Voracek-Schenn-McGinn Line Keys Flyers in 3-2 Victory

Voracek-Schenn-McGinn Line Keys Flyers in 3-2 Victory

With a laughably short training camp and all of the ensuing
injuries, it should come as no surprise Peter Laviolette has had some trouble
coming up with lines that united to form consistent, instantaneous chemistry for the
Flyers. It sure is beginning to look like the head coach may have found
something in one unexpected configuration however.

The youthful grouping of Jakub Voracek, Brayden Schenn, and
Tye McGinn has exhibited tremendous promise of late, arguably performing better
than any trio the Flyers have tried all season. For starters, look no further
than their collective contribution to Tuesday night’s 3-2 victory over the
Winnipeg Jets – two big goals, including the game winner.

Schenn and Voracek in particular seem to be creating a bond, combining
to light the lamp for the second time in three games. On Saturday it was Brayden
feeding Jake. This time Voracek was able to return the favor, finding Schenn perched
right on Winnipeg’s front porch to open up the scoring. Voracek deserves credit
for extending the play, but both of them were crashing the net on this series, which
is a positive sign for everybody.

McGinn actually wasn’t on the ice for goal number one, but he
would be out there on the ice with his mates when it wound up mattering most. Philadelphia
was nursing a 2-1 third-period lead when Voracek was able to force the puck
into the Winnipeg zone, then quickly regain possession and send it toward center. McGinn was crashing, as he is wont to do, and the disc deflected off of
some part of his person into the goal.

Seeing as the Jets were able to add an empty-netter in the
tilt’s closing minute, that final tally proved quite important. Plus McGinn
beat the crap out of somebody!

At the end of the day, both Schenn and Voracek finished a
+2. Brayden is now +4 with two goals and two assists in the last three games,
while Jakub takes over the team lead in points with 10. McGinn merely has goals
in back-to-back games, but there’s no denying he’s been a presence out there.
What’s more, not one of three is older than 23 years old.

A pairing of the three seems only natural going forward.
Obviously they’re experiencing some success right now. Schenn and Voracek
appear to play well off of one another – not entirely surprisingly given both
were top-seven talents in the draft for their previous organizations. Add a
big, physical partner like McGinn who is willing to station himself in front of
the goaltender and do the dirty work, and it sounds like a recipe for good
hockey.

Kimmo Timonen added his second goal of the season, a power
play tally assisted by Claude Giroux and Wayne Simmonds, while Ilya Bryzgalov
stopped 24 of 26 shot attempts in the win.

For now Philadelphia closed the book on their road woes, and
are keeping pace in the Eastern Conference with 13 points and a 6-7-1 record.
However, it’s probably safe to say the Flyers are going to need more from other
areas than one young line if they want to keep the good times rolling.

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Best of MLB: Twins pound out 21 hits, storm back to beat Orioles

Best of MLB: Twins pound out 21 hits, storm back to beat Orioles

BALTIMORE -- Max Kepler homered and drove in four runs, Miguel Sano and Jorge Polanco each had a career-high four hits and the Minnesota Twins roared back to beat the Baltimore Orioles 14-7 Monday night.

Minnesota trailed 5-0 in the second inning and 6-2 entering the fifth before cranking up the offense against Ubaldo Jimenez and an ineffective Baltimore bullpen.

A two-run double by Kepler helped the Twins knot the score in the fifth, Minnesota sent 11 batters to the plate in a six-run sixth and Sano added a two-run homer in the ninth.

Joe Mauer had three hits, two RBIs and scored twice for the Twins, who reached season highs in runs and hits (21).

Adam Jones hit a three-run drive in the second inning off Kyle Gibson (1-4) for Baltimore (see full recap).

Peacock, Astros 1-hit Tigers
HOUSTON -- Brad Peacock and three relievers combined for a one-hitter and Jose Altuve provided the offense with an RBI double to lead the Houston Astros to 1-0 win over the Detroit Tigers on Monday night.

Peacock was solid moving out of the bullpen to make a spot start for injured ace Dallas Keuchel. In his first start since September, Peacock allowed the lone hit and struck out eight in 4 1/3 innings. He was lifted after walking Tyler Collins with one out in the fifth inning.

Chris Devenski (3-2) took over and pitched 2 2/3 innings for the win before Will Harris pitched a scoreless eighth. Ken Giles struck out two in the ninth for his 12th save to allow the Astros to bounce back after being swept by the Indians over the weekend.

Detroit's only hit was a single by Mikie Mahtook with one out in the third on a night the Tigers tied a season high by striking out 14 times. The team's only baserunner after Collins was Victor Martinez, who was plunked with one out in the seventh. But Houston still faced the minimum in that inning when J.D. Martinez grounded into a double play to end the seventh.

The Astros struck early against Michael Fulmer (5-2) when George Springer drew a leadoff walk before scoring on the double by Altuve to make it 1-0 with one out in the first (see full recap).

Homers help Yankees top Royals
NEW YORK -- Didi Gregorius, Brett Gardner and Chris Carter homered, and the New York Yankees once again downed Jason Vargas by beating the Kansas City Royals 4-2 Monday night.

A reversed umpire's call in the seventh inning kept the Yankees ahead and enabled Michael Pineda (5-2) to top Vargas for the second time in a week. The Royals, with the worst record in the AL, have lost five of seven.

Vargas (5-3) began the day with a 2.03 ERA, tied for second-best in the majors. But the lefty fell to 0-7 lifetime against the Yankees when he was tagged by Gardner and Gregorius, the only left-handed hitters in the New York lineup (see full recap).

West Chester baseball wins Atlantic Regional, moves on to national championship tourney

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West Chester baseball wins Atlantic Regional, moves on to national championship tourney

West Chester University baseball is moving on to the 2017 NCAA National Championships.

The Golden Rams won the Division II Atlantic Regional Final on Monday with a 12-7 decision over Winston-Salem State at Russell Diethrick Park.

Sophomore first baseman Jared Melone reached base six times, going 5 for 5 with a walk and four RBIs, while shortstop Nick Ward scored four runs and collected three hits to help West Chester capture its fourth regional title in program history.

Senior right-hander Josh McClain picked up the win in relief with three innings of one-run ball, as the Golden Rams scored five in the eighth inning to win their first regional crown since 2012, the year they won the national championship. 

West Chester is now 40-11 overall and will open national championship tournament play on Saturday at 3 p.m. against North Georgia in Grand Prairie, Texas.

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