There was Flyers hockey in Philadelphia on Wednesday night!
The Philadelphia Flyers rookies hosted the New York Islanders rookies as an unofficial ending to Rookie Camp. It was a good chance for the prospects to get a glimpse of the NHL atmosphere as well as to showcase their skills.
The Flyers top prospects were as advertised. Nolan Patrick, Oskar Lindblom, and Sam Morin were standouts among the NHL hopefuls, while Mikhail Vorobyev and Mark Friedman got themselves more on the radar.
The kids were showing off early.
Nolan Patrick with the hands.
and Oskar Lindblom with the flow.
“You ready to take over this town?”
Then it was gametime.
Patrick fed Connor Bunnaman a nice bank-pass for a chance, but his shot was denied.
Philippe Myers was playing well early on. He stepped up to stop a rush.
Then a little known defenseman made his mark. James de Haas slid the puck into the back of the net as Oskar Lindblom and German Rubtsov crashed the net.
Sam Morin is one of the more experienced players in Rookie Camp, and he showed off his physicality.
He also stepped up on his man before playing the body.
But just as Myers took away a rush, he made an ill advised play to step up and allow John Stevens to beat Alex Lyon 1-on-1.
The Flyers got it right back.
Travis Sanheim snuck behind the defense and on his second-chance beat the netminder off a feed from Mikhail Vorobyev.
Just before that goal the Russians had a nice give-and-go between Vorobyev and Ivan Kosorenkov.
Morgan Frost showed off his speed after he beat a defender, but he couldn’t beat the goalie.
The Flyers led 2-1 after one period of play.
Patrick stepped up his offensive game in the second period.
First he streaked by the defense to create a chance.
Then Sam Morin maneuvered around his man to get it to Patrick for a 2-on-1 chance, but his shot was stopped.
The physicality picked up as the game moved along, and this Matthew Strome hit may have been the climax.
It then led to a scuffle behind the net, and Morin took down his man.
Then, just like in the first period, Mikhail Vorobyev showed off his vision and wheels to feed Mark Friedman for a one-time goal.
The Flyers led 3-1 after two periods of play.
Carter Hart did his best to keep it that way. He started the third with a nice save.
Sam Morin picked up where he left off as he stopped a rush and got the Flyers going the other way while shorthanded.
Connor Bunnaman has one hell of a shot.
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Hart made two more great saves.
First, one in close…
…then a great glove save.
The Islanders tied the game up 3-3 by the end of the period, and Patrick’s backcheck helped send it into overtime.
He was getting into it.
With chants of “No-lan Pat-rick” filling the air, Lindblom won a puck battle and got it to him alone in front. But it rang off iron.
Then the Islanders went down the other way to win the game 4-3.
Overall it was a good showing for the prospects. They couldn’t bring home the victory but ultimately the game is more about the experience than the outcome.
Training Camp will open on Friday and the Flyers’ first preseason game is on Sunday against the New York Islanders.
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