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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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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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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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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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Hershey Completes Pre-Season Sweep In Chocolate Town


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Lehigh Valley Phantoms defenseman SHAYNE GOSTISBEHERE (14), the highly touted blueliner who earned a gold medal with the United States squad at the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championships two winters ago, sends a shot towards Hershey Bears goaltender PHILIPP GRUBAUER, the 22-year-old who made two appearances for the senior national team of Germany at the 2014 IIHF World Championships last spring, during the American Hockey League exhibition game at the impressive Giant Center in central Pennsylvania …. (JustSports Photography/The Morning Call)
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The Brooks brothers? Huh??? … No, it should be rather clear to all by now that the guy who really owns the LEHIGH VALLEY PHANTOMS is Russian ‘mogul’ STANISLAV GALIEV.

For the second time in as many American Hockey League exhibition contests between the two intra-state adversaries, the 22-year-old Muscovite shot the game-winning goal for the Hershey Bears and denied Allentown’s new minor league franchise its first-ever victory for the second consecutive time.

It also true that the Phantoms actually had far more of the play for most of the first two periods at the Giant Center in Hershey but were consistently denied by the fine work of PHILIPP GRUBAUER, the German netminder who made 17 appearances (2.38 avg, .925 svpct) for the Washington Capitals in the National Hockey League last season and, barring a recall, figures to be a very important man for a Bears franchise that has won a league record 11 Calder Cup titles in the past but, most uncharacteristically, missed the AHL playoffs last season.

SHAYNE GOSTISBEHERE, the third round pick (# 78 overall) of the Philadelphia Flyers at the 2012 NHL Draft, made his first official appearance in the jersey of the Lehigh Valley Phantoms and was a standout for the visitors. The 21-year-old defenseman who celebrated the NCAA national championship title with Union College (42 ga, 9 go, 25 as, 34 pts) last season had at least seven shots on goal in Hershey. Gostisbehere was also unlucky to not open the scoring after clanking a puck off the iron in the second period.

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October 3, 2014
Giant Center – Hershey, Pennsylvania
Attendance : unavailable

HERSHEY BEARS 3 – LEHIGH VALLEY PHANTOMS 1

32:50 … LEH – Gordon (Gostisbehere) – ppg
39:21 … HER – Gazley (Kundratek)
40:24 … HER – Galiev (Kennedy)
58:39 … HER – Mitchell (Cornet, Kennedy)

shots-on-goal : LEH 35 ( 12 + 14 + 9 ) – HER 26 ( 7 + 10 + 9 )

penalty minutes : HER 10 – LEH 6

power play : LEH 1/4 – HER 0/2

HERSHEY : Grubauer – Burgdoerfer, Carrick, Haar, Kundratek, Moore, Schilling – Brody, Cornet, Diammond, Galiev, Gazley, Herbert, Kennedy, Mitchell, Pimm, Spencer, Stephenson, Wellman

LEHIGH VALLEY : Ouelette (Knapp) – Alt, Gostisbehere, Haag, Lamarche, Lauridsen, Manning – Alderson, Cousins, Fyten, Gordon, Goumas, Hatch, Hextall, Laughton, Leier, Powe, Sortini, Straka

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Historic Occasion On Hamilton Street


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Lehigh Valley Phantoms left wing MARCEL NOEBELS (15), the 22-year-old American Hockey League veteran who scored one goal in seven games for Germany at the 2014 IIHF World Championships, watches the puck sail just wide of the cage guarded by Hershey Bears netminder PHOENIX COPLEY, the 22-year-old rookie free agent out of Michigan Tech University who made a handful of appearances for the South Carolina Stingrays in the East Coast Hockey League last season after turning professional at the conclusion of the collegiate campaign, during the very first (albeit pre-season exhibition) official game contested at the new state-of-the-art minor league ice hockey rink in Allentown, Pennsylvania.
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Considering all the controversy that surrounded the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s massive financial investment in the “transformational” $ 177.1 million dollar Pawlowski Palace of Sport, it certainly only seems appropriate that it would be a scion of the old communist Eastern Bloc’s genuine ice hockey juggernaut who scored a most spectacular goal with an impressive bit of skill in the third period to settle this historic occasion on Hamilton Street.

Hershey Bears forward STANISLAV GALIEV, the Washington Capitals’ third round choice (# 86 overall) at the 2010 National Hockey League Draft still looking to make a name for himself at the American Hockey League level, turned towering Lehigh Valley Phantoms defenseman OLIVER LAURIDSEN, the former St. Cloud State University blueliner who has skated for Denmark at the annual IIHF World Championships the past two years now, into a veritable pretzel by virtue of a dazzling 360-degree spin-o-rama move before snapping the puck past rookie goaltender ANTHONY STOLARZ, the second round pick (# 45 overall) of the Philadelphia Flyers at the 2012 NHL Draft who was the number two on the United States squad that appeared at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championships in Sweden last winter.

It was such a sick goal from Galiev, the 22-year-old native of Moscow whose 2013/14 season was cut short radically as a result of a crippling shoulder injury, that some now fear responsible health officials might ultimately be forced to quarantine the City of Allentown’s showpiece indoor athletic facility.

Comrade Molovinsky is said to be greatly concerned.

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Lehigh Valley Phantoms winger PETR STRAKA (24), the 22-year-old native of the Czech Republic who was the second round selection (# 55 overall) of the Columbus Blue Jackets at the 2010 NHL Draft and tallied nine goals and 27 points in 60 AHL games as a rookie professional for Adirondack last term, carries the puck up ice against the intra-state rival Hershey Bears during the historic American Hockey League exhibition contest at the plush PPL Center in Allentown, Pennsylvania.
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October 1, 2014
PPL Center – Allentown, Pennsylvania
Attendance : 5,232

HERSHEY BEARS 3 – LEHIGH VALLEY PHANTOMS 1

10:43 … LEH – Hextall (Goumas)
23:22 … HER – Broda (unassisted) – shg
41:11 … HER – Galiev (unassisted)
53:52 … HER – Pimm (Cajkovsky, Broda)

shots-on-goal : LEH 24 ( 8 + 8 + 8 ) – HER 18 ( 5 + 7 + 6 )

penalty minutes : HER 16 – LEH 6

power play : LEH 0/8 – HER 0/3

LEHIGH VALLEY : Stolarz – Delisle, Flemming, Lamarche, Lauridsen, Manning, Pettersson – Alderson, Cousins, Gordon, Goumas, Hatch, Hextall, Johnston, Mathers, Monardo, Noebels, Powe, Straka

HERSHEY : Copley – Burgdoerfer, Cajkovsky, Epp, Landry, Moore, Perrier – Broda, Cornet, Diamond, Downing, Galiev, Gazley, Herbert, Higgs, Kennedy, Pimm, Spencer, Stephenson

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