Rielly, Hyman lead Maple Leafs past Flyers
TORONTO >> Morgan Rielly had a goal and three assists, Zach Hyman had the go-ahead score in Toronto’S four-goal third period to lead the Maple Leafs to 6-3 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers in the Hall of Fame game Friday night.
Martin Marincin, Leo Komarov, Nazem Kadri and Mitch Marner also scored for Toronto. Frederik Anderson stopped 30 shots to help the Maple Leafs bounce back from a 7-0 loss to Los Angeles earlier in the week and improve to 5-2-0 at home.
Wayne Simmonds scored twice and Travis Konecny also had a goal for the Flyers. Steve Mason finished with 17 saves.
Trailing 3-2 after two periods, the Leafs were full of jump in the third. Marincin tied it at 4:03 as he stepped into a slap shot from the point on a pass from Rielly for his first goal of the season.
Hyman put Toronto ahead for good about 4 ½ minutes later, shoveling in the rebound of Auston Matthews’ shot off the cross bar for his first NHL goal. Matthews came in with just one point in his previous seven games. WCHE 1520 AM; TV: STN
The Rams wrapped up its division slate with five wins in a row but finished a game behind PSAC East winner Kutztown. This is almost certainly the final contest of the 2016 season, as the postseason is now seemingly beyond reach. But WCU is looking to better last season’s 7-4 mark and get to eight wins for the eighth time in Zwaan’s 14-year reign. History: West Chester leads the all-time series 19-3. Keys to the Game: The Eagles lost to both Bloomsburg and Shippensburg this season -- two teams that WCU beat. But Clarion topped the same Slippery Rock squad that edged the Rams in the home opener. The Eagles have scored 27 and 41 points during their two-game winning streak, and QB Connor Simmons can be a handful. With 19 TD passes and 300-plus passing yard per game, he is among the conference’s top three signalcallers. Clarion, however, is very susceptible on defense, surrendering a PSAC worst 508 yards per game on average. It will be interesting to see who starts at QB for WCU: high-risk, high-reward Andrew Derr or less flashy Pat Moriarty. Prediction: West Chester 40, Clarion 33. CHEYNEY (0-7, 1-9) AT EDINBORO (5-2, 8-2) 12 p.m. at Sox Harrison Stadium Radio: https://portal.stretchinternet.com/cheyney/ What’s at Stake: The opportunity to validate the season opening win at Lincoln comes down to this one, and it doesn’t look good for the Wolves, who have dropped nine straight. Cheyney has lost 44 in a row against PSAC foes dating back to 2010, and the Fighting Scots have been one of the big surprises of the season. Edinboro did not win a game last season, but are the heavy favorite to get No. 9 for 2016. The Scots are coming off a 52-7 loss to California (Pa.), which snapped a five-game winning streak, but this will be Senior Day clash. And if CU just mails this one in, it could get ugly in a hurry. History: Edinboro leads the all-time series 7-1. Keys to the Game: Despite falling 32-6 at Kutztown, the PSAC East champs, the Wolves played hard and competitively. Cheyney actually had more first downs (20-12) and more passing yards (152-109) than the Golden Bears, which could be a good sign heading into the season finale. Statistically, the Wolves have one of the conference’s better pass defenses, but that will be challenged severely by the Fighting Scots. Edinboro boasts the PSAC’s No. 1 passing offense (340.2 yards per game), led by QB Jake Sisson, who is the league leader in TD passes (37) and yards per game (333). James Clark and Alex Caretelli are among the PSAC’s topeight receivers, so CU won’t be able to key on just one. Prediction: Edinboro 39, Cheyney 13.
— Neil Geoghegan