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Philadelphia Flyers Excited for USPHL's Annual Winter Showcase

By Doug Mark, 01/04/17, 11:00AM EST


The Philadelphia Flyers Junior Hockey Team, fresh off their extended break for the holidays, will once again be travelling up to New England this weekend for the USPHL Winter Showcase at the New England Sports Center in Massachusetts.  The three game weekend will see them take on the Syracuse Stars on Friday at 6pm, the Okanagan Eagles at 6:20pm on Saturday, and finally the Junior Bruins in a 1:30pm tilt on Sunday. 
The last time we saw the Flyers in action, they were on home ice taking three of a possible four points against the PAL Junior Islanders.  The team put in a solid effort on December 17th, taking down the Islanders by a final of 6-3.  The Flyers were led in that game by the terrific offensive play of Brendan Ferguson, who tallied two goals in the game.  Mario Tropea was also stellar, earning himself a goal and an assist.  On Sunday afternoon, a back and forth affair saw Vadim Vasjonkin pot both goals for the Flyers in the game.  The Islanders, however, would came away with the win in the seventh round of the shootout.  An important weekend for the Flyers on home ice ended with three of a possible four points, and was definitely a positive to take into the break.
Philadelphia’s opponents this weekend are no strangers to the team.  The Flyers have faced each team at least twice this season.  Against Syracuse, the Flyers are 1-3 on the year, the lone win coming way back in the very first game of the season.  The Flyers have only faced Okanagan twice so far this season, and both games required an extra session.  The Eagles won in a shootout 4-3 back on October 8th, and the Flyers were able to come away with the win on November 11th 3-2 in overtime.  This will be their fourth meeting with the Junior Bruins, and thus far the Bruins have swept the first three matchups, including a weekend series in Voorhees back in October.
Players to Watch:
Coming out of the break, we aren’t going to put our finger on any one player for any of the teams this weekend.  Sometimes after a long break, it can take players and teams some time to get back into a rhythm, no matter what the stats said going into the break. 
However, for the Flyers, keep an eye on who Coach Beach decides to go with in goal, as the team now has two goaltenders, in Matt Beck and Adam Mercer, that are very capable of handling the majority of the remaining fifteen games in the season.  Look to see if one of them tries to run away with the starting role here at the end of the campaign.