PA—Heading into the final weekend of game action before the
AJHL froze its schedule for the holiday season, the
Philadelphia Junior Flyers squared-off against the
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Junior Knights in a home-and-home
Flyers entered the weekend having won three of their last
four contests, including an onslaught of bottom feeder
Washington, outscoring the Junior Nationals 23-5 in the
two-game series just two weeks ago.
After a split
with the Portland Junior Pirates in Maine last weekend, the
Junior Flyers entered this weekend looking for some
positives heading into the break.
It started off
well for the Junior Flyers on Saturday night at Ice Line
when team leading scorer Jon Low notched his 14th
goal of the season off a Junior Knights turnover to open up
the scoring just 1:08 into the contest. The Junior Knights
would answer however a few minutes later on a goal by
defenseman Beau Butcher, his first goal of the season.
Butcher’s goal went high over Junior Flyers goaltender Vince
Staletti, rang off the back boards and then hit Staletti in
the back and into the net for a tie game.
After a couple
of questionable penalty calls to end the first period, the
Junior Flyers came out of the gate in the second period
flying and Aaron Carmichael would put the Junior Flyers back
on top with a shorthanded tally just 48 seconds in. Junior
Flyers leading goal scorer Ryan Patsch would add some
insurance to put the Junior Flyers on top 3-1 after two
periods of play.
The two teams
jawed at each other in the final frame and alternated goals;
seemingly putting the game away. However, with two minutes
to go, the Junior Knights pulled goaltender Rob Liberatore
and quickly put one past Staletti, cutting the lead to one
with 1:56 to play. Just 17 seconds later, after a time out
and Liberatore still pulled, Junior Knights forward Jason
Zaleski backhanded a rebound past Staletti, knotting the
score at four.
The two teams
played a five minute four-on-four overtime with not many
scoring chances and both left West Chester with a point.
The two teams
met again the next afternoon at Revolution Ice Center in
Pittston, Pennsylvania both hoping to add to the win
column. It would be the last game on the schedule for each
team until January 4, 2012 when the AJHL resumes
Just like the
night before, it was Vince Staletti versus Rob Liberatore in
goal and once again it ended in a tie. Stephen Low started
the scoring with a shorthanded goal in the second period.
Low, the Junior Flyers captain, currently sits third in
scoring for AJHL defensemen. Entering the third period down
once again, the Junior Knights equaled the score at one just
53 seconds in and that was it for the scoring.