With the top Revolution team taking a much needed off-weekend, the U19 Elite team looked to shine in the spotlight as they played a three game homestand. They looked to continue their ruthless start to the season against three different opponents - The Lehigh Valley Jr. Rebels, Walpole Express, and the Boston Jr. Rangers were all on the docket for the weekend starting on Friday.
Game one against the Lehigh Valley Jr. Rebels was completely dominated by the Revolution, but the dominance only yielded one goal in the first period, scored by Luke Aquaro assisted by line mates Blake Hallman and Luke Ledes. It was the same story in period two - the puck barely left the Jr. Rebels end but the Revolution found the back of the net only once thanks to Michael Giaramita. Cameron Tobey assisted on the lone second period tally. The Revolution were unable to able to pull away due to the penalty trouble they found themselves in. They could not stay out of the box, taking 13 minor penalties and two ten-minute misconducts, good for 46 total penalty minutes. The whistles did not take a break in the third, but the Revolution would power through and continue imposing their will for three more goals. Cameron Tobey, Julius Vianto, and Luke Ledes would each tally to make the game 5-0, finally having a score that matched the shot total of 44-18. Goaltender Chad “Chico” Simmerman was in net for the shutout victory and the team’s tenth consecutive win.
Unfortunately, the Walpole Express rolled through town to bring the Revolution back down to Earth. Reality set in after the end of the second period, where the Revolution would find themselves down 2-0 - being out-possessed by their opponent. They would come out with fire in the form of a goal by Ian Hibshman with assists from PJ Breslow and Cameron Tobey just three minutes into the third stanza, making it a one-goal game. The next ten minutes of the game were quiet until the Express scored to bring their lead back to two. And just one minute later, a roughing penalty by Colin Roberts would turn out to be a costly one as the Express would capitalize, making it 4-1 with under five minutes to go. Revolution captain Branson King wasn’t ready to say goodbye to his team’s winning streak, as he would pot the game’s next goal to make it 4-2. Tobey and Anthony Bench would assist on King’s goal. Davin Van de Zilver would add another with under a minute to go with assists from Hallman and Breslow. Unfortunately, the comeback attempt would come up short as the Revolution U19 Elite team would lose their first game in regulation this season, 4-3.
The U19 Elite team took back to the ice the next morning to face off against the Boston Jr. Rangers. This game was unfamiliar territory as they were playing fresh after their first regulation loss of the season against an opponent they hadn’t faced yet. The game started out in the Rangers’ favor, as they came down on an odd-man rush, made a cross-ice pass which was stopped by a sprawling Chad Simmerman. The rebound goes directly to the player who fired the initial shot, but Simmerman, still on the ground, stones him again. The Revolution corral the loose puck and work it up the ice, developing a 2 on 1. Michael Giaramita feeds P.J. Breslow for the goal, 1-0 Philadelphia. Shortly, the Rangers respond with a 2 on 1 of their own, and cash in to tie the game up at one goal apiece. Just three minutes later, Luke Aquaro would head-man the puck from the neutral zone for a streaking Blake Hallman to chase down, who would go bar down from a tough angle just below the left circle. He would tally three goals this game for the hat trick. Despite being down a man for almost half the period, the Revolution had possessed the puck for much of the game. Period two would be more even, but the Revolution continued to own the Rangers where it counted. Nicholas Giaramita starts the scoring to make it 4-1, and Colin Roberts would add to it on his team’s first power play of the game on a deflection thanks to Alex Pelletier’s shot from the point. The Rangers would get one back and the period would end 5-2. The third would begin with yet another snipe from Blake Hallman to complete the hat trick. The goal was assisted by Cameron Tobey and Branson King. Philadelphia kept rolling - adding three more goals from Luke Aquaro, Riley Dohner and Nicholas Giaramita. The Revolution ended the game with the score being 9-2. It was unknown how this team would respond to a loss, and they proved that they could get past it and keep moving forward.
The U19 Elites are back on home ice again next weekend to take on the New York Applecore in a two game series. The Revolution Premier Jr. A team will also be coming off their break to avenge a loss of their own as they travel to the SoNo Ice House to play the Connecticut Oilers.