Phantoms Return to PPL Center this Friday, Saturday
March 2, 2015
Lehigh Valley, PA – The Philadelphia Flyers, parent club of the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, have returned on loan goaltender Anthony Stolarz to the Phantoms. Meanwhile, Lehigh Valley has returned on loan goaltender Martin Ouellette to the Reading Royals of the ECHL.
A 21-year-old netminder from Jackson, New Jersey, Stolarz is in the midst of his first professional season and has compiled an 8-11-3 overall record with Lehigh Valley to go along with a 3.11 goals-against average and .908 save percentage. He made his professional debut on October 18th at the Adirondack Flames and earned his first professional win on November 21st with a 36-save shutout of the Worcester Sharks.
A second-round selection (45th overall) by the Flyers in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, Stolarz returns after being recalled from loan yesterday – his third NHL recall this season. He received his first NHL call up on February 9th and served as Ray Emery’s back up for games in Montreal, Columbus and Buffalo thereafter. The 6’6″, 220-pound goaltender spent the last two seasons with the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) where he compiled a 38-8-4 overall mark, 2.43 goals-against average and .923 save percentage in 55 appearances.
Meanwhile, a 23-year-old goaltender from Saint-Hippolyte, Quebec, Ouellette is also in the midst of his first professional season and has produced a 3-2 record in eight appearances with Lehigh Valley to go along with a 2.90 goals-against average and .890 save percentage. In 22 games with Reading, the 6’2″, 194-pound netminder has amassed a 14-6-2 overall mark, 2.77 goals-against average and .913 save percentage.
The Phantoms return to PPL Center for a pair of games this weekend. First, Lehigh Valley welcomes the Bridgeport Sound Tigers to town for the final time this season on Friday, March 6th. Friday’s game is another Free Shirt Night as all fans in attendance will receive a FREE Military Appreciation Phantoms Shirt. Then, on Saturday, March 7th, the Phantoms host the Portland Pirates in downtown Allentown for the first and only time this season. Saturday’s game is another Legends Night as all fans in attendance will receive a FREE Collector’s Edition Poster spotlighting 2005 Calder Cup champion and AHL Hall of Fame defenseman John Slaney.
A limited number of tickets for both games 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! 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:
Friday, March 6, 2015 Bridgeport Sound Tigers vs. Lehigh Valley Phantoms, 7:05 PM
(FREE Shirt Giveaway! All fans in attendance will receive a FREE Military Appreciation Phantoms shirt.)
Saturday, March 7, 2015 Portland Pirates vs. Lehigh Valley Phantoms, 7:05 PM
(Legends Night! All fans in attendance will receive a FREE Collector’s Edition Poster spotlighting 2005 Calder Cup champion and AHL Hall of Fame defenseman John Slaney.)
Sunday, March 22, 2015 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins vs. Lehigh Valley Phantoms, 7:05 PM
(Youth Street Hockey Stick Giveaway (first 3,000 kids ages 14 and under)! Charities Night!)
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).