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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