All good things must come to an end.
After a spectacular regular season for the Philadelphia Revolution EHL Premier Jr. A team in which they won a franchise record 31 games, they lost in the first round of the EHL Premier playoffs. In the best-of-three game series, the Revolution dropped the first two games to the New Jersey Rockets.
The first game of series was played at the Revolution Ice Gardens. Both teams were itching to start their post-season as they'd played very eventful games against each other during the regular season. The Revolution took home wins in four out of five regular season match-ups, but every game ended with a plethora of penalties for both teams in very physical, chippy games.
The Rockets and Revolution skated to a 0-0 tie after the first period in Game 1. Then, just over three minutes into the second stanza, the Rockets' leading scorer Riley Flynn scored. The Revolution's Martin Kapoian answered back with his team's first goal of the playoffs about five minutes later. Kapoian's goal came on the power play and was assisted by Zach Bennett and Austin Morgan. Unfortunately, the Rockets came back with two more goals before the end of the period to make the score 3-1.
With 4:40 remaining in Game 1, the Rockets scored the final goal of the game to end it at 4-1. Goaltender Daniil Gerasimov made 36 saves on 40 shots in the losing effort.
The Revolution looked to even the series in Game 2 as they travelled to The Rock in Dunellen, NJ. The Rockets started hot behind the momentum of their win in Game 1. They scored twice in the first period while the Revolution were left scoreless. They would score again about nine minutes into the second stanza. Richard McCartney would score the Revolution's first goal of Game 2 after that. His goal was assisted by Martin Kapoian. However, they couldn't sustain pressure and the Rockets' Tanner Kahlau scored his team's fourth goal of the game.
In the third period, the two teams scored one power play goal each. Brycon Johnson scored the first goal of the period with the assists being credited to defenseman David Melaragni and forward Alex Doyle. The Rockets would score the game's last goal of the game to end it at 5-2. Nick Donofrio started Game 2 and allowed 2 goals on 5 shots. Gerasimov came in in relief for the start of the second period and turned aside 29 of 32 shots faced.
Revolution U19 Elite Team Earns Spot in EHL Elite FINALS
After the first round of the EHL U19 Elite playoffs, the Revolution have earned a trip to the final round.
The EHL Elite playoffs were a round robin format for the first round. The South Conference playoff teams played their games at the Revolution Ice Gardens.
The Revolution won all three of their first round games. They defeated the Hartford Jr. Wolfpack (5-1), Brewster Bulldogs (3-2), and the Philadelphia Jr. Flyers (7-3).
The team had contributions from everyone en route to an undefeated weekend. At the most crucial point of the season, every member of the team stepped up to the plate to help earn the wins.
Notable contributions came from Luke Aquaro (1 Goal, 5 Assists), Blake Hallman (2 Goals, 2 Assists), and PJ Breslow (1 Goal, 3 Assists). Chico Simmerman played two of the three games on the weekend and only allowed 4 goals on 72 shots against in the two games. Trevor Babin faced 34 shots and allowed 2 goals in the lone game he played in.
After their three wins in the first round, the Revolution have earned the opportunity to represent the EHL Elite South Conference in the finals. They will play the Boston Jr. Rangers who were crowned the champions of the North Conference. In the first round, the Jr. Rangers dropped the first game against the Vermont Lumberjacks (4-3) and defeated the New England Wolves (8-2) and the New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs (3-2).
The finals will determine the champions of the Eastern Hockey League Elite. It will be a best-of-three game series played at a central location.