Phantoms Continue Home Stand Tonight at PPL Center
March 28, 2015
Lehigh Valley, PA – The Philadelphia Flyers, parent club of the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, have returned on loan forward Jason Akeson along with defensemen Mark Alt and Oliver Lauridsen to Lehigh Valley. All three were part of emergency recalls earlier today in preparation for Philadelphia’s 1:00 PM showdown with the San Jose Sharks at Wells Fargo Center. Alt made his NHL debut this afternoon while Lauridsen played his first NHL game of the 2014-2015 season. Akeson was a healthy scratch in the Flyers’ 3-2 shootout setback to San Jose.
A 24-year-old forward from Orleans, Ontario, Akeson leads all active Phantoms in goals (20), points (42), power play markers (eight) and shorthanded conversions (three). The 5’10”, 190-pound winger began the season in Philadelphia where he recorded six penalty minutes in 12 games and has appeared in 21 career NHL outings (regular season and postseason) where he’s amassed three goals, two assists, five points and 10 penalty minutes.
A 23-year-old defenseman from St. Paul, Minnesota, Alt is in the midst of his second professional season and has recorded one goal, six assists and seven points in 33 games with Lehigh Valley this year. A second-round selection (53rd overall) by the Carolina Hurricanes in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, he compiled four goals, 22 assists and 26 points in 75 games with the Adirondack Phantoms last season. Before joining the Phantoms, he spent three years at the University of Minnesota where he produced seven goals, 32 assists and 39 points in 117 games with the Golden Gophers.
A 26-year-old blueliner from Gentofte, Denmark, Lauridsen is in the midst of his fourth professional season and has registered three goals, three assists, six points and 128 penalty minutes while appearing in all 64 games with the Phantoms this season. Ninth on the franchise’s all-time list with 253 career games played, the 6’6″, 220-pound defender has amassed eight goals, 22 assists, 30 points and 487 penalty minutes during his time with the Phantoms. A seventh-round selection (196th overall) by the Flyers in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, this was the second NHL recall this season for Lauridsen who has compiled two goals, one assist, three points and 44 penalty minutes in 16 career NHL outings.
Lehigh Valley continues its current home stand with two more tilts at PPL Center this weekend. The Phantoms return to action tonight, March 28th when they welcome the rival Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins back to downtown Allentown. Saturday’s game is Faith Night featuring a post-game concert with best-selling Christian rock and worship band Kutless.
The home stand then wraps up Sunday, March 29th when Lehigh Valley welcomes the AHL-leading Manchester Monarchs, AHL affiliate of the defending Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings, to PPL Center for the first and only time this season. Sunday’s game is another Legends Night as all fans in attendance will receive a FREE Collector’s Edition Poster spotlighting 1998 Calder Cup Champion and longtime Phantoms and Flyers goaltender Brian Boucher. Sunday’s contest also features a post-game skate with the Phantoms. Fans are encouraged to bring their skates to the game and take the ice with their favorite players following the conclusion of Sunday’s action.
Check it out! Reserve your season tickets now for the 2015-2016 season of Lehigh Valley Phantoms hockey. For more information on how to reserve your seat at PPL Center to the hottest ticket in town call the Phantoms front office today at 610-224-GOAL (4625)!
Upcoming Home Games:
Saturday, March 28, 2015 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins vs. Lehigh Valley Phantoms, 7:05 PM
(Faith Night! Post-Game Concert with best-selling Christian rock and worship band Kutless!)
Sunday, March 29, 2015 Manchester Monarchs vs. Lehigh Valley Phantoms, 3:05 PM
(Post-Game Skate with the Phantoms! Legends Night – Brian Boucher! FREE Collector’s Edition Poster for all fans in attendance.)
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 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).