Too Much to Handle Published on 10/31/2012 3:28:00 PM
The big guns are starting to heat up and the Valencia Flyers are looking like the team many thought they would be coming into the 2012-2013 season.
After hitting some early season bumps, the Flyers got back to their winning ways this past weekend, with a sweep of the Bay Area Seals at Ice Station Valencia.
A key reason for the success was the gigantic weekends from veteran forwards Austin Ehrlich and Eddie Keshishian, who notched 10 and 8 points respectively.
The Flyers came out to match the physical play of the Seals early in game one and did just that, banging the body early, which led to a plethora of Bay Area turnovers.
Through just over 10 minutes of play, the Flyers were up 3-0 on goals by Preston Nowak, Jacob Larsson and Lakoda Coleman.
After the Seals got within two late in the period, the home team then went on to score the game’s next four goals in an 8-2 route in the series opener.
Goaltender Jesper Sannerborg was also solid in net, as the Swedish-import picked up his first North American win.
The Los Angeles Kings game night entertainment crew was on-hand for the middle game of the series, as Jay Flats, Bailey and the Kings Ice Crew helped get a capacity crowd fired-up and the Flyers didn’t disappoint with their on-ice play.
Third-year forward Preston Nowak put on a show in the opening period, notching a natural hat-trick, with three goals in a span of about three minutes.
With the building jumping, the entire Flyers roster fed off of the momentum and took it to the Seals the entire night, as the top line of Nowak, Ehrlich and Hunter Jensen combined for 15 points, in a 9-2 Flyers clubbing of the Seals.
The finale of the series was the closest of the three, as the Seals were able to stick around for most of the first two periods of play, before the Flyers eventually pulled away with four third-period goals in a 6-1 victory and series sweep.
A pair of Russians, Kevin Antipov and Dmitriy Dementev, each tallied three points in the victory, as the Flyers won their fourth straight and climb all the way up to second in the Pacific Division standings.
The Flyers return to the road this weekend, as they travel to Ontario to take on the Avalanche on Friday night and head further south to San Diego on Saturday.
They will return home on Friday November 9 and Saturday November 10, to take on the same two aforementioned teams, on the same nights.
Be sure to watch both road games live, on fasthockey.com and get your hockey fix live at Ice Station on November 9 and 10.