki Mroz and Austin Master. Several minutes later Soren Bredeson increased the Little Flyers lead to 2-0 off of a feed from Rece Bergeman and Jake Berg. The Revolution closed the gap just over a minute later with an unassisted goal from Justin Meers. The Revolution’s Jake Russo knotted the game at 2-2 with over six minutes remaining in the first.
Mid-way through the second period with the teams still tied at two a piece, Rece Bergeman and Austin Master put the Little Flyers ahead for good. Bergeman, took a feed in the slot from Master and put the puck in the back of the net to regain the Little Flyers lead. On the ensuing faceoff, Master took the puck from center ice into the Revolution zone, made a move past a defender going backhand, forehand and wristing the puck past Kramsky for a two goal lead. Bergeman and Master’s goals came just 10 seconds apart. With 1:04 remaining in the second, Bergeman and Master were at it again, this time setting up line mate Jake Berg at the side of the net to make the score 5-2 Little Flyers heading into the final 20 minutes of play. Nate Dunning put the game out of reach with a Power Play goal from the point just over 5 minutes into the third period with assists from Nick Daluisio and Kyle Scott. The final scoring of the day came courtesy of Kevin Brown, taking a pass from Dante Gattone on a 2-on-1 to make the final score 7-2 Little Flyers, punching their ticket to the EHL’s Frozen Finals in Providence, Rhode Island. Brawley made 21 saves in the series clinching win, as the Little Flyers outshot the Revolution 67-23 in the game.
After becoming the first team to make the Frozen Finals, the EHL announced Rece Bergeman was named the TSR Hockey Top Performer in the series. Bergeman scored the eventual game winner in game two of the series and had three assists in the two game set. Next week the Little Flyers will travel to the campus of Providence College for the second consecutive season for the EHL’s Frozen Finals.
Aston, PA -- The Philadelphia Little Flyers, members of the Eastern Hockey League are proud to announce 1998 birth year defenseman, Nick Daluisio has committed to attend the University of Massachusetts-Boston in the fall of 2019 to continue his education and hockey career. Daluisio, a 6’2” 185lb native of Aston, PA is in his second full season on the EHL team but is a lifelong Little Flyer, spending his youth hockey days in the black and orange. In his first season of Junior hockey last year, Daluisio played in 44 games scoring four goals and handing out 11 assists. “Nick’s confidence in his game this year has been big for him and us. Last year he played some big minutes down the stretch and had to step up in pressure situations and performed well. This year he has been confident from the opening puck drop of game one that led him to being named an EHL All-Star. His performance during All-Star weekend was on eye opener to a lot of people, including myself to be honest against two really good college programs. One of those games being at UMass Boston gave Coach Belisle and his staff a chance to see Nick for an entire game up close which really helped him commit to the school he wanted to go to. As a leader this year Nick has been great on and off the ice, him and Ziki (Mroz) have done a good job keeping our guys focused. Mike (Narrigan) and I are proud of Nick and know he is going to do good things once he gets to UMass” said Little Flyers EHL Head Coach and General Manager Mark Catron. As Coach Catron mentioned, Daluisio upped his game in all areas this season. In 43 Games played, Nick scored 12 goals and added 50 assists, his point total of 62 ranks 7th in the EHL and 2nd amongst defenseman (Defensive partner Ziki Mroz ranks first).
“I am proud to announce my commitment to the University of Massachusetts-Boston for the fall of 2019. I first would like to thank my family, without their endless support and constant perseverance through hardships; I would not be the person I am today. Also, I would like thank Coach Catron, Coach Narrigan, the whole Little Flyers organization, and the Giacobbo family for making my junior hockey career successful and getting me prepared for college. Next, I’d like to thank Coach Russo and Coach Lewis for their pivotal part in this process as well. Finally, I’d like to thank Coach Belisle and Coach Schneider for the opportunity to join a high class university and program like theirs” said Daluisio earlier this week after making his commitment.
Along with getting named an EHL All-star earlier in the season, Daluisio earned two separate call ups to the North American Hockey League’s Amarillo Bulls. The Little Flyers finished the season with an impressive 40-3-1 record, setting a new EHL record for win percentage (.909), Goals for (246), Goals Against (73) and Penalty Kill (90.8%). Daluisio and his defensive partner Mroz, led the Little Flyers to the stingiest defense in league history, giving up 1.65 goals against per game in front of Brendahn Brawley and Tommy McLarnon in net. On behalf of the entire Little Flyers Organization we congratulate Nick on his college commitment and thank him for everything he has done in the Little Flyers uniform.
Aston, PA -- With the Little Flyers EHL team having the weekend off three players got the opportunity to play in North American League games with three different teams. Little Flyers Co-Captain Nick Daluisio suited up for the Amarillo Bulls for the second time this season. While forward Mikey Giampapa was called up for his second stint with the Odessa Jackalopes. Giampapa’s line mate George Vonakis made his NAHL debut with his hometown Maryland Black Bears. “It’s great for Nick, Mikey and George to earn the right to get called up to those three teams and actually play significant minutes in those games. It helps all three guys when they come back to the EHL heading into the playoffs, it gives them a little more confidence and lets them know that they are playing hockey the right way” said Little Flyers EHL Head Coach and General Manager Mark Catron.
The Little Flyers Organization had plenty ties to the weekend series between the Amarillo Bulls and Odessa Jackalopes. On the ice for Amarillo, Daluisio was joined by Little Flyers EHL Alums Alex Peterson and Brett Abdelnour. Peterson, recently named an assistant captain for the Bulls is currently in the top 20 in NAHL scoring and last week signed his national letter of intent to play NCAA D1 hockey for Holy Cross. Abdelnour, also recently named an assistant captain for the Bulls is in the top 30 in NAHL scoring and is expected to make a college commitment soon. For the Jackalopes, Giampapa played alongside Little Flyers Alum Brendan Coughlin who was also recently named an assistant captain for Odessa. Giampapa registered his first career NAHL point with a primary assist on Odessa’s first goal of the game Friday night.
Vonakis, a native of Abingdon, Maryland suited up for the Maryland Black Bears. In Saturday’s game against the New Jersey Titans, Vonakis scored his first career NAHL goal 2:55 into the first period. Catron added that these opportunities are not only good for the current Little Flyers players but future ones as well, “For our organization it helps to show that we are willing to put our kids in the best position to succeed whether it is here or at the next level. It also opens the door for some of our other players in the future when our guys go up to the North American league and perform well. The opportunity is there.”
Aston, PA – The EHL Little Flyers opened the 2018-19 season this past weekend with a home and home series against Team Maryland. Saturday not only marked the beginning of the season but the beginning of the Mark Catron era, as the three year EHL Assistant Coach and EHL Premier Coach takes over as the head man for the Little Flyers top team. There was a familiar face in net for the Little Flyers as 1998 goaltender Brendahn Brawley got the start Saturday.
Philadelphia had plenty of scoring chances in the first period, outshooting Maryland 18-3 in the first but the two teams remained scoreless after the first twenty minutes of play. Alex McBey got the scoring started for the Little Flyers just 1:17 into the second period when he took an Austin Master pass and backhanded it past Maryland’s Tanner Beals to take a 1-0 lead. Ten minutes later, the Little Flyers increased their lead with an unassisted Mikey Giampapa goal. Down the other end of the ice Brawley didn’t give Maryland anything as he made 8 saves in the second period. Philadelphia took a 2-0 lead into the locker room, outshooting Maryland 34-11.
Austin Master added to the lead, scoring the Little Flyers first power play goal of the season midway through the third period. Master one timed a Giampapa pass past Beals for the goal, Kyle Scott was also credited with an assist on the play. The stingy Little Flyers defense kept Team Maryland out of the offensive zone for most of the third period, limiting them to 6 shots on goal in the final period. Brawley made 17 saves in the 3-0 Little Flyers win, the shutout is the 6th of Brawley’s career.
On Monday, the Little Flyers traveled to Orchard Ice Arena for the back half of the Home and Home series. Philadelphia’s offense caught fire in this one, lighting the lamp nine times. Alex McBey started the scoring with a power play goal at the 7:13 mark of the first period, McBey’s second goal of the season was assisted by Nick Daluisio and Kevin Brown. Fifteen seconds later while still on the power play, defenseman Nate Dunning tallied his first goal of the on a pass from defensive partner Ziki Mroz to take a quick 2-0 lead. Kevin Brown registered his first career junior goal with assists from Matt Shipko and Cade Street just past the half way point of the first period. With just six seconds left on the clock in the first period, Giampapa scored his second goal in as many games to give the Little Flyers a commanding 4-0 lead after the first period. Rookie goaltender Thomas McLarnon made his debut for Philadelphia in net, stopping all four shots he faced in the period.
Kyle Scott, the Little Flyers lone returner at forward got in on the scoring in the second period, putting the puck past Maryland’s Chris Foley nine minutes into the second period. Scott’s first goal of the season was assisted by line mates Jacob Berg and Mikey Giampapa. The Little Flyers added two more goals in the final two minutes of the second period with Dunning and Scott both scoring their second of the game. Dunning’s second of the game was a power play goal assisted by Alex McBey and Austin Master. Scott’s goal with thirty six seconds left in the period was assisted by Max McAllister and Jacob Berg. McLarnon saw a little more action in the second period, saving seven shots.
It took Scott just fifty three seconds into the third period to complete the hat trick with help from Mroz and Nick Daluisio. Philadelphia’s ninth and final goal of the day came courtesy of Mikey Giampapa as the first year forward tallied his second goal of the game, assisted by Scott and Berg. McLarnon remained perfect through the final twenty minutes of play finishing the game with 27 saves on the way to picking up his first career EHL win.
This weekend, the Little Flyers will hit the road for two games against North Conference opponents. On Saturday Philadelphia travels to Paul T. Gilmartin Memorial Arena to take on the Valley Jr. Warriors. On Sunday, the Little Flyers visit the Boston Jr. Rangers, the last time the two teams faced off was in Frozen Finals action at Providence College. Both games can be seen live on HockeyTV.
Photo Credit: Lindsay Tendler