The Philadelphia Flyers Junior Hockey Team, secured a spot in the USPHL Finals on Saturday afternoon with a 3-2 victory over the Islanders Hockey Club. The team will now head to Marlboro, MA where they will take on the top seeded Jersey Hitmen. The winner of the series will receive the USPHL’s Dineen Cup, given to the United States Premier Hockey League’s champion each year.
The series will be played as part of the Beantown Classic, an annual event hosted just outside of Boston featuring some of the best junior hockey team’s in the country. Ticket information for the series can be found on the Beantown Classic’s official website, beatownclassic.com. Tickets can also be purchased at the event, leading up to and on game day.
The Championship series will begin on Wednesday, March 11, with a 4:40 PM start, and will continue with games on Thursday, March 12 and Friday March 13, being played at 5:10 PM and 1:50 PM respectively.
Currently the Flyers boast four of the league’s top ten point scorers, with Mantua, NJ native, Trevor Gooch, leading the way. Gooch leads the USPHL in goals scored with 35 and stands as a strong candidate for MVP honors this season.
Two other major contributors to the Flyers this season, with “Flyers lineage” are goaltender Jeff Hextall and defenseman Nick Horacek, relatives of legendary Flyers goaltender and current GM Ron Hextall and former Flyers left-winger Tony Horacek respectively. Also highlighting the Flyers’ playoff run is newly added forward Chase Hatcher who since being added back on January 3rd, has amassed 10 points in 13 games.
Local players have begun to blossom within the Flyers organization, which is in just its second season operations as a member of the United States Premier Hockey League (USPHL). Junior Hockey features athletes ranging from 16-21 years of age and serves as a platform for future hockey stars to attain Division I college commitments and be scouted by NHL organizations. The USPHL currently boasts over 70 Division I College commits, cementing itself as the “premier” junior hockey league in the eastern United States.
Team President Pat Ferrill discussed the impact that the USPHL can have on young hockey stars stating that “the league’s footprint falls in a hotbed of Division I hockey, overlapping a large percentage of college’s boasting Division I ice hockey programs.”