Voorhees, NJ- The Flyers did not disappoint special guest Bob Kelly, who dropped the puck to get the season underway. Ron Harper scored early for the Connecticut Junior Rangers, off a penalty by Nick Cyr only 1:18 into the first period. But about half way into the first period, you could tell the momentum had changed.
The Rangers committed three straight penalties, before Gregg Burmaster finally capitalized on a 5-3 power play to tie the game 1-1. You could see the goal coming, since the Flyers offense was relentless with their constant man advantages.
The second period was a seesaw battle. Early on Zach Lynes scored the first goal of the period to give the Flyers their first lead of the game. However, the Rangers responded a minute later with a goal of their own, tying the game 2-2. With only about five minutes left in the period, the Flyers began to take control of the game. Nick Cyr’s goal came as no surprise and the Flyers took the 3-2 lead into the intermission.
The third period was littered with penalties, eight in total. The Junior Rangers forward Emile Levesque took a slashing minor only a minute in to give the Flyers the advantage early on. They didn’t score on the power play, but they got a few good chances and it was clear that they were on the verge of scoring.
Devin Brink managed to sneak around his defender and score a huge goal to give the Flyers the 4-2 lead. They then seemed to lose the momentum when they took a couple penalties about halfway through the third period.
The Flyers then got a huge breakaway chance, which resulted in Emile Levesque giving up a penalty shot. After the penalty shot it was all Flyers.
Gianni Evangelisti fed the puck to a crashing Ron Greco and Greco was able to give the Flyers their first multiple goal lead of the game. The score was 5-3 and the Flyers were in firm control.
The Junior Rangers tested Joe Young, but the Union College commit was able to stop all of the Rangers chances.
With a 4-6 skater disadvantage, Sam Buck still managed to get thru the defense and score a huge empty netter. The score was then 6-3 with two minutes left and the Flyers were able to cruise the rest of the way.
The Flyers will return to the Flyers Skate Zone today to face off against the Rochester Junior Americans. The puck will drop at 6:00 PM.