The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins and Lehigh Valley Phantoms meet for the first time this season, and for this weekend. The two teams face off in Allentown on Friday night, before meeting in the return match on Saturday in NEPA.
The clubs will see each other 12 times during the season, but won’t meet again after this weekend until December 15.
📆: Friday, October 19
🏟️: PPL Center, Allentown
The Phantoms (2-1-0-0, 4 pts, fifth in Atlantic Division) recorded a 5-4 shootout win over the Springfield Thunderbirds last Saturday at the Mass Mutual Center. Greg Carey and T.J. Brennan each recorded a goal and an assist in the victory, while Anthony Stolarz stopped 27 shots in regulation and OT, before turning aside three of four shootout attempts from the Thunderbirds.
The Penguins (3-1-0-0, 6 pts, third in Atlantic Division) dropped their first game of the season, 3-2, to the Hershey Bears on Wednesday night. Hershey jumped out to a 2-0 lead before Tobias Lindberg and Garrett Wilson evened the score with a pair of goals early in the third. Former Penguin Jayson Megna’s first goal of the season was the difference in the game. Tristan Jarry stopped 25 shots in his first game action of they year.
The Phantoms tallied a pair of extra attacker goals en route to a comeback victory against the Thunderbirds on Saturday. David Tase and Greg Carey scored with the goaltender pulled at 17:37 and 19:37, respectively, to force overtime in the contest.
Three former Penguins are currently members of the Phantoms roster – forwards Colin MacDonald and Chris Conner, as well as defenseman Philip Samuelsson, are currently suiting up in Allentown.
Defenseman Zach Trotman is tied for third in the league with 19 penalty minutes.
Anthony Peters’ 0.98 goals against average leads the AHL, while his .968 save percentage ranks second. His three wins are tied for second, one behind Charlotte’s Alex Nedeljkovic.
Will O’Neill’s next game will be his 400th in the American Hockey League.