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On the Flyers Farm: Phantoms Rise Through Fall

on the farm Photo Credit: Amanda Statland

We’re back! As the fall finally hits us, the Flyers, Sixers and Eagles are all getting into the swing of things. This also means that the Flyers farm system is in full swing; the Lehigh Valley Phantoms are underway up in Allentown. Right in the throughs of the first month of the season the Phantoms are picking up right where they left off last season.

So far through the first seven games of the season, the Phantoms sit at 2nd overall in the conference and the division at 8-2-0-2. Trailing behind only their old rivals the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins, the Phantoms are dealing with a number of roster changes and injuries in the early going. To catch you up, here’s some of the changes you need to be aware of with the team.

The New Top Scorer- Danick Martel 

A returning player from last season, Martel’s late season surge opened some eyes to his potential. Through the first seven games, Martel’s opened them even wider. Through the first twelve, Martel has 12 goals and 4 assists for 16 points. Sure shooting 30% for the rest of the season probably isn’t realistic, but his pace is very exciting. Martel will be exciting to watch over the course of the season.

He’s replacing Taylor Leier and Jordan Weal, both of whom accounted for a large amount of production last season for the Phantoms. With captain Colin McDonald just of the IR, and useful offensive piece Andy Miele gone to another team, guys like Martel, and Greg Carey, who lead the team in goals last season will be relied on to create the bulk of the offense. Scott Laughton is also up with the Flyers and his production will need to be replaced. Look to rookies Mikhail Vorobyev and Oscar Lindblom to pick up some of the slack as well.

The Defense 

The Phantoms suffered two losses in this area. Travis Sanhiem and Robert Hagg are both now up with the Flyers. Sam Morin spent most of camp and the first couple games with the big club but is back down to anchor the defense. Morin and Mark Alt figure to be two stalwarts back on defense, and Mark Friedman and Reece Wilcox are also going to step up in minutes this season. Phillip Myers will be the one to watch. The rookie turned heads last year at the World Junior Classic and the first year pro is pegged to be a very solid pro. Of course also back is Tj Brennan, who set records for scoring as defenseman last season.

Those Guys Minding the Nets

Alex Lyon return this season after playing very well in his opening campaign. The former Yale University goalie is sitting in the #1 slot this season with Alex Stolarz on IR for the forseeable future. He’s already off to a good start with a 5-2-1 record with a 3.08 GAA and a .897 save percentage. His backup this season is going to be Dustin Tokarski. The veteran has bounced around the AHL and NHL during his career, and even recording 2 playoffs for the Canadians while subbing in for an injured Carey Price in 2014. Tokarski so far is 3-0-1 with a 2.89 GAA and a .898 SV%.

This team figures to be very competitive this year, with a repeat trip to the playoffs well within their reach. Do you want to make sure you’re up to date with all the latest news and notes on the season?

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