Special Teams Lift Bears Past Phantoms

Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Brett Hextall (pictured above) set up the game's first goal, but it was a long night of special teams troubles for the Phantoms tonight.
The Lehigh Valley Phantoms penalty troubles continued in a 7-2 loss to division rival Hershey tonight, as the Flyers top minor league affiliate got behind early and never recovered.

Petr Straka actually put the Phantoms in front 3:15 into the contest on a power play goal, but special teams came back to bite the home team tonight as the Bears tallied three power play goals of their own and added a shorthanded tally in a big win for the East Division-leading Bears.

Tim Kennedy, Stanislav Galiev and Connor Carrick led the way offensively for the Bears with a goal and two assists each. Petr Straka and Brandon Manning tallied goals for the Phantoms in the loss.

The Phantoms have two more games this week before the AHL goes on break for the All-Star Classic in Utica, starting with a Friday night trip to Syracuse for a matchup with the Crunch before hosting St. John's on Saturday.

The Phantoms got off to a good start, taking a 1-0 lead 3:15 into play on a power play tally from Petr Straka. Brett Hextall took a bad angle shot that Bears netminder Philipp Grubauer stopped, but the Bears goalie lost sight of the rebound and Straka rushed in to poke it into the net to give the Phantoms an early lead.

The Phantoms had a chance to make it 2-0 with a power play midway through the opening frame, but the Bears were able to kill it off and quickly tie the game at 1-1 with help from the guy coming out of the penalty box - Connor Carrick. Carrick's shot on an ensuing odd man rush was stopped by Ouellette, but similar to the Phantoms first goal, the goalie lost sight of the rebound and this time Casey Wellman was Johnny on the spot to tie things up with 10:39 left in the first period.

On the next shift, Brandon Manning was whistled for a slashing minor and the Bears cashed in on the power play with 7:44 left in the opening period to take a 2-1 lead. Stanislav Galiev took a pass from Chris Brown and fired a shot from atop the face-off circle through traffic and past Ouellette. Carrick added his second assist of the period on the play.

Less than two minutes later, with the Phantoms on a power play, Dustin Gazley found Jim O'Brien splitting the defense in the neutral zone and fed him a stretch pass to spring O'Brien on a shorthanded breakaway. O'Brien made no mistake, going forehand to backhand to the top shelf to put the Bears ahead 3-1 with 5:20 left before the first intermission.

That would be the end of the night for Ouellette, who was replaced by Anthony Stolarz at that point after allowing three goals on seven shots in 14:33 of work.

Tempers flared late in the first period and a pair of fights broke out featuring Manning vs. Steve Oleksy in one and Brett Flemming vs. Erik Burgdoerfer the other, setting the tone for the second period.

Much of the same in the middle frame, as the Phantoms continued to shoot themselves in the foot with undisciplined penalties. The Bears extended the lead to 6-1 on a pair of power play goals 5:46 apart in the first half of the second period and an even strength goal with 7:37 left before the second intermission to break the game open.

Kennedy added a four-on-four  goal halfway through a penalty-filled third to make it 7-1 Hershey before a five-on-three power play tally from Manning completed the 7-2 final score.


1st Period

1:34: HER - (PP) Kennedy, minor (high-sticking)
3:15: LV - PPG Straka (9) - Hextall
8:11: HER - (PP) Carrick, minor (boarding)
10:21: HER - Wellman (13) - Carrick
10:49: LV - (PP) Manning, minor (slashing)
12:16: HER - PPG Galiev (14) - Brown, Carrick
13:17: HER - (PP) Newbury, minor (holding)
14:40: HER - SHG O'Brien (1) - Gazley
15:15: HER - (PP) Oleksy, minor (high-sticking)
16:21: LV - (PP) Cousins, minor (slashing)
19:28: LV - Manning, major (fighting)
19:28: HER - Oleksy, major (fighting)
19:45: HER - (PP) Schilling, minor (tripping)
19:45: HER - Burgdoerfer, major (fighting)
19:45: LV - Flemming, major (fighting)

2nd Period

2:20: LV - (PP) Rosehill, minor (high-sticking)
4:04: HER - PPG Brown (11) - Galiev, Kennedy
5:52: HER - (PP) Byers, minor (hooking)
8:15: LV - (PP) Fyten, minor (tripping)
8:15: LV - (PP) bench minor, unsportsmanlike (served by Goumas)
9:08: LV - (PP) White, minor (slashing)
9:50: HER - PPG Carrick (5) - Kennedy, Wellman
12:23: HER - Newbury (13) - Brown, Cornet
14:10: HER - (PP) L. O'Brien, minor (tripping)
14:10: LV - Rosehill, ten minute misconduct

3rd Period

0:07: LV - White, ten-minute misconduct
5:16: HER - (PP) Kennedy, minor (charging)
8:20: LV - Delisle, major (fighting)
8:20: HER - O'Brien, major (fighting)
8:32: LV - (PP) Stortini, minor (roughing)
8:32: LV - Stortini, ten-minute misconduct
9:53: HER - (PP) Schilling, minor (hooking)
10:03: HER - Kennedy (4) - Conner, Galiev
11:11: HER - Kennedy (PP) minor, (slashing)
11:41: HER - (PP) Oleksy minor, (slashing)
12:11: LV - PPG Manning (7) - Cousins, Akeson


Martin Ouellette (4 saves - 7 shots) got the start in net tonight against Hershey, but was pulled 14:40 into the first period. Anthony Stolarz came on in relief, stopping 19 of 23 shots that he faced.

Same six defensemen for the Phantoms, leaving Jesper Pettersson as the healthy scratch on the blue line. Both Oliver Lauridsen and Brandon Manning were re-assigned to Lehigh Valley after last night's Flyers/Penguins NHL game.

Derek Mathers was the lone healthy scratch up front, with Blair Jones (lower body since 1/16) and Darroll Powe (upper body since 12/27) still out with injuries.


Taylor Leier - Ryan White - Jason Akeson
Zack Stortini - Nick Cousins - Andrew Gordon
Jay Rosehill - Austin Fyten - Brett Hextall
Petr Straka - Kevin Goumas - Brandon Alderson

Brandon Manning - Robert Hagg
Adam Comrie - Steven Delisle
Oliver Lauridsen - Brett Flemming

Martin Ouellette - Anthony Stolarz


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