Thursday's Practice Report - Phantoms Hit The Road To Providence

Thursday, October 22, 2015
The Phantoms are gearing up for their first three-in-three weekend of the season.
The Lehigh Valley Phantoms had one last practice - at the rink at Lehigh Valley in Whitehall - before getting on the bus and hitting the road for Providence, Rhode Island in advance of Friday night's game at the Dunkin Donuts Center.

While there were injuries in last night's Philadelphia Flyers game against the Boston Bruins, there weren't any call ups affecting the Phantoms' three-game weekend starting Friday night against the Providence Bruins as of Thursday afternoon.

"As of now, they all are," head coach Scott Gordon said when asked if everyone at practice today was traveling with the team to Rhode Island. Whether that changes - whether they fly out of Providence - we'll have to wait and see."

The Phantoms begin their three-game weekend in Providence before returning home to face the Bruins at home on Saturday. Lehigh Valley concludes the weekend with a Sunday evening home game at the PPL Center against the Toronto Marlies.

After the jump, injury updates from Scott Gordon. The head coach's and Nick Cousins' thoughts on Kael Mouillierat's two-game suspension, Cousins looking forward to playing on home ice and all the latest roster news/notes surrounding the Phantoms heading into this weekend's games.

Gordon on if Cole Bardreau and Danick Martel will be back this weekend:
They're definitely out. probably looking more in the 2 week range, 3 week range.
Gordon's thoughts on WBS forward Kael Mouillierat's two-game suspension for hit on Nick Cousins Saturday night:
It was pretty clear. Nick got a bloody nose from it. He was a little dazed when it happened. That's not going to happen unless it's high. I think it was the right call. Too bad it wasn't called like that in the game.
Gordon on the early season test the 3-on-3 provides:
3-in-3's are great when you win because you can very quickly move up the standings, but the biggest thing is you have to take care of the first one. You can't win 3-in-3 if unless you win the first one and our focus has to be on that first game.
Nick Cousins on Mouillierat's suspension:
I was sort of looking up for the puck and I didn't see him coming. What did he get, two minutes? So I don't know. It is what it is. We'll move on I guess.
Cousins on the team rallying around the fact that there are so many injuries:
Exactly. When guys are injured its an opportunity for others to step up. We have three games in three nights, so everyone is going to be plying - we're going to roll all four lines. It's going to be exciting. I think that the guys that are stepping in are going to be able to do a good job for us and I think we'll be fine.
Cousins on getting back in front of the home fans:
I love playing at home. We have good energy at home from our fans. I'm looking forward to it. Hopefully we can put two together at home and one on the road, so I'm looking forward to it.

Both goaltenders - Jason LaBarbera and Anthony Stolarz - were on the ice at practice this morning.

Andrew MacDonald, who missed the team's last game on Saturday, practiced and is ready to return to the lineup this weekend.

Christian Marti is skating with the Phantoms at practice, albeit in a non-contact jersey, as he has been for much of the last two weeks. The initial time-table was for a return sometime next month.

None of the other injured players - Cole Bardreau, Robert Hagg, Danick Martel, Colin McDonald and Michael Parks - will return to the lineup this weekend. The latest injury updates from head coach Scott Gordon is as follows:

Cole Bardreau: out 2-3 weeks
Robert Hagg: out this weekend, will be re-evaluated then
Danick Martel: like Bardreau, in the 2-3 week range
Colin McDonald: out another couple weeks
Michael Parks: out at least a few weeks


Taylor Leier - Tim Brent - Aaron Palushaj
Petr Straka - Nick Cousins - Chris Conner
Jay Rosehill - Pavel Padakin - Brandon Alderson
Tyrell Goulbourne - Kevin Goumas - Derek Mathers

Shayne Gostisbehere - Matt Lashoff
Davis Drewiske - Mark Alt
Sam Morin - Jesper Pettersson/Andrew MacDonald

Jason LaBarbera - Anthony Stolarz


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