The Lehigh Valley Phantoms welcome the Hartford Wolf Pack (Rangers) in their first ever visit to the PPL Center, for a 7:05 puck drop.
The Wolf Pack arrive with an identical record to the Phantoms: 4-2-1-0. It’s good enough for second in the Northeast division, while the Phantoms are in third place in the East, 3 points back of Hershey.
Word came late Thursday night that the Flyers had signed veteran defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo. With Gostisbehere a healthy scratch in favor of Brandon Manning the other night, and now with the addition of Colaiacovo, The Ghost shall return to haunt opponents in Allentown for ice time and experience. Arrival time and playing status still unknown at press time…
F Darroll Powe was alternate captain for Hartford last year. This year? Same position for Lehigh Valley.
D Mark Alt is expected to miss 3-4 more weeks with an injured shoulder.
F Brett Hextall still out with “upper body” injury. Lack of details and time frame leads me to believe that it may be a concussion, and they’ve got to follow the appropriate protocols. Here’s wishing Brett good health and hoping he gets back to the ice soon.
D Brett Flemming and F Matt Hatch were “loaned” back to Reading for Thursday night’s game there. We’ll see if one or both return.
(Unavailable at press time. Will update if possible.)
Robb Zepp: 4-0-1; 2.50GA; 0.918Sv — Anthony Stolarz: 0-2-0, 2.54GA, 0.922Sv
TV and Radio
The usual suspects: TV2 (Service Electric), AHL online (pay), AM-1470, IHeartRadio App, 89.9 FM (Arena only).
Phantoms: Cousins (9pts/2g), Laughton (7pts/5g), Cousins (+5)
Wolf Pack: LW Ryan Bourque, C Oscar Lindberg (3g), RW Danny Kristo (6pts/2g), D Jared Nightengale (+3)
Chickie’s and Pete’s
Get the crab legs ready, we’re on our way…
Remember, they still check the meters until 6PM tonight downtown. If you’re earlier than that, pump in some quarters to get through ’til 6. It’s been my experience and observation that there are plenty of street spots available on a Saturday night.
The Phantoms head up to New England for three games next week, then head back with a Friday the 14th battle in Wilkes Barre before returning home in two weeks: Saturday 11/15 versus the Toronto Marlies (Maple Leafs).
See you at the arena,