Orange & Black Breakdown
by Marc Siciliano on 12/31/11 at 09:15 PM ET
The sellout crowd of 45,808 rose to its feet; and just like that, the most anticipated beer league hockey game to ever grace the streets of Philadelphia had come to an end.
Quite the setting for a hockey game..
Before the game even started, you could feel the anticipation mounting. With the type of weather that reminds you of baseball, fans gathered early around the ballpark to begin tailgating and celebrating the iconic faces of the organization before they even got the chance to hit the ice.
As the clock neared 2:30, Bernie Parent led the Flyers onto the ice in his familiar #1, complete with classic mask and pads to a raucous “Bernie, Bernie!” chant that filled the stadium. But that was just the beginning, as the noise grew deafening as the screen flashed the familiar faces of beloved Flyers of the past, both dressed and ‘scratched’ to the delight of the fans. With smiles on their faces, the players prepared for what was obviously so much more than just another chance to play hockey.
The Orange Crush in the lower section..
And then there was the game itself. Ironically, the event that is responsible for bringing everyone together happens to be one of the least appetizing portions of the overall scene. Sloppy, lackluster play dominated the scene, with the occasional flash of brilliance, lasting just long enough for one to realize and shout the euphoric name of the player they can only recall seeing in standard definition (sans Recchi).
Bernie Parent stopped every shot he faced, including a breakaway that could have deflated the entire scene at the park in the first several minutes of the game. And then, at around the 10-minute mark, magic struck in the form of Lindros to LeClair – and upon realization of what just happened, the crowd went wild.
A panoramic view of CBP at the start of the 2nd period today
The game continued, with the Flyers holding a 2-1 lead into the 3rd. It was there that Brad Marsh made his presence felt the best way he could, laying out to block a shot regardless of the fact that he chose not to wear a helmet. From that moment on, you knew this Flyers alumni squad wasn’t going to let this one slip away.
The icing on the cake was a Mark Howe Penalty Shot goal, and the Flyers alumni walked down the steps of the Phillies dugout with their heads held high and an immaculate 1-0 record in 2011. Not bad for 60-minutes of beer league hockey.
Harry Kalas probably wouldn’t have seen this coming…
Look for this story to be updated with quotes as the night goes on..
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