Transactions: Sandström to Phantoms, Bellows to Flyers

Phantoms Next Play at Rochester on Friday

January 5, 2023

Lehigh Valley, PA – The Philadelphia Flyers have sent goaltender Felix Sandström to the Lehigh Valley Phantoms on a conditioning assignment and have recalled forward Kieffer Bellows from the Phantoms. Additionally, the Lehigh Valley Phantoms have loaned goaltender Nolan Maier to the Reading Royals of the ECHL.

Sandström, 25, has gone 1-6-1, 3.37, .888 with the Philadelphia Flyers this year. Last season with the Phantoms, Sandstrom played in 44 games going 16-18-5, 2.89, .902. He recorded his first NHL win on November 8, 2022 with 27 saves in a 5-1 victory over St. Louis.

In his AHL career, Sandström has played in 57 games with Lehigh Valley going 22-21-10, 2.93, .904. His most recent game with Lehigh Valley was April 30, 2022 when he recorded a 26-save shutout against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in the season finale as part of a 3-0 win. It was his second career shutout.

Bellows, 24, has scored 3-6-9 in 11 games with Lehigh Valley and has also played in 12 games with the Flyers this season recording zero points. The former Islanders’ first-rounder was claimed off waivers by the Flyers from the New York Islanders on October 27, 2022.

A World Juniors gold medal winner with the USA in 2017, Bellows is the son of three-time NHL All-Star Brian Bellows. He has played in 80 career games in the NHL scoring 11-14-25 as well as 136 games in the AHL, mostly with Bridgeport, scoring 37-22-59.

Maier, 21, has gone 2-0-1, 2.58, .882 with the Phantoms in his rookie season. He recorded his first career AHL win on November 26, 2022 with 14 saves in a 5-1 win over Rochester. Maier has also been strong in the ECHL going 6-2-1, 2.28, .910 with Reading. Maier is the all-time winningest goalie in WHL history racking up 122 career victories in his career with the Saskatoon Blades.

The Lehigh Valley Phantoms return to action on Friday night at the Rochester Americans in the first of three consecutive away games. The Phantoms are back at PPL Center with a pair of games the weekend of January 13-14 taking on the Bridgeport Islanders and Syracuse Crunch.


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Friday, January 6 (7:05) at Rochester Americans
Saturday, January 7 (4:00) at Toronto Marlies
Wednesday, January 11 (7:00) at Bridgeport Islanders


Friday, January 13 (7:05) vs. Bridgeport Islanders – Berks Dollar Dog Night

Saturday, January 14 (7:05) vs. Syracuse Crunch – Valley Youth House Night Presented by Air Products – Toilet Paper Donation Drive with great prizes

Friday, January 27 (7:05) vs. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins – Flyers Night with Lou Nolan and GRITTY!!!

Saturday, January 28 (7:05) vs. Hershey Bears – meLVin Hat Night for the first 2,000 fans age 12 and under.