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Flyers Win Rookie Game 3-2





September 15, 2011





Led by several Phantoms from last year and potentially this coming year, the Philadelphia Flyers triumphed in the annual Rookie Game over the Washington Capitals 3-2 in a front of a nice sized turnout at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.

In the annual kickoff for true hockey action for both organizations, the Flyers overcame an early 1-0 deficit to strike three times in the middle period for the victory. Tyler Brown, Blake Kessel and Tomas Hoka were the young talents to light the lamp for the Flyers. Brad Phillips and Michael Houser split the goaltending duties with Houser notching some fine saves in the closing minutes to preserve the victory.

Some of last year's Phantoms to see action in the game included Harry Zolnierczyk, Oliver Lauridsen, Tyler Hostetter. Zolnierczyk wore the "A" on his jersey as one of three Alternate Captains for the Flyers.

Some potential Phantoms players this year who saw action in the game include two of the goal scorers: Tyler Brown and Blake Kessel along with Jason Akeson and Tye McGinn among others. Top Flyers prospects Sean Courturier and Brayden Schenn also suited up for the "Baby Flyers."

Brown posted impressive numbers with the Plymouth Whalers in the OHL last year with 27 goals and 57 points in 67 games and his speed has caught the attention of Philadelphia General Manager Paul Holmgren who commented on it to reporters during the week's Rookie Camp. Brown showed he wasn't all about the speed at the end of the first period though when he delivered one of the more impressive hits of the evening. He followed that up early in the second period with a nifty cut from the right-wing wall into the slot maneuvering around the defenders and shooting it along the ice past the right skate of the Capitals goalie for Philadelphia's first goal of the game.

Blake Kessel had assisted on the first goal and then scored one of his own less than a minute later pouncing on a rebound. Kessel had just officially signed with the Flyers organization the day before. The University of New Hampshire product is the brother of Toronto Maple Leaf star scorer Phil Kessel who has 30 or more goals in each of the past three seasons.

18 year old Hoka from the Czech Republuc hustled to a wide rebound on the right side of the cage and was able to score from a sharper angle to push the Flyers out in front 3-1.

Houser surrendered a goal early in the 3rd as the Capitals made it 3-2 but was able to hold things steady after that.

A couple other Flyers who looked impressive could also find their way to Adirondack this season. Tye McGinn, the younger brother of Jaime McGinn of the San Jose and Worcester Sharks, had played with the Phantoms in the preseason last year and had a fine campaign last season with Gatineau in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. Jason Akeson displayed some impressive vision which should not surprise many following a season in which he topped the Ontario Hockey League with 108 points and 84 assists.

The win gives the Flyers a three games to two lead all-time in their series of Rookie Games with the Capitals over the past five seasons. This was the first Rookie Game to take place at an NHL arena. The previous four encounters were all held at the respective teams' practice facility rinks.

Up next for the Flyers rookies they will be joining all of the NHL guys with the official start of Training Camp this Saturday. Some of these players as well as other Phantoms such as Eric Wellwood, Luke Pither, Mike Testwuide, Ben Holmstrom, Erik Gustafsson and Zac Rinaldo could all get a chance to shine in some of Philadelphia's preseason games. The first Flyers preseason game is Tuesday, September 20 at the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Flyers play again at home on Wednesday, September 21 against Toronto.

Mark your calendars! Adirondack Phantoms Opening Night is coming on Saturday, October 8. The Phantoms take on the Connecticut Whale to begin the third season of exciting Phantoms hockey in Glens Falls. Get great savings and have fun with your friends, family or co-workers by bringing your group of 15 or more fans to enjoy fast-paced, hard-hitting Phantoms hockey. Call the Phantoms to find out more at 518-480-3355 and check the team's website at phantomshockey.com

Don't forget the preseason games on Wednesday, September 28 in Saratoga Springs, NY and Saturday, October 1 at the Glens Falls Civic Center. Follow the Phantoms on twitter @phantomshockey and on facebook.com/adkhockey







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