Jr. A and U19 Article for November 5th and 6th
The Revolution EHL Premier Jr. A team welcomed a week off in the middle of their busy season; they’ve had games every weekend dating back to September. Being used to playing so much hockey, the team was chomping at the bit to get back in action against the Connecticut Oilers in a two game set at the SoNo Ice House in Norwalk, CT. And the showcase would start very well…
Philadelphia would show no signs of rust whatsoever, as they erupt with four markers in the first period by Zach Pamaylaon, Martin Kapoian, Guy Roby and David Melaragni. The latter three goals came in a four-minute span towards the end of the period, which really took the wind out of the Oilers’ sails for this game. Connecticut did have some jump to start the second, scoring a shorthanded tally just three minutes in. The Revolution would not have it, as they match that with a power play goal thanks to a nice feed from Guy Roby behind the net to Ryan Rowland who snuck in from the point, tapping in his team’s fifth goal of the game. Roby’s assist wouldn’t be all for him in the second, as he finds the back of the net off of a nice feed to the slot followed by a snipe of a shot to the top corner, making the game 6-1 Revolution going into second intermission. The third period would only get worse for the Oilers, as Philadelphia adds on three more goals off the sticks of Martin Kapoian for his second of the game, Bryce Witman, and Collin Appleton to finish them off with a blowout score of 9-1.
Game two on Sunday would be more of the same for the Revolution: dominance. Collin Appleton set the tone early by potting one just over a minute into the game to put the Revolution up 1-0. Newcomer Austin Morgan has had a good second weekend with his new team, contributing an assist on Saturday. On Sunday, Morgan took advantage of a neutral zone turnover and went in on an abbreviated breakaway that he would put over the shoulder of the Connecticut goaltender for his first as a member of the Revolution! Next, defenseman David Melaragni jumps up on the rush and is fed by a stumbling Richie McCartney who manages to get off a nice backhand pass that is right on the tape of Melaragni who tucks home a short side shot. The Oilers would get one back to make it 3-1, but the Revolution would not let that slow them down, as they come out in the second with three unanswered goals from David Melaragni, Richie McCartney and Collin Appleton. The third period would see the teams break even in goals, the Philadelphia tally coming off the stick of Jackson Koblick, but it would not be enough for the Oilers to come back and the Revolution would complete a solid two-win showcase in Connecticut, winning 7-2.
Guy Roby had a weekend to remember, putting up two goals and five assists for seven points, and his teammate Bryce Witman put up six points of his own after posting one goal and six assists. Combined, the duo was responsible for seven of their team’s goals this weekend. That long break just a week ago certainly didn’t slow down the Revolution, proven by these lopsided scores. The coaching staff kept their team on the ball with tough practices that kept them in game shape, and it has paid off. The Premier team will continue their road trip next week against the Rangers and Express in Hudson, New Hampshire.
The Revolution U19 Elite squad was looking to continue their strong home stand against the struggling New York Applecore when they faced off twice over the weekend at the Revolution Ice Gardens. The Elites knew they had a faltering team in front of them, but it was important not to take them lightly. Coach Justin Grevious kept his boys on their toes, letting them know that if they work hard like they do every week, this will be a fun couple of days for them – and it was.
Despite outshooting their opponent 24-1 in the first period, the game took some time to get going on the score sheet for the Revolution until the five-minute mark where they put up three quick tallies in 41 seconds. Goals scored by Anthony Bench, Davin Van de Zilver and Nicholas Giaramita. This flurry of scoring by the Revolution set the tone for the rest of the game, as they continued to keep their foot on the gas pedal with two more goals in the second period, deposited by Blake Hallman twenty seconds in, and Luke Aquaro; his third of five total points in this game. Aquaro would finish his stellar night with a goal to open the final stanza, and an assist on a shot by PJ Breslow. Davin Van de Zilver would add one more, and the game would end in an 8-0 Revolution victory. Some of the players will tell you they’re disappointed that they were only able to score eight, as they had an absolutely dominant game, outshooting the Applecore by a wide margin of 65-9.
In a two-half Sunday game, Philadelphia would have a much closer tilt on their hands than the party the night before. The Applecore kept the game close, putting up 14 shots in the first, more than they had for the entire game on Saturday. But they couldn’t hold back the Revolution for long as Riley Dohner and Anthony Bench score twelve seconds apart towards the end of the first half. The Elites were unable to find the back of the net, but were able to play a defensively sound second half that yielded no goals from the Applecore, and the Revolution take the second contest 2-0. With spectacular performances from goaltenders Trevor Babin and Chad Simmerman, shutting them out for the entirety of the weekend made the task much easier. Philadelphia’s U19s earn a well-deserved weekend off, but will be back in action against the Lehigh Valley Rebels on Saturday, November 19th at the Rink at Lehigh Valley.