The Pre-Season so far

It’s not October yet so don’t get too over excited Flyers fans. This week before the regular season begins, we’re treated to a little hockey appetizer with the pre-season. Sure it’s hockey, so  it curbs our addiction for a bit, but there are no points at steak and the teams are still experimenting with their line-ups and full rosters. The pre-season offers rookies and prospects a chance to show coaches and the front office what they can do at an NHL level with hopes of grabbing a roster spot for themselves.

In the past few days we’ve seen big rookie names like Gostisbhere, Morin, Hagg, Akeson, Cousins and Stolie the goalie get a chance to show off with Flyers vets along with some less heard about names like Andrews Jones and Gordon, Zack Stortini and Brett Hextall (and yes that’s Ron Hextall’s son) all hoping to get noticed by Flyers Brass.

The Flyers started off the pre-season with a split squad game, sending a team up to London, Ontario to play the Maple Leafs and keeping a team at home to face off against the Capitals. First thing’s first here are the rosters for both teams:

vs. Washington Capitals vs. Toronto Maple Leafs
FORWARDS
10 Brayden Schenn
18 RJ Umberger
34 Andrew Gordon
40 Vincent Lecavalier
41 Andrew Jones
51 Petr Straka
57 Derek Mathers
58 Taylor Leier
61 Brett Hextall
76 Chris VandeVelde
81 Marcel Noebels
93 Jakub VoracekDEFENSEMEN
5 Braydon Coburn
32 Mark Streit
47 Andrew MacDonald
53 Shayne Gostisbehere
54 Robert Hagg
71 Travis Sanheim

GOALTENDERS
29 Ray Emery
72 Rob Zepp

FORWARDS
12 Michael Raffl
14 Sean Couturier
17 Wayne Simmonds
24 Matt Read
36 Zac Rinaldo
42 Jason Akeson
45 Zack Stortini
46 Darroll Powe
49 Scott Laughton
52 Nick Cousins
64 Brandon Alderson
78 Pierre-Edouard BellemareDEFENSEMEN
15 Michael Del Zotto
22 Luke Schenn
39 Mark Alt
43 Brandon Manning
50 Sam Morin
55 Nick Schultz

GOALTENDERS
35 Steve Mason
65 Anthony Stolarz

 

The night of a split squad produced a split record with the London team losing to Toronto in a shootout and the Philly team beating the Caps 5-4. Let’s start with the good news, the win over the Capitals!

The majority of the Flyers scoring power came from power play goals which brought them back from a 1st period 2 goal deficit. The Flyers scoring started late in the 1st with 24 seconds left, the first power play goal put in by Jakub Voracek.  After that the Flyers scored 4 more unanswered goals before Caps Troy Brouwer tallied in the middle of the 3rd, but the 2 3rd period goals for the Caps weren’t enough and the Flyers pulled out a win. Mark Streit had a night that we hope is an indication of what he’ll look like in regular season ending the game with a power play goal and 3 assists. Other goals came from 28 year old Andrew Gordon (the Flyers only non power play goal) to break the tie and put the Flyers up and then from Brayden Schenn and Vinny Lecavalier both power play goals.

The goalie duties were also split in game with Ray Emery in net up until the middle of the second period when Rob Zepp took over. Both goalies let in 2 goals, Emery with 9 saves on 11 shots and Zepp with 17 saves on 19 shots.

Up in London it was kind of the opposite story. The Flyers were the first to strike  against Toronto after a scoreless 1st period, in fact they struck twice with goals from Matt Read and Michael Raffl (both assisted by Nick Cousins). It was the Flyers penalties that lead to a tied game with Toronto scoring power play goals late in the 2nd and early in the 3rd. The tie led to overtime and the overtime led to a shoot out where eventually the Leafs won. Unlike the Philly squad, only one goalie played for the Flyers in London. Anthony Stolarz, the Phantoms #1 was in net the whole game and made 19 saves on 21 shots.

For both squads, Monday was a night filled with fights. In Philly Blair Jones had 2 fights while Zack Stortini had 2 of his own and Wayne Simmonds got himself ejected from the game for a quick fight near the end of the game.

 

 

Tuesday, the Flyers went against the Leafs again and it was obvious that 2 games in a row wore some players out. The Flyers went scoreless losing to the leafs 4-0. Ex Flyer(current pigeon) started the scoring for the Leafs from an almost impossible angle on Steve Mason. Mason has yet to hear the end of that goal from some people.

There were at least 3 times that a 4th goal was called and then called off before William Nylander finished off the night, finally making it a 4-0 game. This was one of those games that fans are glad to say “Calm down it’s only pre-season.”

 

 

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