Cam Atkinson Makes His Return To The Ice After A Year
Although this is the Flyers’ fourth preseason game, it’s the first home game due to the renovations to the Wells Fargo needing more time. With the return of Cam Atkinson, there was a lot of anticipation about injured Flyers from last season. Atkinson last took the ice on April 12, 2022. Tonight, Cam, who was on the second line, shifted to the first in the third period. The winger was actively shooting and making good offensive plays.
Early in the first period, Wade Allison got a goal. Allison is fighting for one of the Flyers’ final roster spots and has been proving that he deserves it with his loudness on the ice. One of the more disappointing players throughout preseason was Tyson Foerster, who many expected to stand out on the ice.
While the second period was scoreless, it still told a story of a hardworking Philadelphia team. The battle between the two metropolitan teams carried on to the final frame. With both teams going back and forth between puck possession, Rhett Gardner equalized the game at two. The Flyers had a surge of momentum as they were back in the game after trailing for the majority of two periods.
In good ole Flyers fashion, 60 minutes wasn’t enough. It was time for three-on-three hockey. The Devils gained a majority of the puck control and put an end to the game. Devils won 3-2 in overtime. If this were a regular season game, the Flyers would have at least gained one point. Luckily, this is still preseason, and the Flyers played well against a cup-contending team.
After the game, Cam Atkinson spoke about how it felt being back on the ice. “It felt good. It was a little dicey. I didn’t feel too bad other than the timing, getting the puck, and realizing they were on you. I was way more comfortable as the second and third periods went on,” Atkinson said. While Atkinson played his first preseason game, so did goaltender Carter Hart. When Hart was asked if he wanted to play again in the remaining two preseason games before the season, he reiterated that it was up to the coaches.
The Flyers took two to overtime through four preseason games and have been making improvements. While Philadelphia has an uphill battle against them this season, it’s good to see players such as Bobby Brink making a name for himself this camp to try to earn a roster spot. Philadelphia plays again Monday against the Boston Bruins with a puck drop at 7 p.m.