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Revolution win in final seconds vs. New Jersey

12/17/2019, 3:15pm EST
By Kyle McKenna - Communications

See how the Revs defeated the 87s in dramatic fashion

Philadelphia, PA – For the second-straight contest the Philadelphia Revolution faced-off with a first-place opponent. While Philadelphia suffered a loss to the Boston Jr. Rangers prior to Saturday night’s contest vs. the New Jersey 87s, the Revolution took down the Mid-Atlantic Conference rivals.

If one witnessed both teams play before Saturday’s primetime EHL matchup, spectators could have predicted that the contest would be decided by one goal and potentially in the final minute of regulation.

The fans guessed right.

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The Revolution defeated the MAC’s first-place squad in the 87s by a final score of 3-1, but in dramatic fashion.

After a slow start to the team’s third meeting on the year with New Jersey, the Revolution managed to gain momentum towards the end of the first period. Philadelphia displayed crisp passing on the team’s power play and eventually forward Mark Tosti put home a rebound on the man-advantage.

Tosti, 20, crashed New Jersey’s net to earn his fourth power-play goal on the year after goaltender Tanner Beals displayed a right pad save. The assistant captain entered the Holiday break with 15 goals and 18 helpers for a total of 33 points in 2019-20.

Yet, the 87s proved for a remainder of the contest just why they’ve been a first-place team for a majority of the 2019-20 campaign. New Jersey seemed to control most of the play during the second and third periods, but that’s when Philadelphia’s masked man shined.

The Revolution’s Anthony Shrum turned away 39 of 40 New Jersey shots, while recording numerous big saves on quality scoring chances from the 87s all night.


“Shrum has matured beautifully over the past few years,” said Chris Kanaly, Revolution general manager. “Over the last two games, I’d have to look at the numbers but he’s probably 69 of 70 (saves) or in that neighborhood.”

If that doesn’t speak volumes to Shrum’s recent play and performance on Saturday night, then perhaps the EHL's decision to name him Goaltender of the Week will. For the second-straight week, an EHL Revolution goaltender earned the honor (Duncan Nichols-Delay).

“He’s been great; a ’99 birth year, so he’s experienced and we’ve needed our goalies to steal some points for us and tonight he did that,” added Kanaly.

The EHL’s recent Goaltender of the Week also spoke during Saturday’s postgame.

“I feel great, personally,” said Shrum. “It’s just finally clicking for me, so I’m happy about that. The defense is playing really good for us which helps a lot.”

For the record, Shrum has recorded 66 saves on 67 shots over the past two games while posting one shutout. Still, the Muskegon, MI native credited his teammates play in front of the cage for the Revolution’s recent success.

“The whole team played great and I had a lot of blocked shots, so it just helped get us the win.”

While No. 34 did more than his part between the pipes on Saturday night, another skater contributed in areas up front on the ice.

Forward John Pearson suffered an upper-body injury during the EHL’s December Showcase Series and was sidelined due to the injury in the loss to the Boston Jr. Rangers.

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That didn’t hold back the Cherry Hill, NJ native from coming through in the clutch on Saturday night, though.

Pearson, 19, earned the game-winning goal with 22 seconds remaining in regulation, after No. 20 drove the net hard and chipped the puck in off the lower area of the right post. The puck trickled past the goal line in dramatic fashion, which led to an exciting atmosphere at Revolution Ice Gardens.

It’s fair to say that Pearson’s style of play was a difference-maker during the game’s final frame, especially in relation to the team’s physicality.

“I think part of my game is the physicality that I bring to our team,” said Pearson. “I try to bring that aspect to the game every night, shift in and shift out.”

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GM Kanaly also acknowledged the team’s physicality presence during the third period.

“We had to make some adjustments with some of the things we were doing on our breakout and the forecheck,” said Kanaly. “We were a little more physical in the third period and I think that helped us ware them down a bit.”

The Revolution ended the first half of the season on a high note after winning five of their last six games. Philadelphia resumes play after the Holiday break on Sunday, Jan. 5, when it hosts the North Carolina Golden Bears for an 11:30 a.m. puck drop.

Philadelphia Revolution 18-10-2– 38PTS 

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