Flyers Drop a 6-3 Game to Colorado

The Philadelphia Flyers (21-33-11) went into Colorado to take on the Colorado Avalanche (46-14-5)..

The Avalanche controlled play from whistle to whistle with a 6-3 cake walk.

The Colorado defense were the big story. Makar’s second goal, a blinding wrister gave him the franchise record of goals in a season by a defenseman at 24.

Sandis Ozolinsh held the record since 1996-97.

McDermid’s goal was the 54th by a Colorado defensemen to eclipse the mark set by the 1992-93 when the team was located in Quebec.

Fast and Furious…for Colorado, First

Philadelphia got caught in an Avalanche. A Colorado Avalanche.

A 4-1 Blitz generated by Nazem Kadri’s 25th off assists from Erik Johnson and J.T..Compher put Colorado in front at 7:20.

Things were looking up when, at 13:02, James van Riemsdyk evened the score with his 16th courtesy of Cam Atkinson, and the consistent, Joel Farabee.

That would be the highlight for Philadelphia in the period, with Colorado posting goals at 13:46 (Cale Makar), 16:17 ( J.T. Compher) and at 18:06 (Mikko Rantanen) to end a very one sided period with a 4-1 Avalanche lead.

To the Second

The pace normalized in the middle stanza but not before Colorado tacked on another.

Kurtis MacDermid potted his third from Darren Heim and Andrew Cogligno at the 12:19 mark.

Zach MacEwen stopped the deluge with his 2nd arranged by Cam York with :42 remaining to shut the door on the period with Colorado still having a three goal advantage, 5-2.

To the Final Period

Could a come back be possible? Max Willman connected off a Travis Sanheim feed for his third of the season and with 7:56 to play.

In the time it took to write that sentence, Colorado went right back to work with Makar nailing his second of the night assisted by Mikko Rantanen to get the Colorado lead back to three at 6-3.

Rhat is how the game would conclude.

Odds and Ends:

• Colorado had a heavy advantage in shots, 51-31.

• Carter Hart was under pressure all game long but made 45 saves. His opponent, Pavel Francour had 29 saves.

• Hart had a rough start with a goal bouncing in off his mask.

• Colorado bounced back after a home loss against Vancouver on Wednesday.

“You’ve got to keep getting better, can’t be satisfied and complacent. If you get comfortable, things can turn on you real quick.” Avalanche Defenseman, Jack Johnson.

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.