A hotly contested effort between the Philadelphia Flyers and rookie New York Rangers required extra time. For the first time, before pre-season arrives, we have overtime hockey!
Any win is cause for celebration for the Flyers. Last year, Philadelphia beat the Rangers in the first rookie series. So far so good for the rookie series sweep.
Ian Laperriere spoke to the media ahead of tonight’s clash. He relieved Samuel Ersson to start on Saturday. He also credited the hard work of Zayde Wisdom, focusing on conditioning ahead of his second run with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. Elliot Desnoyers cited his preparation for Flyers 2022 All-Rookie Camp as a nod to the 2022 IIHF World Juniors. He and Tyson Foerster won gold at the 2022 IIHF World Juniors for Team Canada and then made an impression in that win.
Jonathan Lemieux took over without allowing a single goal, standing tall in a 2-1 win.
Laperrière must have been proud of his line-up.
“They worked hard, and that was my message. I can live with mistakes, but as long as you work hard, everyone will be happy. I spoke to management after the game and they were happy with the effort.
Ian Laperriere; 09/16/2022
Noah Cates and Jackson Cates buzzed with Foerster. Noah wasn’t flashy, but he steadily expanded his possessions in the offensive zone by winning the puck race and battling along the boards. He has the best chance of cracking the Flyers forward roster attending rookie camp.
Desnoyers jumped on the ice too. Similar to N. Cates, Desnoyers showed excellent forechecking in the offensive zone. His effort generated a high-quality scoring chance for Wisdom, but Dylan Garand made the save. His adjustment from the 2022 IIHF World Juniors to the 2022 Flyers All-Rookie Camp seems fluid.
“I came here ready. I wanted to prove some things, and I think I did the right thing. Tomorrow is going to be another and I have to bring more.
Elliot Desnoyers; 09/16/2022
Remember when Wade Allison accepted a fight at Flyers 2021 Rookie Camp against the Rangers? Adam Ginning followed in his footsteps against Jayden Grubbe, a third-round selection in 2021. Ginning eventually beat Grubbe on the ice. After the fight, the first period ended scoreless.
Throughout the majority of regulation, Philadelphia dictated the pace. However, they didn’t burst onto the scoreboard first. That accolade belongs to the Rangers, a testament to their power play unit.
Mikael Huchette, a camp guest, served as the outfit. Matthew Robertson scored the power play goal to give the Rangers a 1-0 lead.
Laperrière continued to feed his front-line ice time. Foerster and the Cates Brothers continued to buzz, but those opportunities didn’t translate into points. Possessing a wicked shot, Foerster couldn’t beat Garand. Eventually, the goalkeepers changed. Garand beat Nolan Meier, but the tide quickly changed.
Before the end of the second period, Olle Lycksell scored the equalizer, 1-1.
With Foerster on the ice, the Flyers were looking to finish him off. The opportunities continued galore, but Talyn Boyko held the scoreless draw.
Philadelphia assumed dominance to start the third period. Alexis Gendron, the only representative of Philadelphia’s 2022 NHL Draft class, came close to scoring what would have been the winner on a breakaway. Boyko denied this chance.
The goaltenders held it 1-1 at the end of regulation time, despite the Flyers leading the shooting battle, 33-19.
I love overtime hockey!
Laperrière sent the Cates brothers with Ethan Samson. Ahead of tonight’s game, I highlighted these players. Of course, the Cates Brothers have remained consistent.
Foerster, the Cates Brothers’ partner in crime, scored the game winner. Finally, the hard work paid off with a 2-1 win.
Tomorrow, the Philadelphia Flyers will face the New York Rangers in the final game of the 2022 rookie series.
(Photo by Joshua Sarner/Icon Sportswire)