It may have been a bad weekend for the Philadelphia Flyers, but it was a good weekend for some Flyers prospects.
The Lehigh Valley Phantoms won 4-1 with Tyson Foerster and Wade Allison scoring their first professional goals on Sunday.
A pair of prospects playing in the NCAA, Cam York and Bobby Brink, had strong weekends as well.
Brink brings ’em back
On Saturday, Bobby Brink and the Denver Pioneers took on the Omaha Mavericks. Brink, a freshman forward, had four shots on goal, a power-play goal, and a power-play assist in the Pioneers’ comeback win.
With Denver down 3-1, Brink set up for a one-timer at the top of the circle and blasted it home.
That goal got the Pioneers back in it in the second period.
Then, with the game tied, Brink set up the go-ahead goal. He controlled the puck along the boards and fed Mike Benning for a goal.
Omaha did tie the game at four, but Denver went up 5-4 for good less than two minutes after that. It was a fitting score as the No. 5 seed Denver beat the No. 4 seed Omaha.
Brink has 10 points (two goals, eight assists) in 14 games. He had six points (two goals, four assists) in seven games for Team USA at the World Juniors.
The Pioneers will now face the No. 1 seed, North Dakota, in the NCHC Semifinals on Monday night. North Dakota beat Miami (OH) 6-2 in their opening game.
York does it all
Not to be outdone, Brink’s Team USA teammate –– and captain –– Cam York helped the University of Michigan to the Big Ten Tournament Semifinals. The University of Michigan, the No. 3 seed, blanked the No. 6 seed Ohio State 4-0 on Sunday night. It was a great weekend for the two Flyers prospects.
York, a sophomore defenseman, also had a goal and an assist in his team’s victory.
He picked up his assist first with a nice pass on the power play.
York has the makings of a great power-play quarterback.
He assisted on the opening goal and was the recipient of a great pass on Michigan’s second goal. York crashed the net and got credit for the goal.
The puck bounced in off of his skate. Go to the dirty areas and good things happen.
Cam York has 16 points (three goals, 13 assists) in 20 games this season. He is also a +13. As captain of Team USA, he had six points (one goal, five assists) and was a +4 in seven games.
The Wolverines advance to take on the No.2-seed Minnesota Golden Gophers in the Big Ten Tournament Semifinal on Tuesday night. Minnesota beat Michigan State 2-1 in overtime in their first game.
Brink and York play in different conferences, so they can’t meet up unless both teams reach the Frozen Four Tournament.