Alex Lyon Backstops Phantoms to Five-Game Point Streak

Frost and Aube-Kubel Score in Second Straight

October 25, 2019

Charlotte, NC – Alex Lyon thrived in Charlotte yet again with a stellar 35-save performance as the Lehigh Valley Phantoms earned a standings point in their first away games of the season via a 3-2 shootout loss at the Charlotte Checkers on Friday night. Morgan Frost and Nicolas Aube-Kubel both scored for the second game in a row but Kyle Wood of Charlotte struck in the seventh round for the games only tally in the shootout.

Lehigh Valley (2-1-3) played a seven-round shootout for the second straight game and ran their point-streak to five consecutive games with seven points out of 10 in the last couple weeks.

Lyon (2-0-1) was especially strong in a season-high 35-save performance in the same building where he produced his epic 94-save masterpiece in a five-overtime playoff game two seasons ago. He stopped six of seven shootout attempts and also denied Charlotte’s Janne Kuokkanen late in the first period on the season’s first penalty shot opportunity.

The Phantoms played to overtime for the third time in their last four games. For the second game in a row, Lehigh Valley rallied from behind in the third period to get there. Aube-Kubel’s strike with 7:55 remaining in regulation.

Morgan Frost’s second professional goal was somewhat spectacular in its own right taking a tip forward from Reece Willcox and then cutting back the other way at the Charlotte blue-line to dangle around a defender allowing an opening to rush up to the right circle and blast an equalizing goal to the blocker side of Checkers netminder Anton Forsberg (4-0-0)

Chase Priskie (2nd) and Kyle Wood (1st) registered tallies for the Checkers. Priskie’s shorthanded goal in the first period that opened the scoring was the second shorty of the season surrendered by the Phantoms.

The Phantoms had much of the better play in the overtime but couldn’t find the game-ending strike.

Lehigh Valley’s penalty kill was perfect in a 6-for-6 effort while the power play went 0-for-4. Charlotte out shot the Phantoms 38-26.

Forward Carsen Twarynski played his first game back with the Phantoms since his return from the Philadelphia Flyers.

The Phantoms and Checkers wrap up the weekend set on Saturday at 6:00 p.m.. Then the Lehigh Valley Phantoms return to PPL Center on Friday, November 1 taking on the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins on Coat Drive Night presented by WFMZ-69.

Lehigh Valley Phantoms 2 at Charlotte Checkers 3 (SO) – Status: Final SO
Friday, October 25, 2019 – Bojangles’ Coliseum

Lehigh Valley 1 0 1 0 – 2
Charlotte 1 1 0 0 – 3

1st Period-1, Charlotte, Priskie 2 (Markison, McKeown), 6:13 (SH). 2, Lehigh Valley, Frost 2 (Willcox, Bigras), 10:44. Penalties-Bean Cha (slashing), 5:08; Friedman Lv (interference), 13:48; Myers Lv (cross-checking), 16:07; Horvat Cha (roughing), 16:07; Frost Lv (hooking), 17:59.

2nd Period-3, Charlotte, Wood 1 (Luostarinen, Bean), 13:49. Penalties-Lorentz Cha (hooking), 3:00; Friedman Lv (diving/embellishment), 5:47; Markison Cha (hooking), 5:47; Rubtsov Lv (interference), 7:32; Markison Cha (goaltender interference), 11:15; O’Reilly Lv (hooking), 16:27; Myers Lv (tripping), 18:05.

3rd Period-4, Lehigh Valley, Aube-Kubel 2 (Brennan), 12:05. Penalties-Bean Cha (hooking), 13:13; Brennan Lv (holding), 14:26; Bishop Cha (holding the stick), 14:26; Friedman Lv (diving/embellishment), 15:36; Lorentz Cha (tripping), 15:36.

OT Period- No Scoring.Penalties-Kase Lv (tripping), 4:58.

Shootout – Lehigh Valley 0 (Frost NG, Aube-Kubel NG, O’Reilly NG, Carey NG, Andreoff NG, Bigras NG, Brennan NG), Charlotte 1 (Geekie NG, Priskie NG, Gauthier NG, Luostarinen NG, Bean NG, McGinn NG, Wood G).
Shots on Goal-Lehigh Valley 9-7-8-2-0-26. Charlotte 12-16-8-1-1-38.
Power Play Opportunities-Lehigh Valley 0 / 4; Charlotte 0 / 6.
Goalies-Lehigh Valley, Lyon 2-0-1 (37 shots-35 saves). Charlotte, Forsberg 4-0-0 (26 shots-24 saves).
Referees-Guillaume Labonte (35), Jake Rekucki (84).
Linesmen-Tyson Baker (88), Tim Lyons (33).