The Valencia Flyers came into their three-game weekend series against the expansion Las Vegas Storm looking to gain some traction in the very tough Western Division of the Western States Hockey League.
With a series sweep the Flyers did just that, winning by scores of 6-0, 5-2 and 5-1.
None of the games were ever really close as the Flyers seemed to impose their will from start to finish in each.
Friday night, the Flyers got out to a hot start when Jared Waldman made a spinning pass in the neutral zone to spring Ray Wilson and Blake Aguilar on a two-on-one. Aguilar and Wilson took care of everything from there with some quick touch passes resulting in a wide-open net goal for Blake Aguilar, his second of the season and first of four on the weekend.
Minutes later, the Flyers would capitalize on a power play when Tyler Lazarek would score from behind the goal to make it 2-0 Flyers – a lead they would take into the locker room after the first period.
The second started with more scoring, this time by Jared Waldman on the power play after a nice setup from Nik Giers and Aguilar to make it 3-0. The Flyers would score three goals to close the third with Aguilar and Lazarek netting their second of the game and Wilson getting into the action as well as they Flyers would cruise to a 6-0 victory.
The Flyers would out shoot the Storm 58-15 in the game as Ole Nilsen picked up his first victory of the season – a shutout win.
Saturday night resulted in more of the same at the start when the Flyers would score four minutes into the first period. Giers would take a pass from Chase Thesman and dance around the goaltender before sliding the puck home to make it 1-0 Flyers.
They would make it 2-0 on a Jason Hart slap shot that was deflected in off a Storm defender just three minutes later.
Las Vegas would charge back in the second, putting up their only resistance of the weekend scoring twice in a minute to tie the game at 2-2.
However, that would be as close as Las Vegas would get over the entire weekend as Aguilar would score four minutes into the third to give the Flyers a 3-2 lead. Evan Johnson would give the Flyers some insurance three minutes later when he beat the Storm goaltender five-hole to make it 4-2. Thesman would add an empty-netter with 14.4 remaining to give the Flyers a 5-2 victory as Silvan Delb would pick up his second victory of the season between the pipes.
Sunday, the Flyers scored again early in the first, this time just over five minutes in when Thesman would skate a puck through neutral ice, cut to the middle and then take a shot from the left circle, beating the Storm goaltender over the glove hand and breaking the water bottle on the back of the net in the process to make it 1-0 Flyers.
Lazarek and Hart would add goals as the first period continued giving the Flyers a 3-0 lead going into the first intermission.
It took the Flyers nearly all of the second period to make it 4-0, but they eventually would with 1:50 remaining in the period on Aguilar’s team leading fifth goal of the season, and fourth of the weekend.
Luc Whyte would score his first of the season with just 10.3 left in the second after Johnson made a superb play in the neutral zone to take a hit and spring Whyte into the Storm zone, where he beat the goaltender between the legs to make it 5-0 Valencia.
The Flyers would cruise through most of the third period, even after allowing a Storm goal early on, but would ultimately win the game 5-1, out-scoring the Storm 16-3 over the weekend. Sander Berg would pick up his first victory of the season on Sunday stopping 22 of 23 shots.
Valencia will next play on Halloween night, Oct. 31 when they host the division-leading Ontario Avalanche. Game time is 7:15 p.m. at Ice Station Valencia.