|Phantoms/IceCaps from Mile One Centre Wednesday night. Photo courtesy Scott Walsh (@scottwalsh_)|
Written by: Tony Androckitis - Twitter/Facebook
The story of the 2016-17 season for the Lehigh Valley Phantoms continued to ring ever true this week for the team's pair of games in St. John's, Newfoundland.
In back-to-back nights, the Phantoms found themselves trailing late in regulation. On Tuesday night, it was a 4-0 deficit late in the second period turned into a 5-4 overtime win. Wednesday night, the Phantoms trailed 2-1 into the final 90 seconds of regulation.
It doesn't seem to matter the score or circumstances. The Phantoms simply find ways to win games and at this time of year, that's all that matters.
A big part of the reason why Lehigh Valley earned two points tonight was the play in net by Anthony Stolarz, earning starts in back-to-back nights - stopping 42 of the 44 shots he faced plus all four shooters he saw in the shootout.
Corban Knight tallied the lone shootout goal in the bottom half of the fourth round to give the Phantoms the 3-2 win in the shootout, setting up another battle for first place when Lehigh Valley hosts Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Saturday night.
Phantoms' Playoff Update - The Phantoms' shootout win Wednesday night gives Lehigh Valley a pair of wins to start the week with a pair of home games against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and Bridgeport looming this weekend on Saturday and Sunday evenings. The Phantoms currently trail the first place Penguins by one point. Elsewhere in the division, Hershey took care of Binghamton to remain three points behind the Phantoms in third place. Bridgeport held on and defeated Albany 3-1 to move into a tie for fourth place with 81 points.HOW SWEEP IT IS: @CorbanKnight scores in 4th round of shootout to lift #LVPhantoms to 3-2 win & a pair of wins in St. John's to start week. pic.twitter.com/uOmsby6mLM— Tony Androckitis (@TonyAndrock) March 23, 2017
The Lehigh Valley Phantoms' magic number to clinch a berth in the 2017 Calder Cup Playoffs is currently at 16 points. You can also keep track of the playoff races in the AHL's daily Playoff Primer.