Calgary Burns Flyers in Shootout

The synopsis of Saturday’s Flyers Matinee against the visiting Calgary Flames can be recorded in one simple letter, “F”!

Not thinking of a certain word, but, it can be inserted after the Shootout. “F” would symbolize, Futility, frustration, and failure.

Two struggling teams would meet up in the Wells Fargo with the Philly boys coming off an impressive show against Carolina.

Calgary, on the other hand, were entrenched in a tailspin for the ages.

Having gone winless in six games, and notching a grand total of 3 goals in five tilts and an unworldly streak of 357:54 without holding a lead. The only statistical entries were penalties. Each team was called for a single minor each.

Both netminders were relatively untested with Carter Hart (Flyers) and David Rittich (Calgary) each easily handling eight shots apiece.

Travis Sanheim and Sean Couturier set the stage for a historic goal when the assisted on the 200th career goal from Jakob Vorachek. Vorachek scored off a sweet wrister to put the home team in front 1-0 at the 13:26 mark.

How futile was Calgary? The Flames only managed 3 shots on goal in the stanza.

Whatever was going wrong for Calgary, changes thrust to the forefront and the frustration was torched with an Andrew Mangiapane marker at the 1:01.

Mangiapane got vindicated for clanging a sure goal off the post in the second.

Calgary, still snakebitten, could not get to the heart of the matter against Carter Hart.

Kevin Hayes took advantage of a Rittich misplay and put Philadelphia up, 2-1 with just 3:46 to play and it appeared Calgary would continue to drink the bitter vetch of defeat.

Elias Lindholm would have none of that and found the net behind Hart to knot it up at 2-2 with only 1:23 remaining.

The five minute overtime proved fruitless and the teams went to the Shootout.

The Calgary leadless streak moved to 404:54 but, the Flames shrugged that off and Matthew Tkaczuk would nail the golden goal to stem some Calgary angst with the 3-2 victory.

Game With the Game: Shots on Goal favored the Orange and Black,39-27 and Philly dominated faceoffs, winning  60%. This contest marked Philadelphia’s league-leading 8th Shootout game.

A testament to depth? Philadelphia used no fewer than nine players on face-offs  Kevin Hayes led the way with a 10 for 14 performance.

Next Flyer game is Monday, November 25 against Vancouver.

Gary Groob
Gary Groob

Gary Groob has been involved with Lacrosse for the majority of his life, whether playing, coaching, or covering the sport for the media.

An avid fan, with a real drive about helping to “grow the game”, Gary became part of podcasts about the game in 2010. Through the podcasts, Mr. Groob was given an opportunity to write about lacrosse, and the rest as they say, is history.

Through many miles (flying and driving) Gary has made inroads with the National Lacrosse League, Major Series Lacrosse League, the Ontario Lacrosse Association, as well as the Arena Lacrosse League, covering the leagues, their teams, and players, working for, and in concert with all of them.

In the year 2020, Mr. Groob was made the media person for the Arena Lacrosse League, voted onto the board of directors of the Brampton Excelsiors Lacrosse Club, as well as being made administrator of the Lacrosse page “Global Lacrosse” with a membership of 9000 members in over 90 Countries. Gary was also made an administrator of Lacrosse History Past Present and Future in 2022.

Mr. Groob co-hosts a weekly Lacrosse show on Spanglish Sports World, and ZingoTV channel 250, as well as writes a weekly lacrosse column for La Portada Canada News (both in print, and online).

Gary also hosts a Lacrosse talk show and podcast for The Edge of Philly Sports Network, seen live Sunday nights at 9pm (ET), and archived on the Edge of Philly YouTube page, as well as Spotify.

Mr. Groob’s other sports interests include Hockey, Football, Boxing, Wrestling, and Baseball, competing competitively in Boxing and Wrestling for many years.



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