Game 26 Preview: Bridgeport at Lehigh Valley

Wednesday, December 14, 2016
The Phantoms haven't fared well against Bridgeport this season. Photo: Nina Weiss/Highland Park Hockey
Phantoms Continue Six-Game Homestand

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 & Facebook (be sure to like the Facebook page!) for all the latest updates and information.

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The Lehigh Valley Phantoms (17-7-1) look to continue their winning ways at home during their season-high six game home stand leading up to the holidays. Tonight, they host a Bridgeport Sound Tigers (16-8-0) that has given them trouble this season to the tune of three losses in four meetings so far this year.

Perkasie, Pa native and Penn State alum Eamon McAdam is 7-0-0 in his rookie season, and is expected to get the start tonight for the Sound Tigers. It'll mark his first pro start inside the PPL Center. Oddly enough, McAdam's first pro win came against the Phantoms back on November 19th.

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: 25 games played, 17-7-1-0 = 35 points
2nd Place Atlantic Division
Streak: 2-0-0-0
Last 10 Games: 7-3-0-0

BST: 24 games played, 16-8-0-0 = 32 points
4th Place Atlantic Division
Streak: 0-1-0-0
Last 10 Games: 7-3-0-0

Special Teams

Power Play

LV - 29-for-119: 24.4% = 5th in AHL
BST - 13-for-86: 15.1% = 25th in AHL

Penalty Kill

LV - 77-for-92: 83.7% = 10th in AHL
BST - 101-for-120: 84.2% = 9th in AHL

Leading Scorers

LV: Jordan Weal (23GP, 10G-16A), T.J. Brennan (25GP, 8G-13A) and Greg Carey (25GP, 11G-8A)
BST: Bracken Kearns (24GP, 8G-11A), Devon Toews (24GP, 3G-12A) and Steve Bernier (15GP, 8G-5A)

Expected Starting Goaltenders

LV: Alex Lyon (16GP. 10-5-1, 2.57 GAA, .914 SV%, 1 SO)
BST: Eamon McAdam (7GP, 7-0-0, 2.22 GAA, .922 SV%, 0 SO)

Season Series

Tonight marks the fifth of eight scheduled meetings between the Phantoms and Sound Tigers this season. Bridgeport tallied five goals in each of the first three games in the season series, all wins, before the Phantoms came away with a 3-2 win in Bridgeport 10 days ago in a Sunday afternoon affair.

Season Series Schedule

Friday, October 21st: Bridgeport - 5 at Lehigh Valley - 2
Saturday, October 29th: Lehigh Valley - 4 at Bridgeport - 5
Saturday, November 19th: Lehigh Valley - 2 at Bridgeport - 5
Sunday, December 4th: Lehigh Valley - 3 at Bridgeport - 2
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 tonight against Rochester.

Defenseman Max Lamarche and forward Steven Swavely have rejoined the Phantoms after a two-game weekend stint with Reading. Swavely tallied a goal and an assist over the weekend, while Lamarche was a plus three in two games.

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: Max Lamarche (healthy) and Steven Swavely (healthy)

Expected Lines 

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

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

Alex Lyon - Martin Ouellette

Recent Transactions

12/11: ADD - F Steven Swavely returned from loan to Reading (ECHL)
12/11: ADD - D Max Lamarche returned from loan to Reading (ECHL)
12/11: DEL - F Kevin Sundher returned on loan to Reading (ECHL)
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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