Flyers Can’t Weather Storm, Buried by Avalanche 7-4

After a winter storm rolled through the city of Philadelphia on Friday, the Flyers faced a storm of their own Saturday afternoon in the form of the Colorado Avalanche. Both teams were sitting in second place in their respective divisions, going into play on a cold day in the City of Brotherly Love. Unfortunately, the Flyers can’t weather the storm this night.

The Flyers had Carter Hart between the pipes for the matchup, while the Avalanche sent Alexander Georgiev to the crease for their side. Philadelphia was riding momentum after a win against the Dallas Stars that featured a goal-of-the-year candidate off the stick of Owen Tippett.

To the Action

The opening period would see the Flyers playing on their heels due to Colorado’s potent and aggressive attack. Goals by Logan O’Connor and Mikko Rantanen saw Philadelphia go down 2-0 and search for an answer. The goal by O’Connor looked to be kicked in, but after video review, it was deemed that what was thought to be a distinct kicking motion was caused by Flyers defenseman Travis Sanheim bumping the Avalanche forward. With his assist on Rantanen’s goal, Colorado forward Nathan MacKinnon reached 50 assists on the year. MacKinnon would make his presence known throughout the game, notching two goals and three assists for five total points on the afternoon.

The Flyers would battle back in the second and third period but could not weather the storm as Colorado would pour on five more goals throughout the rest of the game, taking the fight out of Philadelphia in the remaining 40 minutes. Goals by Joel Farabee, Travis Konecny, Tyson Foerster, and Cam Atkinson would give the Flyers a shot at battling back into the game, but a powerplay goal by Mikko Rantanen and an empty net goal by Logan O’Connor would both complete the hat trick for the undrafted Avalanche forward and put the game out of reach for Philadelphia.

Coming Up Short

Philadelphia put up a strong fight but could not weather the storm that was the Colorado Avalanche. However, Philadelphia would have to let the loss roll off their back as they welcome former Flyer Claude Giroux and the Ottawa Senators on Sunday at 1 pm. Despite the loss, Philadelphia is sitting in second place in the Metropolitan division and is holding strong in the conference leading up to the All-Star break. With the team playing well above expectations, the break at the beginning of February could mean a good reset for the team heading into the second half of the season.

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.

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