PSECU Player of the Week Kyle Criscuolo

PSECU Player of the Week — Kyle Criscuolo (2/10)

Lehigh Valley, Pa. — After recording a pair of multi-point games, in which he netted two goals and tallied two assists, as well as earning a plus-four rating in three total games this past weekend, Lehigh Valley Phantoms forward Kyle Criscuolo has been named the PSECU Player of the Week for the second time this season.

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After a shutout win over the Hershey Bears on February 1, the Phantoms headed into this past weekend facing a three-in-three against Atlantic Division teams beginning with a game against the Springfield Thunderbirds on Friday night.

With the two teams scoreless after the first period, and with Lehigh Valley on the penalty kill, Criscuolo won a defensive-zone draw that eventually ended up on the stick of defenseman Reece Willcox.  The fourth-year defenseman rushed the puck up the right-wing boards before floating a puck over the defenders sticks and into the net for his first of the season.

James de Haas stretched the Phantoms lead to 2-0 before Criscuolo netted his seventh of the year at the 9:14 mark of the final frame to make it 3-0 in favor of the Orange and Black.  While on the man advantage, Criscuolo received a pass and broke into the Springfield zone on the right wing.  He skated the puck down to the faceoff dot before releasing a shot that bounced off a Springfield defenseman and into the net.

Lehigh Valley went on to defeat Springfield 4-1 and created a two-game winning streak in the process.

On Saturday night, the Phantoms traveled up the Northeast Extension of the Pennsylvania Turnpike to face off against the rival Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.

As the teams headed for the locker room at the end of the first period, Lehigh Valley had a commanding 3-1 lead over Wilkes-Barre/Scranton thanks to a goal from Isaac Ratcliffe and a pair of markers from Maksim Sushko.

11:59 into the middle frame, Criscuolo found the back of the net for the second time of the weekend as he played a bit of give and go with fellow forward David Kase.  Criscuolo skated the puck into the zone up the left-wing boards and dropped a pass to Kase.  Kase then returned the puck to Criscuolo and the 27-year old one-timed a shot past the blocker side of Penguins’ goalie Emil Larmi.

The two-point effort marked back-to-back multi-point games for Criscuolo and brought his season total to four multi-point nights.

Lehigh Valley topped Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 5-3 and stretched the team’s winning streak to three games.

Criscuolo now ranks seventh on the Phantoms in points with 18 (8G-10A), across his 34 games played, and is tied for second on the team with four multi-point games this season.  The Harvard product tallied a team leading 15 shots through three games this past weekend and also finished the weekend with a plus-four rating, putting his overall season rating at plus-eight.

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Prior PSECU Players of the Week

2-3-20 David Kase
1-20-20 Greg Carey

1-13-20 J-F Berube

1-6-20 Connor Bunnaman

12-30-19 Gerry Fitzgerald

12-23-19 Pascal Laberge

12-16-19 Chris Bigras

12-9-19 Alex Lyon

12-2-19 Andy Welinski

11-25-19 Tyler Wotherspoon

11-18-19 Greg Carey

11-11-19 Kyle Criscuolo

11-4-19 Morgan Frost

10-28-19 Nic Aube-Kubel

10-21-19 Morgan Frost
10-14-19 Joel Farabee