Matthew Robertson leads Rangers rookies over Flyers 4-2
Matthew Robertson led the New York Rangers rookies with a goal and an assist to top the Philadelphia Flyers rookies 4-2 on Friday night.
“We’ve had a good two days (of camp) and we started off the right way,” winning goalie Dylan Garand said afterwards. “Just keep going from here and get better every day.”
The Rookie Series will continue today with the final contest of this two-game set in the PPL Center starting at 5:05 PM.
Note: Corrected quote from Matthew Robertson to Dylan Garand.
New York Rangers 4 vs Philadelphia Flyers 2
In the first period, both teams came to play as they exchanged some chances. However, the highlight of the scoreless stanza came when hulking Rangers’ prospect Matt Rempe (6-8, 240 lbs) dropped Zayde Wisdom with a single punch.
The Rangers would fortunately enter the second period only down by one due to the goaltending of Dylan Garand, who faced 13 shots but couldn’t stop Matt Brown’s power play goal.
Early in the middle frame, Karl Henriksson evened things up with a matching power play marker of his own. A fortune deflection off a Flyers’ defender eluded goalie Nolan Meier. Highly-touted prospect Brennan Othmann recorded an assist along with Robertson.
“You should have no regrets doing something you could have done,” Henriksson said at the start of camp. “Every time you’re here, you should do everything you can to improve yourself and get to the next level. It’s a long season. If you improve every day, you’re going to have success later in the season.”
That tally was followed by a goal from Dylan Roobroeck off a feed from Rempe. It was an excellent shot for the 6-7′ and 206 lbs center after being taken in the 6th round this past summer by New York. Roobroeck potted 53 points in 68 games with the Oshawa Generals of the OHL last season.
Another late goal by the Flyers, this time from Alex Ciernik squared both sides heading into the final period.
Ryder Korczak netted the game-winning tally converting a beautiful set up by Brett Berard and Adam Sykora. His shot from the slot came at the 9:56 mark of the third.
“I thought all game our line was playing good,” he said. “It was just a matter of time before we got one. [Berard] found me in front of the net there, and I just put it away.”
Robertson closed out the scoring with a long distance unassisted empty-net goal that went over a jumping Flyers’ glove. Garand finished the night with 32 saves.