Saturday's Morning Skate 1/23

Saturday, January 23, 2016
The Phantoms have no games this week, but now have four next week. Photo: Nina Weiss/The Home News
The snow is falling in Pennsylvania and tonight's Lehigh Valley Phantoms game in Hershey has already been postponed and rescheduled for Monday night at 7:00 p.m. ET. The announcement came from the league yesterday afternoon and what it means for the Phantoms is a busy week next week.

The Phantoms now have games on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday nights before Nick Cousins and Anthony Stolarz participate in the 2016 AHL All-Star Classic in Syracuse next Sunday and Monday nights. Like I said, busy times ahead for both players and beat writers alike.

There has been a bunch of roster moves made recently, so to clear up any confusion here's a recap of the transactions:
Forward Sam Gagner recalled by Philadelphia
Defenseman Matt Lashoff released from his PTO contract by Lehigh Valley
Defenseman Adam Comrie called up to Lehigh Valley from Reading (ECHL)
Forward Philip DiSimone signed to a standard player contract (SPC) by Lehigh Valley
Atlantic Division Standings (through 1/22's games)

1. W-B/Scranton: 39 games played, 28-10-0-1 = 57 points (.731 PCT)
2. Portland: 38 games played, 24-13-1-0 = 49 points (.645 PCT)
3. Hershey: 42 games played, 22-13-2-5 = 51 points (.607 PCT)
4. Providence: 41 games played, 18-15-7-1 = 44 points (.537 PCT)
6. Bridgeport: 42 games played, 20-19-2-1 = 43 points (.512 PCT)
5. Hartford: 41 games played, 20-19-2-0 = 42 points (.512 PCT)
7. Lehigh Valley: 42 games played, 18-21-2-1 = 39 points (.464 PCT)
8. Springfield: 40 games played, 15-21-1-3 = 34 points (.425 PCT)

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Around The Atlantic

W-B/Scranton - 2 at Portland - 1

In Portland, the Pirates jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the first period and held off the Penguins to win their sixth straight game.

Brett Olson got the Pirates on the board 1:57 into the contest and Wade Megan added what would be the game-winner halfway through the opening period. From there, the Pirates leaned heavily on goaltender Mike McKenna who stopped 38 of 39 for his 19th win of the season - 4th most among AHL goaltenders.

Clark Seymour got the Penguins on the board in the opening minutes of the middle frame and Matt Murray stopped 27 of the 29 shots he faced, but it wasn't enough for the Penguins who after winning seven straight have now dropped two games in a row.

The two teams rematch tonight again in Portland. 

Hershey - 4 at Binghamton - 0

In Binghamton, Hershey's newly assembled top line of veterans Chris Bourque, Paul Carey and newly signed Scott Gomez were too much to handle for the BSens in a shutout win for the Bears.

Carey led all skaters with three points, all assists, while Bourque added a goal and two assists. Gomez scored his first career AHL goal and added an assist in the win for Hershey, while Dan Ellis pitched in with a 30-save shutout.

Chris Driedger surrendered four goals on 31 shots in the loss for Binghamton, who still faces an uphill battle in climbing out of the North Division's basement.

Hershey's game this evening at home against rival Lehigh Valley has been postponed and rescheduled for Monday night, while Binghamton remains home to host Syracuse Saturday.

Springfield - 1 at Providence - 4

In Providence, the PBruins took care of business against rival Springfield in a 4-1 win.

Frank Vatrano returned from Boston and tallied two goals and an assist to lead the way for Providence, while Austin Czarnik tallied three assists and Seth Griffith added two helpers.

Christian Thomas ended Malcolm Subban's shutout bid in the final 30 seconds with a power play goal for Springfield, while Niklas Treutle surrendered four goals on 31 shots in the loss for Springfield.

The two teams rematch tomorrow night, but a change of venues as Saturday's match up is in Springfield.

Other Eastern Conference Scores

St. John's - 4 at Albany - 2
Rochester - 5 at Grand Rapids - 3

Saturday's Eastern Conference Schedule

St. John's at Albany, 2:00 p.m. ET
Utica at Toronto, 3:00 p.m. ET
Rochester at Grand Rapids, 7:00 p.m. ET
W-B/Scranton at Portland, 7:00 p.m. ET
Providence at Springfield, 7:00 p.m. ET
Lehigh Valley at Hershey, 7:00 p.m. ET - POSTPONED
Syracuse at Binghamton, 7:05 p.m. ET
Hartford at Bridgeport, 7:30 p.m. ET


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