PROVIDENCE, RI -- On Sunday, March 24th, the New England Wolves defeated the Philadelphia Little Flyers to claim the 2019 EHL Premier Championship, their first title in franchise history.
After jumping out to a 1-0, the Wolves fell behind following a pair of unanswered goals from the Little Flyers. The team showed no panic however, as they tied up the score early in the final frame, and then Alex Carpenter scored back-to-back goals en route to the victory. The Wolves finished the postseason with a perfect 5-0-0 record, all while outscoring their opponents by a 23-10 margin.
Wolves 1 -- Little Flyers 0
In the opening frame, the Wolves managed to get on the board first, by means of a broken play. After a pass redirected to the stick of Jack Johansen, the 2018-19 Defenseman of the Year didn't miss as he fired a shot past Graham Burke from the high slot at the 15:09 mark of the period, to give the Wolves in early lead. Both Jonah Pickens and Nathan Severance were credited with assists on the goal.
WOLVES 1 -- LITTLE FLYERS 1
It didn't take the Little Flyers much time in the 2nd period to tie things up, as Brett Turner knotted the score just 32 seconds into the frame. Turner took the puck virtually end to end, and then slid the puck through the five-hole of Ryan Fueg. Austin Mazzulo had the lone assist on the goal.
LITTLE FLYERS 2 -- WOLVES 1
Fast-forward to just near the halfway mark of the frame, and Philadelphia was able to beat Fueg to the same exact spot. Luke Headman was the scorer this time, after he received a nice breakaway pass from Nick Bouchard. With 10:05 remaining in the 2nd period, the Little Flyers had their first lead of the contest.
WOLVES 2 -- LITTLE FLYERS 2
As mentioned before, the Wolves showed no fear, as they came out and dominated the 3rd period. Herberts Zeibots knotted up the game up at 2-2, after converting on a chance from the slot at the 14:00 minute mark of the period. Both Sam Danais and Alex Carpenter collected assists on the goal.
WOLVES 3 -- LITTLE FLYERS 2
Carpenter was just getting started, as a little less than 10 minutes later, Sam Danais sprung the Wolves' top scorer on a breakaway. Following the incredible feed, Carpenter beat Burke just over the glove, and the Wolves were back on top.
WOLVES 4 -- LITTLE FLYERS 2
The icing on the cake then came with just 0.7 seconds left, as Carpenter sealed the deal with an empty-net tally, and a 4-2 victory for the Wolves.
After starting the regular season with wins in their first seven games, the Wolves were dealt their first loss by the Little Flyers, way back on October 7th. It's safe to say that New England remembered the 11-3 defeat they were handed that day, and then went out and earned their revenge, in the biggest game of the season.