February 8, 2022
It’s a GAMEDAY at PPL Center presented by MassMutual as the Lehigh Valley Phantoms play host to the Belleville Senators, AHL affiliate of the Ottawa Senators. Lehigh Valley (15-16-8) has points in eight of it last nine home games (7-1-1). Belleville (17-18-0) is making its lone PPL Center visit of the season in a makeup engagement from a postponed game on December 15. Tonight is the first game of a six-game homestand for the Phantoms.
Lehigh Valley struck early for a 2-0 lead on goals by Hayden Hodgson and Charlie Gerard but the Hartford Wolf Pack rebounded with five goals in the second period and never looked back in a 6-4 win against the Phantoms on Saturday night at XL Center in Hartford. Wyatte Wylie scored for a second straight game while Isaac Ratcliffe contributed a goal and an assist.
Morgan Frost, Isaac Ratcliffe and Cam York have been returned to the Phantoms. Frost scored a goal and had an assist in his return to the Phantoms in Friday’s 5-1 win vs. Providence. Frost’s last game with the Phantoms had been November 20. He was leading the team in scoring (3-12-15) at the time of his recall. Ratcliffe is coming off his NHL deut this past Saturday in an overtime win for the Flyers against the Los Angeles Kings. Cam York’s most recent game with the Phantoms had been December 21 prior to his return this past Friday. He scored his first NHL goal on January 15 against the New York Rangers.
Belleville (17-18-0) is led by former Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguin Jake Luccini (11-14-25). Former Flyer Michael Del Zotto (5-10-15) scored a late game-winner last week against Syracuse. Del Zotto played for Philadelphia for three seasons from 2014-17 scoring 20-43-63 in his 167 total games in the Orange and Black. Prospect Mads Sogard from Denmark was a second-round pick in 2019 and is the Sens’ top goalie (10-9-0, 2.61, .909)
News and Notes:
– Lehigh Valley has gone 12-5-3 in its last 20 games after a beginning that saw just three wins in the first 19 games at 3-11-5.
-Adam Clendening is projected to play his 500th pro game on Saturday.
– Hayden Hodgson scored three goals last weekend to take the team lead with 12. He has scored two goals in a game three times this season.
– The Phantoms have points in 8 of their last 9 home games (6-1-2)
– Lehigh Valley’s six-game homestand is their longest stretch of consecutive home games this season.
– 11 Phantoms players this season have also suited up for the Philadelphia Flyers: Wade Allison, Connor Bunnaman, Jackson Cates, Morgan Frost, Gerry Mayhew, Isaac Ratcliffe, Linus Sandin, Felix Sandstrom, Max Willman, Cam York, Egor Zamula
The Phantoms play three home games this weekend beginning Friday night against the Hershey Bears on GO FOR GOLD weekend.
Tuesday, February 8 vs. Belleville Senators (7:05)
Friday, February 11 vs. Hershey Bears (7:05) – GO FOR GOLD Weekend
Saturday, February 12 vs. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins – GO FOR GOLD Weekend, Saturday Night Hockey Live with “A Pair of Aardvarks”
Sunday, February 13 vs. Hershey Bears (2:05) – GO FOR GOLD Weekend
Saturday, February 19 vs. Utica Comets (7:05) – Hockey is For Everyone. Saturday Night Hockey Live with “Noah Gibney Trio”
Saturday, February 20 vs. Springfield Thunderbirds (3:05) – meLVin’s Birthday Celebration!
Broadcast coverage of all Phantoms games, home and away, is available on the Phantoms 365 app and on 1470-WSAN. Fans can watch on AHLTV.com and can listen on their Smart Speakers at: “Play Phantoms Radio 24/7.” Join Voice of the Phantoms, Bob Rotruck, for all the action!