The Lehigh Valley Phantoms will host the rival Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins inside of PPL Center for the first time during the 2019-20 season Friday night, October 11, at 7:05 p.m. Friday’s contest will represent the first of 12 total meetings between the Atlantic Division teams this year. Prior to the start of the season, the Phantoms defeated the Penguins twice in preseason contests: 4-1 on September 25 in Wilkes-Barre and 3-1 on September 29 in downtown Allentown.
Lehigh Valley, having only played a single game on the season, will be looking to get into the win column for the first time on Friday night. Having suffered a 3-0 defeat at the hands of the Providence Bruins on October 5, the new-look Phantoms will enter the game with two additions in the form of forward Joel Farabee and defenseman Philippe Myers, who were both loaned to the club from the Philadelphia Flyers.
Friday’s game will mark Phantoms defenseman T.J. Brennan’s 700th professional game. The five-time AHL All-Star has now played four seasons with Lehigh Valley and produced 43 goals and 105 assists for a total of 148 points across 203 contests. Overall, not including this evening, Brennan has played in 699 professional tilts and amassed 480 points (161G-319A) in the process.
Should goaltender Alex Lyon get the start in tonight’s game, the Baudette, Minnesota, native will become the all-time leader in games played as a goalie in Lehigh Valley history with 114. The game will also move him into fifth in franchise history for games played as a goaltender as he surpasses former Phantoms and Flyers netminder Anthony Stolarz.
Phantoms vs. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins
Phantoms Leading Scorers
- Andy Andreoff (1 GP, 0G-0A, 0 PTS)
- Nic Aube-Kubel (1 GP, 0G-0A, 0 PTS)
- Chris Bigras (1 GP, 0G-0A, 0 PTS)
- T.J. Brennan (1 GP, 0G-0A, 0 PTS)
- Greg Carey (1 GP, 0G-0A, 0 PTS)
Penguins Leading Scorers
- Stefan Noesen (1 GP, 2G-0A, 2 PTS)
- Adam Johnson (1 GP, 0G-2A, 2 PTS)
- Anthony Angello (1 GP, 1G-0A, 1 PTS)
- Jake Lucchini (1 GP, 1G-0A, 1 PTS)
- Niclas Almari (1 GP, 0G-1A, 1 PTS)
Prior Meetings Last Season
Apr. 7 — LV 10, WBS 6
Apr. 6 — LV 4, WBS 2
Mar. 23 — WBS 5, LV 4 (OT)
Mar. 22 — LV 3, WBS 2
Mar. 13 — WBS 4, LV 1
Mar. 6 — LV 3, WBS 1
Jan. 21 — WBS 2, LV 1 (OT)
Dec. 29 — WBS 7, LV 3
Dec. 26 — LV 5, WBS 3
Dec. 15 — WBS 5, LV 2
Oct. 20 — LV 6, WBS 3
Oct. 19 — WBS 5, LV 4
- This past season, the Lehigh Valley Phantoms posted a 6-4-2-0 record against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.
- In the two team’s last meeting of the 2018-19 season, Lehigh Valley netted a franchise record 10 goals en route to a 10-6 victory over Wilkes-Barre/Scranton inside of PPL Center.
- With injuries at the NHL level, the Pittsburgh Penguins recalled forwards Adam Johnson, Andrew Agozzino and Sam Lafferty from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton earlier this week. The three combined for a total of 152 points (57G-95A) during the 2018-19 AHL season.
- Forward Joel Farabee is set to make his professional debut with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms after being loaned to the club on October 3.
- The return of defenseman Philippe Myers should help to bolster the Phantoms back end by adding even more scoring. The 22-year-old blueliner had 9 goals and 24 assists for 33 points in just 53 games with the Phantoms this past season and added another goal and assists in 21 games with the Philadelphia Flyers.
Players to Watch
Nic Aube-Kubel finished second overall on the Phantoms last season with three goals and six assists for a total of nine points in just 10 games against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. Paired with Andy Andreoff as well as Cal O’Reilly this season, look for the 23-year-old forward to make an impact on the score sheet Friday night.
October 7, 2019: The Philadelphia Flyers reassigned goaltender Felix Sandstrom from the Lehigh Valley Phantoms to the Reading Royals.
October 7, 2019: The Philadelphia Flyers reassigned forward Pascal Laberge from the Lehigh Valley Phantoms to the Reading Royals.
The Road Ahead
The Lehigh Valley Phantoms will host another rival inside of PPL Center tomorrow night as they welcome the Hershey Bears into downtown Allentown for the first time during the 2019-20 season. Saturday’s game will also feature postgame photos on the ice with the players, so stick around after the game and snap a selfie with your favorite Phantoms. Tickets for Saturday night’s game against the Bears are still available, so order yours now by clicking HERE.