Thursday night I was at Black Forest Deli (official Deli of the Noise Nation) in Bethlehem for one of their “Kiev Night” dinners. Five courses of Russian cuisine served family style to celebrate NoiseNation Dan’s birthday. It was an awesome time with family and friends, and the food was outstanding; I highly recommend that you try it some time. And, there was vodka. It’s not my drink, but when in Kiev…. Let’s just say I had a couple Stoli shots and you didn’t have to twist my arm too hard.
The Worcester Sharks took some shots at “Stolie The Goalie” last night in Allentown. They didn’t have as good a time. Rookie Goaltender prospect Anthony Stolarz, in his first game starting at home, got his first pro win and his first pro shutout. He earned it, too, at the end. I caught the last few minutes of the game on TV, and the 5-on-3 saves he was making were tremendous. The Phantoms won the game 4-0 as Blair Jones continues to put up points–this time via assists.
The Phantoms are now 8-6-1, remain in third place and gain a game on idle Hershey (8-6-1-1) in the standings, but remain behind first-place Wilkes Barre who also won (in Albany).
Andrew Johnston was returned to Reading prior to the game. He hadn’t been receiving much ice time of late, and with Brett Hextall’s return, he needs to play. Mark Alt is skating but not practicing yet with his upper body (shoulder) injury. He’s probably a week or more away. The lines and pairings have remained relatively stable.
There was speculation on the post-game show last night if Murray might keep Stolie in there and ride the hot hand for tonight’s game with St. Johns. However, it’s more likely it will be the Zepper between the pipes. You never know, though, I could be a “Fool in the Rain.”
Ten Point Must
I believe we may have lost our first fight last night. I understand Oliver Lauridsen took it pretty hard early on, but then exacted his revenge later. Would someone who was there confirm for me?
The St. John’s Ice Caps are in town. That’s a hike if you ever want to look it up on a map. The IceCaps are the affiliate of the Winnipeg Jets, and have been playing better hockey of late. Many of their games have been close–overtime is a common theme with them.
Game Time: 7:05PM
Broadcast: TV: TV2, WFMZ-69 RADIO: 1470AM, IHearRadio.com, 89.9FM (arena)
Tickets: Last night was a “sell out” (all 8420 seats sold, SRO), and tonight could be as well–research at press time reveals General Admission only–and you might have to call or visit the ticket window rather than buy online.
Promotion: Mo-vember weekend continues. Phantoms wives and girlfriends will be on hand on the concourse to paint mustaches for those who donate to the cause. Free prostate exams will be available near the IceCaps’ bench. Just Kidding! But your ticket stub may get you the free exam at another time and place. Details here. If you’re an adult, and you get a mustache painted on, and you get pulled over on the way home, please let me know how you explained to the officer that you WEREN’T drinking at the game…
PreGame: TV: 6:30PM TV2, Radio: 6:20PM 1490AM (and as above), NoiseNation: Chickie’s and Pete’s TBA
What to Watch For
Can the Phantoms stay out of the penalty box? Can Zepp continue “Wearing and Tearing”? Can the Phantoms play hard for the third time this week? In other weeks they’ve come out a bit flat in game three… Can the Phantoms continue to dominate at home? They’re now 5-1-1 I believe!
The home stand concludes on Wednesday, Thanksgiving Eve, versus the Springfield Falcons (Columbus). There’s no promotion but good seats still remain. Black Friday, the Phantoms will be in Atlantic City to face the Albany Devils, and return the following night (Thanksgiving Saturday) to face Norfolk at the PeoPLe Center for Autograph Night.
See you at the arena,
(Powe “feature” photo courtesy Cheryl Pursell)