...and a nice win for the Owls over Xavier.
Props for the fantastic spirit from the Temple kids last night (but not exactly a bold statement with such a lead and only 30 seconds left in the game).
Read more about the Temple White Out here.
With all the recent national anthem controversy going on across the major sports leagues, a local high school field hockey team had a special moment prior to a recent game.
As the national anthem was set to be sung, the sound system stopped working, and Interboro High School's Lady Bucs decided to sing it themselves, per 6ABC.
The crowd loved it, and the Lady Bucs went on to win the Del Val championship Tuesday over Chichester.
The anthem and reaction are worth checking out below.http://6abc.com/video/embed/?pid=1563263
Flyers vs. Ducks
7 p.m. on CSN, Pregame Live at 6
The Wells Fargo Center will be filled with emotion Thursday night.
It marks the beginning of the Flyers’ home schedule for the organization’s first season without iconic founder Ed Snider, who died in April. The team is planning a special pregame tribute to commemorate the man who birthed the franchise in 1966.
Building blocks Travis Konecny and Ivan Provorov will make their regular-season home debuts as 19 year olds, another significant shift for the franchise.
And hockey returns to South Philadelphia.
The Flyers (1-1-1) welcome the Anaheim Ducks (0-3-1) for their 2016-17 home opener.
Here are five things to know for the game:
1. Comple-Schenn up top
With Brayden Schenn’s return from a three-game suspension, the Flyers now see a full arsenal at the head of their lineup, making for a top six head coach Dave Hakstol and the front office likely envisioned when the decision came to keep Konecny.
Schenn will rejoin Claude Giroux and Wayne Simmonds on the Flyers’ first line, followed by the fast-starting second unit of Konecny, Sean Couturier and Jakub Voracek, which has produced 10 points over the opening three games.
"Obviously Brayden coming back is going to be big for us," Flyers general manager Ron Hextall said Wednesday. "He's a physical presence, he scores goals, he's good on the power play. So I think Brayden [will make] a big impact, too, so it's nice to get your lines in how Hak foresees them.”
The 25-year-old forward, with a new four-year deal signed this offseason after a career year, is a huge component to the Flyers’ man advantage, on which he scored the team’s second-most goals (11) and tied for the second-most points (22).
Typically a player that heats up in January and February, Schenn is motivated beginning the season in position to replicate his 26-goal, 33-assist campaign in 2015-16.
"I think I continue to get more confident and get better every year,” Schenn said. “I think heading into this year, I start off with a great opportunity to play with great players throughout the start here and try to run with it. I feel confident, I feel good heading into Game 1 for me.
"I'm going to do everything in my power to try and beat my points from last year."
2. The rookie’s response
That would be Provorov, who endured his first game to forget as an NHLer in the Flyers’ 7-4 loss to the Blackhawks on Tuesday.
The blueliner committed a few mistakes, highlighted by a costly blunder, en route to a game-worst minus-5 rating.
Provorov has spoiled fans thus far with his precociousness. For once, he actually looked 19.
It’ll be interesting to see how he answers in a hyped-up environment such as the home opener. The Flyers are not worried, nor should they be.
"Even though there were a couple of mistakes and a couple of things that didn't go right, he just kept playing,” Hakstol said. “He kept trying to make a difference in the game. I think that shows his overall mentality and his care of the team. Those are things that kind of tell you where his maturity level is at."
3. Not-so mighty Ducks
Anaheim is off to a lousy start.
Winless through four contests, the Ducks are 29th among the NHL in both goals per game (1.75) and goal differential (minus-5).
Interestingly, Anaheim was handed a five-game road trip to start the season. The Ducks also started slow in 2015-16, going 1-7-2 over their first 10 games. However, they finished with an overall goal differential of plus-26 and a playoff berth.
They also went 21-15-5 on the road and boasted the league’s No. 1 power play and penalty kill.
The absences of forward Rickard Rakell (abdomen) and defenseman Hampus Lindholm (contract holdout) have not helped.
4. Keep an eye on ...
Flyers: We’ll say Schenn — who’s “chomping at the bit,” according to Hakstol — makes a dent in his first game. Over his past four season debuts, Schenn has two goals and one assist.
Ducks: Skilled center Ryan Getzlaf is a tough matchup with his 6-foot-4 frame. He also owns five goals and 10 assists in 12 career games against the Flyers.
5. This and that
• Steve Mason will start in net for the Flyers after relief duty in Tuesday’s loss. He’s 5-9-2 with a 3.36 goals-against average and .889 save percentage in 17 games lifetime against the Ducks.
• Anaheim goalie John Gibson is 0-2-1 with a 3.07 goals-against average to start the season. He’s faced the Flyers only once in his career, beating them, 4-2, on Dec. 27 of last season with 24 saves.
• Nick Cousins is back in the lineup for Roman Lyubimov. The forwards were swapped on Tuesday as Cousins was scratched and Lyubimov made his NHL debut.
• Michael Raffl is out 10 to 14 days with an upper-body injury. Schenn essentially fills his spot in the lineup.
• The Flyers have lost three of their last four home openers.
• Konecny leads all NHL rookies in assists with four.