PSU's Mike McDonagh slides into the goal past MSU's Jake Hildebrand on Feb.14th. (Photo by Abby Drey-CDT)
After beating Michigan two weeks ago for their first Big Ten victory, Penn State was looking to build on their historic win by hosting the slumping Michigan State Spartans. The Nittany Lion faithful all but thought they would be witnessing Penn State’s second straight win last Friday, but the Spartans had other plans.
Five Flyers represented their home nations in the 2014 Sochi Olympics, with one winning a medal. (Photo Courtesy of GuardianLV.com)
With things still being a bit slow on the Flyers' front due to the NHL's Olympic shutdown, this week's Flyers Five is rather cut-and-dry, and will focus on statistical performances of the five Flyers playing in the Sochi games. The lone Flyer to win a medal was Kimmo Timonen, part of the bronze medal-winning Finnish squad.
Michael Raffl and Jakub Voracek each led the Flyers with one goal apiece, and Raffl's two assists gave him the team lead with three points. Andrej Meszaros spent the most time in the sin bin, accruing six penalty minutes. Voracek had the lowest plus/minus numbers, with a minus-5.
Here's the full statistical breakdown:
1. Mark Streit (SUI)*: 4 GP, 0 G, 1 A, 2 PIM, 0 +/-
2. Michael Raffl (AUT)*: 4 GP, 1 G, 2 A, 4 PIM, -4 +/-
3: Jakub Voracek (CZE)*: 5 GP, 1 G, 1 A, 0 PIM, -5 +/-
4. Andrej Meszaros (SVK)*: 4 GP, 0 G, 0 A, 6 PIM, 0 +/-
5. Kimmo Timonen (FIN)**: 6 GP, 0 G, 2 A, 0 PIM, 4 +/-
* denotes team that's been eliminated from the Playoff rounds. ** Bronze medal winner
With the NHL's return to action, next week's Flyers Five won't be nearly as basic.
Rob Riches is a writer for Flyerdelphia, and his Flyers Five also appears on Sports Source on Cavalier Radio, 89.1 WYBF-FM from 7-9 p.m. on Wednesdays. You can follow Rob on Twitter @Riches61.
The Adirondack Phantoms and Portland Pirates partook in the old hockey tradition of a line brawl last Sunday, and today those chickens came to roost where the heart is. Or something. I lost myself in idioms.
Today, the qualifying round of Olympic men’s hockey began with matchups between Slovenia and Austria (4-0 SLO win*), Russia and Norway (4-0 RUS win), Switzerland and Latvia (in progress), and the Czech Republic against Slovakia (in progress).
*With Slovenia’s win over Austria, Michael Raffl’s chance at an Olympic medal his first go-’round is now lost. He had the most successful first round out of all of the Flyers playing in Sochi.
With the preliminary round now completed, let’s take a look at how the five Flyers representing their home countries fared during the first week of play.
Image courtesy of Sportsnet.ca It was a big week for both Taylor Leier and Scott Laughton, as two of the best prospects for the Philadelphia Flyers keep showing they might have what it takes to make an impact in the NHL. Jakub Kovar was also seen on a global stage this week at the Olympics, as he saw action for the Czech Republic. It's also worth noting that Shayne Gostisbehere is doing very well in the fan voting of the Hobey Baker Award.