Road Troubles Continue in 6-2 Loss to Binghamton

Wednesday, December 31, 2014
The Phantoms have been awesome at home, but have just one win in their last 10 road games.

In southern New York, the Lehigh Valley Phantoms road troubles continued in a 6-2 loss to East Division opponent Binghamton Senators. The loss makes it 1-7-2 in their last ten games away from home, something that is very much known by those in the locker room.

The two teams played to a 2-2 tie after 20 minutes, but in the second period the Phantoms got caught playing the BSens' style of trading chances and high-octane offense. The BSens tallied four goals in the second frame, breaking open the game on the way to their third straight victory.

Jason Akeson and Blair Jones tallied goals for the Phantoms in the loss, while Brett Hextall assisted on both goals in a losing effort. For the BSens, Shane Prince, Cole Schneider, Alex Grant and Matt Puempel tallied a goal and an assist while the latter two also recorded Gordie Howe hat tricks by getting into a fight during the game.

The Phantoms return home before heading to Norfolk for a pair of games in Virginia against another East Division opponent in the Norfolk Admirals.

It was an eventful first period for the top line of Jones, Akeson and Hextall. Jones got into the game on his first shift, dropping the gloves with BSens defenseman Alex Grant.

After David Dziurzynski gave the BSens a 1-0 lead 3:05 into the contest, the Phantoms evened the game on a scramble with the top line back on the ice. Hextall dangled through the slot and although his shot was blocked just wide of the net, the rebound bounced right to Akeson. Akeson tapped the puck in with goaltender Scott Greenham way out of his net.

The Phantoms took a 2-1 lead after a beautiful display of passing between Jones & Akeson with 7:18 left in the 1st period. Hextall sprung his linemates in on a 2-on-1 and Jones finished off Akeson's pass to give the Phantoms the lead.

Less than five minutes later, the BSens knotted the game at 2-2 after a late period flurry on Stolarz. Shane Prince went top shelf to tie the game with 2:33 left in the opening period, after Stolarz lost his stick and was forced to use a players' stick.

The BSens got right back to it in the middle frame, tallying four goals in the 2nd period and chasing starting goaltender Anthony Stolarz.

The BSens re-gained their lead at 3-2 on a delayed penalty call 1:41 into the 2nd. Patrick Mullen's shot at the point was deflected past Stolarz by Cole Schneider for his 11th of the year. Carter Camper tallied his second assist of the night on the play. 

From there, the BSens continued to pour it on. After a pair of penalties 43 seconds apart, the BSens made it 4-2 with a two-man advantage goal by Alex Grant. Camper picked up his third assist of the night, while Shane Prince also assisted on Grant's 5th of the season. 

Just over three minutes later, Derek Grant beat a screened Stolarz from the top of the right-wing face-off circle, blowing the game open at 5-2 and chasing Stolarz from the Phantoms net. Stolarz was pulled after the 5th BSens goal, allowing five goals on 21 shots in 32:32 of work. Recently re-assigned from the Flyers, Rob Zepp came on in relief of Stolarz.

Matt Puempel made it 6-2 with the BSens' 4th goal of the period at 17:19. To that point, it seemed the BSens could do no wrong just as much as it seemed the Phantoms couldn't catch any breaks on the ice.

The third period came and went with no change in scoring, but there were several post-whistle scrums that peaked during a late fight between Brandon Manning and Matt Puempel.


1st Period

0:34: LV - Jones, major (fighting)
0:34: BNG - A. Grant, major (fighting)
3:05: BNG - Dziurzynski (3) - Puempel, D. Grant
4:12: BNG - (PP) Claesson, minor (delay of game)
8:25: LV - Akeson (7) - Hextall, Flemming
12:42: LV - Jones (4) - Akeson, Hextall
17:27: BNG - Prince (11) - Schneider, Camper
19:00: LV - Lauridsen, minor (roughing)
19:00: BNG - Kramer, minor (roughing)

2nd Period 

1:41: BNG - Schneider (11) - Mullen, Camper
1:44: BNG - Kramer, major (fighting)
1:44: LV - Stortini, major (fighting)
3:27: LV - (PP) Fyten, minor (holding)
5:40: BNG - (PP) Dzingel, minor (high-sticking)
8:17: LV - (PP) White, minor (roughing)
9:00 LV - (PP) Manning, minor (cross-checking)
9:13: BNG - PPG A. Grant (5) - Camper, Prince
12:32: BNG - D. Grant (12) - A. Grant
15:01: BNG - Sdao, minor (boarding)
17:19: BNG - Puempel (7) - Wideman, D. Grant 

3rd Period

8:21: BNG - (PP) Mullen, minor (hooking)
13:51: LV - (PP) Stortini, minor (unsportsmanlike)
14:48: LV - Manning, major (fighting)
14:48: LV - Manning, ten-minute misconduct 
14:48: BNG - Puempel, major (fighting)
17:54: LV - (PP) Akeson, minor (high-sticking)


Anthony Stolarz (16 saves - 21 shots) got the start in net tonight for the Phantoms, with Rob Zepp backing him up. Stolarz was pulled 12:32 into the second period after allowing five goals on 21 shots. Zepp came on in relief of Stolarz, stopping 7 of 8 shots the rest of the way. 

With Zepp back from the Flyers, Martin Ouellette was re-assigned to Reading (ECHL).

On defense, Mark Alt returned after a one-game absence and replaced Jesper Pettersson (healthy). No other changes on the back end with Robert Hagg playing for Team Sweden in the World Junior Championships in Canada.

Up front, Taylor Leier and Darroll Powe (veteran scratch) were out for the Phantoms while recently re-assigned forward Ryan White made his Lehigh Valley Phantoms debut. Kevin Goumas also returned to the lineup after a two-game stint as a healthy scratch.


Jason Akeson - Blair Jones - Brett Hextall
Petr Straka - Nick Cousins - Zack Stortini
Austin Fyten - Ryan White - Andrew Gordon
Jay Rosehill - Kevin Goumas - Derek Mathers

Brandon Manning - Mark Alt
Adam Comrie - Steven Delisle
Oliver Lauridsen - Brett Flemming

Anthony Stolarz - Rob Zepp


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