It would certainly be understandable if most people living outside the Lehigh Valley were under the mistaken impression that the spectacular PPL Center in Allentown is legally owned by the local municipality. Even here in the Mecca Of Minor League Sports, the fact is that most of the citizenry falsely believe that the still relatively new athletic facility located at the corner of Seventh and Hamilton Streets is technically under the legal ownership of the “center city arena authority” known by the alphabet soup acronym of ANIZDA. Those truly in the know, however, have long been well aware that real owners of the most expensive minor league ice hockey rink in all the world would actually be the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins — none other than the Phantoms’ great intra-state arch-rival to the north.
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Well, let’s see, the seemingly irrepressible WBS Penguins have thus far to date visited the PPL Center a total of twelve times and skated off with no less than ten victories for their troubles, outscoring the Phantoms by the decisive margin of 36-16 along the way. Furthermore, the mighty men from Moosic have been able to shutout Lehigh Valley no fewer than five times in the dozen American Hockey League contests between the two teams held in the City of Allentown. And, when Baby Pens meet the Hamilton Street Heroes on the latter’s alleged home ice surface, all of a sudden fourth line center Jean-Sebastien Dea, who has scored goals on six of his ten career appearances at the pricey PPL Center, magically transforms into a genuine All-Star sniper.
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