The Philadelphia Flyers prospects swept their two-game Rookie streak with the New York Rangers. A night after earning a 2-1 overtime win, the Flyers prevailed 5-1 in the return game at the PPL Center on Saturday night. A performance of 36 saves in front of the goalkeeper by Samuel Ersson and a three-point performance from his compatriot Olle Lycksell (1g, 2a) paved the way.
The Flyers were largely dominated in the first period by a 2-0 mark at intermission thanks to goalkeeper Ersson and goals on beautiful shots from Egor Zamula and Olle Lycksell.
The second period plays out much the same way. Ersson was by far the busiest goaltender than his Rangers counterparts, and the Flyers were opportunistic when they had a scoring opportunity. A shorthanded goal of Noah Cates and an even strength count by Zayde Wisdom gave the Flyers four goals on their first nine shots.
Early in the third period, Bobby Trivigno cut the lead to 4-1 on a 3-on-2 block on a Flyers turnover. Later, Ronnie Attard replied with a power-play goal shot by Lycksell, who collected his third point of the night.
Ersson earned first star honors in the game. Lycksell was the second star, with Noah Cates the third. At the other end of the rink, Olof Lindbom stopped five of eight shots as a starter in the Rangers net. Talyn Boyko took over midway through the second period, netting two more goals.
The special teams played an important role in the victory. The Flyers went 5-for-5 shorthanded plus one shorthanded goal. They were 1-3 on the power play.
* The Flyers Rookies struggled with breakouts and turnovers in their own end and in the neutral zone — multiple times in the middle of the ice — for much of the first 40 minutes. They were bailed out by Ersson as the shots were 9-0 (including a quick 8-0 margin) in the first half on the way to a 13-4 difference and a scoring odds disparity of 11 -5 in the first period.
* The Flyers scored on their first shot of the game at 13:14 of the first period. A low to high pass Tyson Foerster found Egor Zamula jumping around the room. From the deep lunge, Zamula wired a shot over Lindbom’s glove.
* The Flyers built a 2-0 lead at 18:14 of the first period. Elliot Desnoyners won a face-off in the left circle in the offensive zone. Lycksell got past a defender and quickly scored a goal past fellow countryman Lindbom.
* The Rangers had four power play chances in two periods. Philly was held to one hit until they were shorthanded on a holding minor called Lycksell. The Flyers generated a shorthanded 2-on-1 counterattack. Jackson Cates saucer pass to his brother Noah, who had a tap-in for a 3-0 advantage.
* A perfectly executed back-and-forth streak allowed the Flyers to build a 4-0 lead in the second period. Wisdom passed to Desnoyers and went to the net as Desnoyers sent the puck to Lycksell on the boards. Wisdom received a tape-to-tape return from Lycksell and ended it.
* In two periods, Errsson made 24 saves, while the team ahead of him generated 10 shots on goal.
* Trivigno made it 4-1 at 2:06 of the third period on a five-hole goal from the left circle. It seemed like a stoppable chance. A few minutes later, Ersson stopped a great goal opportunity for Lauri Pajuniemi. In a 2v1 run for Rangers with the clubs skating 4v4, Ersson erased a Zamula error with a clutch save on Trivigno. At this point, he has made 28 saves on 29 shots.
* The game got a little choppy in the second half of the last stanza. With Lauka Hennault in the box for a hit on Lycksell, the Flyers opened up a 5-1 lead. Lycksell threw a one-timer for Attard from inside the left spot and the defender simply overpowered goalkeeper Boyko.
* The Flyers went 5-on-5 shorthanded with an emphatic kill – including a shorthanded chance – on the second-to-last penalty of the game. Philly had a short power play in the final 18.9 seconds of the game.