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    Would we be able to get a thread setup to allow people to provide updates on what is happening with the Phantoms?

    Like yesterday was their home opener...and I'd love to hear from others who might have watched the game. I know they won in OT and that Laughton scored a couple of goals.
    Last edited by CLJ; 10-18-2014, 12:24 PM.

  • #2
    I made a sticky with this and simply changed the title for relevance. Thanks for the suggestion.


    • #3
      New building, new players; the Phantoms should be a lot of fun to watch this season.

      Here is Meltzer's take from last night:

      Playing their first regular season home game at the new PPL Center in Allentown, PA, the Lehigh Valley Phantoms (2-0-0-0) captured a 4-3 overtime victory over the winless Adirondack Flames (0-3-1-0) on Friday night. A sellout crowd of 8,647 packed the new arena.

      Rookie center Scott Laughton scored a pair of goals for the Phantoms, while defenseman Brandon Manning scored the game-winner in overtime. Second-year pro Petr Straka also tallied for the Phantoms while rookie defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere racked up two assists. Goaltender Rob Zepp earned the win, turning back 29 of 32 shots.

      Friday night's game was a seesaw affair. The Phantoms grabbed a 1-0 lead in the first period, fell behind 2-1 in the second stanza, rallied for the next two goals to take a 3-2 lead, yielded a tying goal and then won in overtime.

      Laughton, the Flyers 2012 first-round pick, scored the first regular season goal in the Phantoms' new arena in Allentown. At 11:59 of the opening period, he notched a power play goal to forge a 1-0 lead. The goal was assisted by veteran Andrew Gordon and rookie Taylor Leier (who picked up his first regular season point since turning pro).

      The Phantoms took their one-goal lead to the first intermission. Zepp, who would get much busier as the night progressed, turned back all six shots fired his way.

      In the second period, the Flames notched a pair of power play goals to grab a 2-1 lead just past the midway mark of regulation. Sena Acolatse and David Wolf got the goals. With just 45 seconds left in the middle stanza, Laughton cashed in his second goal of the game to send the teams to the locker room tied 3-3. Gordon and Gostisbehere got the assists.

      At 2:26 of the third period, Straka scored at even strength to put the Phantoms ahead by a 3-2 count. The goal was initially erroneously credited to defenseman Robert Hägg (six shots on goal for the game) but Hägg wasn't even on the ice when the goal was scored. Nick Cousins and enforcer Zack Stortini received the assists.

      The lead would only last until 4:44 of the third period. Adirondack's Dustin Stevenson scored a game-tying goal that went to video review before being upheld. Zepp was busier than Flames' counterpart Joni Ortio in both the second and third periods; getting peppered with 26 shots after the first period.

      At 1:24 of overtime, Manning ripped a shot past Ortio to win the game for the Phantoms. Gostisbehere and Cousins earned the assists.
      What would Fred do?


      • #4
        Thnx CLJ and Foggy. We haven't had this much talent with the Phantoms in a very long time. This will be a great season for them.


        • #5
          Ghost setup Manning for the game winner


          • #6
            Laughton has 2 goals again tonight through 2 periods
            "Oh, We got five. Ohhhhh."


            • #7
              Another win for the Phantoms. The kids continue to produce.


              • #8
                Alt was a beast last night, Straka sniped a great goal, zepp was real solid in net. Pettersson has been horrible from day one. Rosehill destroyed a guy in a fight last night as well
                "You hear players, media people, say that it's tough to play in Philly in front of these fans. To those people, I say: You didn't have the guts to succeed here." - John Kruk


                • #9
                  They won in OT last night on the road. Laughton with the OT goal. Hagg and Cousins also scored. Petterson had 2 assists and a fight. PG21...I'm sure there is an adjustment period for him. Let's allow him some time. I hope he can become a useful player.


                  • #10
                    Dont know where stickys went, will try to restick.
                    Pieces are in place for the future. We still need a top pairing defenseman and a scoring winger. Doesn't look like we are going to get anything from Free Agency or a trade due to our cap limitations. Development years ahead.