The Phantoms got a quality win at home against a worthy opponent, Albany. They can be a frustrating team to play, but the Phantoms did well on the fore-check and created quality chances in front of the net. That Devil of a goalie made a ton of nice saves–and got lucky a few times as the Phantoms had some chances miss the mark.
Lyon got the #1 star after completing the game with a clean sheet. I thought the defenders did a good job keeping the chances to a minimum and the quality to a minimum–but sometimes that’s even harder for a netminder I think. When the other team is peppering the goal, you often see the goalie get into a nice rhythm–but when Lyon did have to come up big (and he did on more than one occasion) it was after not facing shots for a certain amount of time. To me, even more impressive. Good game by him last night.
Laughton had a gorgeous steal and breakaway goal during a PK, and Carey had a nice conversion on a PP.
Aube-Kubel and TJ Brennan answered the physical play of the Devils last night and got the crowd fired up.
The standings are about the same, with Wilkes-Barre winning against Binghamton, Hershey got a point while losing in overtime and Providence got some revenge on Springfield.
Phantoms records and rankings:
Home 11-4-1-0 (9th)
Away 11-5-1-0 (4th)
Power Play 22% (7th)
Penalty Kill 84.1% (9th)
D Mark Alt and F Radel Fazleev were the healthy scratches last night. Look for the home debut of Mark Alt this afternoon–likely paired with Will O’Neill.
I’m thinking Willcox will get the scratch on D, but we’ll wait and see if Fazleev gets back in there, who might get a break this afternoon on the final game of a 3/3.
In Reading last night the Royals got some revenge on the other Devils affiliate, Adirondack. They won 4-3. Lamarche and Pettersson (wearing the A) were +1. Swaves had two assists and was +2. Austin Lotz got the win in goal, and T-Gillz didn’t play.
The Comets of Utica fly into town for Star Wars Day having won in Hershey last night in overtime. They don’t have a great record, but have been playing some good hockey of late–they came from behind to tie and then win in overtime last night. They also beat Albany recently as well. This is the first of two visits Utica will make to Allentown this season.
Puck Drop: 5:05PM
Tickets: Plenty of good seats still remain for this game–mostly ends and corners.
Security: Allow a little extra time for security at tonight’s game as fans have been invited to attend in Star Wars Costume. Also, the only weapons allowed will be Light Sabers, and security may frown upon full masks.
Media Kit: comets-1817
Broadcast: Service Electric TV-2; AM-790; Phantoms-365 App; PhantomsHockey.com
Promotion: Star Wars Day! Characters will be available for pictures about the concourse, and fans are welcome to come dressed as their favorite character, but will need to comply with security policies.
Pre-Game: TV will go live from Chickie’s at 4:30PM, Radio probably 4:20 or 4:30 for your drive downtown.
Last night I took in warm-ups from the Miller Lite Loft prior to the game. Tonight I’ll likely catch as much football on TV as I can before coming downtown–I did consider attending the Steelers party at Queen City BBQ but if the result doesn’t go my way the Phantoms game might become too unpleasant.
What To Watch
- I kinda think Stolie will return to the net at the PPL Center today, but if they want to ride the hot hand, then it would be Lyon again.
- We’ve seen the black sweaters at home a fair few times now, and I’m finally getting used to it. Look for the Phantoms to maybe break out the alternate orange for a Sunday game today.
- Also check out the auction table, as the Phantoms have begun divesting of the newer orange jerseys with the diagonal “Phantoms” on the front.
- Watch for Will O’Neill to get a goal or two–or maybe just a bunch of assists–as he gets more comfortable with Alt at his side.
- Martel owes us a goal after yesterday. Watch for that.
- The Scotty Laughts goal might be the start of something–especially as the other team has to worry about the All Star Leier and the Captain McDonald throwing his body around.
- I’m hoping to see Corban Knight out there; I really think he’s an important and unsung player on this team. Watch him on the PK today.
- Look for the team to show a ton of energy today trying to finish the weekend strong at home.
Three games in four days next weekend: It’s starts Friday night at the PPL Center for the first game of a home-home with Hershey, where they’ll be Saturday night. Friday is a T-Shirt night! They’ll be off on Sunday, and play a matinee on MLK-Day in Springfield.
As we charge towards the All Star festivities, be on the lookout for a massive All Star preview post to help welcome hockey fans to town for the big weekend.
See you at the arena,