Game 2 Preview: Bridgeport at Lehigh Valley

Friday, October 21, 2016
Lehigh Valley hosts the Bridgeport Sound Tigers at the PPL Center tonight. Photo: Nina Weiss/Highland Park Hockey
Phantoms Back in Action Friday Night Against Bridgeport

Written by: Tony Androckitis, Twitter/Facebook

I'll have full coverage of tonight's Phantoms game against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. The puck drops at 7:05 p.m. ET, but make sure you're following along on Twitter -> @TonyAndrock and 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.

The Lehigh Valley Phantoms (1-0-0) host the Bridgeport Sound Tigers (1-1-0) tonight at 7:05 p.m. ET in their first game of the week after last Saturday's season-opening win over the Springfield Thunderbirds.

It's Ed Snider tribute night at the PPL Center in downtown Allentown, and the Phantoms will be wearing a special tribute jersey with a play on the 1990s Philadelphia Flyers jersey scheme.

The Phantoms' depth was on full display last week, and the team jumped out to an early lead that they never really looked back on. They'll be looking for another fast start to assert the presence tonight against the Sound Tigers, who split their two games last weekend with a 2-1 win over Providence and a 2-1 loss to Springfield.

The Sound Tigers may be without top offensive defenseman Ryan Pulock, who was called up to the NHL's New York Islanders on Thursday, but they still have highly regarded rookies Josh Ho-Sang, Michael Dal Colle and Devin Toews in their lineup. Bridgeport also features a formidable goaltender's duo of Christopher Gibson and Stephon Williams.

After the jump, a full preview of everything you need to know in advance of tonight's game.

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By The Numbers

Leading Scorers

LV: Danick Martel (1GP, 2G-0A), T.J. Brennan (1GP, 1G-1A), Mark Zengerle (1GP, 1G-0A)
BST: Bracken Kearns (2GP, 1G-0A), Ross Johnston (2GP, 1G-0A), Kane Lafranchise (2GP, 1G-0A)

Expected Starting Goaltenders

LV: Anthony Stolarz (1GP, 1-0-0, 2.02 GAA, .939 SV%, 0 SO)
BST: Christopher Gibson (GP, 1-0-0, 1.00 GAA, .974 SV%,  SO)

Season Series

This is the first of eight meetings between the Phantoms and Sound Tigers this season.

Season Series Schedule

Friday, October 21st: Bridgeport at Lehigh Valley - 7:05 p.m. ET
Saturday, October 29th: Lehigh Valley at Bridgeport - 7:05 p.m. ET
Saturday, November 19th: Lehigh Valley at Bridgeport - 7:05 p.m. ET
Sunday, December 4th: Lehigh Valley at Bridgeport - 3:00 p.m. ET
Wednesday, December 14th: Bridgeport at Lehigh Valley - 7:05 p.m. ET
Saturday, January 28th: Lehigh Valley at Bridgeport - 7:05 p.m. ET
Sunday, March 26th: Bridgeport at Lehigh Valley - 5:05 p.m. ET
Friday, March 31st: Bridgeport at Lehigh Valley - 7:05 p.m. ET

Lehigh Valley Phantoms

Roster Notes

Anthony Stolarz is expected to get the start in net for the Phantoms tonight. Alex Lyon will serve as the backup.

The Phantoms loaned defensemen Max Lamarche back to Reading (ECHL) in advance of tonight's game, leaving the AHL roster with six defensemen who are all expected to play tonight.

Forward Derek Mathers was loaned to the ECHL's Allen Americans earlier this week. The move leaves the Phantoms with 14 healthy forwards.

Cole Bardreau was expected back in the lineup tonight up front for Lehigh Valley after missing the season opener last Saturday, getting an extra week of practice after recovery from an off-season abdominal surgery. Unfortunately for Bardreau, that doesn't appear to be the case.

Corban Knight is expected to remain in the lineup. There might not be any line combo changes from Saturday's season opener last weekend.

Expected Scratches: Cole Bardreau and Petr Straka

Expected Lines

Greg Carey - Andy Miele (A) - Chris Conner
Taylor Leier - Mark Zengerle - Colin McDonald (C)
Danick Martel - Jordan Weal - Nicolas Aube-Kubel
Tyrell Goulbourne - Radel Fazleev - Corban Knight

Sam Morin - Will O'Neill (A)
Robert Hagg - Travis Sanheim
T.J. Brennan - Reece Willcox

Anthony Stolarz - Alex Lyon

Recent Transactions

10/19: DEL - D Max Lamarche loaned to Reading (ECHL)
10/18: DEL - F Derek Mathers loaned to Allen (ECHL)
10/16: ADD - D Max Lamarche returned on loan from Reading (ECHL)
10/15: DEL - D Max Lamarache loaned to Reading (ECHL)
10/15: DEL - D Jesper Pettersson loaned to Reading (ECHL)
10/12: ADD - F Jordan Weal loaned to Lehigh Valley (AHL) from Philadelphia (NHL)

Bridgeport Sound Tigers

Roster Notes

Christopher Gibson is expected to get the start in net for the Sound Tigers tonight. Stephon Williams will serve as the team's backup goaltender.

Hard-shooting defensman Ryan Pulock was called up to the New York Islanders Thursday, leaving Bridgeport with some big shoes to fill on the blue line entering this weekend's games.

Former Adirondack Phantoms captain Ben Holmstrom serves as Bridgeport's team captain.

Expected Scratches: Jon Landry, Loic Leduc, Patrick Cullity, Stephen Gionta (lower body), Kellen Jones, Connor Jones, Josh Holmstrom

Expected Lines (From Thursday's Practice)

Michael Del Colle - Tanner Fritz - Josh Ho-Sang
Carter Verhaeghe - Bracken Kearns - Joshua Winquist
Ross Johnston - Ben Holmstrom - Colin Markison
Andrew Rowe - Kyle Schempp - Travis St. Denis
Kellen Jones - Connor Jones - Josh Holmstrom

Adam Pelech - Scott Mayfield
Devin Toews - Kyle Burroughs
Kane Lafranchise - Matt Finn

Christopher Gibson - Stephon Williams

Recent Transactions

10/19: DEL - D Ryan Pulock recalled from loan by NY Islanders (NHL)
10/14: DEL - D Jesse Graham reassigned by NY Islanders (NHL) from Missouri (ECHL)


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