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Quick Hits: Memorial Cup, TIFH

June 3, 2023, 1:02 PM ET [29 Comments]
Bill Meltzer
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1) The Ontario Hockey League champion Peterborough Petes were knocked out in the semifinal game of the 2023 Memorial Cup tournament in Kamloops, BC, as they lost to the Western Hockey League champion Seattle Thunderbirds by a 4-1 score on Friday evening.

Seattle effectively got to the net. Brad Lambert (Winnipeg Jets prospect), Colton Dach (Chicago Blackhawks prospect), Kyle Crnkovic and Nico Myatovic scored for Seattle. Goaltender Thomas Milic stopped 27 shots of 28 shots to earn the win. For Peterborough, Brennan Othmann (New York Rangers prospect) had the only goal for Peterborough. Petes goalie Michael Simpson stopped 43 of 47 shots.

In their final game of junior hockey, Flyers prospects JR Avon (3g, 1a in the tournament) and Brian Zanetti (1g, 2a) did not record a point. Next season, Avon is likely to play in the American Hockey League with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. Zanetti is headed home to Switzerland to play for the SCL Tigers.

2) Current Flyers defenseman Nick Seeler celebrates his 30th birthday day. Flyers alum forward Jason Akeson turns 33.

3) Today in Flyers History: June 3

* 1968: The Flyers select veteran defensman Allan Stanley, a future Hockey Hall of Famer, from the Toronto Maple Leafs in the NHL Inter-League Draft. He spent one season with the Flyers before retiring. The late blueliner, who turned 43 during his season in Philadelphia, is still the oldest player to appear for the Flyers in franchise history.

* 1975: The Flyers select Mel Bridgman with the first overall pick of the 1975 NHL Amateur Draft. To date, it is the only the time the Flyers have had the first pick of the Draft. The pick was acquired from the Washington Capitals in the Bill Clement trade after the 1974-75 season.

* 1995: Poor first and third periods doomed the Flyers to a 4-1 home loss to the New Jersey Devils in Game One of the Eastern Conference Final. Craig MacTavish broke Martin Brodeur's shutout bid in the final 1:54 of the game.

* 1997: In need of a Game Two win to knot the 1997 Stanley Cup Final at one game apiece before the scene shifted to Joe Louis Arena, the Philadelphia Flyers did not get the hoped-for fast start against the Detroit Red Wings.

Early goals by Brendan Shanahan and Steve Yzerman forged a 2-0 lead for the Red Wings before the first period reached the halfway point. Undaunted, the Flyers rallied to square the game at 2-2 by the first intermission as Rod Brind'Amour converted penalties on Slava Fetisov and Igor Larionov into power play markers at 17:42 and 18:51. Rookie defenseman Janne Niinimaa assisted on both goals.

The Flyers partisans packing the Wells Fargo Center (then called CoreStates Center) went bonkers when Brind'Amour knotted the game. Unfortunately, a turnover high in the offensive zone by Eric Lindros created a counter-attack for Detroit early in the second period and a Kirk Maltby slap shot from just inside the right point eluded Flyers goalie Garth Snow (24 saves on 28 shots) to restore a 3-2 lead for Detroit just 2:39 into the second period.

Shanahan scored his second goal of the game midway through the third period to secure a 4-2 win for Detroit.
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