MIDDLETOWN, N.J. - The New Jersey 87's of the Eastern Hockey League Premier Division will have its first home game in nearly a month as they will face the Philadelphia Jr. Flyers this Saturday at Middletown Ice World.
Sitting in second place of the South Conference, the 87's have a record of 16-5-1, as they will go up against the first-place Jr. Flyers, who are currently 19-1-2. The two teams faced each other in a showcase in Boston last month, with the Jr. Flyers coming out on top 3-1.
Since that loss, the 87's have outscored its opponents by a collective 24-11 during a five-game winning streak. The two most recent wins came last weekend against the Philadelphia Revolutions with a 2-1 win on Saturday and a decisive 6-3 victory on Sunday.
"Going up against the top team in our league, we just got to play the same way we did in our second game (against the Revolution). Get on them early, throw hits and make big plays," said forward Jack Lane, who recorded three points over the weekend including the game-winning goal in Saturday's 2-1 win. He also has 11 points (3g, 8a) in his last five games.
Austin Bell also picked up a goal in the first win, then scored two more in Sunday's 6-3 victory. He said it was important for him to have a high-scoring weekend to boost his confidence. This will be the first time Bell will play against the Jr. Flyers.
"I was out last time against them. I'm excited to play them this time and we got the home ice advantage so we'll put it to good use and try to get the win," he said.
Puck drop is at 7:45 p.m., as the 87's will look to get its first win against the Jr. Flyers after dropping the first game in the Boston showcase.
"We have the skill and talent to compete against them, we just have to be willing to do it and get the win," Lane said. "With home ice, we have to get the tilt, get a couple of fans out for the game and get going."