Hockey Night in Allentown: “It’s Been A Long Time Since We Rock and Rolled”

“It’s been a long time since I rock and rolled,
It’s been a long time since I did the Stroll.
Ooh, let me get it back, let me get it back,
Let me get it back, baby, where I come from.
It’s been a long time, been a long time,
Been a long lonely, lonely, lonely, lonely, lonely time. Yes it has.”

–Led Zeppelin


Rob Zepp Photo: Cheryl Pursell

Rob Zepp
Photo: Cheryl Pursell

Looking Back

It’s been a long two weeks since we’ve had live hockey in downtown Allentown.  Two weeks is too long for this hockey fan! Last week, the Phantoms went 1-2 on their three-game tour of New England.  And last night, they dropped another by a 3-1 tally, up in Scranton.  The losses are piling up–it’s been a long time since we’ve won a darn game.  Hopefully some “home cooking” and we can get back to our winning ways.

The game last night was described as “unwatchable” –and that was by the Pens fans!  It was a penalty-filled affair which those in attendance described as unnecessary and intrusive officiating.


The Phantoms are now 5-6-1, and in fourth place in the East Division, 8 points behind leader Wilkes Barre-Scranton.  However, the Phantoms have played three fewer games; this stretch from now until the end of November should equal things out a bit–or drive us to the cellar.


Reports have Forward Pat Mullane and Defenceman Adam Comrie joining the AHL Phantoms’ ranks.  Each has been with Reading already this season, Mullane appearing in 8 games, and Comrie 4.  Mullane last appeared in the AHL with Rockford in 2013, where he scored 6 goals.  Mullane spent parts of the last two seasons with Worcester, and also with Reading in 2012-2013.  Both are currently listed on the Reading roster and no further announcement has come from the Phantoms.  We’ll monitor the situation.

Gostisbehere had surgery Thursday on his ACL and will be an injury scratch for the foreseeable future.  Alt is still a couple weeks out with his shoulder injury.  Hextall has been skating, but his return to game action is unknown–although I’ve heard he’s close.  Powe has returned from his suspension. Lines from last night in Scranton:

Leier – Laughton – Gordon

Straka – Cousins – Stortini

Rosehill – Powe – Alderson

Goumas – Fyten – Mathers

Manning – Delisle

Hagg – Pettersson

Lauridsen – Flemming



Tonight’s Game

The Toronto Marlies come to town for their only visit of the 2014-2015.  They are the AHL affiliate of the Toronto Maple Leafs and currently have an identical record to the Phantoms.  They are in last place in the North Division of the Western Conference.


Magnet Schedules for all phans at tonight’s game!  I’m not positive, but I wouldn’t be surprised if we find them in our cup-holders at our seats when we arrive.



Word early yesterday was that this game could sell out.  Investigation at the time of this blog reveals “Unable to secure seats in this price level” for all choices, even singles. I imagine they may sell “standing room” tickets as the day goes on.  I also noted that the prices are now described as “day of game” on the web site for today, with the adjustment we noted previously.


I believe the current issue of the program runs through 11/19 at least, if you’ve already picked one up.  They are $2 if you haven’t, or if you need the updated roster/numbers.


I don’t have anything to add to the previous parking posts.  I’ll reiterate that meter spots seem to be more available for Saturday night games.  Feed enough quarters or phone credit to get you through to 6PM, when they stop checking them.

Radio and TV

It’s not just the usual suspects (TV2, 1490AM,, 89.9 (arena)) but also WFMZ-69 is televising a bunch of Saturday games!  And, this is the first one.  It appears that it will be the Service Electric broadcast and crew.  Here are the other FMZ-69 games:



We’ve been enjoying Chickie’s and Pete’s as our official pre-game hang out. However, a bunch of us will be at the BrewWorks tonight.  “MMM, Beeerr….”  And if we get off the losing slide, perhaps more pre-game meals at BrewWorks in the future!  Oh, and Tony Luke’s opens on Monday in the 8th Street block.  They plan to be open for “late night” so now I’ve got another choice for “post game meal.”

Happy Birthday Dan!

It’s a great night for hockey!

News and Notes

Until last night, the Phantoms had recently been allowing over 40 shots a game for a few games.  Zepp and Stolarz have kept them in games, but it’s not a sustainable situation.  Last night the Pens led the Phantoms in shots 23-22, which is a nice improvement.  Now, we’ve got to get the biscuit in the basket.

I’m thinking we might see the rookie Stolarz get the start in net tonight, for the first time at home.  He started in one goal during the “Battle on Hamilton.”

Another thing to watch for tonight is the penalties:  There have been a ton of them.  It’s nice to have a tough team, but I hope we haven’t been “marked.”  The team needs to stay out of the Penalty Kill and generate some goals when we do get on the Power Play.

What’s Next

It’s a home stand, as the Phantoms remain home for a mid-week tilt on Wednesday with the Hershey Bears.  Next Friday the high-flying Worcester Sharks are in town for Mo-vember T-Shirt night!  Stay tuned!  The Phantoms are home next Saturday as well!

Phantoms Mo-vember T-Shirts for all fans Friday November 21 versus the Worcester Sharks!

Phantoms Mo-vember T-Shirts for all fans Friday November 21 versus the Worcester Sharks!


See you at the arena,



Bonus Video:

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1 reply

  1. Stolarz, the Flyers’ second round pick (# 45 overall) at the 2012 NHL Draft, probably has to make at least 30 starts this season to continue his “player development” properly.

    Comrie is, in all likelihood, not the answer to anybody’s reality-based question in terms of offensive creativity on the blue line..

    Lehigh Valley might do well to look outside the organ-I-zation and, perhaps, emulate the Hartford Wolf Pack, who have signed highly-experienced defenseman Tomas Kaberle to a “PTO”.

    Kaberle has represented the Czech Republic at the prestigious Winter Olympic Games four times in his career (’02, ’06, ’10, ’14) and has almost a thousand NHL games under his belt. The playmaking skills of Kaberle (6’1″ 215 lbs) are unquestioned :

    984 NHL games — 87 goals, 476 assists, 563 points.

    9 major int’l tournaments — 58 games, 6 goals, 33 assists, 39 points

    It is a fact that Kaberle was a – 2 last night on his AHL debut for Hartford as the Wolf Pack were smashed 6-1 by the Connecticut intra-state rival Bridgeport Sound Tigers … but it is also true that Kaberle had not played at all so far this season and might need a games or two in order to get his skating legs under him again.

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