Philadelphia Revolution Display Progress At EHL Showcase in Newington CT

Philadelphia Revolution Turn Heads At Eastern Hockey League Showcase

The Holiday season is a hectic but great time of the year.

Yes, there’s plenty of shopping and Holiday parties to fit into the busy schedules while also making time for your favorite Junior A squad – the Philadelphia Revolution.

Philadelphia is also enjoying the most wonderful time of the year and in large part because of the team’s recent performance on the ice.

The Revolution were in Newington, CT on Tuesday and Wednesday when the team completed two games for the EHL’s December Showcase Series, presented by Bertucci’s. No, Philadelphia didn’t pick up four points in the league standings, but the Revolution skated hard in both contests and collected a win on Wednesday night vs. the Seacoast Spartans.

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Head coach Jon Rogger’s squad earned their second shutout on the year, after taking down the expansion Spartans by a final score of 6-0. Better yet, the team’s bus trip earlier in the day didn’t seem to impact the team’s impressive start to the contest.

“It’s funny I guess; it’s just one of those things,” said Rogger. “Sometimes it’s better when we just show up and come right to the game and be ready to go.”

Rogger and company earned their second shutout on the year, after taking down the expansion Spartans by a final score of 6-0. Better yet, the team’s bus trip earlier in the day didn’t seem to impact Philadelphia’s impressive start to the contest.

Similar to the team’s prior two victories, the Revs found the back of the net early and often. Yes, you read the online scoresheet correct – Philadelphia scored all six goals during the game’s first period. Keep in mind the tournament’s layout was two 25-minute periods instead of the normal three periods that are 20 minutes in length.

Forward Brayden Patricia opened the scoring for Philadelphia just 29 seconds into the first period, and found the back of the net again later in the frame. No. 26 leads all Revolutions skaters on the year with 35 points (20g-15a).

Yet, Tiger Bjornlund finished the night with a season-high five points (tied; Nov. 17). The native of Maryland recorded his first hattrick on the season and also chipped in two helpers. No. 5 now has 19 points (6g-13a) in 18 games played on the year.

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While the newly acquired Trevor Clemson scored for the second-straight game, forward Brandon Crowther returned to the Revs’ lineup after suffering a fractured scapula. Entering Wednesday night, the 20-year-old missed the team’s previous 10 games.

“Honestly, I felt very relaxed, excited and anxious to get back,” said Crowther. “Just super excited to move on and keep playing, and get another couple of points for a big week with the boys.”

Crowther finished the night with three assists and appeared to make a smooth adjustment back into the Revs’ lineup at the center position.

“Everyone was very supportive and a lot of them reached out; and I watched a lot of games online to keep up with the boys,” added Crowther on staying in touch with his teammates.

On the defensive side of the puck, goaltender Anthony Schrum started between the pipes for the first time since Nov. 24.

“Schrum was excellent and he made the saves when he needed to, and it was easy for the guys to kind of sit back on cruise control because of that,” said Rogger.

While the Revs posted a ‘touchdown’ on the scoresheet, the 6-foot-3 netminder was tested at times during the contest and appeared flawless all night. No. 34 finished the contest with 27 saves and was all smiles afterward when his teammates congratulated him for his fifth win on the year.

The victory marked the third-straight contest that the Revolution scored six or more goals in. Coach Rogger credited the full lineup’s efforts towards the recent success during the Holiday season.

“Overall, I think all 21 guys in the lineup played pretty well, and obviously when you get good goaltending that gives you a chance every night.”


The Revolution entered Thursday’s contest vs. the league’s first-place Boston Junior Rangers while riding a four-game winning streak. The offense was flowing, the two-way play was apparent more times than not and the masked men were all contributing in big ways to get the Revs back on the track.

All of those characteristics were displayed on Thursday for one of the biggest games on the year for the EHL, to date.

However, it’s arguable that Philadelphia was snake-bitten by a number of calls from the officials during the matinee contest. If you don’t believe this hockey enthusiast, just look at the game summary and prior summaries.

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By the time the final buzzer sounded, the Revs finished the game with seven unsportsmanlike conduct penalties. Boston was on the man advantage for six different occasions, but two of which were 4:00 minute penalties. However, a resilient Revolution squad managed to kill off five of those six Boston power plays.

Impressive, no?

While the Revs skated hard and executed defensively, goaltender Anthony Del Tufo brought his “A” game against the Jr. Rangers. No. 33 was tested all game with quality scoring chances, especially when Boston was on the man advantage. Del Tufo finished with 27 saves on 29 shots and certainly provided his team the best opportunity to win – given the unfortunate circumstances of often being down a man.

Down 2-0 midway through the second frame, the Revs controlled a majority of the momentum and outworked Boston in the offensive zone for the remainder of regulation.

The hard-working attitude paid off when Anthony Bench found the back of the net off a one-timer from the high slot with less than five minutes left in regulation. Saava Smirnov fed Bench the puck from behind the goal line and clearly placed it in Bench’s sweet spot.

Philadelphia fought to the very end, but witnessed its four-game winning streak snapped.

The Revolution are back in action on Saturday night at Revolution Ice Gardens when they host the New Jersey 87s for a 6:00 P.M. start.


Philadelphia Revolution 17-10-2 – 36PTS 

(The Philadelphia Revolution can be followed on Twitter @RevsJrHockey)

Tampa Bay Fishing Charters Report for December 2018 by Capt Mike Murphy

Captain Mike Murphy of Fish This Inshore Charters provides expert Tampa Fishing Charters. Retired Ecologist and Syndicated author of the Tampa Bay Fishing Charters Report, Capt Mike Murphy has been featured on ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX and has also been a featured speaker at area outdoor expos. If you are looking for an expert Tampa Bay Fishing Charters captain, Fish This!

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The cold weather is on us now and with that comes the season of extremely low tides.  This creates a great opportunity to locate great numbers of fish as they retreat to deep holes in the backcountry waters and creeks.  Residential canals will hold good numbers of trout, snook and sheepshead.  Find waters with good mud flats for better results as these areas tend to warm up faster and hold the heat to keep these fish active.  Deep water docks will also be your go to places during these cold front periods after they pass through.  Observing the exposed sand and grass flats will aid you in your fishing during the normal tidal periods of the rest of the year.  Note the remaining areas that still contain water and mark them.  These will be places to go when spring comes.  If wadding is possible, this is a great time to hit those isolated water bodies as the fish will be concentrated in the areas.  Be very stealthy in your approach and throw shrimp or plastic jigs in these areas.  Break out those waders and find the holes and channels. 

Shrimp will be the go to bait of choice, but artificial baits work great this time of year as well.  Shrimp hooked on a 1/0 circle hook should yield good numbers of trout and redfish this time of year. Trout, reds and snook are holding well in the residential canals around docks and centers of the channels when the tides are low.  You can rig them on a jig head by threading them on backwards with the head hanging loose.  Pull the tail of and remove some of the shell to make them a little easier for the fish to eat and smell.  You can also hook the on a 1/0 hook through the tail and add a small split shot weight to get them down to the fish.  A popping cork is always fun for trout and works great on the shallow flats.  Hook a shrimp or even a DOA plastic shrimp for great success.


Sheepshead will be coming in force as the water temps drop.  They will push the snapper out due to competition for spawning locations.  February is prime time for larger of these tasty treats but even now there are some smaller ones out there on the reefs and on the inshore docks to fill your cooler.  These fish will readily take a shrimp but the favorite bait of choice is the fiddler crab.  Use a #1 hood with just enough weight to keep it steady on the bottom on 15# test fluorocarbon leader.  You can place the weight right next to the hook or you can use a typical bottom rig where the weight is at the terminal end and the hook is suspended up 6 – 8 inches above the weight.  Keep a tight line as these convicts are great bait stealers. 

Fly fishing is great this time of year as the target fish are isolated and the waters are very low.  A green or blue deceiver is a great go to bait on a 9-weight setup and don’t neglect some of the topwater popping lures.  Trout will readily hit these since they are a very audible bait selection.  Cast to the potholes and retrieve quickly.  Redfish tend to like a little blue color in their bait selection so keep that in mind when you’re purchasing them or tying your own. 

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