Flyers Country: We’ve got stars

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Brendan Connolly set the standard for plus-minus in the ECHL in November. (ECHL)

Brendan Connolly set the standard for plus-minus in the ECHL in November. (ECHL)

Flyers goaltender Michael Leighton, who has been sidelined after back surgery on a herniated disk, was sent to the Phantoms on a six-day conditioning assignment on Sunday. Leighton will start both games for the Phantoms this weekend.

Flyers rookie sensation Sergei Bobrovsky was named NHL Rookie of the Month for November on Thursday.

Phantoms’ goaltender Johan Backlund has been diagnosed as having a high-ankle sprain. No timetable has been given on how long he will be out.

Phantoms forwards Mike Testwuide and Michael Ryan are both listed as day-to-day.

Cullen Eddy, who spent four games with the Phantoms, was sent back to Greenville on Wednesday.

Greenville’s Brendan Connolly was named the AMI Graphics ECHL Plus Performer of the Month for November on Wednesday with his league-leading rating of plus-12. In 13 of the 14 games in November, Connolly was even or better in plus-minus. AMI Graphics will present him with a personalized Plus Performer of the Month banner during a ceremony in an upcoming home game.

On Friday, Connolly was also named the Reebok Hockey ECHL Player of the Month for his stellar 18 points (9G, 9A), which led the Road Warriors.


For the second time this season, the Flyers have dropped three consecutive games. Tim Thomas denied the Flyers a single goal en route to his fifth shutout of the year as the Bruins won, 3-0, in Philadelphia. The power play continues to struggle for the Flyers, who are now running along at 16.5-percent – 15th in the league.

05:40 of the 1st: BOS Patrice Bergeron, PPG (4) – Assists: None
15:12 of the 1st: BOS Tyler Seguin (5) – Assists: Michael Ryder & Brad Marchand (6)
18:12 of the 3rd: BOS Milan Lucic, EN (11) – Assists: David Krejci (11)

(L) PHI Sergei Bobrovsky (12-4-2): 29 saves on 31 shots – 58:34 TOI
(W) BOS Tim Thomas (12-2-1): 41 saves on 41 shots – 60:00 TOI

Looking to get back in the win column, the Flyers faced the New Jersey Devils Saturday afternoon. The offense came alive again as they beat the Devils, 5-3. Though the power play still continues to struggle, the big names of Mike Richards, Danny Briere, Claude Giroux, Jeff Carter and James van Riemsdyk put themselves back on the scoresheet. The Devils made it interesting in the last 90 seconds when Patrik Elias scored on the power play, but Carter’s empty-net goal sealed the win for Philadelphia.

03:02 of the 1st: NJD Ilya Kovalchuk, PPG (5) – Assists: Jamie Langenbrunner (7) & Patrik Elias (13)
03:19 of the 1st: PHI James van Riemsdyk (4) – Assists: Mike Richards (17) & Andreas Nodl (5)
12:55 of the 1st: NJD Travis Zajac (3) – Assists: Jamie Langenbrunne (8) & Colin White (1)
00:58 of the 2nd: PHI Claude Giroux (13) – Assists: Darroll Powe (7) & Jeff Carter (9)
03:37 of the 3rd: PHI Mike Richards (10) – Assists: Chris Pronger (10) & Matt Carle (9)
08:07 of the 3rd: PHI Danny Briere (13) – Assists: Jeff Carter (10) & Matt Carle (10)
19:16 of the 3rd: NJD Patrik Elias, PPG (4) – Assists: Travis Zajac (8) & Jason Arnott (5)
19:58 of the 3rd: PHI Jeff Carter, EN (12) – Assists: None

(W) PHI Sergei Bobrovsky (13-4-2): 23 saves on 26 shots – 60:00 TOI
(L) NJD Johan Hedberg (4-5-1): 29 saves on 33 shots – 58:48 TOI

For the second consecutive game, the Phantoms were shutout. This time it was a 3-0 loss to the new Connecticut Whale Sunday night. The Phantoms and Nic Riopel held the Whale off the score sheet until they finally broke loose and scored 3 goals in the final frame. The Phantoms have lost 18 of their last 19 games and short of shipping out half the team, there does not seem to be much hope left.

04:31 of the 3rd: CT Kris Newbury (2) – Assists: Mats Zuccarello & Chad Kolarik
09:11 of the 3rd: CT Evgeny Grachev (2) – Assists: Oren Eizenman & Jeremy Williams
17:26 of the 3rd: CT Chad Kolarik (9) – Assists: Mats Zuccarello & Kris Newbury

(L) ADK Nic Riopel (0-4-0-0): 18 saves on 21 shots – 58:20 TOI
(W) CT Cameron Talbot (2-2-0-1): 25 saves on 25 shots – 60:00 TOI

The Phantoms received new help from Flyers goaltender Leighton on his conditioning stint Saturday night, but even he couldn’t save the Adirondack from the same old fate. Leighton kept the team in the game with a 1-1 tie late into the third period, but the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins scored 2 goals in 1:46 within the last five minutes of the game. The Phantoms tried to rally after Ben Holmstrom scored a power play goal with 1:40 left, but they could not tie it up in time and they lost their ninth consecutive game.

08:01 of the 1st: ADK Eric Wellwood (6) – Assists: Andrew Rowe & Dan Jancevski
18:05 of the 1st: WBS Dustin Jeffrey (13) – Assists: Eric Tangradi & Robert Bortuzzo
15:00 of the 3rd: WBS Tim Wallace (9) – Assists: Corey Potter & Dustin Jeffrey
16:46 of the 3rd: WBS Eric Tangradi (5) – Assists: Carl Sneep & Robert Bortuzzo
18:20 of the 3rd: ADK Ben Holmstrom, PPG (5) – Assists: Denis Hamel & Danny Syvret

(L) ADK Michael Leighton (0-1-0-0): 26 saves on 29 shots – 58:21 TOI
(W) WBS John Curry (9-2-0-0): 22 saves on 24 shots – 60:00 TOI

The Road Warriors won their fourth straight game Sunday night with a 2-0 victory against the Wheeling Nailers to finish off the month of November on a high note. Dov Grumet-Morris recorded his first shutout of his ECHL career.

02:09 of the 1st: GRN Mark Voakes (7) – Assists: Jimmy Kilpatrick & Trevor Glass
09:41 of the 3rd: GRN Brendan Connolly, SHG (11) – Assists: Paul McIlveen

(W) GRN Dov Grumet-Morris (5-2-0-0): 33 saves on 33 shots – 60:00 TOI
(L) WHL Mattais Modig (1-6-0-0): 25 saves on 27 shots – 58:07 TOI

The Road Warriors faced the Gwinnett Gladiators for the fourth time this season Thursday night, and this time, they skated away with a decisive 7-1 win. Grumet-Morris lost his bid for a second consecutive shutout when Sam Roberts scored on the power play early in the third period. Greenville went 3-for-6 on the power play. Rookie Brandon Wong had a 3 point night (1G, 2A). Gwinnett pulled goaltender Chris Carrozzi during the second intermission after allowing 5 goals on 21 shots.

13:16 of the 1st: GRN Julien Brouillette, PPG (9) – Assists: Blake Parlett & Justin Bowers
11:59 of the 2nd: GRN Mark Voakes (8) – Assists: Justin Bowers & Jimmy Kilpatrick
12:45 of the 2nd: GRN Marc-Olivier Vallerand, PPG (10) – Assists: Brandon Wong & Brendan Connolly
16:59 of the 2nd: GRN Blake Parlett, PPG (3) – Assists: Kimmy Kilpatrick & Mark Voakes
18:44 of the 2nd: GRN Brandon Wong (3) – Assists: Chris Chappell & Connor Shields
04:31 of the 3rd: GWT Sam Roberts, PPG (2) – Assists: Michael Forney & Aaron Bendickson
09:49 of the 3rd: GRN Brendan Connolly (12) – Assists: Sam Klassen & Brandon Wong
10:53 of the 3rd: GRN Marc-Olivier Vallerand, SHG (11) – Assists: None

(W) GRN Dov Grumet-Morris (6-2-0-0): 21 saves on 22 shots – 60:00 TOI
(L) GWT Chris Carrozzi (7-3-0-3): 16 saves on 21 shots – 40:00 TOI
GWT Billy Sauer (5-2-0-1): 7 saves on 9 shots – 20:00 TOI

Grumet-Morris recorded his second career shutout against the South Carolina Stingrays, 2-0, Saturday night. Greenville, with their sixth consecutive win, has moved into first place in the South Division and Eastern Conference.

10:45 of the 2nd: GRN Justin Bowers (8) – Assists: Jimmy Kilpatrick
08:14 of the 3rd: GRN Paul McIlveen, PPG (3) – Assists: Kimmy Kilpatrick & Julien Brouillette

(W) GRN Dov Grumet-Morris (7-2-0-0): 26 saves on 26 shots – 60:00 TOI
(L) SC Todd Ford (3-3-0-0): 26 saves on 28 shots – 58:38 TOI


The Flyers take a trip up to Long Island to face the New York Islanders Sunday afternoon and return home for a game against the San Jose Sharks Wednesday. They then hit the road for games against the Toronto Maple Leafs Thursday and Boston Saturday.

The Phantoms head down to Atlantic City to take on the Albany Devils Sunday and then have a four-day break. They get back to work Friday away at the Syracuse Crunch and return home Saturday to face the Portland Pirates.

The Road Warriors finish the weekend Sunday against Gwinnett before a three-game trip against the Florida Everblades Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.


Philadelphia Flyers
16-7-4 – 36 pts (2nd in Atlantic Division, 4th in Eastern Conference)

Adirondack Phantoms
3-19-2-0 – 8 pts (8th in East Division, 15th in Eastern Conference)

Greenville Road Warriors
15-5-1-0 – 31 pts (1st in South Division, 1st in Eastern Conference)


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