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EHL Premier Semifinals: Monarchs, Little Flyers earn trip to final series

EHL Premier Update: Little Flyers, Monarchs meet for title

The Philadelphia Little Flyers and New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs made the most of home ice advantage, sweeping their best-of-three semifinal series. The Flyers knocked off the Walpole Express and the Monarchs capped the Connecticut Oilers.

The best-of-five championship series begins Sunday night at The Iceworks in Aston, PA and shifts to Tri-Town Arena in Hookset, NH for Game Three on Friday, March 25. The Flyers won the only regular-season meeting between the teams, 3-2, on Jan. 16.

Flyers slow the Express

All the scoring in Game One took place in the second period with Oleg Potemkin’s tally at 11:32 breaking a 1-1 tie and standing as the game-winner. Tim Thurnau gave Walpole a 1-0 lead at 6:24 of the period and Philly’s Mitch Ossowski matched it at 10:47. Walpole’s Connor Rodericks turned back 25 shots and Brock Thompson stopped 18 for the Flyers.

The Flyers were in complete control of Game Two, building a 38-23 edge in shots in a 4-0 victory. Tyler Pietrowski scored at 4:44 of the first period for the ultimate series-clincher then tacked on an empty-netter in the third. Pavel Mikhasenok (ppg) and Adem Arifi scored 34 seconds apart in the second period. Sam Kany had the shutout while Rodericks (34 saves) had another strong game in goal for Walpole.

Monarchs burn the Oilers

Goalie Kyle Madore was the difference, stopping 59 of 62 shots as the Monarchs rolled by scores of 6-2 and 5-1.

Leading 3-2 in the third period of Game One, New Hampshire pulled away with three unanswered tallies. Noah Batis (two goals, assist) and Connor Powell (goal, two assists) led the way on offense. Matt Quercia, Scott Mulligan and CJ Grinnell also scored. Todd Jackson and Keegan Davis had the Oilers’ goals.

In Game Two, Quercia (assist) and Ross Delabruere scored two goals apiece for New Hampshire and Connor Jewett had one. Jeff Thompson netted the lone Oilers’ tally.

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