Historic Occasion On Hamilton Street

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.

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.


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.

October 1, 2014
PPL Center – Allentown, Pennsylvania
Attendance : 5,232


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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