Flyers Country: Streaking on the ice

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Eric Wellwood made his NHL debut with the Flyers Monday night. (Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

Eric Wellwood made his NHL debut with the Flyers Monday night. (Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

Eric Wellwood, the rookie from the Adirondack Phantoms, made his NHL debut Monday night for the Philadelphia Flyers as one of the replacements for Danny Briere, who is suspended three games, and Andreas Nodl, who is day-to-day with an upper body injury. The 20-year-old played on the wing with James van Riemsdyk and Mike Richards. The sixth-round draft pick from 2009 had came close to scoring his first goal on a few occasions and tallied six shots on net, the most by any player on either team. He played almost 14 minutes in the game.

The Phantoms signed winger Denis Hamel to a Professional Tryout on Monday. Hamel has scored 290 goals in 790 AHL games with the Binghamton Senators and Rochester Americans. He also has scored 19 goals in 192 NHL games with the Buffalo Sabres, Ottawa Senators, Atlanta Thrashers and Philadelphia.

Greenville Road Warrior‘s Nic Riopel was named Reebok Hockey ECHL Goaltender of the Week for the week of Oct. 25-31 on Tuesday afternoon. During that week, Riopel went 2-0-0-0 with a 1.50 goals-against average and .944 save-percentage in a 4-1 and 5-2 victory Friday and Saturday against the South Carolina Stingrays.

On Friday, goaltender Dov Grumet-Morris returned to the Road Warriors after being loaned the the Hartford Wolf-Pack of the AHL.


The Flyers continued their winning ways, defeating the Carolina Hurricanes Monday night, 3-2. Sergei Bobrovsky started in net for the fourth consecutive game and continues to look strong. Wellwood was a call-up from the Phantoms and Nikolay Zherdev returned to the lineup as replacements for Briere and Nodl. Oskars Bartulis replaced Andrej Meszaros, who is day-to-day with an upper body injury.

12:29 of the 1st: PHI Scott Hartnell (3) – Assists: Jeff Carter (5) & Ville Leino (8)
03:05 of the 2nd: CAR Patrick Dwyer (3) – Assists: Jeff Skinner (5)
11:21 of the 2nd: PHI Claude Giroux, PPG (7) – Assists: Mike Richards (9)
06:30 of the 3rd: PHI Scott Hartnell (4) – Assists: Kimmo Timonen (4) & Jeff Carter (6)

19:33 of the 3rd: CAR Joe Corvo (1) – Assists: Brent Sutter (2) & Tuomo Ruutu (4)

(W) PHI Sergei Bobrovsky (6-2-0): 26 saves on 28 shots – 59:58 TOI
(L) CAR Justin Peters (0-2-0): 34 saves on 37 shots – 58:46 TOI

The Flyers’ hot streak didn’t end Thursday night when they faced the rival New York Rangers for the first time since the shootout that sent the Rangers golfing for the summer. The Flyers ended New York’s two-game win streak with a 4-1 win, extending their own win streak to five. Meszaros returned to the lineup after missing Monday’s game with an injury. Bobrovsky became the third rookie goaltender in franchise history to win five straight games. The record is held by Pelle Lindbergh with seven.

01:53 of the 2nd: NYR Brandon Dubinsky, PPG (8) – Assists: Michael Del Zotto (4) & Michael Rozsival (6)
05:12 of the 2nd: PHI Mike Richards, PPG (2) – Assists: Claude Giroux (6) & Ville Leino (9)
09:32 of the 2nd: PHI Blair Betts (3) – Assists: None
15:20 of the 2nd: PHI Nikolay Zherdev (3) – Assists: Claude Giroux (7)
03:07 of the 3rd: PHI Chris Pronger, PPG (3) – Assists: Kimmo Timonen (5) & Scott Hartnell (5)

(W) PHI Sergei Bobrovsky (7-2-0): 20 saves on 21 shots – 59:12 TOI
(L) NYR Henrik Lundqvist (5-4-1): 17 saves on 21 shots – 60:00 TOI

The Flyers faced the New York Islanders for the second time in four games Saturday night, but Bobrovsky stood tall in net and the Flyers skated out of Long Island with a 2-1 victory and their sixth consecutive win. Nodl returned to the lineup and scored the game-winning goal with a little over five minutes remaining in the game. Wellwood assisted on Nodl’s goal for his first NHL point. Van Riemsdyk was a healthy scratch.

18:52 of the 1st: PHI Mike Richards (3) – Assists: Chris Pronger (3)
07:31 of the 2nd: NYI Matt Moulson, PPG (6) – Assists: James Wisniewski (10) & Dwayne Roloson (1)
14:35 of the 3rd: PHI Andreas Nodl (3) – Assists: Eric Wellwood (1) & Mike Richards (10)

(W) PHI Sergei Bobrovsky (8-2-0): 31 saves on 32 shots – 60:00 TOI
(L) NYI Dwayne Roloson (2-5-0): 24 saves on 26 shots – 58:28 TOI

The Phantoms fell to the Portland Pirates, 5-2, for their eighth consecutive loss. New Phantom, Hamel, scored his first goal of the season.

15:47 of the 1st: POR Dennis Persson (1) – Assists: Mark Parrish & Matt Ellis
17:00 of the 1st: ADK David Laliberte, PPG (2) – Assists: Erik Gustafsson & Joonas Lehtivuori
06:03 of the 2nd: POR Dennis McCauley (3) – Assists: Corey Tropp & Brian Roloff
02:07 of the 3rd: POR Luke Adam, PPG (10) – Assists: Matt Ellis & Mark Mancari
05:17 of the 3rd: POR Matt Ellis, SHG (3) – Assists: Brian Roloff
09:33 of the 3rd: ADK Denis Hamel (1) – Assists: Marc-Andre Bourdon & Erik Gustafsson
11:58 of the 3rd: POR Mark Parrish (4) – Assists: Nick Crawford & Paul Byron

(L) ADK Johan Backlund (2-7-1-0): 14 saves on 19 shots – 60:00 TOI
(W) POR David Leggio (6-0-0-0): 28 saves on 30 shots – 60:00 TOI

The Phantoms put Brian Stewart in net to try and change the Phantoms’ fortune, but to no avail. They lost their ninth straight game, falling 7-3 to the Senators. Hamel scored for his second straight game since coming to Adirondack.

11:52 of the 1st: BNG Colin Greening (2) – Assists: Bobby Butler & Corey Locke
01:35 of the 2nd: BNG Corey Locke (4) – Assists: Colin Greening & Bobby Butler
13:26 of the 2nd: ADK Denis Hamel, PPG (2) – Assists: David Laliberte & Joonas Lehtivuori
16:29 of the 2nd: BNG Ryan Keller, PPG (5) – Kaspars Daugavins & Corey Locke
17:00 of the 2nd: BNG Craig Schira (1) – Assists: Roman Wick & Jim O’Brien
18:47 of the 2nd: BNG Mike Hoffman (1) – Assists: Andre Benoit & Derek Smith
03:00 of the 3rd: BNG Ryan Keller (6) – Assists: Kaspars Daugavins & Eric Gryba
05:25 of the 3rd: BNG Bobby Butler (6) – Assists: Colin Greening & Corey Locke
06:43 of the 3rd: ADK Jon Kalinski, PPG (4) – Assists: Ben Holmstrom & Erik Gustafsson
13:27 of the 3rd: ADK Denis Hamel (3) – Assists: Greg Moore

(L) ADK Brian Stewart (0-3-0-0): 29 saves on 36 shots – 60:00 TOI
(W) BNG Barry Brust (4-2-1-1): 37 saves on 40 shots – 60:00 TOI

The Road Warriors picked up where they left off after their five days off with a win over the Gwinnett Gladiators, 3-1. Riopel has now gone three straight games allowing only two goals or less.

16:53 of the 1st: GWT Michael Forney (1) – Assists: Matt Francis & Tim Miller
02:38 of the 2nd: GRN Brendan Connolly (3) – Assists: Chris Morehouse & Sean Berkstresser
04:02 of the 3rd: GRN Justin Bowers (2) – Assists: Blake Parlett & Julien Brouillette
18:08 of the 3rd: GRN Marc-Olivier Vallerand (2) – Assists: Mark Voakes

(W) GRN Nic Riopel (4-1-1-0): 31 saves on 32 shots – 60:00 TOI
(L) GWT Chris Carrozzi (4-1-0-1): 34 saves on 37 shots – 60:00 TOI

Greenville’s three-game win streak was cut short Saturday night against Gwinnett after a 5-3 loss. Justin Bowers scored his third and fourth goal of the season.

09:14 of the 1st: GRN Justin Bowers, PPG (3) – Assists: Mark Voakes & Marc-Olivier Vallerand
04:04 of the 2nd: GWT Ryan Garbutt, PPG (7) – Assists: Derek Nesbitt & Drew Paris
07:32 of the 2nd: GWT Derek Nesbitt, PPG (7) – Assists: Danick Paquette & Ryan Garbutt
16:03 of the 2nd: GWT Ryan Garbutt (8) – Assists: Michael Forney & Will Colbert
04:29 of the 3rd: GRN Justin Bowers (4) – Assists: Mark Voakes
19:22 of the 3rd: GWT Paul Flache, PPG (2) – Assists: Michael Forney & Andy Brandt
13:21 of the 3rd: GWT Dan Kissel (2) – Assists: Ryan Garbutt
14:04 of the 3rd: GRN TJ Reynolds (1) – Assists: Sean Berkstresster & Connor Shields

(L) GRN Nic Riopel (4-2-1-0): 43 saves on 48 shots – 09:00 TOI
(W) GWT Chris Carrozzi (5-1-0-1): 25 saves on 28 shots – 60:00 TOI


The Flyers face the Washington Capitals for the first time this season when they face off Sunday. They have a three-day break before heading down to Carolina to take on the Hurricanes for the second time in two weeks and then return home for a game Saturday against the Florida Panthers.

The Phantoms enjoy a four-day break before their three-game homestand Thursday, Friday and Saturday against the Toronto Marlies, Norfolk Admirals and Abbotsford Heat, respectively.

The Road Warriors continue their weekend full of games Sunday when they play the Gladiators for the third consecutive game. They get three days of rest before three straight games Thursday, Friday and Saturday, all at home against the Florida Everblades.


Philadelphia Flyers
9-4-1 — 19 pts (1st in Atlantic, 1st in Eastern Conference)

Adirondack Phantoms
2-10-1-0 — 5 pts (8th in East Division, 15th in Eastern Conference)

Greenville Road Warriors
4-2-1-0 — 9 pts (3rd in South Division, 6th in Eastern Conference)


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