Lehigh Valley Phantoms vs Hershey Bears Game Recap: Line-up, Game Report, Statistics, Highlights, Three Stars, Post-Game Interviews, Philadelphia Flyers
|FINAL | Game 17, Home Game 7 | Wednesday, March 31, 2021|
|PPL Center, Allentown, PA|
Phantoms LineupForward lines
Ryan Fitzgerald – Cal O’Reilly – Zayde Wisdom
Maksim Sushko – Tanner Laczynski – Wade Allison
Isaac Ratcliffe – Chris Mueller – Linus Sandin
Garrett Wilson – Max Willman – Tyson FoersterDefense pairings
Tyler Wotherspoon – Logan Day
Linus Hogberg – Chris Bigras
Derrick Pouliot – Wyatte WylieGoaltenders
Zane McIntyre – Eamon McAdamScratches
Felix Sandstrom, Tanner MacMaster, Mason Millman, Ralph Cuddemi, Brennan Saulnier, Pascal LabergeInjuries
Kirill Ustimenko (hip surgery), David Kase (DTD), Egor Zamula (DTD)
Game Report written by Amy Johnson
The PPL Center had on its Sunday best, but on a Wednesday, when the puck dropped for tonight’s game, as the NHL Network picked up the local Service Electric television broadcast to air nationally.
New dad Zane McIntyre got the start in net, and Maksim Sushko returned to the lineup after spending some time as a healthy scratch. Max Willman moved to center the fourth line in the absence of David Kase due to injury.
There was no doubt the Phantoms impressed their fans and the national audience with the opening 20 minutes of play. But first, there was a bit of controversy.
With Paul LaDue in the box for delay of game, the Phantoms power play units went to work. Hershey goaltender Zach Fucale tried to cover up a loose puck, but didn’t quite get it frozen, but the official was watching from a bad angle and blew the whistle too early. Zayde Wisdom had retrieved the loose puck and put it into the net, but it was too late: the whistle had already blown.
After about five minutes of tentative, back-and-forth hockey where neither team could set up much of a presence in the offensive zone, Tyson Foerster was the first to light the lamp when he teed up a precise snap shot from the left circle.
Just 21 seconds later, Derrick Pouliot fired a shot on net that deflected off a Hershey body, up and over Fucale, and into the net to make it 2-0 Phantoms.
Curt Schilling found himself in the box for tripping, and the Lehigh Valley man advantage came up big when Foerster potted his second goal of the night off a rebound.
Defensive play was the name of the game in the middle frame, with the Bears getting some pressure on Lehigh Valley. The penalty kill also came up big for the home team when they were tested twice in the period.
Lehigh Valley’s penalty kill is currently ranked first in the league, at 90.4%.
Third PeriodHershey managed to get on the board in the final frame with a power play goal from Kody Clark who tipped the puck past McIntyre. Try as the might, however, the Bears couldn’t overcome the good defensive play of the Phantoms, and Lehigh Valley capped off the night with an empty-net goal by Ryan Fitzgerald. Foerster ended the night with two goals and two assists.
Plus / Minus
▲ Tyson Foerster, Zane McIntyre, Derrick Pouliot
▼ Chris Mueller, Maksim Sushko
|1 for 4||Power Play||1 for 4|
Stars of the Game
|AHL Official Three Stars|
What Did They Say?
Interviews conducted by Amy Johnson for The AHL Report
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Phantoms Win 4-1!!— LehighValleyPhantoms (@LVPhantoms) April 1, 2021
Two goals and two assists for Tyson Foerster.
Scott Gordon becomes the 6th coach in AHL history to reach 400 wins. Huge congrats, Scott!!! pic.twitter.com/XpDz5wv26u