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Written by: Tony Androckitis - Twitter/Facebook
Last season, the Lehigh Valley Phantoms failed to ever get ahead and were a sub .500 team throughout the entire 2015-16 season. They entered the second half of the season in 7th place in the Atlantic Division with a record of 17-18-2-1 some 20 points off the division-leading Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.
Fast forward to 2016-17 and the Phantoms enter the final game of the first half in second place in the Atlantic Division with an impressive 25-10-2 record, kicking off a three-game weekend Friday against rival Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (29-8-3) with a chance to close within seven points of the 1st place Penguins despite having played three less games.
What a difference a year makes for the Phantoms.
After the jump, three key reasons why Lehigh Valley has been able to turn it around and be one of the top teams in the league through the first half of 2016-17 as well as a look ahead to this weekend's games and the tough test that awaits the Phantoms.