History at the Wells Fargo Center, Unfortunately

History at the Wells Fargo Center was made, but not in a good way. The Philadelphia Flyers (13-19-8) dropped their tenth in a row for the second time of this nightmarish season. The Columbus Blue Jackets (18-18-1) did the honors with a 2-1 victory.

“We can try to beat them down and get mad at them. I think when you’re doing that, you’re trying to motivate them. I don’t think motivation is an issue,” Yeo said. “We’re being challenged. We have to rise up to the challenge and find a way to be better and we have to find a way to overcome it.”

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After a scoreless opening period, the Blue Jackets got on the board at 11:53 of the second period. This is off a Boone Jenner, Sean Kuraly set up that Oliver Bjorkstram buried for his 12th. The Wells Fargo Center crowd fell silent. The stanza came to its conclusion and the crowd began to thin out.

Now What?

The lead doubled with Jenner getting his second point. Dean Kukan did the work that was converted by Patrick Laine and with 14:10 to play, the outcome seemed to be apparent.

Showing some fight, Gerry Mayhew hit the net off a shot that looked like it came from Broad Street. The goal marked the first for Mayhew with helpers going to Scott Laughton and Rasmus Ristolainen. With 6:20 to play, there was a light at the end of the tunnel. The light was turned off by Columbus net-minder, Elvis Merlikens who stopped 33 shots.

Backstory

Flyers management had to notice the attendance issue. Many of the “good seats” were either empty or vacated before game’s end. The worst thing for any sports team is fan apathy. Empty seats aren’t paying any bills. History at the Wells Fargo Center is going to haunt this team.

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Prior to the game, Jake Voracek wandered into the Philadelphia locker room. Flyers GM, Chuck Fletcher presented the former Flyer with a crystal to celebrate Voracek playing 1000 games, with 727 as a member of the Flyers. Voracek was treated to a wonderful video tribute and received a warm reception from the fans. “That video was nice. The ovation was beautiful from the fans, so thank you for that,” he said.

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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