Phantoms Back On Track, Beat Bears 5-1

Sunday, January 22, 2017
Photo: Nina Weiss/Highland Park Hockey
Phantoms bounce back with rout of Hershey

Written by: Tony Androckitis - Twitter/Facebook

One night after an embarrassing 9-1 loss on home ice, the Lehigh Valley Phantoms (27-11-2) got back on track in Hershey against a struggling Bears team that has just one win in their last 10 games after the 5-1 Phantoms' win Sunday evening at the Giant Center.

The Phantoms scored a pair of goals 31 seconds apart late in the first period and never looked back. T.J. Brennan and Andy Miele had a game-high three assists each, Scott Laughton tallied a goal and an assist and now has eight points (five goals, three assists) in his last eight games and Greg Carey took over the league's scoring lead with his 22nd goal of the season and an assist in the win for Lehigh Valley.

Colin McDonald, Chris Conner and Jordan Weal also tallied goals while Alex Lyon stopped 25 of the 26 shots he faced to improve to 17-8-2 for a share of the league's lead for wins by a goaltender.

The Phantoms have a scheduled off day Monday before resuming practice Tuesday in preparation for their next game Wednesday night at home against the Binghamton Senators. The Phantoms then hit the road next weekend as their home rink - the PPL Center - gets ready to host the 2017 AHL All-Star Classic.

Quick recap of the action after the jump.

Game 40 Preview: Lehigh Valley at Hershey

Photo: Nina Weiss/Highland Park Hockey
Phantoms Hope To Rebound Against Hershey Sunday

I'll have full coverage of tonight's Phantoms game against the Hershey Bears live from Highland Park Hockey HQ! The puck drops at 5:00 p.m. ET, but make sure you're following along on Twitter -> @TonyAndrock and Facebook (be sure to like the Facebook page!) for all the latest updates and information.

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After a big 5-3 win over the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins Friday night to tighten the gap for first place in the Atlantic Division, the Lehigh Valley Phantoms (26-11-2) were blown out by the Providence Bruins on Saturday - dropping a 9-1 decision on home ice.

Tonight, the Phantoms conclude a three-game weekend with an important match up against the reeling Hershey Bears (19-12-9) who have just two wins in their last 10 games - one of which was last Saturday's game at Giant Center against the Phantoms. The Bears are also coming off a blowout loss Saturday at the hands of the Penguins in a 5-1 drubbing.

It's the third game in three nights for both teams, and both are coming off a humiliating loss the night before. The two teams also don't like each other, so this evening's game should be very interesting and likely a hard fought battle.

After the jump, a full preview of everything you need to know in advance of tonight's game.

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Nightmare On Hamilton Street 1/21

Saturday, January 21, 2017
A familiar sight for those in attendance at PPL Center tonight. Photo: Nina Weiss/Highland Park Hockey 
Phantoms Blown Out By Providence 9-1

Written by: Tony Androckitis - Twitter/Facebook

ALLENTOWN - Sometimes in a 76-game American Hockey League season, literally not a single thing goes a team's way and they get mercilessly blown out. Unfortunately for the Lehigh Valley Phantoms (26-11-2), tonight was that night at the hands of the Providence Bruins (23-10-4-3)

Perhaps coming off a big 5-3 win on home ice against the AHL's top team the night prior had something to do with this sour game, but it was clearly evident in the second period tonight that it wasn't going to be the Phantoms' night.

A 2-0 game entering the second period turned into a 7-0 deficit for Lehigh Valley, who just couldn't get out of the rut they were in. It ended up being a 9-1 final score after Phantoms' captain Colin McDonald broke Malcolm Subban's shutout bid with 1:19 left in regulation.

Tonight's 9-1 loss tied a franchise record for the worst home loss in Lehigh Valley Phantoms history. The Phantoms saw an eight-goal differential in an 8-0 loss to Hershey last season on March 23, 2016.

After the jump, a full recap of the action complete with post-game reaction from head coach Scott Gordon, goaltender Mark Dekanich and forward Cole Bardreau.

PHOTO: Game 38 - W-B/Scranton at Lehigh Valley

Photo: Nina Weiss/Highland Park Hockey
Editor's Note: Going to try something new to add yet another element to our Lehigh Valley Phantoms game night coverage. The plan is to feature more of our awesome photographers' work associated with game night photos taken at the games.

Make sure you're following Highland Park Hockey's Nina Weiss (@trancemoment) for all the best in-game action photos when the Phantoms play both at home and on the road.

After the jump, some photos from last night's Phantoms 5-3 win over the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.

Boyd Gordon Hoping To Get Back Into A Rhythm With Phantoms

Boyd Gordon made his Lehigh Valley Phantoms debut Friday night vs. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. Photo: Nina Weiss/Highland Park Hockey
Gordon made good first impression with his new teammates/coaches Friday

Written by: Tony Androckitis - Twitter/Facebook

ALLENTOWN - Since signing with the organization over the summer, it's been a tough year for forward Boyd Gordon with the Philadelphia Flyers. A back injury not much more than a month into the season sidelined the veteran forward and upon his return was not able to get back into a rhythm - often sitting out as a healthy scratch for the Flyers the past two and a half months.

That's why it wasn't too big of a surprise to see the Flyers place Gordon on waivers earlier this month, and the opportunity he has now in the AHL with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms is a chance to play hockey and get back into the swing of things.

"I hadn't played a lot of hockey this year, so it was good," Gordon said after his Phantoms' debut Friday night. "Good to get out there and get back into the swing of things. Hopefully feeling better here every day."

In his 14th season of pro hockey spent primarily in the NHL - 706 games of NHL experience with Washington, Phoenix/Arizona, Edmonton and Philadelphia - being reassigned to the minors can be a big time mental battle that tests a veteran's dedication to the game and his mindset about what to do next with his pro career.

If his Lehigh Valley Phantoms' debut Friday night was any indication, Boyd Gordon is exhibiting the right attitude about his current situation and is instantly earning the respect of his new teammates and the coaching staff in Lehigh Valley.