The Revolution Premier Jr. A team played in Hudson, New Hampshire for a two game showcase against the Boston Jr. Rangers and Walpole Express.
Game one on Monday started with Philadelphia controlling most of the play but failing to score until late in the opening frame when Guy Roby took a pass entering the offensive zone from Alex Doyle. Roby snapped a shot over the shoulder of the Jr. Rangers goaltender to take a 1-0 lead. The Revolution would score again within the first five minutes of the second half. It would come from team captain Richie McCartney who picked up the loose puck off of the faceoff, cut to the middle and shot five hole on the goalie to give his team a two goal advantage. The Jr. Rangers would strike back to cut the lead to one, but Ryan Rowland scored to win the game 3-1.
Tuesday’s matchup versus the Walpole Express got off to hot start when Richie McCartney scored just thirty seconds into the game. McCartney took a pass on the rush from Collin Appleton, and deked the goaltender as he was falling over to put the Revolution up early. The game would go back and forth for a bit until the Express tied it up before heading into the intermission. The Revolution would carry the play in the second half due to penalty trouble from the Express. Defenseman David Melaragni scored the Revolution’s first power play goal of the game when he scored from the blue line to put his team up 2-1. Philadelphia continued their success with the man advantage with more offense from the point. Defenseman Joey Rosa received a pass from Melaragni, pivoted and walked the blue line until he found a shooting lane where Bryce Witman could tip it in for the 3-1 lead. Rosa has had a knack for getting pucks through from the point since joining the Revolution. The Express would get one back with under a minute to go, but too little too late as the Revolution Premier team goes undefeated for the weekend, improving their record to 14-5-1, good for second place in the EHL Premier.
Teams who get good goaltending in close games like these will win more often than not, and that’s what happened for the Revolution this weekend thanks to the duo of Nick Donofrio and Travis Pelke. Donofrio had a .957 save percentage in game one, only allowing one goal against. Pelke had himself a game on Tuesday as well; despite conceding two goals, he kept the Revolution in the game when they were getting outshot 37-29.
The Jr. A team will hold a short week of practices before heading up to Simsbury, Connecticut to face off against the Connecticut Nighthawks to try to continue their win streak.