VORHEES, N.J. – The Philadelphia Flyers and New York Rangers each earned a win on the road over the weekend as the two teams squared off in prospect tournament action on Saturday and Sunday. The teams dueled over the two games with a similar storyline, with the opening frame being favored for Philadelphia and the middle stanza belonging to New York, and each team finding a way to win in the third period. Both rosters featured a few players expected to make an impact with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms and the Hartford Wolf Pack this season, the top affiliates of the Flyers and Rangers, respectively.
Saturday’s contest opened with a barrage of goals from the Flyers prospects to open strongly. Tyson Foerster continued his strong professional debut from an early AHL appearance in Lehigh Valley last season with two goals and one from Linus Sandin. In the second, Patrick Khodorenko, Lauri Pajuniemi, and Morgan Barron had the goals for the Rangers to even the scoring at three, but a goal from Philadelphia’s Morgan Frost proved to be the game-winner. In the third, Sandin and Ethan Samson added insurance goals for a 6-3 decision for the Flyers. One highlight of the game was a fight between top Flyers prospect Wade Allison and New York’s Matthew Rempe, as the big 6-foot-8 Rangers prospect drew the ire of the forward who played 14 games for the Flyers this past season and is arguably their biggest forward prospect.
“I didn’t like that hit at the beginning,” Allison told the media after the game. “There’s no need for that. I thought it was a cheap hit, so I’m just standing up for my teammates.”
Game two moved to the Flyers’ practice facility in Vorhees, New Jersey, and the Flyers similarly brought their best game in the first period, scoring goals back-to-back from Cam York and Dylan Strome and taking a 2-0 lead to the room after one frame. The Rangers would fight back in the second, with two goals from Will Cuylle evening the count at two apiece. Cuylle was selected in the second round, 60th overall by the Rangers in the 2020 NHL Entry Draft and skated in 18 games for the Hartford Wolf Pack last season. The game-winner came in the third from Nils Lundkvist, who beat Krill Ustimenko on the glove side to get the victory for the Rangers prospects.
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The loss for the Flyers also saw an early exit for Allison, who got tangled up with Braden Schneider and fell into the boards. Phantoms head coach Ian Laperriere didn’t have an update on his status during his postgame thoughts.
Next stop for both teams will be training camp, which opens later this week as preseason action looms. Laperriere mentioned in his postgame thoughts that Morgan Frost looks like an NHL player and he challenged the young forward with a lot of ice time. He hopes not to see him on the roster for the Lehigh Valley Phantoms this season.
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