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Philadelphia Revolution: Goaltending, scoring – EHL’s Revs have it all

By Joshua Boyd, 01/24/18, 12:00AM EST


In the same week, the Philadelphia Revolution’s already highlight-filled season yielded a couple more big high-five moments for this shining 2017-18 season.

WARMINSTER, PA -- Goaltender Peter Ciccarelli was named EHL Goaltender of the Week after he stopped 27 of 28 shots against the Revolution’s Mid-Atlantic Division rivals the Philadelphia Little Flyers. Just to put the cherry on top, he made 24 saves on 26 Little Flyers shots for a second straight win 11 days later to extend the Revs’ division lead to six points at the time.

“I watched Pete at a North American Hockey League camp, and when he became available, I pursued him,” said Revs general manager Chris Kanaly. “He has glaring size [6-feet-5-inches], but he also has a great calmness and presence. We’ve had NHL and OHL draft picks and six Division 1 goalies come through, and he’s been one of the best.”

Being a ’97 and getting on the radar later, Ciccarelli did not get a lot of NCAA Division 1 attention, but Kanaly says he has what it takes to play pro hockey someday after four years at the University of Southern Maine. He committed to the Huskies in December.

Forward Austin Morgan has made Philadelphia Revolution history. His 57th career assist (which came in his 74th EHL game) made him the all-time assists leader for the organization at that level.

“He’s been one of the league leaders in assists this entire season,” said Kanaly. “He is the engine that makes our team go on the ice, and off the ice. He’s out there in critical moments, on the power play, on the penalty kill – I don’t know how many more minutes the guy can chew up.”

Now that he has the all-time assists record, Morgan’s next milestone would be the club’s single-season assists record. Richie McCartney set it at 41 last year, before moving on to SUNY-Plattsburgh, where he had 16 points through his first 17 college games.

“[As of Jan. 24], he’s six assists away from that, so I imagine he’ll break that, too,” said Kanaly.

The Revolution had 12 more games to go and were hoping to seal up both the top seed in the league and the division title, putting them in the driver’s seat for the playoffs.

“We’ve won 31 of our first 36 games, so that’s been pretty good,” said Kanaly. “We’ve won two recently over the Little Flyers, and we have two games in hand on them. [For playoffs], we want to make sure we’re healthy and ready to go. We know we have the best team in the league.”