The ending was nice for the guy they call “Tice.”
Right winger Tyson Foerster scored 39 seconds into overtime, lifting the Philadelphia Flyers past the New York Rangers, 2-1, in a rookie game Friday at the PPL Center in Allentown.
Foerster, a 6-foot-2, 194-pounder who owns a booming shot, was a first-round selection (23rd overall) in the 2020 draft. The 20-year-old Ontario native scored on a low shot from the left circle to end Friday’s game. Elliot Desnoyers set up the goal.
“Wow. That’s how it feels to win in overtime,” a smiling Ian Laperriere, who is running the Flyers’ rookie camp, told reporters after the victory.
Foerster has completely recovered from last season’s shoulder surgery, and he put on added muscle in the summer.
“He had a great year of rehab,” Phantoms coach Laperriere said the other day. “He looks like a man now; he’s got those big shoulders.”
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The Flyers controlled a lot of regulation and had a 33-19 shots domination after 60 minutes. But it wasn’t enough as the teams were knotted at 1-all heading into overtime.
New York and the Flyers exchanged second-period goals, sending the teams into the third period tied at 1-1.
Olle Lycksell, a 23-year-old left winger, stole the puck at the blue line, and scored on the rush from the right side. That tied the game at 1-1 with 6:30 to play in the second. Last season, Lycksell, a sixth-round draft selection in 2017, had 34 points (14-20) in 47 games in the Swedish Hockey League.
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The Flyers used two goalies who are on the roster on tryouts. Nolan Maier played half the game and stopped 11 of 12 shots before being replaced by Jonathan Lemieux, who was flawless on nine shots.
Maier allowed a power-play goal to Matthew Robertson, but Lycksell tied it, and Foerster played the hero’s role.
“The sky’s the limit for that kid,” Laperriere said.
Noah Cates, Jackson Cates, and Wyatte Wylie were alternate captains for the Philadelphia Flyers. … Philly had a 13-4 shots advantage in the third. Overall, the Flyers had a 35-21 shots advantage. … The Flyers’ power play was 0 for 3 and squandered a two-man advantage. … Alexis Gendron, the only Flyer from the Class of ’22 draft in rookie camp, was denied on a third-period breakaway. Most of the Flyers’ other ’22 draft picks are in college. … The teams will meet again Saturday at 5 p.m. in Allentown. The game will be televised on NBC Sports Philadelphia+.