Saturday's Morning Skate 11/14

Saturday, November 14, 2015
Phantoms starting to get on the same page. Photo credit: Nina Weiss
There was no shortage of scoring in the American Hockey League last night, with three teams scoring six or more goals in big wins across the Atlantic Division.

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins perhaps the most impressive last night, extending their season-high win streak to nine games with a 7-0 drubbing of rival Hershey. The Penguins haven't lost since their second game of the season in Bridgeport back on October 10th.

The Lehigh Valley Phantoms look to be clicking offensively as well, tallying six goals in their Wednesday night win over Binghamton and seven more Friday night in a 7-1 blowout of the Rochester Americans. The Phantoms got off to a slow start this season, riddled with injuries, but are getting healthy and starting to put it all together in the second month of the season under new head coach Scott Gordon.

BREAKING: The Flyers have recalled defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere and Taylor Leier from the Lehigh Valley Phantoms (AHL). On the season, Gostisbehere has tallied two goals and 10 assists in 14 games with the Phantoms. Leier has four goals and five assists this season and has earned his first NHL call up. He could make his NHL debut tonight when Philadelphia takes on Carolina.

Atlantic Division Standings (through 11/13's games)

1. W-B/Scranton: 11 games played, 10-1-0-0 = 20 points (.909 PCT)
2. Bridgeport: 15 games played, 11-4-0-0 = 22 points (.733 PCT)
3. Hershey: 13 games played, 6-4-0-3 = 15 points (.577 PCT)
4. Springfield: 11 games played, 5-5-1-0 = 11 points (.500 PCT)
5. Portland: 11 games played, 5-6-0-0 = 10 points (.455 PCT)
6. Hartford: 15 games played, 6-8-1-0 = 13 points (.433 PCT)
7. Lehigh Valley: 14 games played, 6-8-0-0 = 12 points (.429 PCT)
8. Providence: 13 games played, 3-7-3-0 = 9 points (.346 PCT)

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Around The Atlantic

Rochester - 1 at Lehigh Valley - 7

The Phantoms are firing on all cylinders right now. Most impressively, their 13 goals in the last two games have been scored by 10 different players.

Anthony Stolarz made 33 saves on 34 shots and despite the lop-sided score was a real difference maker tonight. He improves to 5-3-0 on the season and has picked up back-to-back wins this week.
Nick Cousins led the Phantoms attack with four points (1G-3A), Danick Martel (2G-1A) added three points, and Chris Conner (1G-1A), Petr Straka (1G-1A) and Shayne Gostisbehere (0G-2A) all chipped in two points each in the win.
The Phantoms look to make it three straight wins tonight at home against Albany, while Rochester looks to shake off the loss and end the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins' nine game win streak.

Hershey - 0 at W-B/Scranton - 7

The Penguins are playing near perfect hockey right now and have extended their win streak to nine games, blowing out rival Hershey 7-0 in the 1st of 12 scheduled meetings between the teams this season.

Matt Murray recorded his 2nd shutout of the season with a 24-save effort and the Penguins got goals from seven different players - Kael Mouillierat, Dominik Simon, Conor Sheary, Scott Wilson, Jean-Sebastien Dea, Okasr Sundqvist and Tom Kuhnhackl.

Hershey looks to rebound at home against Bridgeport, while the Penguins will try to extend their win streak to 10 games facing a Rochester team that allowed seven goals Friday night to Lehigh Valley.

Hartford - 2 at Portland - 3

Hartford's losing skid has reached six games following a 3-2 loss to the Portland Pirates in southern Maine.

Adam Tambellini and Ryan Bourque tallied goals for the WolfPack in the loss, while Mackenzie Skapski stopped 25 of 28 in net for Hartford.

The Pirates got goals from Sena Acolatse, John McFarland and Logan Shaw, while promising secod year pro Connor Brickley recorded a pair of assists. Mike McKenna stopped 23 of the 25 shots he faced to pick up the win for Portland.

Both teams are off Saturday to travel to their road games on Sunday. Hartford will face Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, while Portland will take on the Providence Bruins.

Utica - 3 at Springfield - 6

Springfield got off to a slow start this season, but has been playing well as of late - including a 6-3 win over last year's Calder Cup runner up Utica.

Dustin Jeffrey led the attack with two goals and an assist, while Eric Selleck (1G-1A), Ross Mauermann (1G-1A), Derek Smith (0G-2A) and Alex Grant (0G-2A) all added two points each. Louis Domingue stopped 27 of the 30 shots in the win for the Falcons.

Hunter Shinkaruk tallied his 10th goal of the season in the third period for the Comets, while Nicklas Jensen and Carter Bancks also netted goals in a losing effort. Richard Bachman surrendered six goals on 34 shots.

Utica will try to get back in the win column in Syracuse against their rival, while Springfield travels to Binghamton.

Albany - 4 at Providence - 2

The Devils were limited to only 15 shots, but jumped out to an early 3-0 lead and played tight defensively to leave Providence with a 4-2 win and two points in the standings.

Reid Boucher tallied two goals for the Devils in the win while Vojtech Mozik recorded three assists to lead Albany's attack. Yann Danis stopped 21 of the 23 shots that came his way to pick up the win.

Noel Acciari and Brett Bellemore tallied goals for the Bruins, while Zane McIntyre was victimized for four goals on 15 shots in a losing effort for Providence.

Albany heads to Lehigh Valley to face a Phantoms team that has scored 13 goals in their last two games. Providence is off until a Sunday afternoon home match up against Portland.
Friday's Eastern Conference Scores

Toronto - 2 at St. John's - 3 (OT)
Binghamton - 3 at Syracuse - 4 (OT)

Saturday's Eastern Conference Schedule

Toronto at St. John's, 6:00 p.m. ET
Bridgeport at Hershey, 7:00 p.m. ET
Utica at Syracuse, 7:00 p.m. ET
Springfield at Binghamton, 7:00 p.m. ET
Albany at Lehigh Valley, 7:05 p.m. ET
Rochester at W-B/Scranton, 7:05 p.m. ET


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