Lehigh Valley Phantoms vs Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins Game Recap: Line-up, Game Report, Statistics, Highlights, Three Stars, Post-Game Interviews, Philadelphia Flyers
|FINAL | Game 6, Away Game 5 | Friday, February 26, 2021
|Mohegan Sun Arena, Wilkes-Barre, PA
Wilkes-Barre / Scranton
Phantoms LineupForward lines
Ryan Fitzgerald – Cal O’Reilly – Zayde Wisdom
Max Willman – Chris Mueller – Linus Sandin
Garrett Wilson – Tanner Laczynski – David Kase
Matthew Strome – Tanner MacMaster – Maksin SushkoDefense pairings
Egor Zamula – Wyatte Wylie
Derrick Pouliot – Linus Hogberg
Mason Millman – Logan DayGoaltenders
Zane McIntyre – Eamon McAdamScratches
Matthew Strome, Ralph Cuddemi, Chris Bigras, Tyler Wotherspoon, Brendan SaulnierInjuries
Tyson Foerster (fractured shin bone), Kirill Ustimenko (hip surgery), Isaac Ratcliffe (lung injury)
Game Report written by Amy Johnson
It’s been a pretty good open to the season for the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, coming into this game leading the North Division with a 4-0-1 record fresh off another overtime victory on Wednesday against the Binghamton Devils.
But tonight it was time to face off for the first time in the regular season against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, having faced them only in the preseason so far this year.
The Phantoms had another friendly face back in the lineup tonight as Maksim Sushko returned from his loan to Philadelphia. Zane McIntyre got the start in net, as he has for every Lehigh Valley game so far this year.
Perhaps it was an early omen when the Pens struck first, less than three minutes after opening faceoff. Will Reilly blasted a shot from the point which managed to find its way through McIntyre and into the Phantoms net.
Lehigh Valley struggled a bit at times in the opening frame, with some unfortunate defensive zone turnovers and struggles with the breakout. However they were the ones shooting the puck the most, outshooting Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 11-4 in the first frame, albeit mainly from the perimeter.
The Penguins doubled their tally early in the second period when Jon Lizotte fired a laser wrister from the center of the circle that went five-hole through McIntyre. But just 20 seconds later, rookie Zayde Wisdom got one back for the Phantoms when he drove down the slot, avoided getting hauled down, flipped the puck on his backhand and put it right over Max Lagace. Be sure to check it out in the highlights at the bottom of the recap.
That’s Wisdom’s fifth goal of the year, propelling him to a tie for seventh overall in the league in rookie scoring with six points.
The good feeling didn’t last all that long, however, when the Penguins restored their two-goal lead with a tally by Jan Drozg, a deflection of Lizotte’s point shot again. And, again, the puck leaked through McIntyre’s five-hole. The goaltender seemed to struggle with low shots tonight a bit.
Lehigh Valley’s hole got deeper a few minutes into the third period when Felix Robert scored his first of the season, rifling a wrister bar down.
34 seconds later, Max Willman snapped a wrister of his own right through Lagace to pull the Phantoms back within two.
The visiting team tried to claw their way back into the game, as they’ve done in plenty of third periods this season, but tonight just wasn’t their night. The Penguins managed to control the pace, despite the Phantoms trying to play aggressively, and they couldn’t mount a comeback this time.
What’s Next?It’s the first regulation loss of the year for the Phantoms, but they have a chance to rebound right away when they face the Penguins again tomorrow night in the second half of this home-and-home series.
Plus / Minus
▲ Zayde Wisdom, Max Willman
▼ Zane McIntyre, Logan Day
|0 for 4
|0 for 3
Stars of the Game
|AHL Official Three Stars
What Did They Say?
Post-game interviews are not available for away games this season due to COVID-19 protocols/limitations.
Interviews conducted by Amy Johnson for The AHL Report
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