The Hershey Bears are in town for a mid-week game. Players are back from Philadelphia, and will be looking to finish strong and earn a trip back for next season.
The Phantoms couldn’t complete the come-from-behind win on Saturday night at home versus Norfolk. The Admirals took the game in overtime, 3-2.
Attendance remains high, as the Phantoms out-drew the IronPigs both Friday and Saturday at the box office. In fact, Lehigh Valley sports fans can be proud of the way we support out teams: From Wednesday through Sunday last week, 89,106 tickets were sold for Phantoms, IronPigs and SteelHawks! Pretty good for 5 days!
The Phantoms remain in fourth place in the AHL in average attendance, only 30 behind third-place Lake Erie.
Nick Cousins, Brandon Manning, and Jason Akeson have all returned from the Flyers with the conclusion of the NHL regular season. All will try to continue strong performance to claim their position for next season.
Manning, though, has already signed a 1-way NHL contract for next season. Even if he’s assigned to the Phantoms, he’ll still make NHL money! Good for him!
Austin Fyten (above) is done for the season with his lower-body injury. We wish him well in recovery.
We don’t expect to see Darroll Powe back, either, with what is thought to be another concussion.
Comrie and Johnston have been returned to the Reading Royals with the arrival of the NHL players. They should help with Reading’s playoff run.
Several players, including G Anthony Stolarz and F Kevin Goumas took part in batting practice over at Coca Cola Park yesterday. It was unclear whether they stayed for the game or not. RHP Phillippe Aumont, a Canadian, has been spotted at the arena during his off-time, watching hockey.
Hershey comes to town having all-but solidified the top spot in the division, and a top-3 conference birth into the Calder Cup tournament–with the Penguins still in pursuit. However, they’re coming in from St John, and may be weary from travel. Hershey’s Kris Newbury has been suspended for this game.
Game Time: 7:05PM Puck Drop, 6:00PM Doors, 5:00PM Chickies for a table
Tickets: The VIP package for this game has been sold out. Other good seats are widely available.
Broadcast: Baseball will have TV2/HD502; look for the SECTV broadcast on SE50/HD550 for tonight’s game. Or, radio/internet as per usual.
Promotion: None. But, it’s Hershey! Who needs a stinking promotion? Let’s go!
What To Watch
- Watch to see who gets the assignment in goal tonight
- Watch to see how Cousins, Manning and Akeson do after returning from NHL
- Watch to see if the Bears look fatigued after travelling from St John
- Watch to see what kind of attendance we can get on a Tuesday–typically the toughest night to draw for minor league baseball, anyway.
The Phantoms head to Norfolk on Friday, then back to Hershey on Saturday before finishing the season at home versus the Penguins on Sunday April 19, 5:05PM. Nothing like a 3-in-3 to close out a non-playoff season.
See you…..well, at the ballpark. I’ll be at the arena for the final game on Sunday,