The Phantoms kick off a “Three-in-Three” tonight at the PPL Center in Allentown. The puck drops at 7:05PM for a divisional match-up with the Hershey Bears. News and Notes to get you ready:
The sun is out. It’s not too cold. And, it’s a GAME DAY! Let’s get ready for some hockey, folks:
Good seats are still available. In fact, just punching in 2 for “best available” just gave me better seats than my season tickets! Another strategy might be to purchase the tickets at the box office. Research this week–with help from DiPro–tells me that it DOES save you some fees! Example: Upper level seat is list price $18.50, $19.50 day of game. DiPro paid $20 on Wednesday. Online order, with fees, for the same ticket today (game day): $26.50. That pays for your parking, my friend! Disclaimer: Tickets seem to be priced differently on the day of the event. Also, they could have fouled up DiPro’s order and he got a special deal. Just letting you know what we know. The best way to use this information if you’re buying single-game tickets occasionally? Buy the tickets for your next game while you’re downtown for your current game. That seems to be an efficient way to do it if you know your schedule in advance.
TV and Radio:
The usual sources: Service Electric TV-2 and corresponding HD; AM-1470 and corresponding IHeartRadio App; FM 89.9 in the arena. Pre- and Post-game shows live from Chickie’s and Pete’s for the TV version; on the radio with Bob Rotruck starting at 6:20, then again following the game. Once they get the audio figured out, we’ll be able to enjoy the TV version ‘live’ on site.
The cross-state and divisional rivals come in 3-1 having won three in a row. Going back to the Philadelphia days, the Phantoms are 86-88-10 all-time versus the Bears. Including some interesting meetings:
- 10/5/1996: Bears 2 Phantoms 1; First Meeting (Bears had been Flyers previous affiliate!)
- 5/3/1997: Phantoms 7 Bears 4; Playoffs: 350 PIM, 14 game misconducts.
- 4/11/2004: Phantoms 3 Bears 2; OT win was on an EN-goal because Hershey needed a win to make playoffs; Phantoms swept Bears 12-0 that year!
- 11/27/2004: Phantoms 3 Bears 1; It was the 17th straight win for Phantoms establishing new AHL record (since broken)
- 1/6/2012: Phantoms 4 Bears 3; OT win set an attendance record–the outdoor game drew 45,653
(Credit: Bob Rotruck’s Twitter feed. Follow him @BobRotruck .)
Phantoms receive major Propps:
Well, just one Propp. Brian Propp. The Flyers legend will be in attendance this evening and signing autographs prior to the game and during the first intermission. Find him at the Phantoms Youth table behind section 113.
Regular meters seem to max-out at 2-hrs. So, probably not a good strategy if you’re arriving downtown prior to 4PM (remember, meters are enforced Monday-Saturday 8AM-6PM). Meter rate is $1/hour, according to the web site, but mine seemed to be more than that–closer to $1.25 as I paid by quarters. I haven’t used the credit card method yet.
Chickie’s and Pete’s:
We’re big fans, and becoming bigger (literally…) as it goes. Check out the “Crabby Ale” by Victory, exclusive draft for C+P. Also, word is the “steamer hood” has been installed and just needs inspection so that we can start ordering up bushels of clams and muscles. Also, we’ve learned that the audio system is close to being ready so that they’ll be able to play the pre- and post-game show over the PA for those getting ready for the game (as mentioned above). Also, recall that you can take your drink right into the arena from C+P so long as there’s no glass container.
ICYMI: I noticed the other day that they had begun placing stickers on the bottoms of the seats. It looked like STH names. Check it out before you sit down!
As the Flyers start to get a guy or two back, it has been rumored that we might receive RW Jason Akeson in lieu of F Chris VandeVelde if the Flyers like what they’ve seen of him (VandeVelde). Akeson, the veteran Phantom, has been a healthy scratch a few times in this young season. Reports are that Zepp will be “Wearing and Tearing” in the net tonight and tomorrow, with Anthony Stolarz getting the start for the matinee on Sunday in Hershey. Late reports have D Mark Alt going to the Flyers prior to tonight’s game. The Phantoms may receive a Defenseman from Reading in return, perhaps Flemming. Stay tuned!
This is the first of about 8 times this season that the Phantoms will play three games in three days. It’s a tough row to hoe for the players, but part of the deal in the AHL. Luckily, the travel’s not too difficult this weekend (Binghamton and Hershey). We’ll see how they respond. Only tonight’s game is in Allentown. However, these are important divisional games, so….Go Phantoms!
The team boards the bus for Binghamton, NY following the game tonight. They’ll play an afternoon game in Hershey on Sunday (5PM if you’re going). Then, they’ll return to Allentown for a Wednesday night tilt versus the Baby Penguins. That will be the first week-night game at the PPL Center, and the first visit by the Pens. Then home again next Saturday (11/1) versus Hartford before going on the road the following week and returning 11/15.
What Do I Want?
Still hoping to get a promotional schedule from the Phantoms soon. It would be great for the kiddos to be able to choose their games (we only have two seats) ahead of time.
Will update later today if news presents; otherwise, I’ll see you at the arena,