Phantoms – Devils: Cam York Debuts | GAME RECAP

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Lehigh Valley Phantoms vs Hershey Bears Game Recap: Line-up, Game Report, Statistics, Highlights, Three Stars, Post-Game Interviews, Philadelphia Flyers

FINAL | Game 20, Home Game 9 | Wednesday, April 21, 2021
PPL Center, Allentown, PA

PHANTOMS

Lehigh Valley

1-6

BEARS

Hershey

Phantoms Lineup

Forward lines

Ryan Fitzgerald – Cal O’Reilly – Tyson Foerster

Tanner MacMaster – Connor Bunnaman – Isaac Ratcliffe

Brennan Saulnier – Chris Mueller – Linus Sandin

Max Willman – David Kase – Pascal Laberge

Defense pairings

Tyler Wotherspoon – Wyatte Wylie

Cam York – Logan Day

Egor Zamula – Chris Bigras

Goaltenders

Felix Sandstrom – Zane McIntyre

Scratches

Ralph Cuddemi, Eamon McAdam, Linus Hogberg, Zayde Wisdom, Maksim Sushko, Garrett Wilson

Injuries

Kirill Ustimenko (hip surgery)

 

Game Report

Game Report written by Amy Johnson

After a 16-day layoff due to COVID-19 protocol shutdowns, the Lehigh Valley Phantoms were finally back on the ice Wednesday night to play some hockey. It was even more exciting for Phantoms and Flyers fans as it was also the professional debut for defenseman Cam York.

First Period

It didn’t take long to see that the Lehigh Valley bench was going to need some time to find their legs after going so long without skating and/or practicing. Head coach Scott Gordon even mentioned after the game that, due to many players getting a COVID vaccine shot earlier in the week, there was some residual side effects from that lingering in the locker room and guys were feeling pretty rough.

The Bears kicked off the scoring after York bobbled a pass near his own blue line and Shane Gersich ended up putting in a rebound. Penalties also started to pile up, with the officials sending both teams to the box early and often. Hershey took full advantage, and scored a power play goal when Connor McMichael fired a wrister from the circle that beat Felix Sandstrom far side.

Second Period

Lehigh Valley started to show some signs of life toward the end of the opening frame and into the start of the second, but that energy was quickly squashed when McMichael tallied another power play goal.

Axel Jonsson-Fjallby scored while the teams were playing four-on-four hockey.

The middle frame was capped off with a rousing fight just 12 seconds before intermission. Brennan Saulnier didn’t like a cross-check from Eddie Wittchow and the two dropped the gloves immediately. The fists were flying, and Saulnier got in some good shots, but Wittchow ultimately got the takedown.

Third Period

If a four-goal deficit wasn’t deflating enough, Philippe Maillet then scored the third power play goal of the night for the Bears, going bar down. It marked the first time this season that Hershey has scored more than twice on the man advantage during a game.

But finally the Phantoms lit the lamp with a power play goal of their own from Ryan Fitzgerald, who tapped the puck over the goal line from the side of the cage. Hershey would get the last laugh, however, when Brett Leason went five-hole on Sandstrom shorthanded to restore their five-goal lead.

Besides the skaters, Sandstrom also struggled mightily in this game, giving up a lot of big rebounds. It wasn’t the result the team wanted out of the gate, particularly for York’s debut, but given the circumstances of the past two weeks, it’s understandable.

The Phantoms will travel to Newark on Friday for a road game against the Binghamton Devils, before hosting them on Saturday in the second half of the home-and-home series.

Scroll down to hear post-game interviews with York and Gordon from the AHL Report team and other members of the media.

Plus / Minus

▲  Ryan Fitzgerald, Cal O’Reilly

▼  Felix Sandstrom, Connor Bunnaman

The Numbers

 Game Statistics 
PHANTOMS   BEARS
26 Shots 34
1 for 6 Power Play 3 for 7
21 Penalty Minutes 19
 Scoring Summary
 FINAL 1 2 3 OT SO T
Phantoms (12-4-2-1) 0 0 1 1
Bears (16-5-2-0) 2 2 2 6
Scorers Goalies
  • LHV: Fitzgerald (10)
  • HER: Gersich (6), McMichael (9), McMichael (10), Jonsson-Fjallby (5), Maillet (2), Leason (6)
  • LHV: Sandstrom (L) 2-2-1-0
  • HER: Copley (W) 8-2-1-1

Stars of the Game​​

 AHL Official Three Stars
  1. Connor McMichael  HER
  2. Pheonix Copley  HER
  3. Ryan Fitzgerald  LHV

Watch

 Video Highlights 

What Did They Say?

 Post-game Interviews

Scott Gordon:

Cam York:

Interviews conducted for the AHL Report by Amy Johnson

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By Amy Johnson, Lead Correspondent The Flyers Report Copyright © 2021 Rocket Sports

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