A pair of power play strikes, the second of which arrived during a six-on-four situation rather late in the contest, were never really enough to dig the home side out of the three-goal hole it had dug for itself in the first two periods as the up-and-down Lehigh Valley Phantoms lost to the visiting Springfield Falcons in “edge-of-your-seat” American Hockey League action on a snowy Weather Emergency Disaster Catastrophe Crisis night in downtown Allentown’s dazzling and sparkling Neighborhood Improvement Zone.
November 26, 2014
PPL Center – Allentown, Pennsylvania
Attendance : 6,630
Springfield Falcons 3 – Lehigh Valley Phantoms 2
10:02 … SPR – Hoeffel (Chaput, Oystrick) – ppg
24:01 … SPR – Vogelhuber (Larkin, D’Amigo)
37:35 … SPR – Sifers (unassisted)
45:36 … LV – Delisle (Cousins, Hagg) – ppg
58:00 … LV – Leier (Manning, Jones) – ppg
shots-on-goal : SPR 34 ( 13 + 14 + 7 ) – LV 25 ( 8 + 7 + 10 )
penalty minutes : SPR 15 – LV 13
power plays : LV 2/4 – SPR 1/3
fights : Manning (LV) vs Rychel (SPR)
Lehigh Valley : Stolarz – Alt, Manning ; Hagg, Delisle ; Lauridsden, Pettersson – Leier, Jones, Gordon ; Straka, Cousins, Sortini ; Rosehill, Powe, Hextall ; Fyten, Goumas, Alderson
Springfield : Forsberg – Labrie, Larkin, Madaisky, Oystrick, Sifers, St. Denis – Chaput, Collins, Cowick, Craig, D’Amigo, Dano, Hoeffel, Monardo, Rychel, Sedlak, Tynan, Vogelhuber
NOTES — the Phantoms had been expected to give 33-year-old veteran Rob Zepp (2.43 avg, .921 svpct) his thirteenth start in goal this season but the Germany national team netminder suffered a vague “lower body injury” during the pre-game warmups and, thus, gave way to 20-year-old rookie Anthony Stolarz, the second round pick (# 45 overall) of the Philadelphia Flyers at the 2012 NHL Draft who had a shutout of Lehigh Valley in his last AHL appearance.
The Springfield Falcons featured Domenic Monardo, the 26-year-old out of Lake Superior State University who to training camp with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms this fall but was then assigned to the Reading Royals of the third-tier East Coast Hockey League by the Philadelphia Flyers organization. Rather than report to Reading, where the Canadian legionnaire scored 27 goals in 70 ECHL games as a rookie last season, Monardo inked an AHL tryout contract with Springfield on October 2nd. The signing has paid dividends for the Falcons already, with Monardo having accumulated five goals and seven points in his first 14 AHL games thus far.
The game-winning goal for Springfield was ultimately credited to veteran American defenseman Jamie Sifers, the 31-year-old from the University of Vermont who has skated in 37 games for the Toronto Maple Leafs and Minnesota Wild in his career but has spent the past three seasons skating in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga for German club Adler Mannheim.