The Hamilton Street Heroes took the preseason opener on the road in Wilkes-Barre by a 4-1 tally. Here’s Four Things:
The Phantoms opened their three-game pre-season slate with a quality 4-1 win at the Mohegan in Wilkes-Barre. Alex Lyon got the start in net and and played the entire game. It was a good tune-up for him as he will head to Europe with the Flyers as their third, non-roster, goalie–allowed for the trip. Kirill Ustimenko backed him up. Lyon stopped 16 of 17 shots made by the Penguins anemic attack. Greg Carey collected the #1 star of the game with an empty-net goal and two assists.
2. It Wasn’t the Full Roster
Contrary to what some of the Wilkes-Barre media were reporting, it wasn’t the full compliment of Phantoms players who will take the ice for the opener, at home, on October 5. Names like Nic Aube-Kubel (who cleared waivers today), Cal O’Reilly, Mark Friedman, German Rubtsov, Misha Vorobyev, Nate Prosser and TJ Brennan were not in the line-up. That’s not to say the Penguins had their best lines out there, either, of course. It was just a weird accusation to throw at the visiting team. Remember last season when we seemed to take down Charlotte pretty easily in the pre-season? Yeah, that team turned out to be a juggernaut. So as with all sports, take pre-season results with a huge grain of salt. Same with these lines, as the Phantoms skated with something like this tonight (I wasn’t there; nor did I watch or listen to the game. This is a mere recounting to help set up for the season):
10 Carey – 51 Criscuolo – 16 Sushko
8 Strome – 21 Fitzgerald – 38 Kaše
19 Ratcliffe – 11 Swavely – 19 Laberge
41 Yates – 26 Supinski – 22 Master
5 Wotherspoon – 44 Willcox
36 Knodel – 42 Michel
37 Beaudry – 40 Drake
34 Alex Lyon
3. Can We Just Do Away With The Three Stars?
Seriously. It was a 4-1 loss for the home team, but they felt it necessary to grab two of the three stars of the game. It’s a mockery, and I know we’ve talked about it before. Just do away with it in that case. If my team loses 4-1 at home? I don’t want any stars, except perhaps if the goalie stood on his head then just him. Stars are for winners.
4. Time For Some Hockey in Allentown
Phantoms come home now for a couple days of practice in advance of their two home pre-season games. Sunday afternoon, with both the Eagles and the Steelers off, the Phantoms clash with the Penguins again at 3:05PM. Come downtown early and catch some NFL action on screens about town. Good seats still remain for the game; save on fees by purchasing them at the box office. They are cheaper than regular season (if you’re not a season ticket holder and have already paid for them with your package.)
The Hamilton Street Heroes close our their pre-season with a rare Monday Night Hockey tilt versus the hated Bears at 7:05PM. Once again, good seats still remain, and it’s worth checking out, even at the last minute.
The opener is at home, and that will come next Saturday, October 5, at 7:05PM (event time) versus Providence. For this contest, tickets are a bit tighter and you may want to purchase in advance, unless you want to wait for standing room to open up.
Bonus: Black Jerseys For Preseason
The Phantoms sported some black sweaters tonight in Wilkes-Barre. They were rather plain (see above), as we’ve expected from pre-season shirts in the past. The combination with the black pants and rather plain socks was….not too bad. We’ll get a look at it ourselves coming up here–and it might be somewhat of a preview of the “black-out” Wednesday they have in store for us this season. Stay tuned.
See you at the arena,
PS: The “things” after games is a familiar mechanism, no? I know it’s not original, but at least I’m not doing a “report card.” Some of these got pretty good traction last season, so I’ll try to keep them up as a mini-adjunct to “Hockey Night.”