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Ghost-less Lehigh Valley Phantoms Will Not Be Frightening AHL Opponents


When they own the information they can bend it all they want.”

While university academicians might be inclined to allow themselves to be so easily handcuffed by technical terms such as “sample size”, the simple fact of the matter is what you got already this fall is what you are going to get the rest of this 2014/15 American Hockey League term from the rather limited Lehigh Valley Phantoms.

In other words, now that highly touted Philadelphia Flyers defenseman prospect Shayne Gotisbehere, the two-time NCAA (East) All-America selection from Union College who garnered a gold medal with the United States squad at the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championships, has torn his anterior cruciate ligament and has a date with the surgeon’s scalpel, it actually is the goal-scoring of the Lehigh Valley Phantoms who will be feeling the greatest amount of pain and for the longest time, as well.

Anyone who knows the first thing about hockey and has a properly functioning set of eyeballs could see that, offensively speaking, Philadelphia’s top farm club was very much a Jekyl & Hyde act revolving around whether or not the attack-minded Gostisbehere was in the line-up on any given night. Lehigh Valley averaged 3.4 goals per game (17 go in 5 ga) and did not score less than two goals in any one AHL game with Ghost in uniform but the Phantoms have averaged just 2.0 goals per game (12 go in 6 ga) and have already been blanked twice when Gostisbehere has not skated. Sometimes the numbers, even when there are not very many of them, really can tell the whole story adequately enough.

It certainly should not be interpreted as some kind of coincidence, the fact that Lehigh Valley had three wins and two losses (.600 pct) when Ghost participated but only have two wins and four losses (.333 pct) from games that the talented Gostisbehere did not play in.

Phantoms rookie defenseman Robert Hagg, the 19-year-old who earned silver medals for Sweden at the annual IIHF World Junior Championships in both 2013 and 2014, has done very well for himself thus far (11 ga, 1 go, 7 pts) but the second round pick (# 41 overall) of the Philadelphia Flyers at the 2013 NHL Draft is now the only Lehigh Valley blueliner with any kind of genuine offensive creativity about him. However, the Phantoms’ opponents have, without a doubt, recognized this by now and will be devising a strategy for the future. In most of Lehigh Valley’s games that Gostisbehere (5’11″ 170 lbs) has missed this fall, it has seemed as if the much sturdier Hagg (6’2″ 203 lbs) has logged close to thirty minutes per night.

Technically speaking, Hagg is viewed by Swedish scouts as a quintessential “two-way” defenseman who can contribute on the power play as compared to the smooth-skating but much lighter Gostisbehere (5 ga, 0 go, 5 pts), who clearly fits into the proverbial “offensive defenseman” category.

As for what is left of the Lehigh Valley Phantoms blue line corps, no amount of feel-good positive spin is going to change the fact that both the currently injured Mark Alt and the undrafted Brandon Manning are simply pedestrian when speaking in terms of attack-minded defensemen who can quarterback the power play. Alt was the second round selection of the Carolina Hurricanes at the 2010 NHL Draft, but that relatively high status was more of a reflection upon the former University of Minnesota rearguard’s size (6’3″ 205 lbs) and ability to take care of business in his own end more than anything else. Manning might come from western Canada but is more in the traditional mold of the Broad Street Bullies and certainly will not be conjuring up any memories of Paul Coffey from the Edmonton Oilers.

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Phantoms Shut Out By Patriotic Pirates


November 8, 2014
Cross Insurance Arena – Portland, Maine
Attendance : 3,679

Portland Pirates 3Lehigh Valley Phantoms 0

19:10 … POR – Szwarz (Shinnimin, Hanley)
21:44 … POR – Samuelsson (Bolduc, Campbell)
38:17 … POR – Lessio (Shinnimin, Oberg)

shots-on-goal : POR 40 ( 14 + 12 + 14 ) – LV 27 ( 8 + 8 + 11 )

penalty minutes : LV 19 + POR 15

power plays : POR 1/7 – LV 0/5

fights : Louis (POR) vs Mathers (LV)

10-minute misconducts : none

Portland : McKenna – Campbell, Hache, Hanley, Lewis, Oberg, Reese – Bolduc, Dziurzynski, Gaudet, Hodgman, Lane, Lessio, Martinook, Samuelsson, Selleck, Shinnimin, Szwarz, Wathier

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

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Berlin Wall Blocks Manchester, Lehigh Valley Stop Losing Streak


November 7, 2014
Verizon Wireless Arena – Manchester, New Hampshire
Attendance : 5,258

Lehigh Valley Phantoms 3Manchester Monarchs 2

23:46 … MAN – Miller (McBain, Backman) – ppg
30:51 … LV – Gordon (Laughton, Sortini) – ppg
35:03 … LV – Gordon (Gostisbehere, Hagg)
38:08 … LV – Leier (Gostisbehere, Manning)
48:16 … MAN – Dowd (Gratton, Backman)

shots-on-goal : MAN 44 ( 15 + 13 + 16 ) – LV 25 ( 5 + 16 + 4 )

penalty minutes : LV 26 + game misconduct – MAN 20

power plays : LV 1/4 – MAN 1/6

fights : Auger (MAN) vs Lauridsen (LV), Gratton (MAN) vs Mathers (LV)

10-minute misconducts : none

game misconduct : Cousins (LV)

Manchester : Berube – Forbort, Gravel, LoVerde, McBain, Miller, Schultz – Auger, Backman, Dowd, Gratton, Horvat, Mersch, O’Brien, O’Neill, Raine, Sabourin, Shore, Weal

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

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Worcester Wins Over Lehigh Valley

Lehigh Valley Phantoms rookie goaltender Anthony Stolarz (35), the second round pick (# 45 overall) of the Philadelphia Flyers at the 2012 NHL Draft who turned in a clean sheet after his only appearance for the United States at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championships last winter, is beaten top shelf on the backhand by the Worcester Sharks’ promising Russian right wing Danill Tarasov (19), the 23-year-old undrafted Dynamo Moscow youth team product who has notched 34 goals and 68 points in 99 AHL games thus far in his professional career.

November 5, 2014
DCU Center – Worcester, Massachusetts
Attendance : 1,585

Worcester Sharks 4Lehigh Valley Phantoms 3

05:10 … LV – Leier (Straka, Gostisbehere) – ppg
17:14 … WOR – Langlois (Hamilton, Taormina)
31:15 … WOR – Langlois (Fedun, Taormina) – ppg
38:39 … LV – Straka (Pettersson, Hagg)
48:02 … LV – Alderson (Goumas, Lamarche)
48:51 … WOR – Tarasov (Tennyson, Hamilton)
49:52 … WOR – Carpenter (Schwartz) – shg

shots-on-goal : LV 35 ( 12 + 9 + 14 ) – WOR 35 ( 10 + 9 + 16 )

penalty minutes : LV 20 – WOR 8

power plays : LV 1/4 – WOR 1/5

fights : none

10-minute misconducts : none

match penalty (10 minutes) : Powe

Worcester : Grosenick – Tennyson, Taormina ; Fedun, DeMelo ; Abeltshauser, Doherty ; Young – Langlois, Hamilton, Tarasov ; Haley, Karlsson, Carpenter ; Lerg, Trupp, Hayes ; Bonneau, Schwartz

Lehigh Valley : Stolarz – Hagg, Pettersson ; Manning, Gostisbehere ; Lauridsen, Lamarche – Leier, Laughton, Gordon ; Powe, Goumas, Alderson ; Straka, Cousins, Sortini ; Fyten, Johnston, Rosehill

Notes — the Worcester Sharks dressed an extra defenseman for the mid-week game against the visiting Lehigh Valley Phantoms; rookie professional Gus Young, the 23-year-old from Dedham, Massachusetts, who, two seasons ago, celebrated the NCAA national championship title with Yale University, was the seventh rearguard that got sprinkled in with the other three pairings.

Worcester’s second-year pro Troy Grosenick, the undrafted 25-year-old from Brookfield, Wisconsin, who as an NCAA First Team (East) All-America selection in 2012 following a tremendous sophomore season at Union College, was tested several times but not beaten by Lehigh Valley rookie defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere, the 2014 NCAA First Team (East) All-America defenseman who was just returned to the Phantoms by the Philadelphia Flyers.

Also appearing on the blue line for the Worcester was Konrad Abeltshauser (6’5″ 210 lbs), the sixth round choice of the San Jose Sharks at the 2010 NHL Draft who served as Germany’s captain at the 2012 IIHF World Junior Championships and scored six goals (21 points) in 57 AHL games as a rookie professional last season.

Phantoms left wing Petr Straka, the 22-year-old Czech import who was taken in the second round (# 55 overall) of the 2010 NHL Draft by the Columbus Blue Jackets and knows he needs to boost his scoring totals this season in order to impress Philadelphia Flyers management sufficently, notched a goal and an assist for slumping Lehigh Valley, who have now lost their last four AHL games on the trot.

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Hartford Wolf Pack’s Three-Goal Third Period At PPL Center Provides Understrength Lehigh Valley Phantoms With Third Straight Loss


In spite of scoring the game’s first goal less than half a minute into Saturday night’s contest, surely an overall lack of professional experience as well as simple fatigue on the home team’s blue line played a significant role as the visiting Hartford Wolf Pack skated past the skidding Lehigh Valley Phantoms 4-2 in the American Hockey League.

Phantoms center Kevin Goumas, the undrafted 22-year-old first-year professional who totaled 19 goals and 52 points in 40 NCAA games for the University of New Hampshire last term, notched his first goal of this 2014/15 AHL campaign only 28 seconds into the game but Lehigh Valley never really could sustain its attack throughout the whole contest. Highly touted rookie Scott Laughton, the first round pick (# 20 overall) of the Philadelphia Flyers at the 2012 NHL Draft who netted five goals in his first five AHL games for the Phantoms this fall, was kept off the scoresheet on his a third consecutive outing. Second-year center Nick Cousins, the 21-year-old Canadian legionnaire who was Philadelphia’s third round selection at the 2011 NHL Draft and now leads the Flyers’ AHL farm club with 10 points (three goals) this season, added a late strike for Lehigh Valley but it was mostly cosmetic.

Former Flyers center Ryan Potulny, the 30-year-old veteran out of the University of Minnesota who was Philadelphia’s third round choice (# 87 overall) and does have 126 NHL games (22 go, 49 pts) under his belt, came good with a goal and an assist for the visitors in the third period at the $ 177.1 million dollar PPL Center on Hamilton Street in Allentown. Hartford broke Lehigh Valley’s back by scoring two goals within sixty-six seconds of one another in the latter half of the final frame. Wolf Pack left wings Justin Vaive, the fourth-year pro from the University of Miami (Ohio) whose father, Rick, was a bona fide goal-scorer at the NHL level for many, many years, and Chris Bourque, the 28-year-old veteran out of Boston University whose father, Ray, is a proud member of the prestigious Hockey Hall Of Fame, did the honors.


Hartford rookie defenseman Mat Bodie (2), the undrafted 24-year-old Canadian legionnaire who had 31 assists in 40 NCAA games for national champion Union College last season, was directly involved in the game-winning tally while the Wolf Pack’s freshman netminder Mackenzie Skapski (70), the 20-year-old from Abbotsford, British Columbia, who was the sixth round choice (# 170 overall) of the New York Rangers at the 2013 NHL draft, displayed fine form for the visitors at the new PPL Center in Allentown.

November 1, 2014
PPL Center – Allentown, Pennsylvania
Attendance : 8,114

Hartford Wolf Pack 4Lehigh Valley Phantoms 2

00:28 … LV – Goumas (Powe, Alderson)
24:35 … HRT – Lindberg (Fast, Hughes)
42:03 … HRT – Potulny (Bodie, Vaive)
53:12 … HRT – Vaive (Potulny)
54:18 … HRT – C. Bourque (unassisted)
57:00 … LV – Cousins (Flemming, Straka)

shots-on-goal : HRT 31 ( 10 + 9 + 12 ) – LV 29 ( 10 + 9 + 10 )

penalty minutes : HRT 9 – LV 9

power plays : HRT 0/2 – LV 0/2

fights : Mathers (LV) vs Tarnasky (HRT)

10-minute misconducts : none

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

Hartford : Skapski – Spinell, Hughes ; Allen, Nightingale ; Bodie, McIlrath – Vaive, Potulny, Crabb ; C. Bourque, Lindberg, Fast ; Tarnasky, Hrivik, Kristo ; R. Bourque, Miller, Haggerty

Notes — Phantoms defenseman Steven Delisle, the 24-year-old Canadian legionnaire from Levis, Quebec, who was the fourth round pick (# 107 overall) of the Columbus Blue Jackets at the 2008 NHL Draft and had all of four points (one goal) in 50 AHL games (76 penalty minutes, -10 defensive rating) for the Adirondack Phantoms last season, suffered an injury during the pre-game skate — having no other healthy rearguards on the active roster, Lehigh Valley were forced to go with just five players on the blue line against visiting Hartford.

Wolf Pack center Oscar Lindberg, the talented 23-year-old who had 44 points (18 goals) in 75 AHL games for Hartford as a rookie professional in North America last season, appeared in all ten games for gold medalist Sweden at the 2014 IIHF World Championships last spring; while skating for AIK Skelleftea, the second round selection (# 57 overall) of the Phoenix Coyotes at the 2010 NHL Draft had been the Most Valuable Player of the Swedish elite league playoffs in the spring of 2013.

Hartford center Marek Hrivak, the 23-year-old import who totaled 13 goals and 27 points in 74 AHL games for the Wolf Pack last season, made his senior debut at a major international tournament by skating in six of Slovakia’s seven games at the 2014 IIHF World Championships.

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Powerless Phantoms Fall To Penguins In Overtime


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.


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.

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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Vengeful Hershey Bears Blank Impotent Lehigh Valley Phantoms


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.



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


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.


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.

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


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.


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.

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


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.



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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