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EHL: Three Little Flyers Earn NAHL Call-ups

02/05/2019, 1:15pm EST
By Anthony Lorusso

George Vonakis Saturday night for NAHL Maryland Black BearsAston, 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.” 

EHL: Little Flyers Sweep Team Maryland on Opening Weekend

09/12/2018, 4:15pm EDT
By Anthony Lorusso

Brawley, McLarnon Post Shutouts

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  

EHL Defenseman of the Year Commits to Trine University

04/25/2018, 12:00pm EDT
By Anthony Lorusso

Magill-Diaz Will Join Thunder in Fall of 2018

Aston, PA – The Philadelphia Little Flyers, members of the Eastern Hockey League are proud to announce 1997 birth year defenseman, Nick Magill-Diaz, has committed to attend Trine University in the fall of 2018 to continue his education and hockey career.  Magill-Diaz, a 5’9” 180lb native of Clawson, MI was an iron man for the Little Flyers this season, playing in 57 total games between the regular season and playoffs.  Trine University, located in Angola, Indiana will enter their second season competing at the NCAA Division 3 level in Men’s Ice Hockey during the 2018-19 season.  The Trine Thunder are current members of the Northern Collegiate Hockey Association.   “We’re very proud of Nick on his commitment to Trine.  As the EHL’s Defenseman of the year he was a big piece for us and had quite a few options to choose from.  I’m glad he has made his decision and can now start to focus on the fall. Nick is going to be extremely difficult to replace scoring almost a point per game for us and playing in all three situations, but also bringing a positive attitude and a great work ethic to the rink on a daily basis” said Little Flyers General Manager and Head Coach George Lewis.  In 50 regular season games, Magill-Diaz scored 10 goals and added 38 assists for 48 total points, averaging almost a point per game.  Five of Magill-Diaz’s 10 goals were game winners, proving to be a big time player in big situations.

               “I would like to thank Trine University and Coach Todd for this amazing opportunity to continue my educational and hockey careers.  I’d like to thank all the coaches that have developed me up through this past season, Coach Brad Jones, Coach Frank O’Connor and Coach Frank Scarpaci.  A special thanks to Coach George Lewis, Coach Mike Narrigan, and Coach Mark Catron for all the help in my development this past season.  I would also like to thank the Little Flyers organization, and the Giacobbo family for the opportunity to play for such a great program.  To my family, I can’t thank you enough for all the sacrifices and support shown through my hockey career, I wouldn’t be here with you.  Lastly thank you to my teammates, my second family, my brothers.  You have all touched my life and have helped me in some way that I am forever grateful to have met and played with such great people.  While I’m happy about the past I am very excited about what the future has to offer” said Magill-Diaz upon making his college decision.   

            In mid-March, Magill-Diaz was named the Eastern Hockey League’s Defenseman of the Year, an end of the year award that is voted on by the EHL’s Head Coaches.  Magill-Diaz led all defenseman with 48 points and led all players in the EHL with 23 power play assists.  In addition to being named the Defenseman of the Year, Magill-Diaz was also named First Team All-Conference for the South.  “We are excited to see him at the next level.  He is headed to a new program where things are looking bright I think he will fit right in and help Coach Todd and his staff continue to build to be a very good team in the near future.  We wish Nick the best of luck we’ll miss having him around IceWorks” concluded Coach Lewis when speaking about the leagues reigning Defenseman of the Year.  Magill-Diaz will join Little Flyers Alum Christian Karbler, who will be going into his sophomore year with the Thunder in the fall of 2018.

            In Little Flyers EHL Head Coach George Lewis’ first year behind the bench all 1997 birth year players who are in their final season of junior hockey have committed to attend college and play hockey in the fall.    

EHL Playoffs: Little Flyers Sweep Oilers in First Round

03/13/2018, 12:15pm EDT
By Anthony Lorusso

Vogt Named EHL TSR Hockey Top Performer

Aston,PA — The Philadelphia Little Flyers began their quest for a third straight EHL finals appearance this past weekend as they hosted the Connecticut Oilers in a first round playoff series.  

     Alex Henson, drew the start in net for the Little Flyers in game one, opposed by Olof Djurberg for the Oilers.  Philadelphia was missing major fire power in their lineup as the league’s leading scorer Joey Savel and Avery Smith were unavailable for game one.  Second year forward, Ryan Vogt, stepped up to fill the void in the lineup in the offensive zone.  Just under four minutes into the game Kyle Scott drove wide of the Oilers net with the puck and reversed it back to Vogt who put the puck past Djurberg to take an early 1-0 lead.  Five minutes later the Oilers tied the game at 1-1 when Tim Lopez put a rebound past Henson.  Twenty Nine seconds later, the Little Flyers regained the lead when Nick Daluisio found Mitchell Hall alone in the slot.  Hall, one timed the puck into the back of the net, Matt Sheaffer picked up a secondary assist on the goal.  The Little Flyers penalty kill was a major story in the game as the Home team found themselves short handed seven times in the game.  Henson and the defense successfully killed off two penalties in the first period to take a 2-1 lead into intermission.  

     The second period didn’t begin as the Little Flyers had hoped, the Oilers were back to the power play just fifty eight seconds into the period.  Twenty six seconds after killing off the penalty, Philadelphia was shorthanded once again.  After shutting down the Oilers power play twice in the first five minutes of the second, the Little Flyers got their first chance with the man advantage of the period a few minutes later.  Nate Mickey’s shot was saved by Djurberg but the puck kicked out to the opposite side of the net to a wide open Trevor Lewandoski who scored to give the Little Flyers a 3-1 lead.  Henson was called upon once again to maintain the Little Flyers lead as the Little Flyers successfully killed off two more Oilers power plays in the second period.

     Ricky Walsh, added to the Little Flyers lead just thirty two seconds into the third period.  Lewandoski sent a pass through the neutral zone to Alex Ochterbeck at the Oilers blue line.  Ochterbeck skated in and took a shot on Djurberg, Walsh followed the play towards the net and deposited the rebound into a wide open net.  Several minutes later while shorthanded, Vogt increased the Little Flyers lead to 5-1.  Ziki Mroz and Vogt entered the Oilers zone on a 2-on-1, Mroz passed the puck over to Vogt who fired the puck over Djurberg’s shoulder to pop the water bottle and score his second goal of the game.  Lopez scored his second of the game for Connecticut with under five minutes left to play but it was too little too late and the Little Flyers took game one by a final score of 5-2.

     In game two, Brendahn Brawley was in net for the Little Flyers looking to close out the series.  Just over eight minutes into the game,  Eric Higgins passed the puck up to Grant Rinke in the Oilers zone.  Rinke’s shot was saved by Djurberg, but Nick Daluisio driving towards the net left Nate Mickey space to find the puck and shoot it past Djurberg to open the scoring.  Trevor Lewandoski stole the puck from the Oilers in the Little Flyers defensive zone and sent a pass to Alex Ochterbeck gaining the Oilers blue line.  Ochterbeck, dropped the puck back to Ryan Galvin who sent a wrist shot over Djurberg’s shoulder to take a 2-0 lead.  After the first period the Little Flyers were outshooting the Oilers 13-7.

     The second period of game two began just like game one, with the Little Flyers shorthanded less than a minute in.  Brawley maintained the 2-0 lead making several saves on the Oilers power play opportunity.  Philadelphia’s lead grew to three at the 7:42 mark on Kyle Scott’s first career EHL goal.  Defenseman Brendan Coughlin kicked the puck to Matt Sheaffer who played the puck cross ice to Scott along the boards.  Scott danced around a defender towards the slot and unleashed a wrister over Djurberg’s blocker.  Less than a minute later Keegan Lewis scored for the Oilers to bring their deficit back to two.  The Oilers held a 9-5 shot advantage in the period but went 0-3 on the power play in the second.

     Holding a two goal lead, Mitchell Hall added some breathing room midway through the second period with his second goal of the series.  Rinke played the puck to Hall in the neutral zone, Hall carried the puck into the zone on a 2-on-1 and sent a shot into the back of the net to regain the three goal lead.  The EHL’s Top scoring duo of Joey Savel and Alex Ochterbeck added an insurance goal with under five minutes to play when Savel won a face-off and passed the puck over to Ochterbeck who tapped the puck into the net.  Ryan Vogt capped off his big weekend scoring his third goal of the series on a feed from Hall and Daluisio with just two minutes left to play.  Brawley made 28 saves in his first career EHL playoff game.  

Vogt Named EHL TSR Hockey Top Performer

     On Sunday, The Eastern Hockey League Named Little Flyers Forward Ryan Vogt the TSR Hockey Top Performer in the Little Flyers first round playoff series sweep on the Connecticut Oilers.  Vogt, a 1997 birth year Forward from Springfield, Pennsylvania opened the scoring in game one with a goal 3:58 into the first period and scored an insurance goal early in the third period to give his team a four goal lead.  Vogt’s third goal of the series came with two minutes left in the third period of game two to seal a 6-1 Little Flyers win.  

     In round two of the EHL playoffs the Little Flyers will host the Central Division Champion, Connecticut RoughRiders.  Per the EHL’s operating rules, the teams reseed after the first round of the playoffs, making the Little Flyers the number two seed in the South now which means all three games will be held at IceWorks this coming weekend.  

Game 1 - Friday March 16, 2018 7:30PM 

Game 2 - Saturday March 17, 2018 3:30PM 

Game 3 - Sunday March 18, 2018 12:30PM (If Necessary) 

Photo Credit: Justina Youst; JYostHockey 

EHL: Little Flyers Host Oilers in First Round Playoff Series

03/07/2018, 6:15pm EST
By Anthony Lorusso

Aston,PA — On Friday, the Little Flyers begin their road to the EHL Frozen Finals.  In first round playoff action, the Little Flyers will host the Connecticut Oilers in a best of three series at IceWorks Skating Complex.  Game one is set for Friday March 9th at 7:00PM.  The Little Flyers come into the series winners of five straight games, including a sweep last weekend of the Connecticut RoughRiders to close out the regular season.  

      The Oilers and Little Flyers played four times during the season with the Little Flyers winning all four games, outscoring the Oilers 21-5.  Brendahn Brawley and Alex Henson each won two games in net, making a combined 99 saves on 104 Oilers shots in the regular season games.  The two teams haven’t played each other since December 10th.

     Offensively, the Little Flyers will be led by EHL regular season scoring champion, Joey Savel and the league’s leading goal scorer Alex Ochterbeck who are looking to get back to the EHL Finals after last seasons overtime game five loss in the finals.  Savel and Ochterbeck will have plenty of help as 14 Little Flyers finished the regular season with 11 or more points.  Ryan Galvin, Avery Smith, Nate Mickey, Nick Magill-Diaz, Eric Higgins and Matt Sheaffer all scored 9 or more goals.  Magill-Diaz led all EHL defensemen in scoring with 48 points.  Ricky Walsh and Ryan Vogt add more playoff experience to the Little Flyers forwards as returners to the EHL post season.  Special teams are always crucial in the playoffs, the Little Flyers will look to capitalize on power play opportunities in the series as their top rated unit at 27.4% goes against the Oilers 12th ranked penalty kill.  Grant Rinke and Mitchell Hall are big power play contributors, with half of Rinke’s goals coming via the power play and Hall dishing out 10 assists with the man advantage.  Kyle Scott, who led the EHL Premier in scoring until his full time call up to the EHL roster will be looking to net his first goal with the EHL team in the playoffs.  

     Defensively, third year veteran Trevor Lewandoski who has made two consecutive trips to the EHL Finals leads the unit that allowed just 2.08 goals per game in 50 regular season contests.  Lewandoski isn’t the only Little Flyers blue liner with post season experience as Ziki Mroz will make his second appearance in the EHL post season.  Brendan Coughlin, Cade Street, Nick Daluisio and Nick Magill-Diaz make up the rest of the defensive core that will be depended on to stop the Oilers offense.  In goal, the one-two punch of Brendahn Brawley and Alex Henson will look to continue their strong play against the Oilers, during the regular season the two combined for a 1.25 GAA and .951 save percentage in four games against their first round opponent.  

     The best of three series will be held on the Little Flyers home ice at IceWorks Skating Complex March 9-11th, game times and dates are below.  All games in the series can be seen live on HockeyTV.  Be sure to follow the Little Flyers on all social media platforms for updates throughout the series.

Friday March 9th - 7:00PM

Saturday March 10th - 7:30PM

*Sunday March 11th - 3:00PM (If Necessary) 

Photo Credit: Justina Yost, JYostHockey