Hockey Night In Allentown: “Meet The Bears” 9/30/2019

Photo from “Montana Grizzly Encounter” You know, I’m plenty happy with never encountering ANY grizzlies in my day to day life. But, that’s me.  I guess it’s actually a conservation endeavor, and I think that’s great.  Still, keep them in Montana I don’t need them wandering into Macungie.  Little known fact, Macungie actually means….

Last Night

It was a bit of a dress rehearsal last night at the PPL Center as the Phantoms took the ice with lines and pairings representative of what the team might look like in the regular season.  They beat a Penguins team 3-1 which was coming off 4/5 and 3/3, but had just sent 10 players to ECHL Wheeling, and was also most of their AHL squad.  Here’s ‘Phour Things’ about the game.

Meet the Bears

I’m not going to do a deep dive on the Hershey roster, but I will tell you this:  They, along with Providence (whom we face opening night on Saturday) are considered to be the top teams in the AHL Atlantic.  I was going to use “Dress Rehearsal” as my headline today–but since we already had that…

Oh, and if you want to donate to the nice folks in Montana to cancel out all the bad things we’re going to say about the bears this season, go HERE.



Lehigh Valley Phantoms

0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 0-0-0-0 0

Providence Bruins

0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 0-0-0-0 0

Hartford Wolf Pack

0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 0-0-0-0 0

Springfield Thunderbirds

0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 0-0-0-0 0

Charlotte Checkers

0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 0-0-0-0 0

Hershey Bears

0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 0-0-0-0 0

Bridgeport Sound Tigers

0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 0-0-0-0 0

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins

0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 0-0-0-0 0

Well, we’re in first place.  So that’s good.


Team Report

C Morgan Frost and F David Kaše are battling injuries which are thought to be minor–but you never know around here.


Lines from last night looked like this:

12 Andreoff 9 O’Reilly 16 Aube-Kubel

24 Vorobyev 17 Rubtsov 15 Sushko

10 Carey 51 Criscuolo 19 Ratcliffe

8 Strome 21 Fitzgerald 29 Gabriel

5 Wotherspoon 2 de Haas

27 Bigras 14 Friedman

43 Brennan 39 Prosser

35 J.F. Berube  (72 Ustimenko)


I think tonight we’ll see some of the guys who weren’t in last night:  F 26 Brett Supinski, D 36 Eric Knodel, D 37 Jeremy Beaudry, and D 44 Reece Willcox.  But we’ll see–not sure what the status is with Reading on some of them right now.  We’ll also wait and see if we get a look at the nicked up Frost and Kaše.  I’d imagine some of the veterans who played (and played well) last night might get tonight off.



Time:  Event time is 7:05PM, but look for the puck to get down around 7:15PM.  Doors at 6:00PM.

Tickets:  Good seats still remain.  If you need tickets grab them at the window to save some of the online fees.

Traffic and Parking:  As I reported last night, some changes in how they’re handling things at the decks may impede egress.  Changes to lots, and sidewalks continue as development of the downtown progresses.  Leave a little extra time.

Broadcast:  1470AM, Phantoms365 App, TV-2 Service Electric


Five (or more) Things to Watch

  1. I’m thinking we’ll see Sandström tonight in net.  Watch to see how he does and if he plays the full game or gives way to Ustimenko.  One will stay on with Bérubé while Lyon joins the Flyers as the third goalie for the Europe trip.
  2. Watch to see if our guys Kaše and Frost get into the game.
  3. Watch to see how the parking works.  You gotta feed the ticket in to leave?
  4. Watch to see how the team responds to playing back-to-back.  They’ve had pretty good jump this preseason, but this is the first game grind.
  5. Remember to pick up your season tickets before the second intermission, if you haven’t already done so.

Up Next

I’ll try to get you a quick recap tonight, then it’ll be Hockey Night for reals on Saturday.  I’ve got a surprise post coming before then, if time permits.


See you at the arena,


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

2 replies

  1. Carter Hart surrendered four goals in 23 minutes of action before getting the hook during the Philadelphia Flyers’ eye-opening 4-3 loss to Swiss Nationalliga A club HC Lausanne on Monday. Although the Flyers have 25 players in their European traveling squad, Philadelphia will have to submit a 23-man roster to the NHL front office ahead of Friday’s season-opener versus the Chicago Blackhawks in the Czech capital city of Prague. Is it safe to assume that, barring injury, the two players who don’t make the NHL cut will be coming to Allentown?

    On a side note, former Lehigh Valley Phantoms winger and 2018 Olympic silver medalist Marcel Noebels set up a second period equalizer during Eisbaeren Berlin’s 3-1 loss to Chicago in the German capital city on Sunday.

    The questions I am most curious to have answered all mostly revolve around the six goaltenders (Elliott, Hart, Lyon, Berube, Sandstrom, Ustimenko) the Philadelphia Flyers organ-i-zation currently have under contract :

    1. How many netminders will the Flyers carry on their 23-man NHL roster?
    2. How many puck tamers will the Phantoms be carrying once Philadelphia’s two-game European tour ends?
    3. Who gets to ride the Route 222 shuttle to Reading?

    • Yes at least one player should be coming down to the Phantoms as the Flyers return from Europe. There are a couple injuries and a LTIR move isn’t out of the question. The Flyers also have some salary cap issues which may impact their decisions in the coming days.

      As of now the goalie situation seems clear to me—but then I’ve been wrong before. Elliott and Hart in Philly, Lyon and Bérubé in Allentown, and Sandström and Ustimenko in Reading. They’ve said they won’t keep three in Allentown and that they really want guys (and not just goalies) getting ice time in Reading as part of their development. This should put some real talent in Reading, in addition to news last night that they signed former Hershey captain Garrett Mitchell to an ECHL contract.

      If I have a chance, I’ll have more on the Phantoms roster this week. Some other impressions and thoughts I had were confirmed by a source last night.

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