Game 41 Preview: Binghamton at Lehigh Valley

Tuesday, January 24, 2017
In their most recent meeting back on November 25th, Phantoms defenseman T.J. Brennan sent BSens forward Phil Varone crashing into the boards. Photo: Nina Weiss/Highland Park Hockey.
Phantoms begin home-and-home series with BSens

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

Make sure you're also following Tim Riday -> @TimRiday tonight as he'll also be on the Phantoms' beat for Highland Park Hockey. The lovely Nina Weiss -> @trancemoment will have great photos of tonight's action for us too!

Stay tuned here online after the game for a recap of the action. Don't forget to subscribe to Highland Park Hockey's YouTube channel for post-game interviews with AHL hockey players.

The Lehigh Valley Phantoms (27-11-2) have played well against the Binghamton Senators (18-19-3) and the North Division in general this season, going 2-0 against the BSens and 10-1-1 in 12 games against teams from the Eastern Conference's other division.

Tonight, the Phantoms might have their hands full as the BSens come into Wednesday's matchup at the PPL Center riding a three-game win streak and playing much better hockey to the tune of 8-2 in their last 10 games.

After the jump, a full preview of everything you need to know in advance of tonight's game.

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Written by: Tony Androckitis, Twitter/Facebook

By The Numbers

LV: 40 games played, 27-11-2-0 = 56 points
2nd Place Atlantic Division
Streak: 1-0-0-0
Last Ten Games: 6-3-1-0

BNG: 40 games played, 18-19-2-1 = 39 points
5th Place North Division
Streak: 3-0-0-0
Last Ten Games: 8-2-0-0

Special Teams

Power Play

LV - 47-for-195: 24.1% = 3rd in AHL
BNG - 19-for-142:13.4% = 29th in AHL

Penalty Kill

LV - 128-for-154: 83.1% = 11th in AHL
BNG - 100-for-129: 77.5% = Tied-27th in AHL

Leading Scorers

LV: Jordan Weal (37GP, 13G-26A), T.J. Brennan (40GP, 12G-23A), Chris Conner (40GP, 11G-22A) and Greg Carey (40GP, 22G-10A)

BNG: Phil Varone (40GP, 12G-17A), Jack Rodewald (31GP, 13G-7A), Max McCormick (34GP, 11G-9A) and Jason Akeson (22GP, 4G-14A)

Expected Starting Goaltenders

LV: Anthony Stolarz (27GP. 9-3-0, 2.43 GAA, .921 SV%, 1 SO)

BNG: Matt O'Connor (21GP, 10-10-1, 2.77 GAA, .903 SV%, 0 SO)

Season Series

Tonight marks the third of six meetings between Phantoms and BSens this season. Lehigh Valley is 2-0 on the season series with their most recent win coming back on November 25th.

Season Series Schedule

Wednesday, November 23rd: Lehigh Valley -1 at Binghamton - 0
Friday, November 25th: Binghamton -3 at Lehigh Valley - 4
Wednesday, January 25th: Binghamton at Lehigh Valley - 7:05 p.m. ET
Friday, January 27th: Lehigh Valley at Binghamton - 7:05 p.m. ET
Wednesday, February 8th: Binghamton at Lehigh Valley - 7:05 p.m. ET
Saturday, April 15th: Lehigh Valley at Binghamton - 7:05 p.m. ET

Lehigh Valley Phantoms

Roster Notes

The Phantoms returned goaltender Mark Dekanich to Reading Tuesday afternoon, signalling that Anthony Stolarz's minor lower body was indeed minor after all. With Dekanich in Reading, Alex Lyon and Anthony Stolarz are the two active goaltenders on Phantoms' roster.

Jordan Weal, who head coach Scott Gordon said missed Saturday's loss to Providence due to a minor injury, returned to action Sunday in Hershey and appears good to go this week.

Expect a rotation this week with each goalie getting a game before the three-game week ends and the AHL All-Star Classic begins.

Reece Willcox and Radel Fazleev, who returned to Lehigh Valley over the weekend after a one-game stint with the Reading Royals Friday, were both in the Phantoms' lineup in their most recent game Sunday in Hershey. Veterans Mark Alt and Boyd Gordon sat out, giving two guys the night off at the tail end of a three-in-three weekend and getting some fresher legs in the lineup.

For now, the Phantoms have 14 healthy forwards and eight defensemen - meaning they will have three scratched players each game.

Scratches: Will O'Neill , Corban Knight (healthy) & Radel Fazleev (healthy)


Taylor Leier - Scott Laughton - Colin McDonald (C)
Danick Martel - Jordan Weal - Mark Zengerle
Greg Carey - Andy Miele - Chris Conner
Cole Bardreau - Boyd Gordon - Nicolas Aube-Kubel

T.J. Brennan - Mark Alt
Robert Hagg - Reece Willcox
Sam Morin - Travis Sanheim

Anthony Stolarz - Alex Lyon

Recent Transactions

1/24: DEL - G Mark Dekanich returned on loan to Reading (ECHL)
1/21: ADD - G Mark Dekanich recalled from loan to Reading (ECHL)
1/21: ADD - D Reece Willcox reassigned by Philadelphia (NHL)  from Reading (ECHL)
1/21: ADD - F Radel Fazleev reassigned by Philadelphia (NHL)  from Reading (ECHL)
1/20: DEL - D Reece Willcox reassigned by Philadelphia (NHL)  to Reading (ECHL)
1/20: DEL - F Radel Fazleev reassigned by Philadelphia (NHL)  to Reading (ECHL)
1/14: ADD - F Boyd Gordon loaned from Philadelphia (NHL)


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