Phantoms Weekly – Phantoms Ready for Busy Holiday Week

November 25, 2014

This Week
Wednesday, November 26 (7:05 PM) – Springfield Falcons @ Lehigh Valley Phantoms
($2 Coors Light Drafts From Doors to Start of 2nd Period!)

Friday, November 28 (7:05 PM) – Lehigh Valley Phantoms @ Albany Devils (Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City)

Saturday, November 29 (7:05 PM) – Norfolk Admirals @ Lehigh Valley Phantoms
(Post-Game Autograph Session with Phantoms Players! FREE Poster Giveaway for Fans!)


The Lehigh Valley Phantoms, proud AHL affiliate of the Philadelphia Flyers, are getting ready for a busy holiday week.

Autograph_PosterLehigh Valley (8-6-2, 18 pts.) returns to action tomorrow when the Phantoms conclude their season-high five-game home stand with a visit from the Springfield Falcons to PPL Center. Wednesday’s contest will feature $2 Coors Light drafts at the Coors Light Bar behind Section 108 from 6:00 PM until the start of the second period. Tomorrow’s tilt will be the first of just two meetings during the 2014-2015 regular season between the Phantoms and Falcons and is the only head-to-head showdown during the regular year at PPL Center.

The busy holiday week continues for Lehigh Valley on Friday as the Phantoms head to Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City for a rendezvous with the Albany Devils. Friday’s collision is the first of two games hosted by the Devils in Atlantic City this year. Lehigh Valley and Albany will square off at Boardwalk Hall again on Sunday, December 14th at 3:00 PM. Friday’s get-together is also the first of four meetings between the Phantoms and Devils this season.

Finally, the Phantoms conclude their three-game week with a Saturday evening match-up at PPL Center with the Norfolk Admirals. Saturday’s contest features a post-game autograph session with Phantoms players and includes a FREE team poster giveaway for all fans. The game will be the first of eight total meetings during the 2014-2015 regular season between the Phantoms and Admirals.

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

JustSports PhotographyHome Sweet Home

On Wednesday, the Phantoms look to put a bow on what has already been an incredibly successful home stand.

Through the first four games of the team’s season-high five-game home stand, Lehigh Valley is already 3-0-1 and has claimed seven of a possible eight standings points during that stretch. What’s more, the team’s recent success at PPL Center has come in front of two standing room-only sellouts and three crowds of better than 8,000 supporters.

All told, the Phantoms are an impressive 5-1-2 through their first eight games in their new home and have treated fans to plenty of excitement through the season’s opening two months with half of the club’s first eight games having been decided in either overtime or a shootout.

JustSports PhotographyBrandon “The Man”ning

Brandon Manning has been an offensive force for the Phantoms in recent weeks.

A 24-year-old defender from Prince George, British Columbia, Manning enters the week in the midst of a season-high five-game scoring streak. During that time, the 6’1″, 205-pound blueliner has produced four goals and one assist and registered conversions in four straight games from November 14th to November 21st.

In his fourth professional season, Manning enters the week tied for second among all Phantoms in total scoring (11 points) as well as tied for second on the club in goals scored (five). He currently boasts the team’s third-highest plus/minus rating (plus-three) and is second among all Phantoms with 49 shots on goal.

Last Week

Wednesday, November 19: Hershey Bears 2 – Lehigh Valley Phantoms 3 (SO)

History was made at PPL Center last Wednesday as the Phantoms claimed the first-ever game decided in a shootout in their new home with a 3-2 triumph over the Hershey Bears. Just 24 hours after being loaned to the Phantoms from the Philadelphia Flyers, Blair Jones made an instant impact with the primary assist on the game’s opening goal before netting the game-winner in the shootout.

Brandon Manning and Andrew Gordon both scored for Lehigh Valley in regulation while Rob Zepp turned aside 27 of Hershey’s 29 total shots for his seventh win of the season.

Friday, November 21: Worcester Sharks 0 – Lehigh Valley Phantoms 4

JustSports PhotographyMaking his first start at PPL Center, rookie netminder Anthony Stolarz earned his first professional victory with the first shutout in Lehigh Valley Phantoms history as a total team effort produced a 4-0 win over the visiting Worcester Sharks. Stolarz denied each of Worcester’s 36 total offerings while Taylor Leier, Robert Hagg, Brandon Manning and Andrew Gordon all found the back of the net for the Phantoms.

Hagg’s conversion was the second shorthanded goal notched by Lehigh Valley this season while Manning’s marker extended his goal-scoring streak to four consecutive outings. The resounding victory game in front of 8,451 wins, the third standing room-only sellout for the Phantoms at PPL Center this season.

Saturday, November 22: St. John’s IceCaps 2 – Lehigh Valley Phantoms 1 (OT)

Petr Straka scored his fourth goal of the season and Rob Zepp registered 24 saves as the Phantoms earned a critical standings point in a 2-1 overtime setback against the St. John’s IceCaps.

Brandon Manning extended his scoring streak to a season-high five games with an assist on Straka’s goal while Zepp allowed just two goals against for the fourth straight game and eighth time in 12 appearances this season,

Broadcast Coverage

Service Electric’s TV2 Sports will be broadcasting live all of the Phantoms’ 33 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).

In their 19th season of operation, the Phantoms are currently in the midst of their Inaugural Season as the Lehigh Valley Phantoms playing at the brand-new 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 18 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).