Lehigh Valley Returns to PPL Center Tonight vs. Hershey
January 21, 2015
Lehigh Valley, PA – The Philadelphia Flyers, parent club of the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, have returned on loan defensemen Brandon Manning and Oliver Lauridsen from Philadelphia to Lehigh Valley.
Both blueliners were recalled early yesterday in advance of last evening’s tilt between the Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. Manning registered one shot on goal and three hits in Philadelphia’s 3-2 overtime triumph while Lauridsen did not play as Carlo Colaiacovo, who sustained an upper-body injury in Monday’s contest with the New York Islanders, was able to suit up.
A 24-year-old blueliner from Prince George, British Columbia, Manning has recorded six goals, 19 assists, 25 points and 86 penalty minutes in 36 games with Lehigh Valley this year. He entered the week seventh among all AHL defenders in total scoring and was recently named to the 2015 AHL All-Star Classic. This was Manning’s second stint with the Flyers this season. In 13 career NHL outings, the 6’1″, 205-pound defenseman has produced three assists.
A 25-year-old blueliner from Gentofte, Denmark, Lauridsen has tallied two goals, three assists, five points and 73 penalty minutes while appearing in all 38 games with the Phantoms this season. A 6’6″, 220-pound defender, Lauridsen received his first NHL call-up during the 2012-13 season during which he registered two goals, three points and 34 penalty minutes in 15 games with the Flyers.
The Phantoms return to action tonight when Lehigh Valley welcomes the rival Hershey Bears to PPL Center for a 7:05 PM showdown. It’s $2 Beer Night with $2 Coors Light drafts from the time doors open until the start of the 2nd period. $2 beers will be available behind Section 108.
Tickets for tonight’s rivalry contest are available now at the Mealey’s Furniture Box Office at PPL Center (701 Hamilton), by calling 610-347-TIXX (8499) or online at pplcenter.com.
Check it out! Group outings are a fun and affordable way to enjoy all the excitement of Phantoms hockey. For more information on group rates and fan experiences at PPL Center call the Phantoms front office today at 610-224-GOAL (4625)!
Upcoming Home Games:
Wednesday, January 21, 2015 Hershey Bears vs. Lehigh Valley Phantoms, 7:05 PM
($2 Beer Night! $2 Coors Light drafts from the time doors open until the start of the 2nd period. Available behind Section 108. Please drink responsibly.)
Saturday, January 24, 2015 St. John’s IceCaps vs. Lehigh Valley Phantoms, 7:05 PM
(Free Shirt Giveaway for all fans in attendance! Specialty Jersey Night! Post-Game Jersey Auction! Inaugural Season Night!)
Thursday, January 29, 2015 Albany Devils vs. Lehigh Valley Phantoms, 7:05 PM
Friday, January 30, 2015 Hershey Bears vs. Lehigh Valley Phantoms, 7:05 PM
(Youth Jersey Giveaway! FREE youth jersey for the first 3,000 kids in attendance (ages 14 and under). meLVin’s Birthday Bash!)
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).