HOCKEY NIGHT IN ALLENTOWN: “Playing For Pride” 4/14/2015


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.


Photo: Jack Mitroka

Photo: Jack Mitroka


Looking Back

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.

Team Report

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.

Player Report

Nick CousinsBrandon 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.

Today’s Game

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.

Looking Ahead

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,


Categories: Kram's Korner - From the Club Level, Phantoms Hockey

4 replies

  1. Hoffentlich, gibt es heute Abend bei unserem Sportpalast ein andere Duell der deutschen Torhueter zwischen Rob Zepp von Lehigh Valley Phantoms und Philipp Grubauer von Hershey Bears.

    Sehr neugierig zu lernen, ob Zepp fuer die Nationalmannschaft bei der WM erscheinen wird — glaube ich, er kommt nicht.

    Tobias Rieder, who scored 13 goals in 72 NHL games for the Arizona Coyotes after starting the season in the American Hockey League with the Portland Pirates (four goals in nine AHL games), has already made it known he will be skating in Prague … but Zepp, in contrast, has had nothing to say on this subject, at least in public.

    I thoroughly expect Lehigh Valley Phantoms defenseman Oliver Lauridsen to be invited by the national team of Denmark, for whom he has appeared at the annual IIHF World Championships the last two years.

    • I knew that Hershey ‘tender’s name wasn’t right… comes from 1470 dropping its power…

      I was in the running for tix to the ice-side suite for this game… but ended up with some for tomorrow’s A.M. game in Pig-land…

  2. Es waere mir ein Vergnuegen, ein echte Spielbericht heute Abend zu geben …

    Somebody should call the cops, because Rob Zepp (39 saves) stole this game in the plain view of the entire audience. Hershey Bears had far better of the play in the first two periods, outshooting the Lehigh Valley Phantoms 27-17. But, in the first minute of the second period, Alt alertly found Laughton in a great position in the slot to draw the Phantoms level. And then, almost seven minutes into the final frame, the underrated Kevin Goumas made a patient play to circle behind the Hershey net before giving Straka a wide open net even the inconsistent Czech could not miss. Akeson sealed the deal with a little over seven minutes left following a Hershey turnover in their own zone; a rising rocket into the upper far corner from the left faceoff circle left the Bears goaltender Grubauer absolutely no chance. The newcomer Martel added the final tally into the empty net in dramatic fashion as he was falling to the ice after being hooked from behind.

    A scouting report on this Martel guy — Quebec Major Junior League product definitely has good speed, good puck-handling and passing skills as well as noticeably good offensive hockey sense (knowing where to be & when, what to do, etc). Seriously undersized is an accurate description, though. Opposing defensemen, particularly of the NHL caliber, will not have too much trouble knocking Martel off the puck / out of position, as the Hershey Bears blueliners demonstrated on numerous occasions … I could envision Martel doing very well on the larger ice surfaces in Europe (where the ice hockey also far less physical)

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