November 22, 2016
Wednesday, November 23 (7:05 p.m.) – Lehigh Valley Phantoms @ Binghamton Senators
Friday, November 25 (7:05 p.m.) – Binghamton Senators @ Lehigh Valley Phantoms
(Go Birds Tailgate featuring Ron Jaworski & Eagles Cheerleaders.)
Saturday, November 26 (7:05 p.m.) – Hartford Wolf Pack @ Lehigh Valley Phantoms
Fresh off an impressive eight-game winning streak, the red-hot Lehigh Valley Phantoms (10-4-1, 21 pts., 2nd Atlantic Division) are back on the frozen surface for another three games this week including a pair of Thanksgiving holiday weekend tilts at PPL Center.
The Phantoms kick start the week’s action on Wednesday, November 23 when they invade the Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena in Binghamton for their first showdown of the year with the Senators. Binghamton (5-8-2, 12 pts., 6th North Division) is coming off an impressive weekend in which it claimed five of a possible six standings points across three games. The Senators opened their strong weekend with a 6-2 win over the Albany Devils on Friday followed by a 6-3 victory over the Hartford Wolf Pack on Saturday before being handed a 3-2 overtime setback at the Bridgeport Sound Tigers on Sunday. Binghamton’s solid weekend snapped a three-game losing skid for the Senators who entered the weekend having dropped seven of their last eight outings overall.
Following Thanksgiving Thursday, the two Eastern Conference rivals then reconvene on Friday, November 25 for their first collision of the year at PPL Center. Friday’s game features a Go Birds Tailgate with Philadelphia Eagles legend Ron Jaworski, along with the Eagles Cheerleaders, on hand to meet fans and sign autographs in advance of Friday’s showdown.
The Phantoms then cap their holiday weekend on Saturday, November 26 when they welcome the Hartford Wolf Pack, the AHL affiliate of the New York Rangers, to downtown Allentown. Like Binghamton, Hartford (5-9-2, 12 pts., 7th Atlantic Division) is coming off a strong week as well as the Wolf Pack claimed a 3-2 shootout victory over the Springfield Thunderbirds on Wednesday and a 4-3 shootout win against the Providence Bruins on Sunday around a 6-3 loss to the Senators on Saturday. Despite a couple of wins last week, Hartford still enters the coming week having dropped nine of its last 11 games.
A limited number of tickets remain for Friday and Saturday’s games and can be purchased online HERE.
- Phantoms By The Numbers
- Despite missing Friday and Saturday’s games last weekend, forward Jordan Weal continues to lead all Phantoms and is tied for ninth among all AHL skaters in total scoring with 15 points (4 goals, 11 assists).
- Defenseman T.J. Brennan is currently tied for second among all Lehigh Valley skaters and is tied for second among AHL blueliners in scoring with 14 points (5 goals, 9 assists). Brennan has already produced three multi-point games this season and enters the week having notched at least one point in seven of his last 10 games overall.
- Forward Greg Carey enters the week leading all Phantoms and all AHL skaters with 10 goals this season. The AHL leader with eight power play goals this season, Carey has tallied seven goals across Lehigh Valley’s last eight games.
- During Lehigh Valley’s eight-game winning streak, the Phantoms outscored their opposition 36-14. Lehigh Valley’s power play was an impressive 11-for-33 (33.3 percent) during the club’s recent run while its penalty kill allowed just three man-advantage markers (25-for-28, 89.3 percent) during the eight-game streak.
- The Phantoms enter the week as the AHL’s most efficient offense averaging 3.93 goals per game. Lehigh Valley has tallied an impressive 59 total goals in just 15 games, including a league-best 20 power play conversions.
Wednesday, November 16: WB/Scranton Penguins 1 – Lehigh Valley Phantoms 4
Greg Carey and Taylor Leier scored just 54 seconds apart in the third period as the Phantoms earned a come-from-behind 4-1 victory over the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in front 8,428 fans at PPL Center. Corban Knight and T.J. Brennan also found the back of the net for Lehigh Valley while goaltender Alex Lyon backstopped the triumph with an impressive 30-save performance.
Lehigh Valley’s penalty kill was a perfect 5-for-5 in the win as the Phantoms skated in front of their third standing room-only sellout of the 2016-17 season.
Friday, November 18: Lehigh Valley Phantoms 4 – Providence Bruins 3 (OT)
Greg Carey pumped in a pair of third period power play goals to the tie the game before Scott Laughton netted the overtime winner in a thrilling 4-3 comeback win for Lehigh Valley over the Providence Bruins at Dunkin’ Donuts Center. Maxim Lamarche opened the scoring for the Phantoms with his first goal of the season while Lyon earned his third straight victory between the pipes with 33 saves on 36 Providence shots.
The win pushed Lehigh Valley’s winning streak to eight consecutive games.
Saturday, November 19: Lehigh Valley Phantoms 2 – Bridgeport Sound Tigers 5
Maxim Lamarche notched his second goal in as many games and T.J. Brennan converted his fifth tally of the season but it wasn’t enough as the Bridgeport Sound Tigers were able to hang on for a 5-2 win over the Phantoms inside Webster Bank Arena. The setback snapped Lehigh Valley’s winning streak at eight games – the franchise’s longest winning streak since the 2004-05 season.
Service Electric’s TV2 Sports will be broadcasting live all of the Phantoms’ 32 remaining regular season home games. If you can’t make it out to the rink, be sure to catch all the exciting action live in HD quality with Steve Degler, Todd Fedoruk, Doug Heater and Kristi Fulkerson! Pre-game coverage begins with “Phantoms Front and Center” 30 minutes before puck drop. And don’t miss “Phantoms – Breaking the Ice” every Monday from 7:00 – 7:30 p.m. throughout the season live at Chickie’s & Pete’s at PPL Center!
Be sure to also catch each and every Phantoms game this season live on 1470-AM WSAN, 790-AM WAEB or via the iHeartRadio app! Join Voice of the Phantoms, Bob Rotruck, for all of the heart-pumping action of Lehigh Valley Phantoms hockey whether the team is at home or on the road. “Countdown to Faceoff” begins 45 minutes prior to puck drop.
Tickets for each of the Phantoms’ 32 remaining regular season home games are available now online at pplcenter.com, by calling 610-347-TIXX  or in-person at the PPL Center Box Office [7th & Hamilton].
RISE UP! Another thrilling season of Lehigh Valley Phantoms hockey at PPL Center is underway! Reserve your season tickets and group outings for the 2016-2017 season of Phantoms hockey today. For more information on how to reserve your seat at PPL Center to the hottest ticket in town, call the Phantoms front office today at 610-224-GOAL .
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The Phantoms are thrilled to host the 2017 Capital BlueCross AHL All-Star Classic at PPL Center January 28-30. The Capital BlueCross AHL All-Star Classic includes a Phan Fest during the day on Saturday, January 28 and a Tailgate Party that evening, followed by the AHL All-Star Skills Competition on Sunday, January 29 and the 2017 AHL All-Star Game on Monday, January 30. Don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime event. Packages starting at just $67 for the 2017 AHL All-Star Classic weekend are on sale now and include admission to Saturday’s Phan Fest & Tailgate Party, Sunday’s AHL All-Star Skills Competition and Monday’s All-Star Game. To purchase tickets, please visit www.phantomshockey.com or www.pplcenter.com .
The Phantoms are coming off their 20th Anniversary Season and are currently in their third campaign in the Lehigh Valley playing at the state-of-the-art PPL Center. Established in 1996, the Philadelphia Phantoms spent their first 13 seasons at the Spectrum before re-locating to Glens Falls, New York in 2009 where the team spent the next five seasons as the Adirondack Phantoms. A new era of Phantoms hockey began in the fall of 2014 when the Lehigh Valley Phantoms began play at the state-of-the-art PPL Center. Through 20 incredibly successful campaigns, the Phantoms have captured two Calder Cup Championships (1998, 2005), two Conference Championships (1998, 2005), two Regular Season Titles (1996-97, 1997-98) and four Division Championships (1996-97, 1997-98, 1998-99, 2003-04).