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Flyers fall to Rangers again, swept in Rookie Series

(Courtesy of the Philadelphia Flyers)

After a hard-fought loss on Friday night, the Philadelphia Flyers were eager to get their revenge in the second game of their Rookie Series against the New York Rangers.

Despite their best efforts, the Rangers were able to sweep the Flyers with a 3-1 victory on Saturday, a complete reversal of last season’s sweep by Philadelphia in the series.

Zayde Wisdom netted the lone Flyers tally, while Luke McNamara opened the scoring and Bobby Trivigno potted two goals for New York.

Carson Bjarnason stopped 19 shots for the Flyers and played the full game. Olof Lindbom made 9 saves in the opening frame for New York while Talyn Boyko made 19 saves on 20 shots to pick up the victory.


The Flyers didn’t have the start they were looking for, as Luke McNamara was able to tuck home his wraparound shot by Carson Bjarnason just 2:14 into the game to give the Rangers an early 1-0 lead.

The Flyers tried their best to even the score, but the Rangers were able to extend their lead to two after Bobby Trivigno fired home a shot from the slot with 2:43 to play in the opening period after a great drop pass and screen by Ty Emberson.

The Rangers would take their 2-0 lead over Philadelphia into the first intermission despite being outshot 9-7 by the Flyers.


The Rangers kept their foot on the gas and kept busy in the offensive zone, but Bjarnason was up to the task and looked comfortable in his net while keeping the Flyers’ deficit at 2.

Philadelphia finally got their skating legs back and pushed back against the Rangers’ attack with a few chances of their own, but Talyn Boyko and company kept them off the scoreboard.

The Flyers earned a power play with 4:44 remaining in the middle frame, and even got an abbreviated 5-on-3 after Emil Andrae was high-sticked.

After the first penalty was killed off, Zayde Wisdom – who was the Flyers’ best and most noticeable player all weekend – got Philadelphia on the board with a power play marker with 2:33 left off a nice feed from Denver Barkey.

After 40, the Flyers were able to cut the lead in half after some sloppy play and inconsistent pressure for most of the game up until Wisdom’s tally.


The third period was a more even battle between the two teams with not much space being given and the goaltenders making timely saves when called upon, but there wasn’t much action happening compared to the first two periods.

With 3:36 remaining, Tyson Foerster was high-sticked by Seth Barton to put the Flyers on a late power play. Unfortunately, the power play lasted just 50 seconds as Foerster was whistled for holding, make it four-a-side hockey late in the third.

The Flyers were able to kill off the brief New York man advantage, but Sam Sedley fumbled the puck at the Rangers blueline and Bobby Trivigno sealed the deal with a breakaway marker on Carson Bjarnason with 32.2 seconds remaining.

It was a much sloppier effort compared to Friday’s game, and the Philadelphia Flyers fell 3-1 to the New York Rangers to drop both games of the Rookie Series.

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