Just as we thought, now that the Flyers made it through last night without a defensive injury (save Ghost, golly, glad he’s OK) the Phantoms no longer need to maintain as much depth on the blue line and multiple scratches. With Reading also opening up at home tonight, Pettersson and Lamarche will make their way to the Santander to help out. Here’s the official release from the Phantoms:
Defensemen Maxim Lamarche & Jesper Pettersson Loaned to Reading RoyalsPhantoms Open 2016-2017 Regular Season Tonight at PPL Center.October 15, 2016Lehigh Valley, PA – The Lehigh Valley Phantoms, proud AHL affiliate of the Philadelphia Flyers, have loaned defensemen Maxim Lamarche and Jesper Pettersson to the Reading Royals of the ECHL.The Phantoms kick off the 2016-2017 regular season tonight at 7:05 p.m. when they welcome the Springfield Thunderbirds, the new AHL affiliate of the Florida Panthers, to PPL Center. Limited tickets remain for this evening’s highly-anticipated home opener and can be purchased HERE. The first 8,500 fans in attendance tonight will receive a rally towel courtesy of The Morning Call..A 24-year-old blueliner from Laval, Quebec, Lamarche is entering his fourth professional season and split last year between the Phantoms (29 games, 1 goal, 5 assists, 6 points) and Royals (27 games, 5 goals, 7 assists, 12 points)..A 22-year-old defenseman from Stockholm, Sweden, Pettersson is entering his third professional campaign and also split time last season between Lehigh Valley (24 games, 1 goal, 2 assists, 3 points) and Reading (43 games, 4 goals, 16 assists, 20 points)..RISE UP! Another thrilling season of Lehigh Valley Phantoms hockey at PPL Center is right around the corner with the home opener to the 2016-2017 regular season set for Saturday, October 15. Reserve your season tickets and group outings for the 2016-2017 season of Phantoms hockey today. For more information on how to reserve your seat at PPL Center to the hottest ticket in town, call the Phantoms front office today at 610-224-GOAL !.The Phantoms are thrilled to host the 2017 Capital BlueCross AHL All-Star Classic at PPL CenterJanuary 28-30. The Capital BlueCross AHL All-Star Classic weekend includes a Phan Fest during the day on Saturday, January 28 and a Tailgate Party that evening, followed by the AHL All-Star Skills Competition on Sunday, January 29 and the 2017 AHL All-Star Game on Monday, January 30. Don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime event. Packages starting at just $67 for the 2017 AHL All-Star Classic weekend are on sale now and include admission to Saturday’s Phan Fest & Tailgate Party, Sunday’sAHL All-Star Skills Competition and Monday’s All-Star Game. To purchase tickets, please visitwww.phantomshockey.com or www.pplcenter.com..The Phantoms are coming off their 20th Anniversary Season and second campaign in the Lehigh Valley playing at the state-of-the-art PPL Center. Established in 1996, the Phantoms spent their first 13 seasons at the Spectrum in Philadelphia before re-locating to Glens Falls, New York in 2009 where the team spent the next five seasons as the Adirondack Phantoms. A new era of Phantoms hockey began in the fall of 2014 when the Lehigh Valley Phantoms began play at the state-of-the-art PPL Center. Through 19 incredibly successful campaigns, the Phantoms have captured two Calder Cup Championships (1998, 2005), two Conference Championships (1998, 2005), two Regular Season Titles (1996-97, 1997-98) and four Division Championships (1996-97, 1997-98, 1998-99, 2003-04).