Phantoms Cup

The Lehigh Valley Phantoms and PPL Center are thrilled to announce the creation of the inaugural Phantoms Cup tournament which will debut in March. The scholastic based league in the Lehigh Valley consists of 11 clubs from the area including Central, BECA, Emmaus, Easton, Northampton, Parkland, Nazareth, Phillipsburg and Southern Lehigh. As part of the organization’s continued drive to continue building hockey in the community, this is a FREE HOCKEY EVENT and all games are open to the public.


 

 

Thursday, March 17th 

JV Championship

(3) Northampton 3 | (1) Easton 2

They say you save the best for last and boy did Northampton and Easton prove that tonight. Both teams came out flying to start this game but neither team was able to find the back of the net in the opening frame which saw the Kids of Northampton out shot the Rovers of Easton 9-7. Northampton struck first in this one scoring with 12:20 remaining in the second period. The lead was short lived as off the center ice face off the Rovers charged down the ice to level the score just 10 second later to make it 1-1. Northampton would score again with 10 minutes remaining in the second period to take a 2-1 lead into the final period of play. For most of the third period the Rovers controlled the play but just could not find the back of the net. As the Rovers continued to pressure they were eventually able to find the back of the net off a rebound that trickled into the net to tie it at 2 with just 5 minutes remaining in the game. This one had overtime written all over it until an offensive zone face off for the Kids which resulted in a blast from the point to make it 3-2 Kids with just under 3 minutes remaining. The Rovers continued to pressure as they pulled the goalie with under a minute remaining but was unable to tie the game. The Kids of Northampton win the Inaugural Phantoms Cup 3-2 to win the Championship in the JV Division.

Middle School Championship

Emmaus 7 | (2) Nazareth 5

Emmaus and Nazareth went toe to toe in the Middle School Championship game on Thursday night. The first period saw Nazareth come out flying early but was unable to find the back of the net with the early pressure. Emmaus was able to settle into the game half way through the opening frame when they were able to take a 1-0 lead. With just under 2 minutes remaining in the period the Hornets were able to make it 2-0 with a goal by Jason Ware. With just 8.9 second remaining in the first period Nazareth was able to find the back of the net to make it 2-1 with a goal by Greg Hammel. The back and forth continued into the second period which saw Emmaus score 3 goals including two in less than 20 second mid-way through the period. Nazareth continued to hang around also scoring two of their own as we ended the second period with the Hornets leading 5-3. Nazareth would make it a one goal game early in the third period with a goal by Stephen Polger but the Hornets responded with a goal of their own just 3 minutes later. Emmaus looked to take control of the game taking a 3 goal lead with just under 6 minutes remaining in the game but this was short lived as Porter Fegley would score just 15 seconds later to make it a two goal game. Nazareth would continue to pressure but was unable to cut into the two goal lead. Emmaus would go on to win 7-5 which saw the Hornets goals come from 7 different players. Porter Fegley finished with two goals for Nazareth.

Youth Championship

Parkland 3 | (2) Northampton 1

Parkland wins the Inaugural Phantoms Cup in the Youth Division. The first period was evenly matched with both teams having scoring chances in the opening 10 minutes of the game. The Kids of Northampton were able to strike first in this one with goal just about half way through the first period. Ultimately this sparked the Trojans to dominate the final 5 minutes of the period outshooting the Kids 12-4 in the opening frame but unable to find the back of the net. Northampton was able to keep their one goal lead through most of the second period while Parkland continued its offensive pressure ultimately finding the back of the net with under two minutes remaining in the second period. Parkland took the lead early in the final period of play to make it 2-1. With under 4 minutes to play the Kids has a power play which resulted in multiple scoring opportunities but the defense of Parkland stood tall. Parkland would go on to score with 23 second left to secure the victory and win the Phantoms Cup!

 

 

Thursday, March 10th 

Day 3 Recap Video: https://phantoms.hockey/PhantomsCup2022Day3

MS Semi Final 1:

Final Score: (2) Nazareth 4 | (3) Easton 3

Nazareth and Easton went toe to toe in the first Middle School Division Semi Final on Thursday night. Both teams were able to score in the first half of the first period which ended tied at one. Easton would jump out to a 2-1 lead early in the second period. Half way through the second frame Nazareth was able to tie the game back up at 2 but this was short lived as just 21 second later Easton would reclaim the lead 3-2. The back and forth action did not end there as Easton would then tie the game back up at 3 just 40 second later. Nazareth would also add a fourth goal before the horn sounded to end the second period and took a 4-3 lead into the final period of play. The back and forth battle between these two evenly matched teams would continue until the final 2 minutes of the game when Nazareth took two penalty’s to create a 6 on 3 for Easton when they pulled their goalie for the extra attacker. Easton pressured hard but Nazareth was able to escape with a hard fought 4-3 win in the Semi Finals of the Phantoms Cup. Nazareth now advances to the Phantoms Cup Championship game next Thursday.

Gus Schwartz Hardest Working Players of the Game: Nazareth: Porter Fegley | Easton: Virginia Kraus

MS Semi Final 2:

Final Score: Emmaus 10 | (4) Northampton Orange 2

Emmaus showed why they were the number 1 seed in the Middle School Division tonight as they defeated Northampton Orange 10-2. Northampton was able to advance to this game after a big 7-5 win over Phillipsburg on Tuesday night. Head Coach Brian Ruff said his Kids would need to score often to compete with Emmaus but was unable to match the offensive power that the Hornets displayed. Emmaus jumped out to an early 5-0 lead in the first period but the Kids of Northampton pushed back in the second scoring early to cut into the Emmaus lead. Emmaus would score again with 5:02 remaining in the period followed by a Northampton goal with 2:32 in the second frame to make it 7-2 going into the third period of play. Emmaus would go on to score 3 more in the third to defeat Northampton 10-2 and advance to the Middle School Championship game next Thursday against Nazareth.

Gus Schwartz Hardest Working Players of the Game: Emmaus: Jason Ware | Northampton: Colin Becker

 

Wednesday, March 9th 

Recap video: https://phantoms.hockey/PhantomsCupDay2

JV Semi Final 2:

(3) Northampton vs. (2) BASD

Final Score: (3) Northampton 2 | (2) BASD 0

Shots:  Northampton: 37 | BASD: 37

The second game of the JV Semi Finals was a back and forth thriller between Northampton and Bethlehem. Bethlehem came out flying outshooting Northampton 17-5 in the first period but was unable to find the back of the net. The Kids of Northampton took the first intermission to regroup as they then outshot Bethlehem in the second period 19-5, but unlike Bethlehem in the first the Kids were able to take a 1-0 lead with 7 minutes remaining in the second period. Northampton struck early in the final frame to take a 2-0 lead but Bethlehem battled back with an offensive push of their own but again was unable to score. Northampton went on to win 2-0 and will face top seed in the JV Division Easton in next Thursdays Phantoms Cup Championship at 8:40 PM.

Gus Schwartz Hardest Working Players of the Game: Northampton: Brice Schache | Bethlehem: Brady Roche

 

JV Semi Final 1:

(1) Easton vs. (4) Nazareth

Final Score: (1) Easton 4 | (4) Nazareth 0

Shots: Easton: 49| Nazareth: 20

The story of this game was the goaltending of Nazareth’s Aidan Kortbawi who kept his team in the game. Easton jumped out to a 1-0 lead half way through the first period which would be the only goal of the first period which saw Easton put up 17 shots. Easton would add a second goal in the first half of the second period to make it 2-0 heading into the final period of play. Nazareth had a few chances early in the third period including a shot from the point that went off both posts but stayed out of the net. Easton would add a third goal half way through the third to take a 3-0 and scored in the final seconds to secure a 4-0 win and advance to the JV Championship game next Thursday at 8:40PM. Kortbawi of Nazareth finished the night with 45 saves while Easton’s Ashtyn Dremock had 20 saves to secure the shutout.

Gus Schwartz Hardest Working Players of the Game: Nazareth: #23 Aidan Kortbawi | Easton: #3 Ashtyn Dremock

 

JV Game 1:

(6) Phillipsburg vs. (5) Parkland

Final Score: (6) Phillipsburg 5 | (5) Parkland 0

Shots:  Phillipsburg: 26 | Parkland: 33

Phillipsburg scored early and never looked back behind an outstanding effort from goalie Michael Loglisci who stopped 33 shots, 13 of which coming in the final frame of the game as Parkland tried to get the offense rolling. The State Liners scored two goals in the first and added a third goal in the second to take a 3-0 lead into the final period. Parkland continued to pressure Phillipsburg in the third period but was unable to find the back of the net while also hitting a post half way through the final frame. Phillipsburg would add two late goals in the third to win 5-0.

Gus Schwartz Hardest Working Player of the Game: Phillipsburg: #52 Michael Loglisci |Parkland: #89 Ricky Wiener

 

Tuesday, March 8th 

(7) Northampton Black vs. (6) Parkland

Final Score: (7) Northampton Black 6 | (6) Parkland 4

Shots: Northampton 39 | Parkland: 24

Northampton jumped out to an early 1- 0 lead just 42 seconds in, but Parkland battled back with 2 goals of their own to take a 2-1 lead into the 1st Intermission. The second period was all Northampton with 3 goals on 11 shots to take a 4-2 lead after 2 periods of play. Parkland cut the lead to one early in the third period but that was as close as they would get. The Kids of Northampton Black win the first game of the Inaugural Phantoms Cup 6-4.

Gus Schwartz Hardest Working Players of the Game: Northampton: # 71 Nolan Radler | Parkland: #58 Carter Willis

Recap video: https://phantoms.hockey/NorthamptonBlackvsParkland

Recap photos: https://photos.app.goo.gl/ZeBUFDKoAfjsEBpP8

 

(4) Northampton Orange vs. (5) Phillipsburg

Final Score: (4) Northampton Orange 7 | (5) Phillipsburg 5

Shots: Northampton Orange: 24 | Phillipsburg: 32

The offense was hot for both teams early in the Quarter Final matchup of the Middle School Division with both teams scoring in the opening minute of the game. Both teams would add goals later in the period to finish the first knotted at 2 goals. The second period was back and forth with Northampton Orange taking a 3-2 lead early in the second frame, but Phillipsburg battled back to tie the game half way through the second period. Northampton would add one more goal with just under 4 minutes remaining in the second period to take a 4-3 lead into the final period of play. Northampton picked up right where they left off to start the third period scoring 3 consecutive goals to take a 7-3 lead. The State Liners put on a late charge to cut the lead to 7-5 but were unable to level the score. Northampton Orange advances to take on the top seed in the Middle School Division the Emmaus Hornets on Thursday at 7:20PM.

Gus Schwartz Hardest Working Player of the Game: Phillipsburg: #24 Conner Blum | Northampton Orange: #61 Colin Becker

Recap video: https://phantoms.hockey/NorthamptonOrangevsPhilipsburg

Recap photos: https://photos.app.goo.gl/d2uTaNvpHhVcCu6z5