Game 5 Preview: Lehigh Valley at Bridgeport

Saturday, October 29, 2016
Bridgeport handed Lehigh Valley a 5-2 loss last weekend. Photo: Nina Weiss/Highland Park Hockey
Phantoms Take On Sound Tigers Saturday Night

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 (2-1-1) continue on in their road trip, visiting the Bridgeport Sound Tigers (3-2-0) tonight at 7:00 p.m. ET after last night's 5-1 win in Hartford.

The Sound Tigers are coming off an impressive 5-1 win of their own over Springfield Friday night, and handed the Phantoms their lone regulation loss of the season to date in a 5-2 decision last weekend.

Talking to assistant coach Riley Cote and the players after last night's win in Hartford, there was a noted importance placed on bringing their work ethic with them to Bridgeport to face a Sound Tigers team they all mentioned works hard and out-worked them last weekend.

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: Jordan Weal (4GP, 1G-5A) T.J. Brennan (4GP, 2G-3A), Andy Miele (4GP, 1G-4A)
BST: Bracken Kearns (5GP, 2G-4A), Tanner Fritz (5GP, 2G-2A), Josh Ho-Sang (5GP, 0G-4A)

Expected Starting Goaltenders

LV: Alex Lyon (1GP, 0-0-1, 4.85 GAA, .853 SV%, 0 SO)
BST: Stephon Williams (2GP, 0-2-0, 3.05 GAA, .867 SV%, 0 SO)

Season Series

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

Season Series Schedule

Friday, October 21st: Bridgeport - 5 at Lehigh Valley - 2
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

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

Tyrell Goulbourne was injured in practice Wednesday, losing an edge and tumbling into the boards. He took an errant puck off his leg in practice Thursday and left the ice frustrated after what head coach Scott Gordon called "tightness". Gordon said Goulbourne was questionable entering this weekend's games. EDIT: Goulbourne is expected to return to the Phantoms' lineup tonight.

Cole Bardreau is expected to sit out tonight's game as a way to ease him back into action instead of drilling him with three games in two and a half days.

Expected Scratches: Cole Bardreau, Max Lamarche and Petr Straka

Expected Lines

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

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

Alex Lyon - Anthony Stolarz

Recent Transactions

10/26: ADD - LW Taylor Leier returned on loan from Philadelphia (NHL)
10/25: DEL - LW Taylor Leier recalled from loan by Philadelphia (NHL)
10/22: ADD - D Max Lamarche recalled from loan to Reading (ECHL)

Bridgeport Sound Tigers

Roster Notes

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

Hard-shooting defensman Ryan Pulock was called up to the New York Islanders last Thursday and was subsequently injured, so Bridgeport has a big hole to fill on their blue line for the time being.

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

Expected Scratches: Loic Leduc, Patrick Cullity, Stephen Gionta (lower body),

Expected Lines

Michael Del Colle - Tanner Fritz - Josh Ho-Sang
Carter Verhaeghe - Bracken Kearns (A) - Steve Bernier
Ross Johnston - Ben Holmstrom (C)- Travis St. Denis
Kellen Jones - Connor Jones - Josh Holmstrom

Adam Pelech - Scott Mayfield (A)
Devin Toews - Kyle Burroughs
Kane Lafranchise - Jon Landry

Christopher Gibson - Stephon Williams

Recent Transactions

10/25: ADD - RW Steve Bernier loaned from NY Islanders (NHL)
10/23: ADD - LW Eric Boulton loaned from NY Islanders (NHL)
10/19: DEL - D Ryan Pulock recalled from loan by NY Islanders (NHL)


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