Ersson Makes 35 Saves as Flyers Ground Jets

After a comeback win in Minnesota the previous night, the Philadelphia Flyers went to Winnipeg Saturday night to face the league-leading Jets. The Flyers were without center Sean Couturier (undisclosed lower-body injury) and the newly acquired Jamie Drysdale, who is day to day. Winnipeg was going into this game without center Mark Scheifele and winger Kyle Connor, two of their top performers this season. The Jets were coming into this game on an eight-game winning streak, a franchise record. Philadelphia would need to bring their best game to top Winnipeg. Samuel Ersson makes 35 saves as the Flyers ground the Jets.


Coming off the game the previous night, Philadelphia would lean on backup goaltender Samuel Ersson to man the crease. He would not disappoint, making 35 saves on his way to his third shutout this season. A solid performance in net for the 24-year-old netminder. He has really made a full turnaround from his form at the beginning of the season. He would face a hailstorm of shots from a potent Winnipeg offense and handle it all. Partnering with a Flyers defense that blocked 22 shots was a completely defensive game. To help the defense, the Flyer’s offense would lend a hand behind an unlikely performance.

Flyers forward Cam Atkinson had gone 26 games without scoring a goal going into last night’s game. He got off the schneid in Winnipeg, scoring two goals to help his team get the win. Atkinson scored his ninth and tenth goals of the year, one of which was on the powerplay. It was great to see Cam getting on the board for Philadelphia, who sit at third in their division and fifth in the conference currently. Atkinson’s goals were that “right place, right time” for the Flyers forward. Assist on the goals went to Joel Farabee, Cam York, Ryan Poehling, and Morgan Frost. The youth of this Flyers club is beginning to shine a bit brighter as we reach the All-Star break.

Flyers on Fire

This was one of the most complete wins the Flyers have had this season. Getting two wins in a back-to-back is big to keep position in a tight Eastern Conference. With the All-Star break not too far off, beating one of the best teams in the league is a great statement to make. Philadelphia seems to have found a bit of a groove right around the midway point of the season. The Flyers will now have a day to rest before they take on the Blues in St. Louis.

Austin Hamell
Austin Hamell

Austin is the host of The Attacking Third (Tuesday nights at 9 pm). His passion for soccer started in the early 2000s because of his brother and father’s influence. He is a dedicated fan of all Philly sports and also is a fan of gaming.