Powerless Phantoms Fall To Penguins In Overtime


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A power play goal nearly five minutes into overtime put an end to the winning ways of the Berlin Wall as the suddenly ineffective Lehigh Valley Phantoms fell 2-1 at the hands of the intra-state rival Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Penguins as the American Hockey League‘s all-Pennsylvania competition continues.

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre rookie netminder Matt Murray, the lanky 20-year-old (6’5″ 172 lbs) from Thunder Bay, Ontario, who was the third round pick (# 83 overall) of the Pittsburgh Penguins at the 2012 National Hockey League Draft, had a phenomenal evening in turning aside 42 of 43 shots faced.

Fellow Penguins rookie Jean-Sebastien Dea, the undrafted 20-year-old center from Laval, Quebec, scored the game-winner and added an assist against the Phantoms, as well, to assume Scranton/Wilkes-Barre leadership with seven points so far this season (7 ga, 3 go).

Lehigh Valley, clearly missing the influences of the two American defensemen, Shayne Gostisbehere (recalled by the Philadelphia Flyers) and Mark Alt (injured), went a woeful 0 for 9 on the power play and failed to convert two lengthy 5-on-3 opportunities, one each in the second and third periods, respectively. The punchless Phantoms also did not take advantage of the fact that, during the course of the contest, the visiting Penguins lost two of their six defensemen on account of injuries. Roughhouser Reid McNeill, the sixth round selection (# 170 overall) of the Pittsburgh Penguins at the 2010 NHL Draft who had 119 penalty minutes in 55 games for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre last season, went to the locker room towards the end of the second period while Derrick Pouliot, the highly touted 20-year-old rookie who was the Penguins’ first round (# 8 overall) choice at the 2012 NHL Draft who did well for Canada (7 ga, 1 go, 5 pts) at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championships last winter, got hurt early in the third frame.

Pouliot made an excellent pass set up Scranton/Wilkes-Barre’s first goal from experienced Canadian legionnaire Andrew Ebbett, the 31-year-old former University of Michigan center who has skated in 200 NHL games (25 go, 65 pts) in his career.

Former Eisbaeren Berlin goaltender Rob Zepp made thirty saves and did not concede an even-strength goal but it was not enough to prevent the German national team veteran from absorbing his first defeat in the American Hockey League since the now 33-year-old stood between the pipes for the Lowell Lock Monsters more than a decade ago during the 2003/04 season.

The depleted Lehigh Valley Phantoms have now scored just one goal in nearly 125 minutes of AHL play against the two Pennsylvania foes and will need to regroup quickly.

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Lehigh Valley Phantoms shot-stopper Rob Zepp (72) increased his save percentage (.918) while lowering his goals-against-average (2.50) but still suffered his first AHL loss in five starts this season against the visiting Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Penguins on Wednesday night.
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October 29, 2014
PPL Center – Allentown, Pennsylvania
Attendance : 6,733

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Penguins 2Lehigh Valley Phantoms 1 … (overtime)

11:17 … SWB – Ebbett (Pouliot, Dea) – ppg
35:59 … LV – Sortini (Cousins)
64:58 … SWB – Dea (Dumoulin, Chorney) – ppg

shots-on-goal : LV 43 ( 11 + 13 + 12 + 7 ) – SWB 32 ( 13 + 8 + 9 + 2 )

penalty minutes : SWB 25 – LV 15

power plays : SWB 2/5 – LV 0/9

fights : Flemming (LV) vs Wilson (SWB)

10-minute misconducts : none

Lehigh Valley : Zepp – Hagg, Pettersson ; Lauridsen, Flemming ; Delisle, Lamarche – Leier, Laughton, Gordon ; Powe, Goumas, Alderson ; Straka, Cousins, Sortini ; Fyten, Johnston, Mathers

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre : Murray – Dumoulin, Chorney ; Samuelsson, McNeill ; Harrington, Pouliot – Wilson, Ebbett, Megna ; Kuehnhackl, Dea, Rust ; Zlobin, Torquato, Kotsopoulous ; Uher, Payerl, Letourneau-Leblond

Notes — with Gostisbehere recalled to Philadelphia and Alt on the shelf with a shoulder injury, the Phantoms defensive corps lost even more human resources when the Flyers summoned Brandon Manning to the National Hockey League. The undrafted 24-year-old from Prince George, British Columbia, spent all of last season with the Adirondack Phantoms in the American Hockey League but already has ten games of NHL experience under his belt having spent parts of his first two professional campaigns with the Philadelphia Flyers.

Up from the Reading Royals of the East Coast Hockey League to beef up the Lehigh Valley back line is Maxim Lamarche, the undrafted 22-year-old from Laval, Quebec, whose spent most of his rookie season turning out in the ECHL for the Elmira Jackals (50 ga, 3 go, 8 pts, 38 pen, + 2 def rat) but did make a dozen appearances for the Adirondack Phantoms in the AHL, as well.

Returning to active duty for the Phantoms against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre was left wing Petr Straka, the 22-year-old import from the Czech Republic who was the second round choice (# 55 overall) of the Columbus Blue Jackets at the 2010 NHL Draft; Straka had two goals and three points in four games for Lehigh Valley before going out injured.

One-third of the eighteen skaters who were in uniform for the Lehigh Valley Phantoms’ first-ever official regular season AHL game on the road at the Scranton/Wikes-Barre Penguins almost three weeks were not available for the return match-up in Allentown on Wednesday night.

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Around Big Ten Hockey Horn


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Because the first pucks of this 2014/15 NCAA season have already been dropped some time ago now and the results, particularly those involving the Big Ten Conference schools, are always extremely important, of course.

Friday, October 24,2014
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Minnesota 5Bemidji State 2
(goals — Boyd 2, Cammarata, Rau, Fasching ; Cain, Ward)
Michigan 8UMass/Lowell 4
(goals — Hyman 3, Kile, Motte, Larkin, Dancs, Werenski ; Chapie, White, Wallin, Zink)
Boston University 1Michigan State 0
(goals — Oksanen)
Penn State 3Holy Cross 1
(goals — DeRosa, Scheid, Bailey ; Pooley)

Saturday, October 25, 2014
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Minnesota 5Bemidji State 3
(goals — C. Reilly, Rau, Kloos, Boyd, Skjei ; Gerbrandt 2, Prapavessis)
Boston University 3Michigan 2
(goals — Oksanen, Eichel, Lane ; Werenski, Kile)
UMass/Lowell 2Michigan State 1
(goals — Zink, Kapla ; Boyd)

Sunday, October 26, 2014
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Penn State 7Holy Cross 1
(goals — Conway 2, Bailey, Loik, Scheid, Glen, Friedman ; Bolton)

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Boston University center Jack Eichel (9), who skated as a 17-year-old in all five games (one goal, four assists) for the United States at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championships in Sweden last winter, assisted on the only goal of the NCAA non-conference tilt against the Michigan State Spartans on Friday and then struck for a pivotal goal in the inter-regional clash with the Michigan Wolverines on Saturday.
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The top-ranked Minnesota Golden Gophers (4-0-0) rolled past the intra-state rival Bemidji State Beavers relatively easily as team captain Kyle Rau, the homegrown senior from Eden Prairie who was the third round pick(# 91 overall) of the Florida Panthers at the 2011 NHL Draft, notched a goal and an assist in each of the two games contested. Defenseman Mike Reilly, the homegrown junior from Chanhassen who was the fourth round choice (# 98 overall) of the Columbus Blue Jackets at the 2011 NHL Draft and an NCAA (West) First Team All-America selection last season, registered four assists this weekend including three in the Gophers’ 5-3 win on Saturday night. Travis Boyd, the homegrown senior from Hopkins who was the tabbed in the sixth round choice (# 177 overall) of the 2011 NHL Draft by the Washington Capitals, bagged his first three goals of this 2014/15 NCAA campaign in the two-game set against Bemidji State.

The traveling Michigan Wolverines (2-3-0), ranked 14th in the country coming into the weekend according to the latest USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll, split a pair of games against stiff competition in Massachusetts. Power by a hat trick and five-point effort from Canadian legionnaire Zach Hyman, the 22-year-old senior right wing from Toronto, Ontario, who was the fifth round pick (# 123) of the Florida Panthers at the 2010 NHL Draft, the Wolverines finally awoke from their offensive slumber and outscored the # 8 UMass – Lowell RiverHawks 8-4. Prize recruit Dylan Larkin, the 18-year-old homegrown freshman from Waterord who was the first round choice (# 14 overall) of the Detroit Red Wings at the 2014 NHL Draft this past summer, had a four-point (one goal) game on Friday night, as well … Michigan were leading # 11 Boston University early in the third period on Saturday night before Terriers center Jack Eichel, the freshman sensation from North Chelmsford who is expected to be either the first or second player taken at the upcoming 2015 NHL Draft, netted the equalizer. The Wolverines’ 17-year-old defenseman Zach Werenski, the very highly touted homegrown freshman from Grosse Pointe who is widely considered to be a top ten pick at this summer’s NHL Draft, registered a goal and an assist against both UMass – Lowell as well as opposite Boston University. Michigan left wing Alex Kile, the 20-year-old homegrown sophomore from Troy who has seven points (three goals) in five games so far this season, also lit the lamp against both the RedHawks and the Terriers.

The Michigan State Spartans (1-3-0) dropped both contests on its New England road trip but still manage to display rather stingy defense in the consecutive losses to the Boston University Terriers and the UMass – Lowell RiverHawks. Spartans netminder Jake Hildebrand, the 21-year-old junior from Butler, Pennsylvania, who is entering his third season as the Michigan State starter, turned aside a combined 59 of 62 shots faced including the 39 saves made against Boston University. Defenseman R.J. Boyd, the 23-year-old junior from Lake Worth, Florida, who was the seventh round pick (# 183 overall) of the Florida Panthers at the 2010 NHL Draft, scored Michigan State’s only goal.

This weekend, the Penn State Nittany Lions (3-1-2) got two goals each from Casey Bailey, the junior from Anchorage, Alaska, who holds the school record with 27 career lamp-lighters, to date, and Eric Scheid, the redshirt junior from Blaine, Minnesota, who led the Nittany Lions in goal-scoring last season after transferring from the University of Alaska – Anchorage. Semi-highly touted freshman Scott Conway, the 19-year-old native Englishman whose father, Kevin Conway, appeared for the national team of Great Britain at the annual IIHF World Championships on seven occasions during the 1990s, scored his first two collegiate goals. Ricky DeRosa, the sophomore right wing who once skated for the Philadelphia Jr. Flyers, scored a goal on Friday night and added three assists on Sunday afternoon.

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Penn State Nittany Lions defenseman Erik Autio (20), the 19-year-old freshman imported from Espoo, Finland, passes the puck ahead of the Holy Cross Crusaders during NCAA non-conference game at the Pegula Ice Arena. Penn State’s first-ever European recruit has skated in five of the Nittany Lions’ first six games this season and recorded his first collegiate point in the landslide 7-1 win over Holy Cross. Autio, who appeared for Finland and earned a bronze medal at the 2013 IIHF World U-18 Championships a couple of winters ago, is a legitimate candidate to be on the Finnish team that will defend its title at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championships this winter.

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Penn State 7 – Holy Cross 1


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After being held off the scoresheet for nearly thirty-five minutes of play, the home side promptly initiated a veritable goal-scoring festival for the duration of the contest as the clearly inspired Penn State Nittany Lions demolished the visiting Holy Cross Crusaders 7-1 to complete just the second two-game sweep in the program’s three-year history and the very first ever at the marvelous Pegula Ice Arena.

This is exactly the sort of stuff that Penn State consistently need to play during the non-conference schedule in preparation for the Big Ten Conference which is annually unforgiving. The Minnesota Golden Gophers of the world will always have at least a dozen National Hockey League draft picks on its roster. This year, in fact, the five-time NCAA champion have no fewer than fifteen certified NHL prospects on hand.

And then there are other teams in the league such as the nine-time NCAA champion Michigan Wolverines, for whom ten or more NHL draft picks is certainly not an unusual occurrence. It is true that, last season, the Nittany Lions beat the Maze & Blue in three of five contests between the two schools including the conference tournament match-up in St. Paul, Minnesota. Those results should only stiffen the resolve of Michigan, though.

A very important test for Penn State arrives when the Nittany Lions entertain the University of Massachusetts – Lowell in the middle of November.

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Penn State defenseman Nate Jensen (24), the 24-year-old redshirt senior whose father, David H. Jensen, served as captain of the Minnesota Golden Gophers, before representing the United States at the 1984 Winter Olympic Games in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia, hammers Holy Cross Crusaders right wing Scott Pooley (12), the freshman from Granges, Indiana, who scored the visitor’s only goal at the Pegula Ice Arena on Friday night, during the NCAA non-conference meeting in State College.
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October 26, 2014
Pegula Ice Arena – State College, Pennsylvania
Attendance : 5,988

PENN STATE 7 – HOLY CROSS 1

34:49 … PSU – Bailey (Holstrom, Goodwin)
37:04 … PSU – Loik (Conway, Autio) – ppg
43:33 … PSU – Scheid (Conway, Richard)
44:55 … PSU – Glen (Loik, Juha)
47:01 … HC – Bolton (Smith, Lubanski)
53:15 … PSU – Conway (Scheid, DeRosa)
55:47 … PSU – Friedman (DeRosa)
58:23 … PSU – Conway (Loik, DeRosa) – ppg

shots-on-goal : PSU 45 ( 15 + 14 + 16 ) – HC 29 ( 5 + 13 + 11 )

penalty minutes : HC 18 + 10-minute misconduct – PSU 12

power plays : PSU 2/7 – HC 0/4

PENN STATE : Skoff – Koudys, Varley ; Juha, Autio ; Jensen, Sweetland – Goodwin, Holstrom, Bailey ; Richard, Conway, Scheid ; Loik, Glen, Brooks ; DeRosa, Gardiner, Friedman

HOLY CROSS : Ginn – McNamara, Beckman ; Bolton, Smith ; Muratore, Nagy – Dwyer, Youso, Gustin ; McKinnon, Barrett, Vidal ; Sommer, Lubanski, Pooley ; Finn, Moore, Driscoll

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Vengeful Hershey Bears Blank Impotent Lehigh Valley Phantoms


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A shorthanded goal in the second period as well as a second consecutive shutout from an undrafted rookie professional goaltender helped power the always-proud Hershey Bears franchise to a 3-0 whitewash of the visiting Lehigh Valley Phantoms in the American Hockey League‘s lastest installment of the Pennsylvania Derby.

Hershey netminder Phoenix Copley, the 22-year-old native of North Pole, Alaska, who spent two seasons at Michigan Tech University before signing his first pro contract with the South Carolina Stingrays of the East Coast Hockey League last spring, stopped all twenty-two Lehigh Valley shots to register his third AHL victory in as many games this season; it was the rookie Copley, of course, who had looked polished in stopping 23 of 24 shots when the Bears defeated the Phantoms 3-1 in the very first AHL exhibition game ever contested at the new PPL Center in Allentown back on October 1st.

Hershey’s 20-year-old rookie center Chandler Stephenson, the third round choice (# 77 overall) of the Washington Capitals at the 2012 NHL Draft, netted a critical shorthanded goal midway through the second period to give the Bears a 2-0 lead. Fourth-year pro Dustin Gazley, the 26-year-old former Michigan State Spartans winger who spent most of the last three seasons skating in the third-tier ECHL, scored his second goal in as many games after the Lehigh Valley Phantoms lifted their netminder in favor of a sixth attacker. Veteran defenseman Mike Moore, the 29-year-old Canadian legionnaire who played his college hockey at Princeton University under current Penn State head coach Guy Gadowsky, assisted on the Hershey Bears’ last two strikes.

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October 26, 2014
Giant Center – Hershey, Pennsylvania
Attendance : 7,805

Hershey Bears 3Lehigh Valley Phantoms 0

24:08 … HER – Cornet (Kennedy, Schilling)
31:24 … HER – Stephenson (Byers, Moore) – shg
59:39 … HER – Gazley (Newbury, Moore) – eng

shots-on-goal: HER 30 ( 9 + 10 + 11 ) – LV 22 ( 7 + 8 + 7 )

penalty minutes : HER 15 – LV 15

power plays : HER 0/4 – LV 0/4

fights : Spencer (HER) vs Mathers (LV)

10-minute misconducts : none

Hershey : Copley – Moore, Carrick ; Schilling, Oleksy ; Landry, Kundratek – Walker, Newbury, Wellman ; Cornet, Kennedy, Wilson ; Byers, Broda, Gazley ; Spencer, Stephenson, Mitchell

Lehigh Valley : Stolarz – Manning, Pettersson ; Lauridsen, Flemming ; Hagg, Delisle – Leier, Laughton, Gordon ; Powe, Cousins, Alderson ; Fyten, Johnston, Sortini ; Hatch, Goumas, Mathers

Notes — 20-year-old rookie goaltender Anthony Stolarz, the second round pick (# 45 overall) of the Philadelphia Flyers at the 2012 NHL Draft who made one successful appearance (a shutout versus Germany) for the United States at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championships last winter, made just the second start of his brief professional career for the Phantoms against the Bears at the Giant Center.

Included among Lehigh Valley’s eighteen skaters for Sunday’s return engagement with the Hershey Bears were four players — defenseman Brett Flemming, left wing Matt Hatch, center Andrew Johnston and right wing Derek Mathers — who had all originally been assigned to the Reading Royals of the ECHL at the end of the Phantoms’ AHL training camp earlier this month.

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Laughton Lifts Lehigh Valley Over Binghamton


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Despite surrendering two goals inside the last fifteen seconds of regulation play and then being thoroughly outshot in the extra session, as well, the visitors still managed to cash in on their one and only chance of the overtime period as the Lehigh Valley Phantoms barely edged the Binghamton Senators 5-4 in the American Hockey League.

Binghamton center Derek Grant, the 24-year-old Canadian legionnaire who spent two seasons with the Michigan State Spartans in the old Central Collegiate Hockey Association before turning professional in the spring of 2010, netted the two heart-stopping goals that brought the Senators level very late in the third period.

But Philadelphia Flyers first round pick Scott Laughton, the 20-year-old rookie professional who was the 20th overall player chosen at the 2012 National Hockey League Draft, took full advantage of Lehigh Valley’s opportunity in overtime to score his fifth AHL goal in as many games for the Phantoms thus far; the captain for Canada at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championships last winter also added an assist against the Senators and now has seven points.

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Lehigh Valley Phantoms human resources protection specialist Zack Sortini (45), the 29-year-old veteran Canadian legionnaire who learned much about enforcement tactics during his tenure with the National Hockey League’s Edmonton Oilers, explains standing company policy to Binghamton Senators defenseman Michael Sdao (4), the 25-year-old American in his second full year out of Princeton University, in greater detail during the American Hockey League clash in upstate New York.
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October 25, 2014
Floyd L. Maines Veteran Memorial Arena- Binghamton, New York
Attendance : 3,818

Lehigh Valley Phantoms 5Binghamton Senators 4 … (overtime)

08:28 … BNG – Prince (Robinson, Johnson)
18:09 … LV – Cousins (Hagg, Pettersson) – ppg
19:25 … BNG – Pageau (Wideman, Robinson)
29:25 … LV – Hagg (Pettersson, Cousins) – ppg
32:01 … LV – Gordon (Laughton, Delisle)
36:16 … LV – Fyten (Rosehill, Manning)
59:45 … BNG – D. Grant (Puempel, Prince)
59:54 … BNG – D. Grant (Prince)
65:50 … LV – Laughton (Manning)

shots-on-goal : LV 41 ( 14 + 17 + 9 + 1 ) – BNG 40 ( 14 + 9 + 12 + 5 )

penalty minutes : LV 18 + game misconduct (10) – BNG 20

power plays : LV 2/4 – BNG 0/3

fights : Puempel (BNG) vs Pettersson (LV) ; Sdao (BNG) vs Sortini (LV)

game misconduct : Sortini (LV)

Binghamton : Hammond – Claesson, A. Grant, Johnson, Mullen, New, Sdao, Wideman – Camper, Dzingel, D. Grant, Guptil, Kramer, Pageau, Prince, Puempel, Robinson, Schneider, Thompson

Lehigh Valley : Zepp – Alt, Lauridsen ; Manning, Pettersson ; Hagg, Delisle – Leier, Laughton, Gordon ; Powe, Johnston, Alderson ; Fyten, Cousins, Sortini ; Hatch, Goumas, Rosehill

Notes — talented 19-year-old defenseman Robert Hagg, the second round pick (# 41 overall) of the Philadelphia Flyers at the 2013 NHL Draft who earned a silver medal with Sweden at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championships last winter and skated in ten American Hockey League games (one goal, three assists) for the Adirondack Phantoms later that spring, tallied his first-ever goal for the fledgling Lehigh Valley Phantoms on Saturday night and now has five points in as many AHL games this term.

Former Eisbaeren Berlin goaltender Rob Zepp, the 33-year-old veteran who started four games for Germany at the 2014 IIHF World Championships in Belarus last spring, picked up his fourth victory in as many AHL appearances so far this season.

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Leon Draisaitl Becomes Youngest German To Ever Score NHL Goal


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Still a full three days shy of his nineteenth birthday, German teenage phenomenon Leon Draisaitl became the youngest player born and raised in Deutschland to ever score a goal in the crack National Hockey League after tallying what proved to be the game-winner for the Edmonton Oilers against the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday night.

The third overall player chosen at the 2014 NHL Draft this past summer, the still 18-year-old Draisaitl was originally stopped at point blank range by Carolina netminder Anton Khudobin, the 28-year-old Russian journeyman who suddenly emerged to establish himself as the Hurricanes’ most reliable goaltender last season (36 ga, 2.30 avg, .926 svpct). Not to be denied, however, the former Prince Albert Raiders star who appeared in all seven games (1 go, 4 pts) for the senior national team of Germany at the 2014 IIHF World Championships last spring quickly snapped up his own rebound and smoothly went to the backhand. And so it came to be, on his eighth appearance in the vaunted National Hockey League for the history-rich Edmonton Oilers, youthful talent Leon Draisaitl had finally scored his very first professional goal.

The only other German player to have ever scored an NHL goal as a teenager previously was Marco Sturm, the long-lasting left wing who was the first round selection (# 21 overall) of the San Jose Sharks at the 1996 NHL Draft. Sturm notched his first NHL goal against the Chicago Black Hawks in early October of 1997 at the exact age of 19 years and 26 days.

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It is rather interesting that German teenage phenom Leon Draisaitl plays his professional hockey in the Canadian province of Alberta. This because it was in very same Canadian province that the father of the Edmonton Oilers’ first round pick (# 3 overall) at the 2014 NHL Draft this past summer first made his debut at a major international tournament when appearing for West Germany at the 1988 Winter Olympic Games hosted by the city of Calgary. Former ERC Mannheim and Koelner Haie center Peter Draisaitl, a three-time Olympian (’88, ’92, ’98), ultimately skated with the senior national team of Germany at eleven “majors” in his career and totaled 14 goals and 31 points in 73 games for Deutschland at those top shelf competitions.
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After skating in the Edmonton Oilers’s first eight games of this 2014/15 National Hockey League season, German rookie Profispieler Leon Draisaitl has totaled one goal and three points thus far :

GERMAN PRODUCTION IN FIRST NHL CAMPAIGN
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34 pts … 13 go … 63 ga …… Jochen Hecht, St. Louis Blues – 1999/00 *
30 pts … 10 go … 74 ga …… Marco Sturm, San Jose Sharks – 1997/98
29 pts ….. 5 go … 53 ga …… Uli Hiemer, New Jersey Devils – 1984/85
22 pts ….. 8 go … 81 ga …… Marcel Goc, San Jose Sharks – 2005/06 *
17 pts ….. 7 go … 48 ga …… Stefan Ustdorf, Washington Capitals – 1995/96

* Notes — as a 21-year-old rookie professional in North America, Hecht made three appearances in the National Hockey League for St. Louis during the 1998/99 season but spent almost all of that campaign skating in the American Hockey League with the Worcester IceCats … Goc was recalled by San Jose and participated in the 2004 NHL playoffs as a 20-year-old rookie but had spent that entire 2003/04 regular season turning out in the AHL on behalf of the Cleveland Barons.

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Germany center Leon Draisaitl (71), the 18-year-old who spent the season skating for the the Western Hockey League’s Prince Albert Raiders in Canadian junior system, shields the puck from Latvia right wing Ronalds Kenins of Swiss Nationalliga A side ZSC Lions in Zuerich during the Group B preliminary round game at the 2014 IIHF World Championships in Minsk, Belarus. The Germans defeated the Latvians 3-2 thanks, in part, to a goal by Philadelphia Flyers farmhand Marcel Noebels of the AHL’s Adirondack Phantoms and nineteen saves from Washington Capitals / Hershey Bears netminder Philipp Grubauer. The teenager Draisaitl was held off the scoresheet in this particular contest but later concluded the tournament by scoring one goal and adding two assists during Germany’s 5-4 loss to the United States at the Minsk Arena.

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Krefeld Power Play Kills Berlin


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October 24, 2014
Koenigpalast – Krefeld, Germany
Attendance : 4,836

KREFELD PINGUINE 4 – EISBAEREN BERLIN 3

03:26 … EB – Mulock (Talbot, Noebels)
03:31 … EB – Pohl (Miettinen)
04:38 … KP – Courchaine (St. Pierre, Pietta)
10:45 … KP – Meyers (Vasiljevs, Sonnenburg) – ppg
12:05 … KP – Driendl (Vasiljevs, Meyers) – ppg
20:31 … KP – Schymainski (Perrault, St. Pierre) – ppg
57:41 … EB – Rankel (C. Braun, Mulock) – ppg

shots-on-goal : EB 34 ( 11 + 9 + 14 ) – KP 30 ( 18 + 6 + 6 )

penalty minutes : EB 18 + 10-minute misconduct – KP 10 + 10-minute misconduct

power plays : KP 3/9 – EB 1/5

Krefeld Pinguine : Duba – Meyers, Sonnenburg ; Fisher, St. Pierre ; Hanusch, Supis ; Weihager – Schymainski, Pietta, Courchaine ; Vasiljevs, Driendl, Hauner ; Methot, Perrault, Sofron ; Meisinger, Kretschmann, Orendorz

Eisbaeren Berlin : Vehanen – Hoerdler, C. Braun ; Baxmann, Sharrow ; Borer, Haase – Rankel, Talbot, Mulock ; Ziegler, Olver, Tallackson ; Noebels, Miettinen, Pohl ; J. Schlenker

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Lehigh Valley’s Berlin Wall, Late Blitztore Too Much For Hershey Bears


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More solid, if unspectacular, netminding from the experienced veteran signed just this past summer along with three lightning-quick goals scored rather late in the third period enabled the upstart Lehigh Valley Phantoms to rally for a dramatic 4-2 triumph over the intra-state rival Hershey Bears in the American Hockey League.

Already leading by a goal, visiting Hershey were outshooting their host 9-0 in the third period and were, in fact, a mere six minutes from posting their fourth consecutive victory on the trot. But the Bears never could get a third puck past former Eisbaeren Berlin goaltender Rob Zepp and this particularly deficiency would ultimately prove to be the visitors’ undoing. This because the Lehigh Valley attack suddenly sprang to life against the suddenly ineffective German shot-stopper Philipp Grubauer, the 22-year-old who appeared in seventeen National Hockey League games for the Washington Capitals last season and had been playing well in this game versus the Phantoms up to that point.

Canadian legionnaire Darroll Powe, the 29-year-old veteran out of Princeton University (then under the direction of current Penn State head coach Guy Gadowsky) who has skated in 329 NHL games for the Philadelphia Flyers, Minnesota Wild and New York Rangers, netted his first two goals for the fledgling Lehigh Valley Phantoms.

Rookie left wing Taylor Leier, the fourth round pick (# 117 overall) of the Philadelphia Flyers at the 2012 NHL Draft who appeared in all seven games but had no points for a medal-less Canada side at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championships in Sweden last winter, notched his first professional goal for the Phantoms while Czech Republic import Petr Straka, the second round choice (# 55 overall) of the Columbus Blue Jackets at the 2010 NHL Draft who had nine goals in 60 AHL games for the Adirondack Phantoms last term, tallied his second goal in four games for Lehigh Valley.

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Lehigh Valley Phantoms right wing Andrew Gordon (10), the 28-year-old veteran Canadian legionnaire out of St. Cloud State University who had 23 goals and 57 points in 76 AHL games for the St. John’s Maple Leafs last season, lugs the puck against another of his former American Hockey League employers, the Hershey Bears, at the PPL Center in Allentown.
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October 24, 2014
PPL Center – Allentown, Pennsylvania
Attendance : 7,881

Lehigh Valley Phantoms 4Hershey Bears 2

13:27 … HER – Newbury (Wellman)
31:11 … LV – Powe (Hagg, Manning) – ppg
34:14 … HER – Wellman (Kundratek, Carrick) – ppg
54:01 … LV – Leier (Alt, Cousins)
54:58 … LV – Powe (Gordon, Laughton)
55:54 … LV – Straka (Cousins)

shots-on-goal : HER 31 ( 12 + 7 + 12 ) – LV 24 ( 7 + 13 + 4 )

penalty minutes : HER 26 – LV 24

power plays : HER 1/3 – LV 1/4

fights : Rosehill (LV) vs Spencer (HER), Delisle (LV) vs Mitchell (HER)

10-minute misconducts : none

Lehigh Valley : Zepp – Alt, Hagg ; Manning, Delisle ; Pettersson, Lauridsen – Leier, Laughton, Gordon – Powe, Fyten, Alderson ; Straka, Cousins, Sortini ; Rosehill, Goumas, Johnston

Hershey : Grubauer – Carrick, Wey ; Schilling, Olesky ; Landry, Kundratek – Walker, Newbury, Wellman ; Cornet, Kennedy, Wilson ; Spencer, Stephenson, Mitchell ; Gazley, Broda, Herbert

Notes — the Philadelphia Flyers have recalled highly touted defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere, the NCAA (East) First Team All-America selection for national champion Union College last season who, two terms prior, garnered a gold medal with the United States at the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championships

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Penn State 3 – Holy Cross 1


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A pair of unanswered goals tallied less than four minutes apart rather late in the third period overcame a potentially-demoralizing equalizer scored earlier in the final frame as the determined Penn State Nittany Lions finished off the visiting Holy Cross Crusaders 3-1 in a tense NCAA non-conference meeting at the sold-out Pegula Ice Arena in State College.

The visitors from New England came out firing on all cylinders and outshot their hosts 14-10 in the opening twenty minutes of play but would find Penn State goaltender Matthew Skoff, the 23-year-old homegrown junior from McKees Rocks who has started all five of the Nittany Lions’ games thus far this season, a difficult puzzle to solve. Holy Cross was already well on the way towards spending nearly one-third of the game with at least one player in the penalty box, however, and this lack of discipline would prove to be the Crusaders’ undoing. Were it not for the fine form of Canadian legionnaire Matt Ginn, the 23-year-old senior from Lindsay, Ontario, who ended up with 47 saves, the home side surely would have been able to open the floodgates in earnest.

Penn State appeared to open the scoring at the tail end of the first period when Canadian legionnaire Dylan Richard lost his marker along the boards and made a strong move to the front of the net. The 21-year-old sophomore left wing from Sherwood Park, Alberta, was able to sweep the puck into the Holy Cross cage. But, alas, it was determined that Richard had committed a penalty for goaltender’s interference in the process of scoring and so the ‘goal’ was quickly waved off.

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Nittany Lions left wing Dylan Richard (12) tied for tops on Penn State with eleven assists as a freshman last season and also recorded the relatively respectable defensive rating of -3 while skating for a squad that only won eight out of its thirty-six total contests.
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The Nittany Lions did draw first blood in the second period, though, when Ricky DeRosa, the 22-year-old homegrown sophomore from Aston who was making just his third appearance of the new season, picked up a loose puck in the right face-off circle and cut inside towards the slot before quickly sneaking a wrist shot past Ginn at relatively close range to register his first goal of this 2014/15 NCAA campaign.

Despite being outshot by the overwhelming margin of 19-4 in the second period of play, Holy Cross were able to haul themselves level in the final frame after Penn State coughed up the puck in its own defensive zone. Crusaders left wing Castan Sommer, the homegrown junior from Shrewsbury whose father, Roy Sommer, skated three games with Wayne Gretzky & the Edmonton Oilers during the 1980/81 NHL season, sent a nice pass out from behind the net and right wing Scott Pooley, the 20-year freshman from Granges, Indiana, hammered his shot over Skoff’s shoulder while leaning on one knee to net his first-ever collegiate goal in impressive fashion. Holy Cross, who are, perhaps, most famous for their mammoth upset of the mighty University of Minnesota Golden Gophers in the first round of the 2006 NCAA men’s ice hockey tournament, were now in position to extend its all-time winning streak against the Nittany Lions to three games.

Given what had happened at the Brice Alaska Goal Rush tournament one week earlier, the remaining twelve and a half minutes of the Holy Cross contest would be a major test of Penn State’s character — but one that head coach Guy Gadowsky‘s troops would pass with flying colors.

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The home side had failed on its first five power play attempts on Friday night but the sixth time proved to be a charm for Penn State, then. Nittany Lions right wing Kenny Brooks, the 22-year-old junior from Las Vegas, Nevada, blasted a hard, low slapshot from the left wing face-off circle that resurgent forward Max Gardiner, the 22-year-old senior from Deephaven, Minnesota, who was the third round choice (# 74 overall) of the St. Louis Blues at the 2010 NHL Draft, was able to redirect while well-positioned in the slot. Turing up at the right side of the net to stab home the rebound was center Eric Scheid, the 22-year-old redshirt junior from Blaine, Minnesota, who led Penn State in goal-scoring last season after transferring from the University of Alaska-Anchorage.

Scheid’s third goal of this new season (his second strike in as many matches) restored Penn State’s advantage with less than seven and a half minutes to play. Critically, the Nittany Lions continued to attack increase their lead still further as compared to just sitting back and protecting what had already been gained. Furthermore, much to the delight of the faithful at the Pegula Ice Arena, an all-important insurance marker arrived soon enough.

Penn State center Taylor Holstrom, the influential senior from Yorba Linda, California, who sat out the game with the Alaska-Fairbanks Nanooks on account of injury, did yeoman’s work to collect a loose puck on the right wing in the offensive zone and quickly center for Casey Bailey lurking in the slot. The 22-year-old junior left wing from Anchorage, Alaska, easily swept the puck home to net his third goal of this 2014/15 NCAA campaign while closing the door on stubborn Holy Cross once and for all. Bailey and Scheid are joint top scorers but it is Holstrom leads the Nittany Lions with seven points (two goals) this term, it shall be noted.

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Penn State right wing Ricky DeRosa (21), the southeastern Pennsylvania native who once skated for the Philadelphia Jr. Flyers but certainly was not considered to be a proverbial ‘high-profile recruit’ when first arriving on the college hockey scene last fall, still finished as the third-leading scorer among all Nittany Lions freshmen last season after totaling five goals and a dozen points in 32 NCAA games.
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October 24, 2014
Pegula Ice Arena – State College, Pennsylvania
Attendance: 6,043

PENN STATE 3 – HOLY CROSS 1

33:29 … PSU – DeRosa (Glen)
47:23 … HC – Pooley (Sommer, Moore)
52:32 … PSU – Scheid (Gardiner, Brooks)- ppg
56:14 … PSU – Bailey (Holstrom, Koudys)

shots-on-goal : PSU 50 ( 10 + 19 + 21 ) – HC 30 ( 14 + 4 + 12 )

penalty minutes : HC 20 – PSU 8

power plays : PSU 1/9 – HC 0/3

PENN STATE : Skoff – Juha, Varley ; Autio, Williamson ; Koudys, Sweetland – Goodwin, Holstrom, Bailey ; Loik, Scheid, Robinson ; Glen, Gardiner, Brooks ; Richard, Conway, DeRosa

HOLY CROSS : Ginn – McNamara, Beckman ; Bolton, Smith ; Muratore, Nagy – Finn, Moore, Driscoll ; McKinnon, Lubanski, Vidal ; Dwyer, Youso, Gustin ; Sommer, Barrett, Pooley

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Penn State goaltender Matthew Skoff increased his save percentage this season to .925 while lowering his goals-against-average this season to 2.14 in the triumph over visiting Holy Cross at the Pegula Ice Arena on Friday night … as a freshman two years ago, Skoff made 32 saves against the Crusaders on the road in Massachusetts but the Nittany Lions still lost their first-ever engagement with Holy Cross 5-4 in overtime.

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Lehigh Valley Phantoms Gegen Hershey Bears – Duell Der Deutschen Torhueter?


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Hoffentlich, gibt es am Freitag bei unserem Palast des Sports ein echte Duell zwischen den zwei deutschen Nationalmannschaft-Torhueter. Natuerlich, bringt das American Hockey League-Eishockeyspiel zwischen die Lehigh Valley Phantoms und die Hershey Bears viel Aufregung, wie jedes Derby mit zwei Pennsylvania-Mannschaften sollten. Auf meiner Meinung, waere es geil, wenn die beiden deutschen Spieler stehen im Tor fuer jedes Kader.

Im letzten Saison, spielte Hershey Bears-Torhueter Philipp Grubauer siebzehn Mal in der National Hockey League mit der Washington Capitals und hat schlecht nicht gemacht. Der 22-jaehrige, der aus Rosenheim kam, kann die Zukunft der deutschen Nationalmannschaft staerker machen. Aber Grubauer braucht ein bischen mehr Erfahrung und hohe Leistung in der AHL ein Aufstieg verdienen wird.

Lehigh Valley Phantoms-Torhueter Rob Zepp will auch in der National Hockey League spielen. Der neue Verpflichtung aus Eisbaeren Berlin war sehr gut in der Testspiele fuer Philadelphia in diesem Herbst, aber ist eindeutig der dritte Mann im Tor in der Flyers-Organisation. Wahrscheinlichkeit ist hoch, dass waehrend des Jahres ein Flyers-Torhueter verletzen wird und vielleicht dann kann Zepp seine grosse Chance haben.

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Zepp ist ganz klar die Nummer Eins fuer die Lehigh Valley Phantoms und hat bereits guten Form seine beiden Ligaspiele gezeigt. Die Verteidiger der Phantoms sind alle jung und zu haben eine erfahrene Berliner Mauer hinter der Abwehr ist guten Strategie. Zwei Siege aus zwei Auftritten, dass sagt alles.

Bisher haben die Hershey Bears ein Rotationsystem mit ihren Torhueter benutzt. Der neue Profi Phoenix Copley, der aus Michigan Tech University kam, beeindruckt den Trainer in diesem Herbst und hat auch zwei Siege aus seinen zwei AHL-Spiele. Aber ist es jetzt die Wende fuer Grubauer und seine dritte Einsatz in diesem Saison.

Hershey haben drei Siege von vier Spiele gewonnen, aber muessen die Augen fuer Lehigh Valley-Mittelstuermer Scott Laughton, der vier Tore in seinem letzten zwei Spiele getroffen hat. Der Bears-Angreifer Kris Newbury traegt einen gefaehrliche Schlaeger (3 Tore, 7 Punkte) in diesen Tagen. Der amerikanische Stuermer Casey Wellman ist ein weiterer mit drei Tore bei den Hershey Bears, die elf Mal AHL-Meister waeren.

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