Springfield Thunderbirds vs Lehigh Valley Phantoms Game Recap: Line-up, Game Report, Statistics, Highlights, Three Stars, Post-Game Interviews, Philadelphia Flyers
|FINAL | Regular Season Game 48| Friday, February 7, 2020|
|PPL Center, Allentown, PA|
Phantoms LineupForward lines
David Kase – Mikhail Vorobyev – German Rubtsov
Greg Carey – Cal O’Reilly – Max Willman
Maksim Sushko – Kyle Criscuolo – Chris Stewart
Kurtis Gabriel – Gerry Fitzgerald – Isaac RatcliffeDefense pairings
Tyler Wotherspoon – Andy Friedman
Mark Friedman – Nate Prosser
James de Haas – Reece WillcoxGoaltenders
J-F Berube – Kirill UstimenkoScratches
Andy Welinski, Carsen Twarynski, Kurtis Gabriel, Nate Prosser, T.J. Brennan, Pascal LabergeInjuries
Game Report written by Amy Johnson
The Phantoms returned to home ice on Friday night after being away from Allentown for the All-Star break and then a lengthy road trip. Lehigh Valley was looking to get some wins back under their belt and pick up the winning ways they had started to become accustomed to on home ice.
Just an hour or so prior to puck drop, the Philadelphia Flyers recalled Morgan Frost and returned Andy Andreoff, which left Scott Gordon with a bit of last-minute line management to contend with.
For the first half of the game, fans were treated to an exceptionally defensive performance. Both teams played with a heavy forecheck, shutting down lanes and clogging the neutral zone.
The Phantoms took the first four penalties of the game, and would go on to take two more before the end of the night, but fortunately Lehigh Valley’s penalty killers were up to the task. In fact, one of them got the Phantoms on the board. Reece Willcox potted his first goal of the season when he scored shorthanded.
But it was the third period that really set the tone for this game, when a total of four goals were scored by both teams. The Phantoms extended their lead when defenseman James de Haas scored his first goal of the season as well when he buried a quick wrister from the slot, picking up the loose puck coming in as the trailer.
Kyle Criscuolo added to the Lehigh Valley tally, this time on the power play, when he shot the puck from the circle and banked it off of a defender’s skate and into the Springfield net.
With just 80 seconds left on the clock, J-F Berube had his second consecutive shutout snatched away from him when the Thunderbirds managed to get a puck past him. Defenseman Mark Friedman, however, restored Lehigh Valley’s three-goal lead when dished a backhander from the blue line into Springfield’s empty net.
The Phantoms kicked off their three-in-three weekend with a much-needed victory before they hit the road to face the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins and then hosting the Hershey Bears in Allentown on Wednesday.
Plus / Minus
▲ Mark Friedman, Kyle Criscuolo, Tyler Wotherspoon
▼ Gerry Fitzgerald, Chris Stewart
|1 for 4||Power Play||0 for 6|
Stars of the Game
|AHL Official Three Stars|
What Did They Say?
Post-game interview with Scott Gordon
Post-game interview with James de Haas
Post-game interview with J-F Berube
Interviews conducted by Amy Johnson for The AHL Report
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Bringing de Haas down. pic.twitter.com/VWwt27hgjT— LehighValleyPhantoms (@LVPhantoms) February 8, 2020
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