Game 24 Preview: Rochester at Lehigh Valley

Friday, December 9, 2016
Photo: Amanda Statland
Phantoms set host Rochester twice this weekend

Written by: Tony Androckitis, Twitter/Facebook

I'll have full coverage of tonight's Phantoms game against the Rochester Americans. 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 (15-7-1) kick off their season-high six game homestand Friday night against the Rochester Americans (9-12-1). After a 4-2 loss in Syracuse Wednesday, the Phantoms will certainly be motivated to put forth an even better effort tonight in front of the home fans at PPL Center.

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: 23 games played, 15-7-1-0 = 31 points
4th Place Atlantic Division
Streak: 0-1-0-0
Last 10 Games: 6-4-0-0

RCH: 22 games played, 9-12-0-1 = 19 points
6th Place North Division
Streak: 0-1-0-0
Last 10 Games: 3-6-0-1

Special Teams

Power Play

LV - 26-for-109: 23.9% = 5th in AHL
RCH - 20-for-93: 21.5% = 8th in AHL

Penalty Kill

LV - 72-for-86: 83.7% = 11th in AHL
RCH - 82-for-96: 85.4% = 6th in AHL

Leading Scorers

LV: Jordan Weal (21GP, 9G-15A), Greg Carey (23GP, 10G-8A) and T.J. Brennan (23GP, 7G-11A)
RCH: Cal O'Reilly (19GP, 5G-17A), Cole Schneider (17GP, 9G-11A) and Nick Baptiste (14GP, 10G-4A)

Starting Goaltenders

LV: Alex Lyon (14GP. 8-5-1, 2.58 GAA, .916 SV%, 1 SO)
RCH: Linus Ullmark (17GP, 8-8-1, 2.81 GAA, .916 SV%, 0 SO)

Season Series

Tonight marks the first of four scheduled meetings in the regular season between the Phantoms and Americans. These two teams face off at PPL Center again tomorrow night before the Phantoms visit Rochester later this month for a similar two-game set.

Season Series Schedule

Friday, December 9th: Rochester at Lehigh Valley - 7:05 p.m. ET
Saturday, December 10th: Rochester at Lehigh Valley - 7:05 p.m. ET
Wednesday, December 28th: Lehigh Valley at Rochester - 7:05 p.m. ET
Friday, December 30th: Lehigh Valley at Rochester - 7:05 p.m. ET

Lehigh Valley Phantoms

Roster Notes 

Alex Lyon is expected to get the start in net tonight against Rochester.

Defenseman Max Lamarche and forward Steven Swavely were reassigned to Reading (ECHL) after participating in the Phantoms' game day skate at PPL Center Friday morning. With Lehigh Valley's ECHL affiliate close by and also at home, it's a chance to keep guys fresh and get them playing.

AHL transactions also has forward Kevin Sundher joining the Phantoms from ECHL Reading. In 19 games with the Royals this season, Sundher has registered four goals and nine assists.

Mark Alt is skating at practice with the Phantoms in a red no-contact jersey. While he's not expected back until the end of the month, it's always a good sign to see a guy get back on the ice with the team after an extended absence. Alt's shoulder injury in the September 28th NHL preseason game against the New Jersey Devils required surgery and he hasn't played in a game yet this year.

Expected Scratches: Kevin Sundher (healthy)

Expected Lines 

Greg Carey - Scott Laughton - Colin McDonald (C)
Danick Martel - Jordan Weal - Chris Conner
Cole Bardreau - Andy Miele - Mark Zengerle
Corban Knight - Radel Fazleev - Nicolas Aube-Kubel

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

Alex Lyon - Martin Ouellette

Recent Transactions

12/9: ADD - F Kevin Sundher returned from loan to Reading (ECHL)
12/9: DEL - D Max Lamarche returned on loan to Reading (ECHL)
12/9: DEL - F Steven Swavely returned on loan to Reading (ECHL)
12/5: ADD - C Scott Laughton loaned from Philadelphia (NHL)
12/5: DEL - F Taylor Leier recalled from loan by Philadelphia (NHL)


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