The Philadelphia Flyers are in the midst of back-to-back days off, but the Lehigh Valley Phantoms were in action on Wednesday night. The Phantoms beat the Hershey Bears 5-3 with a few rookies leading the way. Both of the Flyers’ most recent first-round picks, Cam York and Tyson Foerster. had multiple points in the win.
It was a high-scoring first period with each team scoring two goals. Linus Hogberg, another rookie, tied the game at one and Chris Mueller scored before the period was up.
The Phantoms and Bears were locked in a 2-2 game early in the second period. Lehigh Valley went to work on the power play.
Tyson Foerster was denied on a few great looks before finally getting a goal. It wasn’t on a shot, though.
Cam York took a pass from Cal O’Reilly at the point and fired a shot on net. York was initially credited with the goal, but Foerster got a piece of it in front.
York was able to find a shooting line and get the puck through for the goal.
On this slo-mo look, you can clearly see the puck’s trajectory change after hitting Foerster in front.
It would’ve been York’s second AHL goal, but he settled for an assist … for now.
In the third period with the game tied at three, the Phantoms went back to the power play. There was no doubt that York scored this time.
York dropped the puck back to Foerster and snuck behind the defense. Foerster hit York with a great pass and the rookie defenseman made it look easy on the breakaway.
York went to a textbook move to net a breakaway goal.
That proved to be the game-winning goal, but Foerster wasn’t done.
Foerster got the puck in the slot with a chance to put the puck on net with his great shot. Instead, he set up Cal O’Reilly with a perfect pass for a slam-dunk goal.
It was a great night for the Flyers’ last two first-round picks.
2019 first-rounder Cam York had a goal and an assist to bring his season total to five points (two goals, three assists) in six games. All five points came in the last three games as York settles in at the professional level.
2019 first-rounder Tyson Foerster had the goal and two assists for 17 points (10 goals, 7 assists) in 21 games. Foerster broke a four-game point drought with the trio of points on the night.
Both York and Foerster should be in contention for a roster spot in training camp. Foerster has taken advantage of his unusual opportunity to play in the AHL and York is just getting warmed up.