The Philadelphia Revolution flew in to North Carolina with two wins and left with four, before getting another victory Monday afternoon back home against New York.
On the weekend, the Revs bested the newly formed Golden Bears 14-2 Saturday night, and followed with an 8-0 shutout victory Sunday morning before flying back to Pennsylvania to earn a 5-2 decision over the Applecore Monday afternoon.
In Saturday’s tilt, Noah Bradley scored a hat trick as part of the 14 goals registered by Philadelphia, including nine in the opening period. Bradley’s three goals came before the contest was 10 minutes old. In addition, Hunter Canestra, Mike Mania, and Jake Russo all had five point nights. This is the second Saturday in a row that Russo has had five assists in a game, while first year forward Mania had his first five point contest.
Sunday’s rematch featured a 15 save shutout performance from Revs’ starter Filip Grancarov in his EHL debut. The visiting Revolution capitalized on special teams, going three for six on the powerplay, while turning aside all nine man advantages for North Carolina. Canestra struck for a powerplay tally in the third after scoring the game’s first goal in the opening frame to give him another two goal day; his third consecutive. Anthony Bench and Russo also factored in, each scoring their first of the year.
After a flight home Sunday, Philadelphia returned to home ice at Revolution Ice Gardens to host a familiar foe in the form of the New York Applecore. The two teams met last season in the EHL playoffs, where the Revolution dispatched of the Applecore on their way to the Frozen Finals.
Through 20 minutes, the clubs were tied at two, thanks in part to a seeing-eye shot that tied the game from New York’s Logan Scarlotta from center point. With traffic in front of Revolution Netminder Logan Kramsky, the puck found its way to the back of the net. Before then, Noah Bradley scored first for the Revolution. After New York responded to tie the game at one, Samir Abouelhana tucked home a loose puck in the crease just 21 seconds later to repair the Revolution lead.
Abouelhana’s day was far from over. The returning Revolution forward had a low, but hard wrist shot from the high slot get driven past New York’s Alexander Fowler half a minute into the middle frame to give Philadelphia a lead they wouldn’t look back on. After Mark Tosti scored the fourth goal for Philly, Abouelhana completed his hat trick in the third to put the nail in the Applecore coffin. Justin Meers created a turnover at the blue line while both teams had transitioned to the neutral zone. With all kinds of space, Meers fed one to Samir for a top shelf one timer to give number 68 his third of the day.
“It feels good. I got set up a few times from a few players, so it’s not all me”, said Abouelhanafollowing Monday’s win. “I’ve played with Meers the last six years and Bench has fit in nicely, so we’ve just clicked right away.”
Standing at 5-0, the Philadeluphia Revolution go a few minutes down the road Thursday to take on the fellow undefeated Philadelphia Little Flyers before heading out to Rodman Arena in Walpole, MA. for the first big event of the season; the EHL Showcase.
“Every showcase, you’ve got a million eyes on you it feels like”, said forward Bradley. “It’s really where you show what you got and with other teams and scouts there it’s really where you put yourself on their map.”