Flyers & Phantoms kick off the season a collective 0-2-1; Morgan Frost benched
It wasn’t the best weekend for the Flyers & their AHL affiliate, with both teams failing to get into the win column. Joel Farabee, who led the team in goals last season, picked up right where he left off by scoring the first goal of the year. With 2 points on Friday night, the 21 year old is off to a terrific start after signing that extension over the summer. The Canucks followed that opening score up with three goals in a row from Podkolzin, Pettersson, & Chiasson. I’ve seen a ton of people trying to put a lot of the blame on Hart, calling some of his goals he let it soft, but I disagree. I’d say he’d probably would want the Pettersson goal back, he looked a little off his angle there, but a couple of them were just fluky goals. I’m more pissed off with the fact that were giving Pettersson two years to shoot the puck. I mean, the dude could’ve shotgunned a beer, thrown it into the crowd and then shot it, all while we watched from a far.
What are we doing here?
Cam Atkinson has been a great addition to this city, wasting zero time scoring his first big goal for us. We finally have a player where we don’t have to worry about him shooting, he’s already looking to wire the puck as soon as he gets it. I love Atkinson’s entire shift here. Calmly enters the zone and reads the play, gets the puck back to the point to reset everything. Then, crashes the net with his stick down waiting for that pass, once he gets it, BANG.
A lot more where those came from for #89.
Extremely nice to see TK get on the board the way he did. Late in the 3rd period, the Flyers pulled Hart while on the PP to make it a 6 on 4, off a rebound in the slot, makes no mistake about it.
The goal of the night came from the captain. This was seriously one of the nicest game-tying goals I’ve ever seen. Giroux motions to Couturier to throw the puck behind the net, Couturier does and Giroux accepts the puck and banks it off the goalies back.
Giroux’s reaction says it all.
- Konecny – 1G-0A-1P
- Farabee – 1G-1A-2P
- Yandle – 0G-2A-2P
- Provorov – 0G-1A-1P
- Couturier – 0G-2A-2P
- Giroux – 1A-0A-1P
Dave Hakstol’s, 1-1-1 Seattle Kraken come to South Philly tomorrow night, in what should be an emotionally charged game. You know Hakstol is going to want to come here and beat us. On the other hand, you know damn well the fans want Dave Hasktol to leave Philly on Monday night holding an L.
- Patrick Brown – Still unavailable due to Covid protocols
- Zack MacEwen – Still unavailable due to visa issues
- Ristolainen – Still day-to-day, will not play tomorrow night
- Seeler will be back with Flyers tomorrow (sent to Phantoms today for cap reasons)
On Saturday night the Phantoms opened their season in Wilkes-Barre Scranton, versus the Penguins. The Phantoms had some scoring chances throughout the game, but nothing consistent enough where it made a difference. They also had 5 power plays in the game and did absolutely nothing wit them. Filip Lindberg has 30 saves on 31 saves and was a huge reason the Phantoms only got 1 goal.
Speaking of that 1 goal, it came off a 3 on 2 rush with Cam York and Linus Sandin picking up the helpers. York’s playmaking ability was on full display this weekend.
Today, the Phantoms played the Hershey Bears, and just like Saturday night, couldn’t capitalize in any of their scoring chances. Personally, I thought they looked better Saturday night than they did today. Yesterday they were moving their feet, hitting each other on breakouts and getting chances. Today, I didn’t see the foot speed at all, the passing was extremely sloppy and the power play went silent for the second straight game.
Isaac Ratcliffe has opened my eyes a little in these two games. Issac has dealt with some untimely injuries in his career, so it’s nice to see him creating to start the year. Today, he had a breakaway where he tried to open up the goalie and go 5-hole, but justtttttt missed.
I mentioned earlier how Cam York’s playmaking ability has been on full display in these two games, and today, he continued that playmaking ability. A beautiful pass over to Mayhew to cut the lead to 1 goal.
The Phantoms ended up losing the game 2-1, dropping to 0-2-0 on the season. Morgan Frost was benched by head coach, Ian Laperierre in the 3rd period of today’s game. Even when the goalie was pulled during the 6-on-3 the Phantoms had, Frost was glued to the bench.
After the game, Lappy told us why #23 didn’t see the ice.
Frosts’ play in these first two games with the Phantoms, is one of the main reasons he was sent down to begin with. He hasn’t been “bad” or actively hurting the team in anyway, but he’s also not creating the way a player like Morgan Frost should. In his first game back with the Phantoms in the preseason, Frost scored the OT winner and finished the game with 2G-1A-3P and looked to be gaining his confidence and offense scoring touch back. Now, through 2 regular season games, he’s found himself getting benched. It’s obviously not the end of the world, the kid hasn’t played a lot of hockey in the last year and a half, so I’m not about to lose my mind 2 games in.
The Phantoms don’t play again until Saturday, where they finally play at home against the Wolf Pack.
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