November 8, 2014 |
Defenseman Michael Del Zotto was an unwanted free agent most of the summer, and he finally signed a one-year deal with the Flyers when Kimmo Timonen was sidelined with career-threatening blood clots. It's beginning to look like the best $1.3 million the Flyers have spent in a long time. After a shaky start to the season, Del Zotto has steadied himself, and he continued his strong all-around play Thursday night, helping the Flyers dominate Florida, 4-1, at the Wells Fargo Center.
November 2, 2014 |
SUNRISE, Fla. - After sitting out four games, No. 1 goalie Steve Mason was sharp in his return Saturday night. The Flyers weren't. Roberto Luongo made 36 saves and led Florida to a 2-1 win over the Flyers at the BB&T Center. Vinny Lecavalier, who missed the previous seven games with an ankle injury, scored with 7.4 seconds left, denying Luongo his 68th career shutout. "You try to find positives in kind of a negative situation," said Mason, now 0-4-1. "I was happy, for the most part, with the way my game went, but when the other goalie at the other end pretty much plays a perfect game, it's tough to come out on the winning side.
October 31, 2014 |
TAMPA, Fla. - When Shayne Gostisbehere took his seat aboard the Flyers' chartered flight bound for Florida yesterday afternoon, marking the launch of his first NHL road trip, it was just another milestone on a journey that began in Montreal in the 1940s. His grandfather, Denis Brodeur, grew up in Montreal but migrated to the land of opportunity in Florida at age 11 in 1955. Brodeur's love for the Canadiens, ingrained in all Montrealers, never left him. In 1955, the NHL was beyond an afterthought in South Florida.
October 15, 2014 |
DONOVAN MCNABB has company. Like the former Eagles quarterback, Panthers wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin admitted on Sunday that he didn't know a game could end in a tie. That explains the quizzical look he had when players started walking onto the field to shake hands with the scoreboard reading, Panthers 37, Bengals 37. "I was like, what? I was confused," Benjamin told the Charlotte Observer. "They had to explain what was going on. In a way, it still kind of felt like a loss.
October 10, 2014 |
Collingswood field hockey goalie Becca Hall panicked as she ran to take her place on the field. She couldn't find her lucky jersey. "I told her change was good," Panthers captain Rachel Galante said. For Collingswood, change was great. The Panthers broke the undefeated streak of visiting West Deptford by pulling out a late 1-0 win in an intense Colonial Liberty matchup Wednesday afternoon at Knights Field. "It's awesome because last year we were in the same position as them, being undefeated," said Galante, a senior midfielder.
October 6, 2014 |
Collingswood football coach Jack McConnell might have lost track of the punts and penalties and peculiar plays that marked his team's game against Paulsboro. But he knew one statistic for sure. "We always talk about gut checks, and there were 1,000 of them," McConnell said after Collingswood's 16-14 victory over Paulsboro in a Colonial Conference interdivision tug-of-war Saturday. It was that kind of a game. It was a rugged, ragged struggle in which the turning point was a shotgun snap that sailed over the Paulsboro quarterback and out of the end zone for a safety that gave Collingswood a 2-0 lead in the third quarter.
September 30, 2014 |
MICHELLE STRAUGHTER didn't make any plays when Imhotep Charter chopped up Mastery North, 50-0, on Saturday night, but she had an impact nonetheless by way of a converstaion with her son, Seiffudin Black. The 5-10, 181-pound defensive back had two interceptions - his first two this season - and returned both for scores just like he said he would. "On the way to the game, she told me, 'Seiff, you didn't catch a pick this year, yet,' " Black said, as fans filed out of the Ben Johnston Supersite.
September 14, 2014 |
EARLIER THIS WEEK, Ovonnie Baker awoke from his home along 56th and Market streets, only to be greeted rudely by what he felt was a harsh and unjust foe. The Overbrook High junior is a transfer from Miami Carol City Senior High School, so when the "brisk" Philadelphia air hit his body, he retreated for reinforcements. "It doesn't really get cold in Miami until around December, so waking up for school . . . " said Baker, with the hint of a hybrid Southern drawl as he shook his dreadlocked hair in disbelief.
September 14, 2014 |
Rachel Galante, a Collingswood field hockey captain, knows she can count on her teammates to pick up the weight on the field that she can't carry just yet. Coming back from an offseason ankle injury, the senior midfielder was proud that she can rely on the players by her side to step up. That much was evident when the Panthers pulled out a nail-biting, 2-1 victory at rival Haddonfield to open the season Friday. "I'm happy with my teammates," Galante said, noting that the chemistry of the team is on par because of several veterans returning this season.
September 12, 2014 |
WITH A SIMPLE shrug of his shoulders and his face clad with an ear-to-ear smile, Imhotep senior DJ Moore assured what a stat sheet might never know. Yesterday at the Marcus Foster (Gratz) Supersite, Moore played under center, not at wide receiver, where his skill set has already earned him a scholarship offer from the University of Maryland (he committed this summer). The Panthers' typical tosser, Andre Dreuitt-Parks, was injured and still recovering from concussion-like symptoms suffered the previous week, so Moore was called to action against Boys' Latin.