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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