Phantoms Weekly – Phantoms Head to Northeast for 3 Games

November 4, 2014

This Week

Wednesday, November 5 (7:05 PM) – Lehigh Valley Phantoms @ Worcester Sharks

Friday, November 7 (7:05 PM) – Lehigh Valley Phantoms @ Manchester Monarchs

Saturday, November 8 (7:05 PM) – Lehigh Valley Phantoms @ Portland Pirates


The Lehigh Valley Phantoms, proud AHL affiliate of the Philadelphia Flyers, kick off a four-game road trip this Wednesday when the team heads to Worcester for a 7:05 PM clash with the Sharks. The Phantoms then travel to Manchester on Friday, November 7, Portland on Saturday, November 8 and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Friday, November 14 before returning to PPL Center on Saturday, November 15 for a showdown with the Toronto Marlies.

Tickets for the November 15th contest are available now at the Mealey’s Furniture Box Office at PPL Center (701 Hamilton Street), by calling 610-347-TIXX (8499) or online at

Lehigh Valley (4-3-1, 9 pts.) enters the week in sole possession of third place in the East Division. The Phantoms currently sit just three points back of the first-place Hershey Bears and only two points behind second-place Wilkes-Barre/Scranton while having played two and three fewer games than those teams respectively.

Lehigh Valley’s busy week begins Wednesday when the Phantoms collide with the AHL affiliate to the San Jose Sharks. Worcester (5-3-1, 11 pts.) is currently second in the Atlantic Division and split its two meetings with the Phantoms a year ago.

Lehigh Valley then travels to Manchester on Friday for a match-up with the AHL affiliate of the Los Angeles Kings. The Monarchs (5-3-0, 10 pts.) are tied for third in the Atlantic Division after winning two of three games last weekend. Manchester took both head-to-head meetings with the Adirondack Phantoms last season.

The busy week then concludes on Saturday with a clash against the Portland Pirates, the AHL affiliate of the Arizona Coyotes. Portland (5-5-0, 10 pts.) is locked in a three-way tie for third place in the Atlantic Division and is coming off a week in which the team won three consecutive contests, including a pair of one-goal games. The Pirates swept a home-and-homes series with the Phantoms last year.

Ready for the Road

The Phantoms have split their first four road games of the 2014-2015 regular season. Lehigh Valley earned an Opening Night 5-2 victory at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton before being handed a 4-2 setback against the Adirondack Flames exactly one week later. Lehigh Valley rebounded on October 25th with a dramatic 5-4 overtime triumph at the Binghamton Senators but fell short in a 3-0 loss at the Hershey Bears the following evening.

Now the Phantoms hit the road for the next four contests with an opportunity to continue to grow closer as a team.

“It can do very good things for you to get out on the road,” Phantoms head coach Terry Murray said following Saturday’s game. “Getting to know your teammates, going to dinner, playing , practicing. It’s going to be good.”

Lehigh Valley has scored 12 of its 23 total goals this season on the road while the club’s power play has gone an impressive 5-for-16 (31.3 percent) through its first four road outings.

Last Week

Wednesday, October 29: Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 2 – Lehigh Valley Phantoms 1 (OT)

Zack Stortini scored his first goal of the season and Rob Zepp recorded 30 saves as the Phantoms earned a critical standings point in a come-from-behind 2-1 setback against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

Nick Cousins and Petr Straka both grabbed assists as Lehigh Valley remained undefeated in regulation time at PPL Center.

Saturday, November 1: Hartford Wolf Pack 4 – Lehigh Valley Phantoms 2

Kevin Goumas scored the quickest goal of the season for the Phantoms while Nick Cousins added his team-leading 10th point of the year but it wasn’t quite enough as Lehigh Valley was handed a 4-2 setback to the Hartford Wolf Pack.

Goaltender Rob Zepp amassed 31 saves in the contest as the Phantoms played in front of their second-largest regular season crowd at PPL Center (8,114).

Offensive Leaders

Second-year Phantoms forward Nick Cousins enters the week first among all Lehigh Valley skaters and tied for seventh among all AHLers in total scoring with 10 points. A native of Belleville, Ontario, Cousins has produced three goals, seven assists and four multi-point games through the team’s first eight contests overall. The 5’11”, 177-pound forward has managed at least one point in six of Lehigh Valley’s first eight games this season.

Meanwhile, rookie center Scott Laughton leads all Phantoms and is tied for first among all AHL rookies with five goals scored. The 20-year-old pivot is second among all Lehigh Valley skaters with 23 shots on goal and is one of only two AHL rookies to have buried a shorthanded goal through the season’s opening month.

Finally, first-year defender Robert Hagg is tied for the team lead in defensive scoring with five points. The native of Uppsala, Sweden enters the week first among all Phantoms in shots on goal (27), tied for first among all AHL rookies in power play points (four) and tied for second among first-year AHLers in man-advantage assists (three).

Broadcast Coverage

Service Electric’s TV2 Sports will be broadcasting live all of the Phantoms’ 34 remaining regular season home games. If you can’t make it out to the rink, be sure to catch all the exciting action in high definition with Steve Degler and former Flyers and Phantoms goaltender Brian Boucher! And don’t miss “Phantoms – Breaking the Ice” every Monday from 7:00 – 8:00 PM throughout the season live at Chickie’s & Pete’s (701 Hamilton Street)!

Be sure to also catch each and every Phantoms game this season live on Fox Sports 1470 AM, online at 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. Nazareth Pallett Countdown to Faceoff begins 45 minutes prior to puck drop.

Ticket Information

Tickets for all of the Phantoms’ 34 remaining regular season home games, including this Wednesday’s and this Saturday’s highly-anticipated showdowns, are on sale now at the Mealey’s Furniture Box Office at PPL Center (7th & Hamilton), by calling 610-347-TIXX (8499) or online at

Check it out! Don’t miss the action and fun of Lehigh Valley Phantoms hockey at PPL Center in downtown Allentown! Contact the Phantoms Front Office for information on season tickets and affordable partial-season plans by calling 610-224-GOAL (4625).