Philadelphia, PA – The Philadelphia Revolution enter this week’s Philly-Philly showdown fresh off back-to-back wins against playoff contenders in the Connecticut RoughRiders and New Jersey 87s last week.
The Junior A team hosts the Philadelphia Jr. Flyers on Wednesday with a 12:00 p.m. puck drop for just the second time this season. Head coach Jon Rogger’s squad trails in the season series 1-1-2, after suffering an overtime loss earlier this season and then a shootout loss to end January.
While the Revolution are five points ahead of the Jr. Flyers for the Mid-Atlantic Conference standings, the orange and black have given the Revs trouble all season and are riding a four-game winning streak.
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The fifth meeting between the crosstown rivals plays host two of the top penalty-kill units in the Eastern Hockey League. The Jr. Flyers are ranked second in the league (88.1%), while the Revolution sit in fourth (86.8%).
During the Revolution’s recent victory over the first-place 87s, captain Anthony Bench and company killed off 10 of New Jersey’s 11 power plays. The Revolution were also successful on the man advantage after converting two out of three times.
Earlier on Tuesday, the EHL announced that Revolution forward Saava Smirnov and goaltender Anthony Del Tufo were named Warrior Stars of the Week (Feb. 3-9). Smirnov recorded his first EHL hat trick and Del Tufo earned both the team’s clutch victories.
The Revolution’s lone victory against the Jr. Flyers was at Ice Line in Westchester back on Dec. 4, when the Revs earned a 3-1 victory. The last contest went into a seven-round shootout after both goaltenders displayed commendable performances. The Fly Guys’ masked man, Aron Hansson, got the better of the Revolution when he turned away 41 of 42 shots.
It will be interesting to see what the goaltending matchup is at the Revolution Ice Gardens, especially after Del Tufo’s impressive performances last week. Keep in mind that Duncan Nichols Delay was in net for the Revolution's win back on Dec. 4 at Ice Line.
After tomorrow’s showdown for the City of Brotherly Love, the two MAC rivals face-off one more time. The Jr. Flyers will visit the Revolution on Wednesday, Feb. 26.