November 15, 2016
Wednesday, November 16 (7:05 p.m.) – WB/Scranton Penguins @ Lehigh Valley Phantoms
(Pink in the Rink Night.)
Friday, November 18 (7:05 p.m.) – Lehigh Valley Phantoms @ Providence Bruins
Saturday, November 19 (7:00 p.m.) – Lehigh Valley Phantoms @ Bridgeport Sound Tigers
Winners of six straight games, the red-hot Lehigh Valley Phantoms (8-3-1, 17 pts., 2nd Atlantic Division) look to keep rolling with another three games this week, including a rivalry showdown with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins at PPL Center on Wednesday.
The Phantoms return to action this Wednesday, November 14 when they look to extend their season-high six-game winning streak as they welcome the rival Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins to PPL Center. WB/Scranton (10-2-1, 21 pts., 1st Atlantic Division) claimed two of three games last weekend and enters the week having won six of its last seven outings overall. After a 3-0 setback to the Toronto Marlies last Friday, the Penguins responded with a 3-1 win over the Providence Bruins on Saturday followed by a 4-1 triumph at the Hartford Wolf Pack on Sunday.
Wednesday’s contest, which will be Pink in the Rink Night in downtown Allentown, will mark the first of 12 total meetings during the 2016-17 regular season between Lehigh Valley and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. Following Wednesday’s clash, the Pennsylvania rivals won’t meet again until a January 20 tilt back at PPL Center, which kicks off a stretch in which the Phantoms and Penguins will square off in 10 of the season’s final 13 weeks. Tickets for Wednesday’s rivalry showdown at PPL Center are available now by clicking HERE.
Lehigh Valley then hits the road for a pair of games this weekend. First, on Friday, November 18, the Phantoms invade Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence for a collision with the Bruins. Providence (4-6-3, 11 pts., 6th Atlantic Division) split a pair of games last weekend capturing a 4-2 win at the Binghamton Senators on Friday before being handed a 3-1 setback at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Saturday. The Bruins enter the week having dropped four of their last six games overall.
Friday’s contest will mark the second of six total meetings this year between Lehigh Valley and Providence after the Phantoms opened the season series with a 4-2 win at Dunkin’ Donuts Center on November 4.
Lehigh Valley’s action this week then concludes on Saturday, November 19 when the Phantoms head to Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport for a showdown with the Sound Tigers. Bridgeport (8-4-0, 16 pts., 3rd Atlantic Division) won a pair of hard-fought road games last weekend earning a 3-2 triumph at the Syracuse Crunch on Friday before claiming a 4-3 win at the Hershey Bears on Saturday. The Sound Tigers enter the week having won four of their last five games overall.
Saturday’s game will be the third of eight total meetings this season between Lehigh Valley and Bridgeport. The Sound Tigers captured each of the first two head-to-head meetings with a 5-2 win at PPL Center on October 21 followed by a 5-4 victory in Bridgeport just eight days later.
- Phantoms By The Numbers
- Forward Jordan Weal enters the week leading all Phantoms and is tied for fourth among all AHL skaters in total scoring with 15 points (4 goals, 11 assists). He enters the week having already tallied four multi-point outings and has managed at least one point in eight of 12 games this season.
- Defenseman T.J. Brennan is currently second among all Lehigh Valley skaters and tied for second among AHL blueliners in scoring with 12 points (3 goals, 9 assists). Brennan has already produced three multi-point games this season and enters the week having notched at least one point in five of his last seven games overall.
- Forwards Colin McDonald and Greg Carey enter the week tied for the team lead with seven goals this season. Carey currently leads all AHL skaters with six power play conversions while McDonald hasn’t gone more than two straight games this year without finding the back of the net.
- During Lehigh Valley’s current six-game winning streak, the Phantoms have outscored their opposition 28-10. Lehigh Valley’s power play is an impressive 8-for-26 (30.8 percent) during the club’s recent run while its penalty kill has allowed just one man-advantage marker (16-for-17, 94.1 percent) during the six-game streak.
- The Phantoms enter the week with the AHL’s third-highest per-game goal output (4.08 goals/game). Lehigh Valley has tallied an impressive 49 total goals in just 12 games, including 15 power play conversions.
Friday, November 11: Lehigh Valley Phantoms 4 – Utica Comets 1
First-year goaltender Alex Lyon earned his first professional win with a 26-save performance while Corban Knight (goal, assist) paced the offense as the Phantoms claimed a 4-1 win over the Utica Comets at Utica Memorial Auditorium. Reece Willcox, Colin McDonald and Nic Aube-Kubel also found the back of the net for Lehigh Valley as the Phantoms captured their fourth consecutive victory.
Saturday, November 12: Toronto Marlies 2 – Lehigh Valley Phantoms 7
The Phantoms posted a season-high seven goals, including four in the third period, en route to a convincing 7-2 win over the Toronto Marlies in front of a sold-out crowd of 8,709 fans at PPL Center. 14 different Phantoms registered at least one point in the victory while Taylor Leier (2 goals, assist), Scott Laughton (3 assists), Colin McDonald (goal, assist) and Jordan Weal (goal, assist) led the offensive charge with multi-point efforts.
Anthony Stolarz earned the win between the pipes with 22 saves on 24 Marlies shots while Lehigh Valley’s special teams played a big part in the triumph with a 2-for-5 effort on the power play while the Phantoms’ penalty kill denied Toronto’s lone man-advantage opportunity on the night.
Sunday, November 13: Lehigh Valley Phantoms 3 – Hershey Bears 1
Chris Conner, Reece Willcox and Will O’Neill all scored for Lehigh Valley while Alex Lyon turned in an impressive 35-save performance as the Phantoms capped their stellar week with a 3-1 win over the rival Hershey Bears inside Giant Center. Willcox’s goal extended his point streak to three consecutive games while first-year forward Radel Fazleev garnered an assist pushing his scoring streak to three straight games as well.
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 live in HD quality with Steve Degler, Todd Fedoruk, Doug Heater and Kristi Fulkerson! Pre-game coverage begins with “Phantoms Front and Center” 30 minutes before puck drop. And don’t miss “Phantoms – Breaking the Ice” every Monday from 7:00 – 7:30 p.m. throughout the season live at Chickie’s & Pete’s at PPL Center!
Be sure to also catch each and every Phantoms game this season live on 1470-AM WSAN, 790-AM WAEB 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. “Countdown to Faceoff” begins 45 minutes prior to puck drop.
Tickets for each of the Phantoms’ 33 remaining regular season home games are available now online at pplcenter.com, by calling 610-347-TIXX  or in-person at the PPL Center Box Office [7th & Hamilton].
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The Phantoms are thrilled to host the 2017 Capital BlueCross AHL All-Star Classic at PPL Center January 28-30. The Capital BlueCross AHL All-Star Classic includes a Phan Fest during the day on Saturday, January 28 and a Tailgate Party that evening, followed by the AHL All-Star Skills Competition on Sunday, January 29 and the 2017 AHL All-Star Game on Monday, January 30. Don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime event. Packages starting at just $67 for the 2017 AHL All-Star Classic weekend are on sale now and include admission to Saturday’s Phan Fest & Tailgate Party, Sunday’s AHL All-Star Skills Competition and Monday’s All-Star Game. To purchase tickets, please visit www.phantomshockey.com or www.pplcenter.com .
The Phantoms are coming off their 20th Anniversary Season and are currently in their third campaign in the Lehigh Valley playing at the state-of-the-art 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 20 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).