Phantoms Host Charlotte in Preseason Opener

Friday, October 7, 2016
Travis Sanheim and the Phantoms take on Charlotte tonight at 7:05 p.m. ET. Photo: Nina Weiss/Highland Park Hockey
Phantoms Preseason Hockey Tonight!

Written by: Tony Androckitis, Twitter/Facebook

The Lehigh Valley Phantoms kick off their third year as an American Hockey League (AHL) franchise this weekend with preseason contests against the Charlotte Checkers, starting tonight at 7:05 p.m. inside the PPL Center in downtown Allentown, Pa.

Here's a look at who is currently on the Phantoms' roster:

Goaltenders: Alex Lyon, Martin Ouellette and Anthony Stolarz

Defensemen: T.J. Brennan, Robert Hagg, Max Lamarche, Sam Morin, Daniel New*, Will O'Neill, Jesper Pettersson, Travis Sanheim and Reece Willcox

Forwards: Nicolas Aube-Kubel, Cole Bardreau (abdominal surgery), Greg Carey, Chris Conner, Justin Crandall* Radel Fazleev, Tyrell Goulbourne, Corban Knight (AHL contract), Taylor Leier, Danick Martel, Derek Mathers (AHL), Chris McCarthy, Andy Miele, Petr Straka, Kevin Sundher (AHL contract), Steven Swavely (AHL contract) and Mark Zengerle (AHL contract)

* = at AHL Camp on a tryout

With only two preseason games on their schedule this year, head coach Scott Gordon indicated heading into this week's practice that a few guys might get an extra look if warranted, but to expect a strong lineup with almost all of the expected players for this year's squad already reassigned to the Phantoms.

REMINDER: The Phantoms host the Charlotte Checkers tonight at 7:05 p.m. 
Follow here for live in-game coverage of tonight's game on Twitter -> @TonyAndrock and @H_P_Hockey.
Stay tuned online after the game for a full recap of the action, and new this season a post-game extra with final thoughts and player/coach quotes and interviews. 
Tonight's Lineup


Greg Carey - Andy Miele - Chris Conner
Danick Martel - Mark Zengerle - Nicolas Aube-Kubel
Steven Swavely - Radel Fazleev - Corban Knight
Derek Mathers - Kevin Sundher - Justin Crandall

Robert Hagg - Travis Sanheim
T.J. Brennan - Reece Willcox
Daniel New - Jesper Pettersson

Anthony Stolarz - Alex Lyon

Scratches: Sam Morin, Will O'Neill, Cole Bardreau, Tyrell Goulbourne, Colin McDonald, Max Lamarche, Petr Straka and Chris McCarthy

In Case You Missed It

New writers added to the site this season - Ian Altenbaugh and Tim Riday - wrote their first monthly prospect reports earlier this week. They'll be covering the Pittsburgh Penguins and Philadelphia Flyers prospects, respectively, and will have regular updates throughout the season. Take a look:
Penguins Prospect Report - September
Flyers Prospect Report - September
Phantoms head coach Scott Gordon said there will be a lot of expectations for this season's team.

I've featured several Phantoms' players already this preseason. Here's an inside look on some of the new faces as well as some familiar names:
Sundher Thankful for a Second Chance with Phantoms 
Confident Leier Looking to Leave Lasting Impression
Miele Sees Opportunity With Flyers
Will O'Neill Looks Forward to Facing Penguins
In case you missed it, I launched Highland Park Hockey's YouTube channel. Here are the first two video interviews I have posted so far this season:
Anthony Stolarz - Flyers/Devils Post Game (9/28/16)
Cole Bardreau - Phantoms Training Camp


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