Philadelphia, PA – Aside from the Junior A team, the Philadelphia Revolution organization was busy last weekend, to say the least.
The 2005s, 2006s and 2007s all participated at the New Jersey National Super Series, while the Eastern Hockey League Premier team skated in a pair of contests.
Better late than never, right?
The ‘05s began the Holiday weekend with an early puck drop at 7:00 a.m. on Friday when head coach Jon Houk’s squad faced-off with the Protec Ducks.
Philadelphia outshot the top-ten Nationally ranked Ducks, 38-18, but the two teams skated away with a 3-3 tie. The Revolution followed up the impressive first contest with a key victory over the Connecticut Jr. Hurricanes. Houk’s squad defeated the ‘Canes by a 3-1 score and outshot Connecticut 43-16.
Houk believed the team’s start was “very well played,” especially given the top-tier competition to begin the showcase series.
The ‘05s finished the weekend with two losses and one tie, after falling to South Florida (2-0) and the New Jersey Hitmen (5-1). Philadelphia again skated in a 3-3 tie, but the second time around was against the Dallas Penguins.
Head coach Steve Rossi’s squad finished the Super Series with a record above the .500 mark, after collecting three victories in five contests.
While the ‘06s opened the showcase with a 4-1 loss to the Nashville Jr. Predators, the youngsters rebounded with a victory over the PAL Islanders in the following contest. Michael Esmond lead the way with two goals and one assist for the ‘06s.
Additionally, Brendan Schultz chipped in two assists from the defensive side while Kevin Koles, Quinn Morena, Matt Conforti and Alex Gibson all found the back of the net.
Game three wasted no time challenging the Revolution’s perseverance. The Carolina Jr. Hurricanes tallied the game’s first goal, but it was Philadelphia that scored four unanswered goals to collect the “W.”
Koles earned a power-play goal with the help from his teammates Gavin Nisenzon and Chase Tovsky. Luke Perfidio was credited with the game-winning goal after giving the Revolution a 2-1 lead 1:11 into the second period.
The Revs never looked back.
Philadelphia’s Tovsky inked his name on the scoresheet again when he scored an impressive goal on a breakaway which provided the insurance tally.
The ‘06s’ fourth contest was a rematch from when the teams skated at a showcase in Buffalo back in January. Philadelphia faced-off with the New Jersey Rockets and earned another commendable victory.
The Revolution took down the Rockets by a 4-1 final. Goaltender Jake Rossi sent the message early with this stellar play between the pipes during the first period, while Koles, Peridio, Jake Laigaie and Tovlsy all netted goals.
Philadelphia’s fifth and final contest was a tough matchup. The Revolution faced-off with the top-ranked team at the showcase in the Florida Alliance. Unfortunately, it was the Alliance who skated away with a 6-1 victory, after the Revolution pushed for a comeback when Perfidio cut Florida’s lead down to 3-1.
Coach Rossi was “impressed the most” over the weekend with the depth scoring from the team. Ten different Revolution skaters netted goals and 14 different skaters earned at least one point.
While the 2007s finished the weekend with a 1-4 record, coach Joseph Valeriote was proud of his team’s effort and how hard they played from start to finish.
The youngsters collected their victory against the Protec Ducks when the ‘07s took down the mighty Ducks 7-2.
Coach Valeriote pointed out a few players that also stood out.
“Defenseman Patrick O'Brien was a beast the entire weekend and the rearguard even chipped in with a gorgeous goal on Sunday,” said Valeriote. “The line of Julian Tarsi, Anthony Valeriote and Joey Spadaccino provided the spark on offense all weekend for us.”
The EHLP team netted seven goals in its two contests over the Holiday weekend, but the Revolution still suffered back-to-back losses.
Philadelphia fell to the New Jersey 87s by a 4-2 score on Saturday, and then lost a dramatic contest to the Philadelphia Little Flyers on Monday, 6-5. Jared Wagenmann finished Monday’s road game with three points after Wagenmann netted one goal and chipped in two helpers. Additionally, Owen Newhouse replicated Wagenmann’s stat line.
Skaters Rocco Salvato and Stirling Nash also finished the day with multi-point efforts by mimicking each other with one goal and one assist.
The Revolution aim to break their four-game skid on Saturday at the Revolution Ice Gardens when Philadelphia hosts the Little Flyers for a 2:45 p.m. puck drop.
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