HOCKEY NIGHT IN ALLENTOWN: “Tik Tik…Boom!” 3/31/2018

“Sometimes you run into a hot goaltender, and he made a lot of really good saves, but I think we dominated the play. That’s exactly what we tried to do in this game. We needed a comeback game.”

-Greg Carey

About Last Night

I had a feeling.

With all the goalie talk.  Lyon is coming down.  The young buck is in town from Sweden signing a contract.  Everything going on, and Tokarski gets his chance and just pitches a shutout.

Oh, it wasn’t perfect.  I saw some openings that Providence just missed.  But zero goals is still zero goals–and it’s tough to win with zero goals.  Boom!

I thought the Phantoms did an excellent job winning pucks and generating quality chances.  They couldn’t seem to get pucks to go in the net, though, commensurate with the opportunities.  Hats off to Binnington, there, as he deserves that second star of the game.

And last weekend was last weekend.  This team can play with anybody.  At the bar before the game the bartender was asking me about first-round match-ups and who we “didn’t wanna play.”  Frankly, I’m not sure it matters.  They’re all good teams–Charlotte, Providence and Scranton–but none really have our number and none are so powerful they frighten me.  Bring ’em on.

Player Update

G Alex Lyon remains on the roster, and did make it to town last night as he was seen in the press box.  He was officially a healthy scratch.

During the game, Myers and de Haas sustained injuries.  It is thought that the Myers injury could be significant.  ATO signee from UConn, David Drake #39 could find himself in the lineup tonight.  Watch to see if there’s a call up as well.


The Belleville Senators are in town.  They are 26-38-2-3 and in sixth place in the AHL North.  They lost in Syracuse last night, 4-1.  Last weekend they won all three games defeating Utica, Toronto and Laval in three nights.  That’s pretty good.  #25 Boston Leier is on this team.

Tonight is “Fan Appreciation Night” so make sure you feel appreciated all game long.  The action starts at 7:05PM, with a 7:15 puck drop following 6:00 doors.  There’s a T-Shirt giveaway for the first 6,500, so use the main entrances for that perk.  Seats are still available, but may go fast so I’d recommend securing tickets before heading downtown.  No breaks on the parking tonight, as far as I know.

I believe tonight’s game is available over the air on WFMZ-69, or via your favorite TV provider.


Referee Peter Tarnaris (#17)

Referee Chris Waterstradt (#88)

Linesman Bob Goodman (#90)

Linesman Ryan Knapp (#73)



5 Things To Watch Tonight

  1. As always, watch to see who leads the team onto the ice.  If Neuvirth is healthy in Philadelphia, then it could be Lyon.  My money is on Stolie, though, making his season home debut.
  2. Watch to see if David Drake makes his pro debut on the blue line.
  3. Watch to see if the Phantoms can keep up the quality of play that they exhibited last night.  And, if they can get some of those open shots to go.
  4. Watch Vorobyev.  I thought he did some good work last night and was close to getting a goal or two or an assist or two at different points in the game.
  5. Watch to see if you feel appreciated tonight.

Looking Ahead

After tonight, there are 6 games left in the regular season.  The next four are on the road:  Two in Charlotte then Providence and Hartford.  We’ll finish at home the weekend of April 13 and 14 against Bridgeport and Wilkes, respectively.

Magic number to clinch first place over Scranton is 10.


See you at the arena,



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

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