Thanks to a sensational performance between the pipes from a first-year professional who was making his season debut on home ice, an initial strike inside the first one hundred and four seconds of the game combined with a shorthanded goal less than ten minutes later would be more than enough as the resurgent Lehigh Valley Phantoms shutout the visiting Worcester Sharks 4-0 in the American Hockey League.
Rookie Taylor Leier, the 20-year-old left wing from Saskatoon who was the fourth round pick (# 117 overall) of the Philadelphia Flyers at the 2012 NationalHockey League Draft and represented Canada at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championships last winter, notched his fourth goal of this season less than two minutes in after taking a no-look pass from center Blair Jones. The 28-year-old veteran of 132 NHL games who was just recently demoted by Philadelphia also set up Lehigh Valley’s second goal against the Sharks after winning a shorthanded faceoff in Worcester’s offensive zone, as well. Thus, Robert Hagg, the 19-year-old defenseman who was the second round selection (# 41 overall) of the Flyers at the 2013 NHL Draft and has won two silver medals for Sweden at the annual IIHF World Junior Championships, was able to net his second goal for the Phantoms this term.
Rookie Lehigh Valley goaltender Anthony Stolarz came into the Friday night contest with Worcester having had lost his first three professional starts, none of which were on the surface at the PPL Center in Allentown, though. And the 20-year-old native of Jackson, New Jersey, who was tabbed by the Philadelphia Flyers in the second round (# 45 overall) of the 2012 NHL Draft, was able to leave those experiences in the rear view mirror while giving a magnificent performance against the Sharks. In all, Stolarz turned aside 36 shots, several of them in spectacular fashion.
Lehigh Valley Phantoms netminder Anthony Stolarz, who posted a shutout in his only appearance for the United States at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championships in Scandinavia last winter, blocks a shot from Worcester Sharks center Melker Karlsson (15), the undrafted 24-year-old rookie from Sweden, during the American Hockey League game at the PPL Center in Allentown.
November 21, 2014
PPL Center – Allentown, Pennsylvania
Attendance : 8,451
Lehigh Valley Phantoms 4 – Worcester Sharks 0
01:44 … LV – Leier (Jones, Hagg)
11:15 … LV – Hagg (Jones) – shg
21:30 … LV – Manning (Delisle, Rosehill)
40:59 … LV – Gordon (unassisted)
shots-on-goal : WOR 36 ( 16 + 6 + 14 ) – LV 20 ( 7 + 9 + 4 )
penalty minutes : LV 21 + misconduct – WOR 19
power plays : LV 0/5 – WOR 0/5
fights : Lauridsen (LV) vs Haley (WOR)
10-minute misconduct : Rosehill (LV)
Lehigh Valley : Stolarz – Manning, Delisle ; Hagg, Pettersson ; Lauridsden, Flemming – Leier, Jones, Gordon ; Straka, Cousins, Sortini ; Rosehill, Powe, Hextall ; Fyten, Goumas, Alderson
Worcester : Anderson (Dell 21:30) – Abeltshauser, DeMelo, Doherty, Fedun, Taormina, Tennyson – Carpenter, Haley, Hamilton, Hayes, Karlsson, Langlois, Lerg, Oleksuk, Schwartz, Tarasov, Tierny, Trupp