Saturday's Morning Skate 10/29

Saturday, October 29, 2016
Photo: Nina Weiss/Highland Park Hockey
Written by: Tony Androckitis - Twitter/Facebook

All seven Atlantic Division teams were in action last night, with two head-to-head divisional matchups needing overtime to find winners.

The Lehigh Valley Phantoms are back at it tonight at 7:05 p.m. ET at home against the Springfield Falcons - their first home game in two weeks since the completion of their season-high five game road trip, which ended Friday night in a 4-2 win. We'll have full coverage of tonight's game on Highland Park Hockey, so stay tuned here and on Twitter -> @TonyAndrock.

After the jump, a look around the Atlantic Division as well as a look ahead to Saturday's games.

Atlantic Division Standings (through 11/4's games)

1. W-B/Scranton Penguins, 5 games played, 4-1-0-0 = 8 points (0.800 PCT)
2. Lehigh Valley Phantoms, 4 games played, 2-1-1-0 = 5 points (0.625 PCT)
3. Bridgeport Sound Tigers, 5 games played, 3-2-0-0 = 6 points (0.600 PCT)
4.. Springfield Thunderbirds, 5 games played, 3-2-0-0 = 6 points (0.600 PCT)
5. Hartford Wolf Pack, 6 games played, 3-3-0-0 = 6 points (0.500 PCT)
6. Providence Bruins, 7 games played, 2-3-2-0 = 6 points (0.429 PCT)
7. Hershey Bears, 5 game played, 1-2-2-0 = 4 points (0.400 PCT)

Around The Atlantic

Lehigh Valley - 4 at Hartford - 2

Providence, RI - The Phantoms put forth their best 60-minute performance on the young season Friday night in Hartford, kicking off their five-game road trip with a big 5-1 win.

Jordan Weal (one goal, two assists), T.J. Brennan (one goal, two assists) and Greg Carey (two goals) led the way offensively for Lehigh Valley, who saw their power play click to the tune of a 3-for-6 night on the man advantage.

Anthony Stolarz was strong, particularly in the third period - stopping all but one of the 33 shots he faced to improve to 2-1 on the season.

Marek Hrivik scored Hartford's lone goal on a shorthanded breakaway in the 2nd period, but other than that the game was largely controlled by Lehigh Valley.

The Phantoms continue on their road swing with a Saturday night matchup against Bridgeport, while Hartford remains home to host the Utica Comets Saturday night.

Providence - 4 at Utica - 2

Utica, NY - The Utica Comets jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the first period, but the Boston Bruins' top prospects took over for Providence in the second period - getting goals from Jake DeBrusk and Matt Grezelcyk in route to a 4-2 win in Eastern New York Friday night.

Peter Cehlarik extended the lead to 3-1 in the third, and although Utica's Jordan Subban tallied his third of the season with 9:44 left in regulation to make it a one-goal game it was too little too late for the Comets. Anton Blidh tallied an empty net goal in the final seconds to complete the 4-2 score.

Dan Vladar picked up the win for Providence, stopping 31 of the 33 shots he faced. Canucks prospect Thatcher Demko took the loss, allowing three goals on 23 shots.

Providence heads to Syracuse tonight, while Utica takes a trip to Hartford for a Saturday night match with the Wolf Pack

Bridgeport - 5 at Springfield - 1

Springfield, MA - The Bridgeport Sound Tigers put forth a dominant road performance in their 5-1 win over the Springfield Falcons Friday night.

The Sound Tigers took a 5-0 lead into the final three minutes of regulation before Logan Shaw ended Christopher Gibson's shutout bid with 2:49 to play.

Bracken Kearns had a game-high three points (one goal, two assists) while recent addition Steve Bernier added a goal and an assist in his Bridgeport debut to pace the Sound Tigers' attack. Gibson stopped 27 of 28 shots to earn the win, while Springfield's Reto Berra allowed five goals on 30 shots in the loss.

Bridgeport returns home to host Lehigh Valley Saturday, while Springfield hosts Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

Other AHL Scores

Rochester - 3 at St. John's - 5
Toronto - 3 at Albany - 0
San Antonio - 4 at Cleveland - 1
Syracuse - 4 at Binghamton - 3
Grand Rapids - 2 at Charlotte - 4
Milwaukee - 1 at Iowa - 6
San  Diego - 2 at Manitoba - 3 (OT)
Chicago - 2 at Rockford - 3
Ontario - 4 at Texas - 5
Bakersfield - 0 at San Jose - 4
Stockton - 5 at Tucson - 6

Saturday's AHL Schedule

Bakersfield at San Jose - 4:15 p.m. ET
Toronto at Albany - 5:00 p.m. ET
Grand Rapids at Charlotte - 6:00 p.m. ET
Rochester at St. John's - 6:00 p.m. ET
Lehigh Valley at Bridgeport - 7:00 p.m. ET
Utica at Hartford - 7:00 p.m. ET
Binghamton at Hershey - 7:00 p.m ET
Iowa at Milwaukee - 7:00 p.m. ET
Providence at Syracuse - 7:00 p.m. ET
W-B/Scranton at Springfield - 7:05 p.m. ET
Rockford at Chicago - 8:00 p.m. ET
San Diego at Manitoba - 8:00 p.m. ET
Ontario at Texas - 8:00 p.m. ET


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