Game 70 Preview: Lehigh Valley at St. John's

Saturday, April 2, 2016
The Phantoms and IceCaps finish their regular season series tonight. Photo: Scott Walsh
I'll have full coverage of tonight's Phantoms game against the St. John's IceCaps. The puck drops at a special time of 6:00 p.m. ET, but make sure you're following me on Twitter -> @TonyAndrock and now on Facebook (be sure to like the Facebook page!) for all the latest updates and information this evening. Stay tuned here online after the game for a recap of the action.

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The Lehigh Valley Phantoms (30-32-4-3) have won three games in a row and are looking for the clean sweep this weekend in Newfoundland, Canada against the St. John's IceCaps (29-31-8-3). 

Tonight's match up begins at 6:00 p.m. Eastern Time. On the league's schedule, it says 7:30 NDT but that is Newfoundland time which is 90 minutes ahead of those in the Lehigh Valley and Philadelphia area on the east coast of the United States.

Last night, the Phantoms got ahead early and never looked back in a decisive 4-1 win over the IceCaps. Taylor Leier, Adam Comrie, Robert Hagg and Steven Swavely tallied goals for Lehigh Valley in the win while Martin Ouellette stopped 27 of the 28 shots he faced for his third straight win.

For live on-the-scene coverage tonight, Charles Dart covers the IceCaps and will be in St. John's with updates. I'll be following via AHL Live with full coverage from Highland Park Hockey HQ. Full recap of the action here online after the game.

All of the regular news, notes, stats and more to get you ready for tonight's game in a full preview after the jump.

By The Numbers

LV: 69 games played, 30-32-4-3 = 67 points
7th Place - Atlantic Division
Last 10 Games: 3-5-2-0
Streak: 3-0-0

STJ: 71 games played, 29-31-8-3 = 69 points
6th Place - North Division
Last 10 Games: 3-7-0-0
Streak: 0-3-0

Special Teams

Power Play

LV: 17.1% - 12th in AHL
STJ 17.3% - 11th in AHL

Penalty Kill

LV: 82.8% - 16th in AHL
STJ: 85.0% - 8th in AHL

Leading Scorers (Active)

LV: Chris Conner (51GP, 16G-32A), Taylor Leier (63GP, 18G-26A), Petr Straka (58GP, 19G-18A), Danick Martel (60GP, 21G-13A)

STJ: Bud Holloway (64GP, 19G-38A), Charles Hudon (63GP, 26G-24A), Gabriel Dumont (65GP, 19G-27A), Morgan Ellis (67GP, 14G-23A)

Starting Goaltenders

LV: Martin Ouellette (3-3-0, 3.27 GAA, .907 SV%, 0 SO)
STJ: Ben Scrivens (2-6-1, 3.35 GAA, .893 SV%, 1 SO)

Season Series

Tonight is the fourth and final regular season meeting between the Phantoms and IceCaps. Back in late October, the two teams split a pair of games at the PPL Center. Lehigh Valley was dominant in the first of the two-game set, cruising to a 5-1 victory. Two nights later, the IceCaps were the better team - prevailing with the two points in a 3-2 decision over the Phantoms. Last night in St. John's it was Lehigh Valley coming away with a 4-1 win.

Head to Head Scoring Leaders

LV: Taylor Leier (3GP, 2G-2A), Tim Brent (3GP, 0G-3A), Mark Alt (3GP, 0G-3A)

STJ: Bud Holloway (3GP, 0G-3A), Mark Barberio (3GP, 0G-2A), Charles Hudon (3GP, 1G-0A)

Goalies Head to Head Stats

LV: Martin Ouellette - (1GP, 1-0-0, 1.00 GAA, .964 SV%, 0 SO)
       Connor Knapp - No Stats

STJ: Eddie Pasquale - No Stats
        Zachary Fucale - (2GP, 1-1-0, 2.52 GAA, ,911 SV%, 0 SO)

Season Series Schedule

Wednesday 10/28, St. John's - 1 at Lehigh Valley - 5
Friday 10/30, St. John's - 3 at Lehigh Valley - 2
Friday 4/1, Lehigh Valley - 4 at St. John's - 1
Saturday 4/2, Lehigh Valley at St. John's - 6:00 p.m. ET

Lehigh Valley Phantoms

Roster Notes

Martin Ouellette got his 5th straight start in net tonight for Lehigh Valley, coming off a 27-save performance last night and back-to-back wins last weekend. Connor Knapp will be the team's backup goaltender.

Only lineup change from last night is Jay Rosehill enters the lineup and Aaron Palushaj sits as a healthy scratch.

Jason LaBarbera is out for the season, per Flyers' GM Ron Hextall. Ouellette and Knapp will be the Phantoms' duo in net the remainder of the season.

The Phantoms reassigned defenseman Max Lamarche to Reading, leaving Lehigh Valley with seven defensemen on the roster.

Two players made their AHL debuts last night. Defenseman Reece Willcox got his first taste of pro hockey on the back end, while promising forward Oskar Lindblom played left wing on a line with veteran forwards Chris Conner and Tim Brent.

Scratches: Jason LaBarbera (out for season), Christian Marti (healthy), Phil DeSimone (healthy), Michael Parks (out for season), Aaron Palushaj (healthy), Dalton Smith (healthy) and Logan Pyett (out indefinitely)


Oskar Lindblom - Tim Brent (A) - Chris Conner
Taylor Leier - Cole Bardreau - Colin McDonald (C)
Petr Straka - Steven Swavely - Danick Martel
Tyrell Goulbourne - Pavel Padakin - Jay Rosehill

Sam Morin - Mark Alt
Davis Drewiske (A) - Reece Willcox
Travis Sanheim - Adam Comrie/Robert Hagg

Martin Ouellette - Connor Knapp

Recent Transactions

3/26: ADD - F Oskar Lindblom signed to ATO
3/21: ADD - G Connor Knapp recalled from loan to Reading (ECHL)
3/21: DEL - F Joe Rehkamp released from PTO
3/21: ADD - RW Pavel Padakin recalled from loan to Reading (ECHL)
3/21: ADD - D Reece Willcox signed to ATO
3/20: ADD - G Martin Ouellette recalled from loan to Reading (ECHL)
3/20: DEL - G Anthony Stolarz recalled from loan by Philadelphia (NHL)

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