The Philadelphia Flyers prospect has swept his rookie series with the New York Rangers to two games. One night after winning 2-1 in overtime, the Flyers prevailed 5-1 in the rematch at PPL Center on Saturday night. 36 goalkeeper saves by Samuel Erson and a three-point performance per side Ole Lixel (1g, 2a) led the way.
The Flyers were largely outplayed in the first period, taking a 2-0 lead into the break thanks to goaltender Ersson and well-shot goals by Egor Zamula and Ole Lixel.
The second period developed in much the same way. Ersson was by far the busier goaltender than his fellow Rangers, and the Flyers were opportunistic when they had scoring opportunities. Goal without play by Noah Cates and a uniform force of Wisdom came gave up four goals to the Flyers in their first nine shots.
Early in the third period, Bobby Trivinho cut the deficit to 4-1 on a 3-on-2 counter after a Flyers turnover. Later, Ronnie Attard responded with a powerplay goal that was backed up by Lixel, who collected his third point of the night.
Erson won first star in the game. Lixel was the second star and Noah Cates the third. At the other end of the ice, Olof Lindbom stopped five of eight shots as the Rangers’ starter in net. Talin Boyko came on in relief midway through the second period, bringing in two extra goals.
Special teams were a big factor in the win. The Flyers went 5-for-5 on the penalty kill plus a field goal. They were 1-for-3 on the power play.
* The Flyers’ rookies struggled with turnovers and turnovers in their own zone and the neutral zone — several times in the middle of the ice — for most of the first 40 minutes. They were bailed out by Ersson as they went 9-0 (including an 8-0 spurt) in the first period en route to a 13-4 margin and an 11-5 scoring margin in the opening period.
* The Flyers scored on their first shot of the game at 13:14 of the first period. Low to high transition from Tyson Foerster found Egor Zamula joining the game. From the deep slot, Zamula fired over Lindbom’s glove.
* The Flyers took a 2-0 advantage at 18:14 of the first period. Elliot Desnoyners won a left circle in the offensive zone. Liksel got past a defender and quickly scored over his compatriot Lindbom.
* The Rangers had four power play opportunities over two periods. Philly was held to one shot until they ran out of a hand on a minor in custody named Lycksell. The Flyers generated a short-handed 2-on-1 counterattack. Jackson Cates passed to brother Noah, who cut in to make it 3-0.
* A perfectly executed layup and layup allowed the Flyers to build a 4-0 lead in the second period. Wisdom passed to Desnoyers and went to the net as Desnoyers sent the puck to Lycksell on the boards. Wisdom got a lane-to-lane eturn from Lycksell and finished it off.
* Through two periods, Ersson made 24 saves while the team in front of him generated 10 shots on goal.
* Trivinho made it 4-1 at 2:06 of the third period on a five-hole goal from the left circle. It looked like a chance that could be stopped. A few minutes later, Ersson stopped a good scoring chance by Lauri Pauniemi. In a 2-on-1 contest for the Rangers, with the bats skating at 4-on-4, Ersson erased a Zamula error with a save by Trivinho. At that point, he had 28 saves on 29 shots.
* The play got a little choppy in the second half of the last stanza. With Lauka Hennault in the box for a questionable shot by Lycksell, the Flyers opened up a 5-1 lead. Lixel made a shot for Attard from the left point and the defender just beat goalkeeper Boyko.
* The Flyers went 5-for-5 on the penalty kill with an outright kill — including a shorthanded chance — on the penultimate penalty kill of the game. Philly had a short power play in the final 18.9 seconds of the game.