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Future Flyers Report: Alt signs entry-level deal, Cousins and Alderson debut with Phantoms, Oshawa on the brink of elimination, Zolnierczyk traded

Mark Alt joined the Philadelphia Flyers’ organization just before the beginning of this shortened NHL season began back in the middle of January. In a deal that also brought Brian Boucher back to Philly, the Orange and Black also acquired Alt from the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for forward Luke Pither.Alt spent this season with the University of Minnesota, a squad that was upset by the Yale Bulldogs in the opening round of the NCAA tournament. Over his three years with the Golden Gophers, Alt totaled seven goals, 32 assists, and 85 PIMs with a plus-39 rating in 117 games. The …

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Future Flyers Report: Lauridsen in the NHL, Yale ruins Frozen Four dreams, OHL/WHL playoff updates

Oliver Lauridsen experienced a sample size of professional hockey with the Adirondack Phantoms in the 2010-2011 season before spending the entire 2011-2012 campaign with the club. Due to several of the Philadelphia Flyers’ defensemen being out of action because of injuries, Lauridsen got his first taste of the NHL this weekend. At 6″6′, 229 pounds, Lauridsen is a gigantic blue liner that uses his size to his advantage by being a physical, stay-at-home defender. From 2008-2009 to 2010-2011, the defenseman spent most of his time with St. Cloud State University where he had seven goals and 15 assists along with …

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Titans keep late-season surge going, beat Royals

Kory Nagy and Shane Harper each collected a pair of goals, Scott Wedgewood made 25 saves and the Trenton Titans dodged a key two-man disadvantage in the third period en route to a 6-4 win over the Reading Royals on Thursday night — the 15th and final meeting between the clubs. Mike Ullrich and Jesse Todd also scored, while Blake Kessel chipped in three assists for the Titans (31-31-8), who continued their late-season success with their fourth straight win and fifth in their last seven. Kirk MacDonald returned from the reserve list to open the scoring just 15 seconds in, …

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Harper, Cepis share ECHL Player of the Week nods

Even though the Trenton Titans will not have any more games to play after the end of this week, it doesn’t mean their players have thrown in the towel. Coming off an impressive resurgent week of almost nothing but victories, forwards Shane Harper and Jacob Cepis shared the ECHL’s Player of the Week honors. Two-thirds of Vince Williams’ top offensive line combined to strafe enemy goaltenders for 12 goals and 27 points. Cepis scored five goals with nine assists and Harper tallied seven goals and six assists in four games last week. The week opened with Harper recording an assist …

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Reading Redux: Gill once again named top goalie in ECHL

Riley Gill is on quite a streak backstopping the Reading Royals — the top overall seed in the Eastern Conference. Following in the footsteps and crease markings of Philipp Grubauer, all he’s done is post a 10-2-0 record with three shutouts, a 1.18 goals-against average and save percentage of .955 in 12 games with the Atlantic Division champions this season. Part of his success is his stinginess: allowing two goals or less in 11 of his 12 appearances. So, it’s no surprise that for the second consecutive week, Gill was selected as the top goaltender in the ECHL. The 28-year-old …