RECAP | Rocket – Phantoms: Laval Pays the Price for Penalties

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Rocket vs Phantoms Game Recap: Score, Line-up, Game Report, Statistics, Three Stars, Highlights, Post-game Audio, Social Media

FINAL | 2018-19 Season, Game 43 | Friday, January 25, 2019 
PPL Center, Allentown, PA



Lehigh Valley

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Forward lines and defense pairings: 

[one_half]Audette – Froese – Belzile
Jevpalovs – Vejdemo – Waked
Shinkaruk – Martineau – Grenier
Pezzetta – Verbeek – Alain[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Ouellet – Fleury
Schlemko – Lernout
Sklenicka – Lamarche[/one_half_last]



Adam Plant, Jake Evans, Michal Moravcik, Connor LaCouvee, Alex Kile

Injury List:

Gustav Olofsson (shoulder), Noah Juulsen (upper body injury), Michael McCarron (upper body injury)

Game Report

After a few days of practice while on the road, the Rocket got back to game action on Friday night at the PPL Center in Allentown, PA where they took on the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. Charlie Lindgren returned to the net on this night, but Jake Evans remained sidelined with an injury.

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In the opening period the Phantoms took control early on when their first shot on goal, by Philippe Myers, found it’s way over Lindgren’s shoulder to put the home team on the board 1-0.

Soon after that, Tyrell Goulbourne took exception to a hit on Mark Friedman by Antoine Waked and a high-intensity fight broke out. Waked was assessed a two-minute penalty for charging, but Goulbourne received a two-minute instigator penalty, a five-minute fighting major and a ten-minute misconduct. Waked played a few more shifts, but then did not return to the game in the second period.

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With less than a minute remaining in the first period, Brett Lernout blasted the puck from the point to even the score at 1-1 heading into intermission.

That’s when the penalty trouble started to bite back on Laval. Despite only having one penalty to kill in the second period, the Rocket gave up a goal while the Phantoms had the man advantage, and then a brief five-on-three in the third period allowed Lehigh Valley to take a two-goal lead.

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Byron Froese managed to get his team back within a goal after he found the back of the net with a power play goal of his own, but the Rocket couldn’t find another equalizer to sneak past a very inexperienced Branden Komm in Lehigh Valley’s crease.

The Rocket now head to Pennsylvania to take on the Lehigh Valley Phantoms on Friday night, followed by the Hershey Bears on Saturday.


▲     Daniel Audette, Brett Lernout, Alex Belzile

▼     Maxim Lamarche, Lukas Vejdemo, Phelix Martineau

The Numbers

 Game Statistics 
36 Shots 26
1 for 5 Power Play 2 for 3
8 Penalty Minutes 25
 Scoring Summary
 FINAL 1 2 3 OT SO T
 Rocket (19-18-3-4) 1 0 1 2
 Phantoms (24-15-3-2) 1 1 1 3
Scorers Goalies
  • LAV: Lernout (2), Froese (14)
  • LV: Myers (8), Bailey (10), Vorobyev (6)
  • LAV: Lindgren (L) 8-11-3-0
  • LV: Komm (W) 1-1-0-0

Stars of the Game

 AHL Official Three Stars

  1. Branden Komm  LV
  2. Mikhail Vorobyev  LV
  3. Philippe Myers  LV


 Video highlights

What Did They Say?

 Post-game interviews
Post-game interview with Joel Bouchard:

Post-game interview with Brett Lernout:

Post-game interview with Daniel Audette:

Post-game interview with Cale Fleury:

Interviews conducted by Amy Johnson for AHL Report

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