Hershey Hangs on for 4-3 Win Over Phantoms

Friday, December 2, 2016
Photo: Nina Weiss/Highland Park Hockey
Phantoms third period push comes up short

Written by: Tony Androckitis, Twitter/Facebook

ALLENTOWN - The Lehigh Valley Phantoms (13-6-1) appeared to be dead in the water down 4-1 in the opening minute of the third period, but a late third period surge had the Phantoms one shot away from sending the game into overtime in the final 9.9 seconds of regulation.

"We had a good push at the end," head coach Scott Gordon said following the game. "We had the guy we wanted to shoot the puck with seven seconds left and when it's all said and done we didn't get two points, but I liked the way they battled in the third period."

The Phantoms battled back from the three goal deficit, getting goals from Jordan Weal and Robert Hagg in the final frame to make it a one-goal game in the final minutes of play. Unfortunately for Lehigh Valley, it was too little too late as the Bears hung on for the win.

These two teams will rematch Saturday night at the Giant Center in Hershey.

After the jump, a full recap of the action complete with exclusive player reaction from Robert Hagg and head coach Scott Gordon, and a post-game video interview with Jordan Weal.

Lehigh Valley Phantoms First Quarter Report

Photo: Nina Weiss/Highland Park Hockey
Editor's note: The monthly feature aimed to inform fans about the progress the prospects have made each month is back, but with a twist! With the month of November ending and also marking the end of the first quarter of the 2016-17, this first quarter report takes a look at the Lehigh Valley Phantoms' first 19 games.

Written by: Tony Androckitis - Twitter/Facebook

The Lehigh Valley Phantoms (13-5-1) didn't set the world on fire in the opening month of the 2016-17 season with a 2-3-1 record in October, but they more than made up for it in November - winning 11 of 13 games and putting themselves in a position to contend for the top spot in the Atlantic Division as the middle portion of the season gets going.

How big an impact are some of the veteran additions to the roster this summer playing in the team's early season success? How are the prospects - i.e. Sam Morin, Travis Sanheim, etc. - faring so far? Will the Phantoms' early season triumphs continue?

Let's take a look at the Phantoms' first 19 games from all angles, both individually and as a team.

Special Teams

Power Play

First Quarter Stats: 19 games played, 22 for 87 = 25.3% - 4th in AHL (Four shorthanded goals against)

Penalty Kill

First Quarter Stats: 19 games played, 58 for 70 = 82.9% - 13th in AHL (Three shorthanded goals for)

An update on every player on the roster after the jump.

Game 20 Preview: Hershey at Lehigh Valley

Jakub Vrana and the red hot Hershey Bears come to PPL Center Friday night. Photo:  
Phantoms host Hershey at 7:05 p.m. ET

Written by: Tony Androckitis, Twitter/Facebook

I'll have full coverage of tonight's Phantoms game against the Hershey Bears. The puck drops at 7:05 p.m. ET, but make sure you're following along on Twitter -> @TonyAndrock & Facebook (be sure to like the Facebook page!) for all the latest updates and information.

Stay tuned here online after the game for a recap of the action. Don't forget to subscribe to Highland Park Hockey's YouTube channel for post-game interviews with AHL hockey players.

The Lehigh Valley Phantoms (13-5-1) put together a strong first quarter of the season, and look to kick off the month of December with a win against Atlantic Division rival Hershey Bears (11-4-3-1).

The Phantoms have been playing well lately (11-2 in November), and so have the Bears. Hershey enters tonight's game on a six-game unbeaten streak (5-0-1), just one point behind the Lehigh Valley in the Atlantic Division standings.

After the jump, a preview full of the latest news and notes to get you ready for tonight's game.

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Flying Under The Radar

Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Photo: Nina Weiss/Highland Park Hockey
Knight knows his role with Phantoms well

Written by: Tim Riday - Twitter

The 2016 offseason was a busy one for the Lehigh Valley Phantoms.

The goal was to bring in some impact veterans in an attempt to build some much-needed depth in the Philadelphia Flyers’ organization. What general manager Ron Hextall probably didn’t expect is that he immediately turned the Phantoms into what appears to be a serious contender in the AHL landscape.

A lot of the credit has to go to Lehigh Valley head coach Scott Gordon. After a few tough weeks in which he had to do some shuffling to the lineup, he's finally figured out how to get the most out of each of his newcomers.

On offense, Greg Carey, Mark Zengerle and Andy Miele are all performing at a high level. On defense, T.J. Brennan and Will O'Neill are also producing and stabilizing a young back end.

First-year professionals Radel Fazleev, Nicolas Aube-Kubel, Travis Sanheim and Reece Willcox are gaining more and more confidence with each passing game.

But there is one name that is flying under the radar. When we look back at the summer of 2016, the most underrated signing could prove to be Corban Knight.

Through  19 games, he's played (& played well) in just about every line/role/position on the Phantoms.

Phantoms Finish Off Season Series With Toronto

Tuesday, November 29, 2016
Photo credit: Sam B (@flyer4life)
Phantoms Defeat Toronto 4-1

Written by: Tony Androckitis - Twitter/Facebook

Lehigh Valley Phantoms captain Colin McDonald said after Saturday night's loss to Hartford that good teams don't lose back-to-back games.

Tonight in Toronto, the Phantoms (13-5-1) pulled out a 4-1 win thanks to a trio of third period goals and a strong performance in net from Alex Lyon to bounce back into the win column in advance of a busy weekend set of three games in three nights.

Chris Conner gave Lehigh Valley a 1-0 lead in the first period on a power play tally. The Marlies battled back to tie the game at 1-1 on a power play goal of their own, but Lyon (25 saves - 26 shots) held Toronto's talented offensive guns, led by AHL leading scorer Brendan Leipsic, off the score sheet the rest of the night.

Danick Martel deflected Sam Morin's shot past Marlies netminder Antoine Bibeau early in the third period for the go-ahead and eventual game-winning goal. while Jordan Weal capitalized on a Marlies miscue behind their net to seal the deal on the Phantoms' win. Colin McDonald added an empty net goal to complete the 4-1 final score.

The Phantoms return home to prepare for a three-game weekend that features a home and home series with rival Hershey Friday and Saturday nights.

After the jump, a quick recap of the action.