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Saturday's Morning Skate 10/25

Saturday, October 25, 2014
The Flyers came from behind on their rivalry night win over Pittsburgh Wednesday night. It was the Phantoms turn last night against Hershey.
There were only three games in the East Division last night, but the results of those three games created a three-way tie for first place between the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, Hershey Bears and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins through the first handful of games in the 2014-15 season.

This weekend is the the first 3-games-in-3-nights set for both the Phantoms and Penguins. Both look to separate themselves from the pack with all three of their games against divisional opponents.

East Division Standings (through 10/24's games)

1. Phantoms (3-1-0-0) - 6 points
2. Hershey (3-2-0-0) - 6 points
3. Penguins (3-3-0-0) - 6 points
4. Binghamton (2-2-1-0) - 5 points
5. Norfolk (2-3-0-0) - 4 points


Powe! Three-Goal Third Pushes Phantoms Past Hershey

Friday, October 24, 2014
Three-goal rally late in the third period lifts Phantoms past Hershey.

The Lehigh Valley Phantoms (3-1-0-0) saved their best for last Friday night against rival Hershey, tallying three goals in a span of 1:53 in the final six minutes of the third period in route to a come-from-behind 4-2 victory to start off the weekend.

Rookie Taylor Leier tallied his first pro goal with 5:59 left to tie the game at 2-2, before Darroll Powe tallied his second of the night 57 seconds later to spring the Phantoms ahead 3-2 in a game they trailed most of the evening.

Rob Zepp (29 saves on 31 shots) gave the Phantoms a chance to win tonight with several big saves throughout the contest. At 3-0-0 on the season personally, it looks as though Zepp has made a nearly seamless transition to the North American game after spending several years playing in overseas in Germany.

Head coach Terry Murray announced that Zepp will get the start in net again tomorrow night as the Phantoms travel up to Binghamton for a 7:05 p.m. ET face-off with the Senators.

Devils Shut Out Penguins 4-0

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins' (2-3-0-0) power play woes continue in a 4-0loss to the Albany Devils (3-0-1-0). The Penguins couldn't find the back of the net on any of their five power plays, and the Devils scored two power play goals of their own. The Devils added two late goals in the final minutes to complete the final score but special teams were the difference tonight.

Mike Sislso scored to put the Devils up 2-0 with a pair of power play goals before Tim Sestito added an empty net goal with 1:08 left. Reid Boucher scored a goal ten seconds later before tempers flared once again in a disappointing loss for the Penguins. Goaltender Keith Kinkaid pitched a 22-save shutout for the Devils.

More bad news for the Penguins as goaltender Jeff Zatkoff left the game after suffering an apparent leg injury with two minutes left in the 2nd period. Zatkoff stopped 8 of 10 shots before Matt Murray came on in relief and stopped 5 of 6.

The Penguins are now 0-for-19 with the man advantage on the season, an obvious concern five game into the season.

New On Tuesdays - The Week Ahead 10/21

Binghamton Senators goalie Andrew Hammond lays out to block a second chance effort in a game against the Syracuse Crunch on Saturday. Both the Penguins and Phantoms face the BSens this weekend. Photo credit: @ItsJacki.
Now that the season is in full-swing, I'll provide a weekly look at what lies ahead for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins and Lehigh Valley Phantoms as well as what games I'll be attending that week. Be sure to let me know what you think of a weekly update like this and what you would like to see more of below in the comments and on Facebook/Twitter.

Both teams have a busy weekend ahead of themselves as both play their first three games in three nights weekend of the season. The Penguins also play tonight, finishing their three game road trip with a rare Tuesday night game. Penguins rookie Derrick Pouliot will make his 2014-15 debut in an AHL Penguins uniform up in Albany, New York.

I'll have in-game updates of tonight's AHL Penguins game against Albany on Twitter -> @H_P_Hockey (or the top left side of the website). Puck drops at 7:00 p.m. ET.

Friday, I'll be live from Allentown as the Lehigh Valley Phantoms host East Division rival Hershey. Follow @TonyAndrock_TCG on Twitter for season-long coverage of the Phantoms for The Home News.

The Pens host the Springfield Falcons on Friday night, and I'll have AHL Penguins coverage on Twitter this season too @H_P_Hockey.

Saturday, I'll be in Binghamton covering Phantoms/BSens and I should be in Wilkes-Barre Sunday afternoon to catch BSens/Pens as well.

Looks like it's going to be a busy weekend for everyone involved.

Monday's Catch Up & Lunch Links 10/20

Monday, October 20, 2014
Phantoms forwards Andrew Gordon (left) and Nick Cousins (middle) look on as rookie defenseman Jesper Pettersson (right) accepts a pass and takes aim for a shot during warmups at Friday night's home opener.
Now that the season has started, there is plenty of hockey to talk about. I'll look to beef up this weekly post on Monday's to give you guys more to read about!

This week, a recap of last weekend for the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins and Lehigh Valley Phantoms, links to almost 13,000 words of previews for all six AHL divisions and the prospects to watch for Hockey's Future, a Phantoms preview for The Home News and a new Tuesday feature to be on the watch for.