Game 20 Preview: Hershey at Lehigh Valley

Friday, December 2, 2016
Jakub Vrana and the red hot Hershey Bears come to PPL Center Friday night. Photo:  
Phantoms host Hershey at 7:05 p.m. ET

Written by: Tony Androckitis, Twitter/Facebook

I'll have full coverage of tonight's Phantoms game against the Hershey Bears. The puck drops at 7:05 p.m. ET, but make sure you're following along on Twitter -> @TonyAndrock & Facebook (be sure to like the Facebook page!) for all the latest updates and information.

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The Lehigh Valley Phantoms (13-5-1) put together a strong first quarter of the season, and look to kick off the month of December with a win against Atlantic Division rival Hershey Bears (11-4-3-1).

The Phantoms have been playing well lately (11-2 in November), and so have the Bears. Hershey enters tonight's game on a six-game unbeaten streak (5-0-1), just one point behind the Lehigh Valley in the Atlantic Division standings.

After the jump, a preview full of the latest news and notes to get you ready for tonight's game.

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By The Numbers

LV: 19 games played, 13-5-1-0 = 27 points
2nd Place Atlantic Division
Streak: 1-0-0-0
Last 10 Games: 8-2-0-0

HER: 19 games played, 11-4-3-1 = 26 points
3rd Place Atlantic Division
Streak: 5-0-1-0
Last 10 Games: 6-2-1-1

Special Teams

Power Play

LV - 22-for-87: 25.3% = T-4th in AHL
HER - 16-for-86: 18.6% = T-14th in AHL

Penalty Kill

LV - 58-for-70: 82.9% = 13th in AHL
HER - 72-for-83: 86.7% = 2nd in AHL

Leading Scorers

LV: Jordan Weal (17GP, 7G-12A), Taylor Leier (19GP, 5G-12A) and Greg Carey (19GP, 10G-6A)
HER: Chris Bourque (19GP, 4G-13A), Travis Boyd (19GP, 4G-13A) and Jakub Vrana (18GP, 9G-7A)

Expected Starting Goaltenders

LV: Alex Lyon (11GP. 7-3-1, 2.46 GAA, .920 SV%, 1 SO)
HER: Joe Cannata (10GP, 6-1-3, 2.77 GAA, .888 SV%, 0 SO)

Season Series

This is the third of a 12-game season series which saw the Phantoms and Bears split two games in Hershey. Tonight's matchup marks the first of six at PPL Center.

Season Series Schedule

Sunday, October 30th: Lehigh Valley - 2 at Hershey - 3
Sunday, November 13th: Lehigh Valley - 3 at Hershey - 1
Friday, December 2nd: Hershey at Lehigh Valley - 7:05 p.m. ET
Saturday, December 3rd: Lehigh Valley at Hershey - 7:00 p.m. ET
Friday, December 16th: Hershey at Lehigh Valley - 7:05 p.m. ET
Monday, December 26th: Hershey at Lehigh Valley - 7:05 p.m. ET
Friday, January 13th: Hershey at Lehigh Valley - 7:05 p.m. ET
Saturday, January 14th: Lehigh Valley at Hershey - 7:00 p.m. ET
Sunday, January 22nd: Lehigh Valley at Hershey - 5:00 p.m. ET
Friday, March 10th: Hershey at Lehigh Valley - 7:05 p.m. ET
Sunday, April 2nd: Lehigh Valley at Hershey - 5:00 p.m. ET
Wednesday, April 5th: Hershey at Lehigh Valley - 7:05 p.m. ET

Lehigh Valley Phantoms

Roster Notes 

Alex Lyon gets the nod for Lehigh Valley tonight. It will mark his ninth straight start.

Max Lamarche has been playing well for Lehigh Valley in his latest stint in the lineup. Robert Hagg returned to action and bumped Reece Willcox out of the lineup last weekend.

Andy Miele appears to be scheduled to return to the Phantoms' lineup this weekend against Hershey.

Scratches: Steven Swavely (healthy) and Reece Willcox (healthy)


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

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

Alex Lyon - Martin Ouellette

Recent Transactions

11/28: ADD - G Martin Ouellette recalled from loan by Lehigh Valley (AHL)
11/27: DEL - G Martin Ouellette loaned to Reading (ECHL)
11/23: DEL - C Scott Laughton recalled from loan by Philadelphia (NHL)
11/18: ADD - F Steven Swavely returned on loan from Reading (ECHL)
11/17: DEL - F Tyrell Goulbourne loaned to Reading (ECHL)
11/15: ADD - G Martin Ouellette recalled from loan by Lehigh Valley (AHL)
11/14: DEL - G Anthony Stolarz recalled from loan by Philadelphia (NHL)


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