HOCKEY NIGHT IN ALLENTOWN: “Head to Head” 4/15/2016

“It’s alright
There comes a time
Got no patience to search
For peace of mind
Layin’ low
Want to take it slow
No more hiding or
Disguising truths I’ve sold

Everyday it’s something
Hits me all so cold
Find me sittin’ by myself
No excuses, then I know”

–Alice In Chains


all star logo

Looking Back

Last Saturday the Phantoms were beaten rather easily at the PPL Center by the then-playoff eligible Bridgeport Sound Tigers by a 6-4 tally.  The next night, they shuffled up to Bridgeport and summarily dispatched the Sound Tigers 4-1 with goals scored by Hagg, Leier, Morin, and Aube-Kubel.  New players Sanheim and Willcox also figured in the scoring, adding helpers.  The loss certainly hurt the Bridgeport squad, although they will still probably grab that last playoff spot.  The penalty filled game included 106 minutes in total penalties, including a startling 46 for Bridgeport tough guy Matt Carkner.

Prior to last Saturday’s game, it was announced that the Phantoms will host the next AHL All Star Game and associated festivities in January, 2017!  Season Ticket Holders have already been contacted about purchasing their own seats, and others are on sale, I’m told.  May 2 is the cut-off for STH, so some additional seats may be released to the public, then, if you’re looking to get in on the action.  The only downside I see is that this game is a big draw for folks to come from out-of-town.  Will we have any seats left to sell them?  I think I know what they have up their sleeve; let me ask some questions and get back to you.

The Phantoms also came out in an AHL “80th Anniversary” sweater–somewhat of a surprise–Saturday night.  It was OK looking, but didn’t include a ton of Phantoms-specific features.  The fact that Cole Bardreau ripped his so easily has me worried about quality.  No matter, you can bid on them on eBay right now if you like.

Team Report

The Home/Away differential is alarming and puzzling.  I may write about it soon.

HOME:  13-20-1-2 (29th/30)

AWAY:  20-13-3-1 (4th/30)

The next-highest ranked away team which DIDN’T make the playoffs is Charlotte at 12th.

Maybe these guys should jump on the bus and drive around Allentown for a while before the games?  Trick them into thinking it’s an AWAY game.

Home ice dis-advantage.

Player Report

  • Both Aaron Palushaj and Jay Rosehill have completed their recent suspensions; with the recently added young players, they still may not play.
  • No word on suspension for forward Danick Martel, who attempted to run his stick through Matt Carkner last Sunday.
  • Do not look for Goalie Alex Lyon, Forward Travis Konecny, or Forward Radel Fazleev with the Phantoms this season.
  • Derek Mathers is back with the team.  He had not been getting much ice time in Reading.

Here are tonight’s projected lines, from Highland Park Hockey‘s Tony Androckitis:

Oskar Lindblom – Tim Brent – Nicolas Aube-Kubel
Taylor Leier – Cole Bardreau – Colin McDonald
Petr Straka – Phil DeSimone – Danick Martel
Tyrell Goulbourne – Steven Swavely – Pavel Padakin

Sam Morin – Mark Alt
Davis Drewiske – Reece Willcox
Adam Comrie/Travis Sanheim – Robert Hagg

Anthony Stolarz

Royal Report

The 8th seeded Royals begin a 7-game series with the first seeded Toledo Walleye tonight in Ohio.    Here’s the schedule for the series; home games in bold:

Game #: Date: Time: Visiting Team: Home Team:
1 Fri, Apr 15, 2016 7:35 pm EDT Reading at Toledo 7:35 pm EDT
2 Sat, Apr 16, 2016 7:35 pm EDT Reading at Toledo 7:35 pm EDT
3 Tue, Apr 19, 2016 7:00 pm EDT Toledo   at   Reading   7:00 pm EDT
4 Wed, Apr 20, 2016 7:00 pm EDT Toledo   at   Reading   7:00 pm EDT
5 Fri, Apr 22, 2016 7:35 pm EDT Reading at Toledo 7:35 pm EDT
6 Sun, Apr 24, 2016 4:00 pm EDT Toledo   at   Reading   4:00 pm EDT
7 Tue, Apr 26, 2016 7:35 pm EDT Reading at Toledo 7:35 pm EDT

Head on down on Tuesday or Wednesday to catch some playoff hockey!  Players we know on their playoff roster include:

Brandon Alderson

Kevin Goumas

Joe Rehkamp

Cam Reid

Kevin Sundher

Maxim Lamarche

Nick Luukko

Jesper Pettersson

Martin Ouellette



The Penguins are in town for our final meeting this season.  They are, for the 14th straight year or something like that, headed for the Calder Cup Playoffs.  We, for our 7th straight year, are not.

The Pens are currently in third place with two points separating them from #2 as well as from #4.  They’d like to head into the post-season on a winning note, and playing in the friendly confines of PPL Center should be just what they need.  Their big obstacle will be goaltending, as the Pittsburgh parent-squad has suffered injuries and raided the AHL affiliate.

Puck Drop:  7:05PM

Doors:  6:00PM

Tickets and Parking:  This game has already sold out.  Please check the secondary market for tickets.  Or, if you wanna come over to the park and pick them up, you can have mine for free.  You just gotta find me.  This will be the third game I miss this season; I’ll be at IronPigs.

Promotion:  None.  Still with the “Slap-Shot Sangria” though.

Media Kit and Rosters:  Penguins 4152016

Pre-Game:  Had a nice dinner with Mrs. Kram last Saturday at Hook.  There was an event at Symphony Hall that evening, as well, which had the restaurant rather crowded.  They seemed to handle it fine.  We’ve been a fair few times lately for various reasons, and there is some staff turnover, so I think they’re still finding their way a little bit.  Look for the top-floor nightclub, “Halo” to open…tonight?


What To Watch

  • Watch for Stolie to get the start in goal tonight.  As I predicted, he seemed a little rusty last Saturday.  Also, the defense wasn’t sharp.
  • Watch the Pens netminder situation.  It might be a harbinger for how they’ll do in the Calder tournament.
  • Watch the new guys, of course.  Hopefully we’ll get a look at Sanheim on home ice tonight, in addition to Aube-Kubel, Lindstrom, and Willcox.

Phan Nation News

Update from the Phan Club this morning:

Rise Up Phan Nation !!

Our General Meeting on Wednesday April 20th 7 PM at Chickie & Pete’s is one not to miss. We know the season is over Sunday but the Phan Club is a year round organization with many great things planned throughout the summer. The Phantoms front office will be at this meeting to give you insight on what is to come next year, as well as answer many of your questions. Many people complain about lack of communication with the Phantoms so here is your chance. We also have a special announcement which will change the way the Phan club operates from this point forward. It is a very important meeting and we would like for all who can to attend.

We also have a block of 100 seats throughout the 100 level being sold at an extremely low price for Sunday April 17th game against the Syracuse Crunch. If you need tickets please send an email to with your name, email address, contact phone # and the number of tickets requested and we will have the seats available for you at the box office for pickup and payment. You may also buy tickets at our table tonight. So tell your friends and family. You will also see who the Phan favorite player you picked is. The award will be displayed at our table. Please come by and visit us. We look forward to seeing each and every one of you!

Looking Ahead

The Phantoms head down the road to Hershey tomorrow, and then close things out right where they started:  at home, not in first place, and against Syracuse.  That game is Sunday 5:05PM–we’ll be coming over from baseball in time for puck drop, this time skipping Steel FC.  Good seats are still available for that hockey game, including from the Phan Club (above).


See you–at baseball tonight if you’re skipping, like me,


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

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