RECAP | Checkers – Phantoms: Charlotte Dominates Lehigh Valley

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2017-18 Season, Pre-Season Game 1 | Friday September 29, 2017 
PPL Center, Allentown, PA

Lehigh Valley



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Starters for LV and CHA: 

[one_half]Martel – Varone – Conner
Alt – O’Neill

[one_half_last]Foegele – Poturalski – Miller
Samuelsson – Kichton

Scratches for LV: Steven Swavely, Corban Knight, Maxim Lamarche, Frank Hora, Chris McCarthy, Alex Krushelnyski, Nolan Zajac, Mike Huntebrinker, Mark Naclerio, T.J. Brennan, Ryan Segalla, Mark Dekanich, Alex Lyon

Scratches for CHA: Zack Stortini, Justin Kea, Dennis Robertson, Matt Finn

Injured Reserve: Anthony Stolarz

Game Report

Preseason is unpredictable, and the Lehigh Valley Phantoms learned that lesson all too well this evening in their first matchup of the year. At every turn, the Charlotte Checkers outplayed, outmaneuvered, and outskated the Phantoms as they handed the home team a whopping 8-1 loss.

The first period really was the tone-setter for the entire game, with Lehigh Valley giving up five goals in the opening 20 minutes of play. Three of those goals came on the power play, every time the Phantoms found themselves shorthanded. Goals were scored by Spencer Smallman, two by Nick Schilkey, Patrick Brown, and Steven Lorentz. The Phantoms could only muster four shots on goal for the entire period, compared to 18 from Charlotte.

In the middle frame, Derek Whitmore gave the PPL Center (and his bench) some life when he potted a goal of his own, assisted by Mikhail Vorobyev. But unfortunately, the Checkers came right back with full force and continued to pelt goaltender Leland Irving with pucks. They would eventually score eight goals in total, with four on the man advantage and a hat trick by Schilkey.

For the Phantoms, Irving looked nervous and shaky much of the time, and his puck handling abilities definitely need some work. One of the early goals against Lehigh Valley came when the netminder came out of the crease to try to cut off a shooter, mishandled the puck, and couldn’t get reset into position in time.

Vorobyev and Philippe Myers were two bright spots, with both showing signs of very good upside once they get some chemistry going with consistent linemates.

The Phantoms turn right around to play the Checkers again on Saturday night, with the hopes that they’ll have a better outcome with a slightly different roster on the ice.

▲     Mikhail Vorobyev, Philippe Myers, Derek Whitmore

▼     Tyrell Goulbourne, Leland Irving, Mike Vecchione

25 Shots 43
0 for 4 Power Play 4 for 6
14 Penalty Minutes 20
 FINAL 1 2 3 OT SO T
 Phantoms (0-1-0-0) 0 1 0 1
 Checkers (1-0-0-0) 5 1 2 8
Scorers Goalies
  • LV: Whitmore (1)
  • CHA: Smallman (1), Schilkey (1), Brown (1), Lorentz (1), Schilkey (2), Miller (1), Foegele (1), Schilkey (3)
  • LV: Irving (L) 0-1-0-0
  • CHA: Nedeljkovic (W) 1-0-0-0
 AHL Three Stars

  1. Nick Schilkey  CHA
  2. Spencer Smallman  CHA
  3. Patrick Brown  CHA

 Video highlights
 Post-game interview

Post-game interview with Scott Gordon

Post-game interview with Will O’Neill

Post-game interview Danick Martel

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