Lehigh Valley Phantoms vs Binghamton Devils Game Recap: Line-up, Game Report, Statistics, Highlights, Three Stars, Post-Game Interviews, Philadelphia Flyers
|FINAL – SO | Game 19, Away Game 11 | Monday, April 5, 2021|
|RWJ Barnabas Health Hockey House, Newark, NJ|
Phantoms LineupForward lines
Ryan Fitzgerald – Cal O’Reilly – Wade Allison
Isaac Ratcliffe – Chris Mueller – Zayde Wisdom
Carsen Twarynski – Connor Bunnaman – Maksim Sushko
Garrett Wilson – Max Willman – Tyson FoersterDefense pairings
Tyler Wotherspoon – Wyatte Wylie
Linus Hogberg – Chris Bigras
Derrick Pouliot – Logan DayGoaltenders
Zane McIntyre – Eamon McAdamScratches
Felix Sandstrom, Tanner MacMaster, Mason Millman, Ralph Cuddemi, Brennan Saulnier, Pascal LabergeInjuries
Kirill Ustimenko (hip surgery), David Kase, Egor Zamula
Game Report written by Amy Johnson
After a thrilling shootout victory on Saturday night, the Lehigh Valley Phantoms were back on the road Monday night for a tilt in Newark against the Binghamton Devils.
It took a little bit for the Phantoms to get going in the opening frame, even though they received their first power play opportunity just over a minute into the game when Michael Vukojevic got whistled for tripping. Lehigh Valley couldn’t generate much on the man advantage, and Binghamton seemed to jump on that sluggishness once the teams were back at even strength.
The Devils controlled the puck and were able to penetrate the Lehigh Valley zone quite often, but goaltender Zane McIntyre was up to the task and looked solid in the Phantoms’ net.
About halfway through the period, Wade Allison gained the zone and completed a nice little give-and-go play with Cal O’Reilly who got a good shot off on Gilles Senn, which the Binghamton netminder stopped.
It seemed like the Phantoms started showing some energy after that and tilted the ice back in their direction, getting some good scoring chances and creating turnovers in the neutral zone. In the final minute of the period, however, Wyatte Wylie took a high-sticking penalty to put the Devils up a man for an extended period of time to start the second.
After killing off the rest of Wylie’s penalty, the Phantoms found themselves shorthanded again right away as Logan Day was sent to the penalty box for cross-checking. Before he could exit, Tyler Wotherspoon joined him on a tripping call and gave the Devils a bit of five-on-three power play time. Scott Gordon and the Lehigh Valley bench were obviously displeased with the officiating.
The Phantoms’ penalty killers succeeded once again, however, and the power play units even got some action in the middle frame, but nothing Lehigh Valley did could get past Senn. At one point, Max Willman had a great play as he shrugged off double coverage through the neutral zone, stayed on the puck, entered the zone cleanly, got around a defender and whipped a shot off that went just wide.
Binghamton was awarded the only goal in the period, a shorthanded tally by Marian Studenic who got loose and couldn’t be stopped.
Although back-and-forth play was the theme in the third period, there were definitely some highlights. The biggest one came when Ryan Fitzgerald connected with Linus Hogberg, who put the puck in off the post from the slot to score his first AHL goal. Since Hogberg has played in the Swedish Hockey League (SHL), the goal isn’t considered his first professional goal, but is his first in North America.
Allison continued to shine in this frame as well, having had some good looks throughout the game, but the puck just wouldn’t go for him.
Off to overtime again, O’Reilly was sent to the penalty box mere seconds into the extra frame. The Devils couldn’t convert the four-on-three power play thanks to the strength of the Lehigh Valley penalty killers, but it remained four-on-four hockey for the remainder of overtime, as no other whistles were blown.
In the shootout, Tyson Foerster and Fitzgerald both beat Senn, but Allison was denied. Fabian Zetterlund blasted a slapshot past McIntyre to win it for Binghamton.
Plus / Minus
▲ Zane McIntyre, Wade Allison, Max Willman
▼ Maksim Sushko
|0 for 4||Power Play||0 for 4|
Stars of the Game
|AHL Official Three Stars|
|N/A vs Binghamton in 2020-21 season|
What Did They Say?
Post-game virtual media calls not available for Phantoms away games during the 2020-21 season due to COVID-19 protocols/restrictions.
Interviews conducted by Amy Johnson for the AHL Report
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