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Neighborhood Improvement Zone Rejoices – Norfolk Admirals Surrender To Transformed Lehigh Valley Phantoms


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Pawlowski’s Palace of Sport thrills me with all her charms
When I’m totally wrapped up in the marketeers’ arms
My little Phantoms give me everything
I know someday they’ll wear their Calder Cup rings
So don’t bother me man, I ain’t got no time
I’m on my way to see that hockey team of mine
‘Cause nothing else matters in the whole wide world
When you’re in love with the N.I.Z.

Sha la la la la la la

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November 29,2014
PPL Center – Allentown, Pennsylvania
Attendance : 8,522

Lehigh Valley Phantoms 4Norfolk Admirals 3

01:06 … LV – Fyten (Akeson, Delisle)
13:38 … NOR – Karlsson (Friberg) – ppg
26:49 … NOR – Cramarossa (Kurtz, Yip)
31:25 … LV – Jones (Leier, Manning)
33:33 … LV – Leier (Jones, Manning) – ppg
34:22 … LV – Jones (Manning, Alt) – ppg
45:48 … NOR – Karlsson (Bell, Yip)

shots-on-goal : NOR 38 ( 10 + 15 + 13 ) – LV 29 ( 14 + 8 + 7 )

penalty minutes : NOR 28 – LV 22

power plays : LV 2/8 – NOR 1/5

fights : Sortini (LV) vs Nightingale (NOR), Jones (LV) vs Wagner (NOR)

10-minute misconducts : none

Lehigh Valley : Stolarz – Manning, Alt ; Hagg, Delisle ; Lauridsen, Flemming – Leier, Jones, Sortini ; Straka, Cousins, Gordon ; Fyten, Powe, Akeson ; Rosehill, Goumas, Mathers

Norfolk : Danis – Bell, Cantin, Gagne, MacDonald, Nightingale, O’Brien – Cramarossa, Friberg, Karlsson, Kerdiles, Kurtz, Laganiere, Leblanc, MacIntyre, Pistilli, Steckel, Wagner, Yip

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Phantoms Succumb To Devils Down The Shore


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I’ve got no time for Pawlowski’s Boys
Down in the NIZ making all that noise
Or the cheerleaders out on Hamilton Street
Propaganda leaves me feeling tired and beat

So, tonight, I’m gonna take that ride
‘Cross the river to the Jersey side
Take my baby to the carnival
And I’ll take her on all the rides

‘Cause Down The Shore everything’s all right
Mayor Pawlowski and his Phantoms on a Friday night
Should know all my dreams come true
When I’m not slavishly selling the NIZ to you

Sing sha la la la la la la

Sha la la la la la la

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November 28, 2014
Boardwalk Hall – Atlantic City, New Jersey
Attendance : 3,548

Albany Devils 4Lehigh Valley Phantoms 2

04:11 … ALB – Boucher (Whitney) – ppg
12:53 … ALB – B. Thomson (D. Zajac)
15:23 … ALB – Black (Matteau, Sestito) – ppg
23:35 … LV – Leier (Manning) – ppg
38:13 … LV – Straka (unassisted)
56:54 … ALB – P. Thompson (Timmins, Whitney)

shots-on-goal : LV 29 ( 6 + 11 + 12 ) – ALB 26 ( 14 + 4 + 8 )

penalty minutes : LV 30 + 2 10-minute misconducts + game misconduct (10 minutes) – ALB 18

fights : Fraser (ALB) vs Rosehill (LV), P. Thompson (ALB) vs Hextall (LV)

10-minute misconducts : Hextall (LV), Cousins (LV)

game misconduct : Hextall (LV)

Lehigh Valley : Stolarz (Ouelette 20:00) – Manning, Delisle ; Alt, Hagg ; Lauridsen, Flemming – Leier, Jones, Sortini ; Straka, Cousins, Gordon ; Akeson, Powe, Hextall ; Rosehill, Goumas, Fyten

Albany : Wedgewood – Baier, Burlon, Faust, Fraser, Graborenko, McPherson – Black, Boucher, Matteau, McKelvie, Sestito, Sislo, B. Thomson, P. Thompson, Timmins, Whitney, Wohlberg, D. Zajac

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Phantoms Fall To Falcons


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A pair of power play strikes, the second of which arrived during a six-on-four situation rather late in the contest, were never really enough to dig the home side out of the three-goal hole it had dug for itself in the first two periods as the up-and-down Lehigh Valley Phantoms lost to the visiting Springfield Falcons in “edge-of-your-seat” American Hockey League action on a snowy Weather Emergency Disaster Catastrophe Crisis night in downtown Allentown’s dazzling and sparkling Neighborhood Improvement Zone.

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November 26, 2014
PPL Center – Allentown, Pennsylvania
Attendance : 6,630

Springfield Falcons 3Lehigh Valley Phantoms 2

10:02 … SPR – Hoeffel (Chaput, Oystrick) – ppg
24:01 … SPR – Vogelhuber (Larkin, D’Amigo)
37:35 … SPR – Sifers (unassisted)
45:36 … LV – Delisle (Cousins, Hagg) – ppg
58:00 … LV – Leier (Manning, Jones) – ppg

shots-on-goal : SPR 34 ( 13 + 14 + 7 ) – LV 25 ( 8 + 7 + 10 )

penalty minutes : SPR 15 – LV 13

power plays : LV 2/4 – SPR 1/3

fights : Manning (LV) vs Rychel (SPR)

Lehigh Valley : Stolarz – Alt, Manning ; Hagg, Delisle ; Lauridsden, Pettersson – Leier, Jones, Gordon ; Straka, Cousins, Sortini ; Rosehill, Powe, Hextall ; Fyten, Goumas, Alderson

Springfield : Forsberg – Labrie, Larkin, Madaisky, Oystrick, Sifers, St. Denis – Chaput, Collins, Cowick, Craig, D’Amigo, Dano, Hoeffel, Monardo, Rychel, Sedlak, Tynan, Vogelhuber

NOTES — the Phantoms had been expected to give 33-year-old veteran Rob Zepp (2.43 avg, .921 svpct) his thirteenth start in goal this season but the Germany national team netminder suffered a vague “lower body injury” during the pre-game warmups and, thus, gave way to 20-year-old rookie Anthony Stolarz, the second round pick (# 45 overall) of the Philadelphia Flyers at the 2012 NHL Draft who had a shutout of Lehigh Valley in his last AHL appearance.

The Springfield Falcons featured Domenic Monardo, the 26-year-old out of Lake Superior State University who to training camp with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms this fall but was then assigned to the Reading Royals of the third-tier East Coast Hockey League by the Philadelphia Flyers organization. Rather than report to Reading, where the Canadian legionnaire scored 27 goals in 70 ECHL games as a rookie last season, Monardo inked an AHL tryout contract with Springfield on October 2nd. The signing has paid dividends for the Falcons already, with Monardo having accumulated five goals and seven points in his first 14 AHL games thus far.

The game-winning goal for Springfield was ultimately credited to veteran American defenseman Jamie Sifers, the 31-year-old from the University of Vermont who has skated in 37 games for the Toronto Maple Leafs and Minnesota Wild in his career but has spent the past three seasons skating in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga for German club Adler Mannheim.

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St. John’s Stop Lehigh Valley In Overtime


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A little give-and-go in the offensive zone and a well-taken backhander at close shortly thereafter enabled the visiting St. John’s IceCaps to nip the Lehigh Valley Phantoms 2-1 after extra time in the American Hockey League.

Lehigh Valley opened the scoring almost a baker’s dozen minutes into the first period on a backhander from 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 National Hockey League Draft, after Phantoms hard man Zack Sortini, the seasoned 29-year-old pugilist who has already accumulated nearly 2,000 penalty minutes in his professional career, had been stopped in front; it was the fourth strike of this season for the speedy Straka (14 ga, 8 pts), who is on pace to exceed his offensive production for the Adirondack Phantoms (60 ga, 9 go, 27 pts) last season.

St. John’s equalized rather early in the second period when defenseman Brenden Kichton, the 22-year-old Canadian legionnaire who put up solid numbers (76 ga, 10 go, 48 pts) for the IceCaps as a rookie after being taken in the seventh round (# 190 overall) of the 2013 NHL Draft by the Winnipeg Jets, blasted a rising slapshot from the right point into the upper far corner of the Lehigh Valley net.

The Phantoms had plenty of chances to retake the lead as the St. John’s attack went ice cold in the final frame but Lehigh Valley were unable to put another puck past IceCaps goaltender Connor Hellebuyck, the 21-year-old rookie from Commerce, Michigan, who was tabbed by the Winnipeg Jets in the fifth round (# 130 overall) of the 2012 NHL Draft and starred for two seasons at the University of Massachusetts at Lowell.

Despite having been heavily outshot (10-2) in the third period, the St. John’s IceCaps snatched the winner in overtime when veteran defenseman Julien Brouillette, the 27-year-old Canadian legionnaire who appeared in 10 NHL games (1 go, 2 pts) for the Washington Capitals last season, exchanged passes with countryman Eric O’Dell, the 24-year-old center who skated in 30 NHL games (3 go, 7 pts) for the Winnipeg Jets last term, before skillfully lifting a backhander over the near-post shoulder of Lehigh Valley Phantoms goaltender Rob Zepp (12 ga, 2.43 avg, .921 svpct) at close range.

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St. John’s IceCaps goaltender Connor Hellebuyck, who was named the Hockey East Tournament Most Valuable Player as a freshman in 2013 and a First Team (East) All-America as a sophomore for the UMass/Lowell River Hawks last season, has been in fine form (13 ga, 2.61 avg, .921 svpct) at the start of his professional career.
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November 22, 2014
PPL Center – Allentown, Pennsylvania
Attendance : 8,416

St. John’s Ice Caps 2Lehigh Valley Phantoms 1 … (overtime)

12:51 … LV – Straka (Sortini, Manning)
22:22 … STJ – Kichton (Brouillette, Klingberg) – ppg
63:43 … STJ – Brouillette (O’Dell)

shots-on-goal : LV 33 ( 11 + 9 + 10 + 3 ) – STJ 26 ( 10 + 12 + 2 + 2 )

penalty minutes : LV 14 – STJ 12

power plays : STJ 1/5 – LV 0/4

fights : none

Lehigh Valley : Zepp – Manning, Delisle ; Hagg, Pettersson ; Lauridsen, Flemming – Leier, Jones, Gordon ; Straka, Cousins, Sortini ; Rosehill, Powe, Hextall ; Fyten, Goumas, Alderson

St. John’s : Hellebuyck – Brouillette, Chiarot, Fredheim, Kichton, Melchiori, O’Neill – Albert, Balisy, Blanchard, Brassard, Cormier, Klingberg, Kosmachuk, Lipon, MacKinnon, O’Dell, Olsen, Riley

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Phantoms Shutout Worcester, Post Third Straight Win


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Thanks to a sensational performance between the pipes from a first-year professional who was making his season debut on home ice, an initial strike inside the first one hundred and four seconds of the game combined with a shorthanded goal less than ten minutes later would be more than enough as the resurgent Lehigh Valley Phantoms shutout the visiting Worcester Sharks 4-0 in the American Hockey League.

Rookie Taylor Leier, the 20-year-old left wing from Saskatoon who was the fourth round pick (# 117 overall) of the Philadelphia Flyers at the 2012 NationalHockey League Draft and represented Canada at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championships last winter, notched his fourth goal of this season less than two minutes in after taking a no-look pass from center Blair Jones. The 28-year-old veteran of 132 NHL games who was just recently demoted by Philadelphia also set up Lehigh Valley’s second goal against the Sharks after winning a shorthanded faceoff in Worcester’s offensive zone, as well. Thus, Robert Hagg, the 19-year-old defenseman who was the second round selection (# 41 overall) of the Flyers at the 2013 NHL Draft and has won two silver medals for Sweden at the annual IIHF World Junior Championships, was able to net his second goal for the Phantoms this term.

Rookie Lehigh Valley goaltender Anthony Stolarz came into the Friday night contest with Worcester having had lost his first three professional starts, none of which were on the surface at the PPL Center in Allentown, though. And the 20-year-old native of Jackson, New Jersey, who was tabbed by the Philadelphia Flyers in the second round (# 45 overall) of the 2012 NHL Draft, was able to leave those experiences in the rear view mirror while giving a magnificent performance against the Sharks. In all, Stolarz turned aside 36 shots, several of them in spectacular fashion.

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Lehigh Valley Phantoms netminder Anthony Stolarz, who posted a shutout in his only appearance for the United States at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championships in Scandinavia last winter, blocks a shot from Worcester Sharks center Melker Karlsson (15), the undrafted 24-year-old rookie from Sweden, during the American Hockey League game at the PPL Center in Allentown.
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November 21, 2014
PPL Center – Allentown, Pennsylvania
Attendance : 8,451

Lehigh Valley Phantoms 4Worcester Sharks 0

01:44 … LV – Leier (Jones, Hagg)
11:15 … LV – Hagg (Jones) – shg
21:30 … LV – Manning (Delisle, Rosehill)
40:59 … LV – Gordon (unassisted)

shots-on-goal : WOR 36 ( 16 + 6 + 14 ) – LV 20 ( 7 + 9 + 4 )

penalty minutes : LV 21 + misconduct – WOR 19

power plays : LV 0/5 – WOR 0/5

fights : Lauridsen (LV) vs Haley (WOR)

10-minute misconduct : Rosehill (LV)

Lehigh Valley : Stolarz – Manning, Delisle ; Hagg, Pettersson ; Lauridsden, Flemming – Leier, Jones, Gordon ; Straka, Cousins, Sortini ; Rosehill, Powe, Hextall ; Fyten, Goumas, Alderson

Worcester : Anderson (Dell 21:30) – Abeltshauser, DeMelo, Doherty, Fedun, Taormina, Tennyson – Carpenter, Haley, Hamilton, Hayes, Karlsson, Langlois, Lerg, Oleksuk, Schwartz, Tarasov, Tierny, Trupp

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Lehigh Valley Clip Hershey In Historic Shootout


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On the very same night that found the two opposing Germany national team goaltenders to be in excellent form, it was only a solitary goal from the recently demoted National Hockey League veteran during the shootout phase that could separate the two American Hockey League intra-state rivals as the Lehigh Valley Phantoms outlasted the visiting Hershey Bears 3-2 in the latest installment of the 2014/15 William Penn Cup competition.

Despite having its leading goal-scorer just recalled by the parent Philadelphia Flyers the day before, the Phantoms struck twice within the first seven minutes of game against Hershey goaltender Philipp Grubauer, the 22-year-old who was the fourth round choice (# 112 overall) of the Washington Capitals at the 2010 NHL Draft and certainly did alright for himself in 17 NHL games (2.38 avg, .925 svpct) last season. Lehigh Valley center Blair Jones, the 28-year-old veteran who was just demoted by Philadelphia after appearing in only four NHL games this fall, located Andrew Gordon at the far post and the 28-year-old right wing out of St. Cloud State who spent four seasons with the Hershey Bears previously easily netted to notch his 150th career AHL goal. Roughly three and a half minutes later, Phantoms rearguard Brandon Manning made good use of an effective screen from the physical Zack Sortini to score his third goal in as many games, a remarkable achievement for any player in this day and age, let alone a defenseman at that.

Lehigh Valley absolutely dominated the first period and would have widened their lead even further if not for the fine work of Grubauer, who made 18 saves in the opening twenty minutes alone. Hershey, who had the better of play in both the second and third periods, got back into the game after going on the power play towards the end of the middle frame. Well-traveled left wing Dane Byers, the 28-year-old Canadian legionnaire who was the second round selection (# 48 overall) of the New York Rangers at the 2004 NHL Draft but has only ever skated in 14 games at the elite level of North American pro hockey, went to the front of the net and banged home a center pass from right wing Chris Conner, the 30-year-old journeyman from Michigan Tech University who has skated in 178 NHL games (22 go, 50 pts) in his career.

The Bears brought themselves level just three and a half minutes into the last period after a rush that was started by defenseman Conner Carrick, the talented 20-year-old who spent most of last season with the Washington Capitals (34 ga, 1 go, 6 pts) and also represented the United States at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championships in Sweden; former Adirondack Phantoms center Kris Newbury, the 32-year-old American Hockey League veteran who now has 509 points (170 goals) in 678 career AHL games finished with aplomb to net his league-leading 10th goal of this season.

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The duration of the contest developed into a genuine duel between two goaltenders who each started multiple games for Germany at the 2014 IIHF World Championships last spring. Lehigh Valley netminder Rob Zepp, the reliable 34-year-old veteran who appeared in four games for Deutschland at the annual IIHF affair last season, needed to make a big save on a breakaway by Hershey center Chandler Stephenson, the 20-year-old rookie who was tabbed in the third round (# 77 overall) by the Washignton Capitals at the 2012 NHL Draft, late in regulation time. Meanwhile, Grubauer, who started two games (3-2 win over Latvia, 0-3 loss to Russia) for Germany in Belarus last spring after Hershey uncharacteristically missed the playoffs last term, was continuously challenged in overtime and would finish the contest with an impressive 37 saves.

The Bears were certainly unlucky to have Michal Cjakovsky, the undrafted 22-year-old defenseman who skated for Slovakia at the 2012 IIHF World Junior Championships and was named to the East Coast Hockey League’s All-Rookie team last season after scoring 14 goals in 66 games for the Reading Royals last term, clank his shot off the iron in extra time. On hand to clear the puck off the line was Phantoms defenseman Robert Hagg, the 19-year-old rookie who earned a silver medal for Sweden at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championships last winter. It was the second time in as many games that the Philadelphia Flyers’ second round pick (# 41 overall) at the 2013 NHL Draft made a critical defensive play very late for Lehigh Valley.

And so it was off to the shootout for the very first time at the newly-constructed PPL Center in downtown Allentown. The Phantoms required only two penalty shot attempts with the newly-arrived Jones, who has skated in 132 NHL games (7 go, 17 pts) in his nine-year pro career, capped off his Lehigh Valley debut by netting what would prove to be the winner. This because the workhorse Zepp, who has started eleven (2.48 avg, .921 svpct) of the Phantoms’ fourteen AHL games this season, was able to halt all three of Hershey’s shooters and procure Lehigh Valley the extra point in the offical league standings.

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November 19, 2014
PPL Center – Allentown, Pennsylvania
Attendance : 6,991

Lehigh Valley Phantoms 3Hershey Bears 2 … (shootout)

03:21 … LV – Gordon (Jones, Hagg)
06:50 … LV – Manning (Cousins)
37:12 … HER – Byers (Conner, Newbury) – ppg
43:30 … HER – Newbury (Carrick, Byers)

shootout … LV – Jones

shots-on-goal : LV 39 ( 20 + 5 + 7 + 7 ) – HER 29 ( 9 + 11 + 9 + 1 )

penalty minutes : HER 10 – LV 6

power play : HER 1/3 – LV 0/5

fights : none

Lehigh Valley : Zepp – Manning, Delisle ; Hagg, Pettersson ; Lauridsen, Flemming – Leier, Jones, Gordon ; Straka, Cousins, Sortini ; Rosehill, Powe, Hextall ; Alderson, Goumas, Fyten

Hershey : Grubauer – Schilling, Kundratek ; Oleksy, Carrick ; Cajkovsky, Burgdoerfer – Walker, Newbury, Wellman ; Cornet, Kennedy, Galiev ; Byers, Stephenson, Conner ; Spencer, Broda, Gazley

Notes — the Phantoms must now soldier on without leading goal-scorer Scott Laughton (13 ga, 6 go, 11 pts, -4 def rat), the first round pick (# 20 overall) of the Philadelphia Flyers at 2012 NHL Draft who captained Canada at 2014 IIHF World Junior Championships last winter.

The injury-hit Hershey Bears were missing two key veteran blueliners against the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. Jon Landry, the 31-year-old Canadian legionnaire from little Bowdoin College (NCAA Division III) who had a brief spell with Koelner Haie in the German elite league a few seasons back, leads all Hershey players with a + 9 defensive rating in 14 games (1 go, 3 pts) this season. Mike Moore, the 29-year-old Canadian legionnaire out of Princeton University who has six NHL games for the San Jose Sharks under his belt and captained the AHL’s Providence Bruins last season, has been out with an injury for a little while now.

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William Penn Cup Standings


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2014/15 WILLIAM PENN CUP standings
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6 games … 10 points … Hershey Bears
6 games ….. 7 points … Lehigh Valley Phantoms
6 games ….. 7 points … Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Penguins

(Standings System : three points awarded for win in regulation and two points awarded for win in overtime with one point being awarded to each team after a shootout — note that zero points are awarded for an overtime loss)

results to date
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10/11 … 5:2 … Lehigh Valley vs Scranton/Wilkes-Barre
10/24 … 4:2 … Lehigh Valley vs Hershey Bears
10/25 … 4:1 … Hershey vs Scranton/Wilkes-Barre
10/26 … 3:0 … Hershey vs Lehigh Valley
10/29 … 2:1 … Scranton/Wilkes-Barre vs Lehigh Valley ….. overtime
11/07 … 3:2 … Scranton/Wilkes-Barre vs Hershey ………… overtime
11/14 … 3:1 … Scranton/Wilkes-Barre vs Lehigh Valley
11/16 … 3:2 … Hershey vs Scranton/Wilkes-Barre
11/19 … 3:2 … Lehigh Valley vs Hershey …………………… shootout

upcoming contests
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11/26 … Hershey Bears vs Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Penguins
12/05 … Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Penguins vs Lehigh Valley Phantoms
12/06 … Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Penguins vs Hershey Bears
12/07 … Hershey Bears vs Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Penguins
12/13 … Lehigh Valley vs Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Penguins
12/14 … Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Penguins vs Hershey Bears
12/19 … Lehigh Valley vs Hershey Bears

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Endlich, Ein Echte Staatmeisterschaft


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Jawohl, ist richtig. Wir haben endlich drei Mannschaften aus dem American Hockey League, die aus Pennsylvania kommen. Jetzt koennen wir ein echte Staatmeisterschaft in diesem Jahr spielen!

Morgen Abend gibt es ein andere Staatderbyspiel bei unserem Palast des Sports. Noch einmal, besuchen die Hershey Bears mit ihrem deutschen Torhueter Philipp Grubauer, der 22-jaehrige mit siebzehn NHL-Auftritten fuer die Washington Capitals im letzten Saison. Hershey sind Tabellespitzen in diesen Tagen, im Rennen um die Eishockey-Staatmeisterschaft.

Jede Mannschaft wird gegen die beiden anderen Mannschaften aus Pennsylvania zwoelfmal dieser Saison schlittschuhlaufen. Jede Mannschaft wird am Ende der AHL-Zeitplan in gesamt vier und zwanzig Ergebnisse von Staatmeisterschaftspiele haben. Und dann der Eishockey-Koenig unseres Lands gekroent werden koennen.

9 Punkte nach 5 Spielen …… Hershey Bears
7 Punkte nach 6 Spielen …… Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Penguins
6 Punkte nach 5 Spielen …… Lehigh Valley Phantoms

(drei Punkte fuer einen Sieg nach sechzig Minuten und zwei Punkte fuer einen Sieg nach Verlaengerung … ein Punkt fuer jede Mannschaft nach Penaltyschiessen … die Verlierer nach Verlaengerung bekommen nichts)

Schwer zu sagen, ob wir sehen morgen ein andere Duell der deutschen Torhueter, wie das letzte Spiel bei unserem Palast des Sports zwischen Hershey und Lehigh Valley brachte. Ehemaliger Eisbaeren Berlin-Torwart Rob Zepp hat bereits zehn mal gespielt und es ist moeglich, dass die Philadelphia Flyers wunschen mehr Einsatz fuer der junge Anthony Stolarz. Bisher haben die Hershey Bears ein Rotationsystem benutzt und der deutsche Laenderspieler Grubauer kam gut am Sonntag.

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Phantoms Trim Marlies


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After scoring a power play goal to take the lead in the latter stages of the last period, the home team still needed to survive a shot off the iron and a highly unusual six-on-three shorthanded situation as the Lehigh Valley Phantoms outlasted the visiting Toronto Marlies 3-2 to get back on the winning track in the American Hockey League.

Canadian legionnaire Brandon Manning, the undrafted 24-year-old rearguard who has now skated a dozen National Hockey League games for the Philadelphia Flyers in his four seasons of professional hockey, netted a 5-on-3 power play goal for the Phantoms with just under four minutes remaining; immediately after having his offensive skills questioned by this very blog, it is Manning who produces power play strikes in back-to-back AHL games Lehigh Valley this weekend, it shall be noted here.

Third-year pro Greg McKegg, the 22-year-old center who was the third round selection (# 62 overall) of the Toronto Maple Leafs at the 2010 NHL Draft, was unlucky not to equalize for the visiting Marlies very late after clanking the iron; it had been McKegg who had already leveled for Toronto on the power play earlier in the third period.

Lehigh Valley goaltender Rob Zepp, the former Eisbaeren Berlin backstop and veteran German international who has started ten of the Phantoms’ first thirteen games this season, made a few key saves along the way, particularly at the end of the contest, and lowered his impressive AHL numbers this term (10 ga, 2.56 avg, .920 svpct) in the process; Lehigh Valley defenseman Robert Hagg, the 19-year-old rookie from Sweden who was the second round pick (# 41 overall) of the Philadelphia Flyers at the 2013 NHL Draft, had a pivotal block in the closing moments.

November 15, 2014
PPL Center – Allentown, Pennsylvania
Attendance : 8,664

Lehigh Valley Phantoms 3Toronto Marlies 2

05:09 … TOR – Bodie (Ross, Carrick)
09:55 … LV – Laughton (Leier)
10:52 … LV – Cousins (Delisle)
48:25 … TOR – McKegg (Brown, Finn) – ppg
56:02 … LV – Manning (Gordon, Laughton) – ppg

shots-on-goal : LV 31 ( 9 + 9 + 13 ) – TOR 30 ( 6 + 11 + 13 )

penalty minutes : TOR 17 + 10-min misconduct – LV 17 + 2 10-min misconducts

power plays : LV 1/5 – TOR 1/5

fights : Mathers (LV) vs Broll (TOR)

10-minute misconducts : Fyten (LV), Ross (TOR), Rosehill (LV)

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

Toronto : Gibson – Finn, Granberg, Loov, MacWilliam, Marshall, Nilsson, Percy – Biggs, Bodie, Broll, Brown, Carrick, Devane, Findlay, Kontiola, McKegg, Ross, Watling

Notes — the Phantoms duo of Robert Hagg and Jesper Pettersson combined with the Marlies trio of Petter Granberg, Viktor Loov and Tom Nilsson meant that this AHL contest featured no fewer than five Swedish defensemen operating on the two blue lines; Loov, the well-built (6’3″ 210 lbs) 22-year-old who was the seventh round choice (# 209 overall) of the Toronto Maple Leafs at the 2012 NHL Draft, was a teammate of Hagg’s with Mo Do Ornskoldsvik in the Swedish elite league last season.

One highly experienced international player turning out for the Toronto Marlies in downtown Allentown was 2014 Olympic bronze medalist Petri Kontiola, the creative 30-year-old center who has appeared with Finland at six major international tournaments in his career (52 ga, 17 go, 42 pts). Kontiola skated in a dozen games (0 go, 5 pts) for the Chicago Black Hawks during the 2007/08 NHL campaign and was a consistent point-producer at the AHL level (147 ga, 37 go, 130 pts), mostly for the Rockford IceHogs, during his first stint in North American pro hockey but has spent the last five years in the Kontinental Hockey League playing for Russian clubs Metallurg Magnitogorsk and Traktor Chelyabinsk. Kontiola was named Best Forward and also selected to the tournament All-Star team at the 2013 IIHF World Championships in Scandinavia after registering eight goals and 16 points in 10 games for the unlucky Finns, who would up empty-handed after losing 3-2 to the United States in the Bronze Medal Match.

Lehigh Valley Phantoms center Scott Laughton, the 20-year-old rookie who was the Philadelphia Flyers’ first round pick (# 20 overall) at the 2012 NHL Draft, ended his seven-game goal-less streak with a first period strike against the Toronto Marlies.

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Streaking Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Down Punchless Lehigh Valley


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In a penalty-filled affair that saw both sides whistled for ten minors apiece, it was an even-strength strike from the first-year professional who leads the circuit in goal-scoring nearing the midway mark of the third period that allowed the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Penguins to clip the visiting Lehigh Valley Phantoms 3-1 in the American Hockey League‘s latest all-Pennsylvania clash.

After slamming a shot from the right wing off the crossbar, Penguins rookie Bryan Rust went to the front of the net and got another chance shortly thereafter when a Phantoms defenseman misplayed the puck while trying to clear a centering pass. The 23-year-old from the University of Notre Dame who was Pittsburgh’s third round selection (# 80 overall) at the 2010 National Hockey League Draft promptly scored just a little over eight minutes into the final period, forcing the puck past Lehigh Valley veteran goaltender Rob Zepp at close range. Rust leads all AHL rookies having now lit the lamp seven times in fifteen games this season.

It was another Scranton/Wilkes-Barre freshman who had provided the Penguins with the opening tally almost eleven and a half minutes into the first period. Zepp made a fine save from a slapshot from Jean-Sebastien Dea, the undrafted and undersized 20-year-old from Laval, Quebec, who is currently tied for the team lead with 11 points (four goals) this season, but had no chance on the rebound. And so, Scott Wilson, the 22-year-old rookie left wing from the University of Massachusetts – Lowell whom the Pittsburgh Penguins tabbed in the seventh round (# 209) of the 2011 NHL Draft, was able to net his second goal of this 2014/15 AHL season.

Phantoms defenseman Brandon Manning scored the visitors’ only goal of the game early in the third period with Lehigh Valley operating on the power play. The undrafted 24-year-old Canadian legionnaire took advantage of a screen in front of the crease set by countryman Zack Sortini, the veteran 29-year-old pugilist who has 256 NHL games for the Edmonton Oilers under his belt (14 go, 41pts, 718 pen.min.) and led the American Hockey League with 299 penalty minutes while skating for the Norfolk Admirals last season. Both the Penguins and Phantoms went a particularly unimpressive one for eight while skating with the man-advantage.

Dominik Uher, the 21-year-old center who was the fifth round pick (# 144 overall) of the Pittsburgh Penguins at the 2011 NHL Draft as well as the assistant captain of the Czech Republic at the 2012 IIHF World Junior Championships, added a late empty net goal for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

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Lehigh Valley Phantoms center Scott Laughton (21), the Philadelphia Flyers’ first round choice (# 20 overall) at the 2012 National Hockey League Draft who captained Canada (7 ga, 0 go, 1 as) at the 2014 IIHF World Championships in Scandinavia last season, is confronted at the side of the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre net by the Penguins duo of goaltender Jeff Zatkoff, the 27-year-old veteran out of the University of Miami (Ohio) who spent all of last term in the NHL with the Pittsburgh Penguins (20 ga, 2.61 avg, .912 svpct) and defenseman Derrick Pouliot (51), the highly touted 20-year-old who was the first round pick (# 8 overall) of the Pittsburgh Penguins at the 2012 NHL Draft and also represented Canada (7 ga, 1 go, 5 pts) at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championships last winter, of the during the American Hockey League derby match at the Mohegan Sun Arena in northeastern Pennsylvania.
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November 14, 2014
Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza – Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
Attendance : 4,378

Scranton/Wilkes Barre Penguins 3 – Lehigh Valley Phantoms 1

11:16 … SWB – Wilson (Dea, Pouliot) – ppg
42:27 … LV – Manning (Laughton, Gordon) – ppg
48:06 … SWB – Rust (Ebbett, Wilson)
59:55 … SWB – Uher (Farnham, Dumoulin) – eng

shots-on-goal : SWB 23 ( 9 + 4 + 10 ) – LV 22 ( 7 + 9 + 6 )

penalty minutes : LV 20 + two 10-minute misconducts – SWB 20

power plays : SWB 1/8 – LV 1/8

fights : none

10-minute misconducts : Alderson LV 2 (double misconduct – abuse of official)

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre : Zatkoff – Harrington, Samuelsson ; Chorney, Dumoulin ; McNeill, Pouliot – Wilson, Ebbett, Megna ; Kuehnackl, Dea, Rust ; Sheary, Rowney, Archibald ; Letourneau-Leblond, Uher, Farnham

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

Notes — the slumping Phantoms have lost six out of their last seven AHL games while scoring a grand total of ten goals in the process.

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