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.”
The Philadelphia Revolution started the 2018-19 regular season the same way they began the previous one: by starting a win streak. Last year’s club reached 17 wins before succumbing to a loss. Though there’s still a long ways until that number gets rivaled, Philadelphia is off to a strong 2-0 start after taking both games from Team Maryland this past weekend at Revolution Ice Gardens.
With scores of 14-1, and 5-2 respectively, the Revolution saw several players contribute both Saturday and Sunday. On opening night, 15 different Revs registered points, including 10 with multi-point games. Forward Justin Meers had a hat trick in the contest, while both Jake Russo and Samir Abouelhana each potted five points in the contest, with Russo getting all assists and Abouelhana factoring in for a goal and four helpers.
Philadelphia put 64 shots on in Saturday’s first ever matchup with the newly formed Team Maryland, a squad composed of just 10 skaters. Mac Brice scored the lone tally for the visitors in the third period Saturday, thus becoming the first Team Maryland player to score a goal.
Sunday morning’s affair presented a different challenge for the Revolution though, as the spirited Team Maryland changed defensive strategies and forced several shots to the outside. Aligning in a 1-1-3 formation, Maryland prevented many slot opportunities the Revolution capitalized on the previous night for over half their goals. Additionally, Maryland’s Lucas Farinacci beat Revs’ netminder Logan Kramsky to give his team the lead inside the five minute mark of the first period.
After numerous shots both five on five and on the powerplay, the Revolution struggled to solve goalie Anthony Del Tufo until the last few minutes of the frame. With Meers behind the defense, Revolution defenseman Tommy Donnelly connected with a stretch pass down the ice to Meerson the Maryland blue line. From there, the forward cut in and wristed home a top shelf goal for his fourth on the weekend, and ultimately capped off a seven point start to the season.
“I think it was good to get going and get the monkey off your back early in the season, but I think it was just important to get the team going and get a good start to be ready for the next one”, Said Meers. “I think it’s a good confidence builder. It’s good to start 2-0. The intensity we brought today will lead into our practices this week and lead into our games next weekend. Hopefully we can keep the momentum going and add to the win streak we started so far.”
After Meers’ tying goal, the contest reached intermission 1-1, before the Revolution capitalized on penalties in the second.
Both Mike Mania and Noah Bradley scored powerplay tallies in the second, along with Abouelhana adding an even strength goal late to make it a 4-2 game. Maryland’s Mac Brice found a shorthanded opportunity to tie the game at two after Mania’s goal, but less than two Minutes after Brice tied things up, Bradley parked himself to the right of the net and slid the puck in low on Del Tufo to put Philadelphia ahead for good. Abouelhana scored the final goal in the third, giving the Revs a 5-2 decision. Logan Kramsky started both games on the weekend, making 35 saves on 38 shots across both games. Anthony Del Tufo was the star of the weekend for Team Maryland after a tremendous start Sunday morning, giving Revolution players’ fits and stopping a whopping 56 of 61 pucks.
“I want to give our guys credit”, said Revolution Head Coach Jon Rogger. “They played hard and we scored 14 goals Saturday. This is junior hockey. I don’t care who you are, that’s hard to do. We fell behind today (Sunday) 1-0 and didn’t get down and be negative. They stayed positive, battled back, and four points is four points.”
The Philadelphia Revolution take a flight south to battle the North Carolina Golden Bears both Saturday and Sunday, before flying back and meeting with the rival New York ApplecoreMonday morning back at Revolution Ice Gardens.