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Farm Report: Season Wrap Up and Playoff Preview
- Updated: April 21, 2017
After a long season the 2016-17 AHL regular season is in the books. The Lehigh Valley Phantoms put up a valiant effort over the course of the year. They finished 2nd in the their division, conference, and the whole AHL behind the powerhouse Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. Their final record was 48-23-5. Lets take a quick look at some of the team leaders.
- Greg Carey- 28
- Colin McDonald- 25
- Chris Conner- 22
- TJ Brennan- 21
- Danick Martel- 20
- Andy Miele- 44
- TJ Brennan- 39
- Chris Conner- 34
- Jordan Weal- 32
- Corban Knight- 29
- Tj Brennan- 60
- Andy Miele- 57
- Chris Connor- 56
- Greg Carey- 51
- Jordan Weal- 47
Phantoms goal leader Greg Carey was 6th overall in the league in the category. Andy Miele was 7th in assists overall, and Tj Brennan finished 8th overall in points. He was also the only defenseman to crack the top 10. Alex Lyon was the workhorse in goal this year with a 27-14 record including 4 shutouts with a 2.74 goals against average and a .912 save percentage. Anthony Stolarz was up and down the the Flyers this year but with the Phantoms posted a record of 18-9 with a shutout and a 2.92 GAA and a .911 SV%
First Round Matchup: #2 Phantoms vs #3 Hershey Bears
Now the AHL playoffs are just a tad different. The first round divisional matchup is a best of 5 series. The first to 3 wins will take the series. In the regular season the Phantoms faired pretty well against their division rivals going 7-4-1 over the 12 games they played this year. Both teams however are coming in hot with the Bears on a 5 game win streak and the Phantoms on a 4 game streak.
The Phantoms boasted a high scoring attack this season, as well as a lethal power play. That is going to be key in toppling the Bears. Good news going in is the last time the Phantoms posted more than 100 points in a regular season (They finished with 101 this year) was 04-05, where they won the Calder Cup. Now there might have been a goalie controversy heading into the series, but Anthony Stolarz was injured during his late season stint for the Flyers and required season ending surgery. Alex Lyon gets the net, and will be backed up by Carter Hart. The wunderkind (born in 1998, feel old?) had a stellar season in the WHL junior league but hopefully won’t have to see action in the post season.
The post season kicks off with a rally towel giveaway for fans this Friday for a home game at 7:05. On Saturday the Phantoms and Bears will do it again, same time, same place before the series shifts to Hershey next week. For game recaps look here was we’ll be covering the Phantoms for the duration of their run.