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Friday’s (Monday’s) on the Farm: Marching Off

on the farm Photo Credit: Amanda Statland

Another week rolls by as the rooster gets read to crow on April this weekend.  The Phantoms  are ready to leave the market and take their best wares to the fair. Marching off the cold weather this week, the Phantoms had two games as they looked to add to their point totals and keep the engine rolling towards the ultimate goal that is the Calder Cup.

Last Saturday the Phantoms welcomed back the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. (again, I know I’m tired of them too) It seems the Phantoms were too. They started slow and once again yelled a first period lead. They were unable to convert their usually lethal power play on their two opportunities. The 2nd period saw the Penguins score twice more, and the Phantoms fail to convert on 3 power play chances. Remember that whole keeping the engine rolling thing? It seems to have stalled completely out. The 3rd period resulted in 1 more Penguins goal and the Phantoms failing on 4 power plays. The high point of the game was Sam Morin once again dispatching a foe in a fight. It is unknown as to while people keep trying to fight a skating Bigfoot but its fun to watch. Alex Lyon had 26 saves on 30 shots and took the loss.

The next night the Bridgeport Sound Tigers rolled into town. It didn’t take long for things to get going, as Corban Knight opened the scoring for the Phantoms with his 9th 7:10 into the first.  Unfortunately Bridgeport tied the game 30 seconds later. That was it for  the first. Two goals were scored in the 2nd period just as the first. Except it was Bridgeport at 6:47 and then again a minute later. The period would end with the Phantoms down by 2. The 3rd period is when things began to swing back for the home team. Mark Zenergle scored his 13th to pull the deficit to 1 goal. Late in the third the Phantoms needed someone to step up and they had Andy Miele. Better known in the assists column, Miele scored his 9th of the year, and the game would require overtime. Andy Miele decided he could do himself one better and scored the winner for his 10th. Anthony Stolarz saved 29 out of 32 shots he faced and skated away with a victory.

With only one win this week we’re skipping the players of the week and instead we’re going to Recognize Danick Martel. He was named Lehigh Valley’s 2016-17 IOA/American Specialty AHL Man of the Year. He’s been a fixture in the community helping out with local hockey practices for the Phantoms Youth program, Special Hockey of Lehigh Valley (for those with developmental difficulties and special needs) often visits the children’s wings of local hospitals,  handed out season tickets personally, and participated in the Phantoms Fit charity’s. He’s also up for the AHL’s Yanick Dupre Memorial award, given to the most charitable player in the league. Congratulations to Danick and everything he’s done.

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