March 23, 2021
Lehigh Valley, PA – Tanner Laczynski has been selected as the Lehigh Valley Phantoms PSECU Player of the Week. The 23-year-old rookie center out of Ohio State scored his first two pro goals, including the overtime winner, in Sunday’s 5-4 overtime win over the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.
He tied the game at 4-4 with 13:05 remaining in the third period on a quick push from the high slot after Derrick Pouliot found him from the bottom of the right circle. Laczynski followed that with a wrister on the rush from the top of the left circle to beat Shane Starrett in overtime after Pouliot again connected with him, this time with a dish across the blue line.
Laczynski has now scored two goals and four assists for six points in nine games to begin his pro career. His first goals were only a matter of time after several close calls and good chances throughout the season. These were actually NOT his first goals at PPL Center, however. He scored one goal and two assists and posted a plus-three rating in 2018 at the NCAA Midwest Regionals in Allentown as the Buckeyes won the first-ever tournament games held in the Lehigh Valley while helping the team advance to the Frozen Four for the first time in 20 years. He was Second-Team All-American and First Team All-Big Ten that season.
Laczynski remains undefeated all-time at PPL Center with a 2-0-0 record in college hockey in 2018 and a 3-0-1 record as a professional with the Phantoms. The Minooka, Illinois product was a round 6 selection of the Flyers in the 2016 NHL Draft.