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PREVIEW: Phantoms vs. Bears, Game #39

PREVIEW: Phantoms vs. Bears, Game #39

Wednesday, January 25, 2023 at 7:05 p.m.
Lehigh Valley Phantoms (19-14-5) vs. Hershey Bears (26-8-5)
PPL Center, Allentown, PA

TONIGHT
Back at Home Sweet Home!
The Lehigh Valley Phantoms open a season-long five-game homestand at PPL Center following a perfect 3-0-0 road trip to Cleveland and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. The Phantoms are in fourth place in the Atlantic Division and are just one point behind the third-place Charlotte Checkers.
First-place Hershey is on a six-game point streak (4-0-2) and points in 19 of the last 23 since November 23 (16-4-3).
Tonight is Game 6 out of 14 in the season series. The Phantoms and Bears are squaring off four times in the next six total games including three times at PPL Center within the upcoming five-game homestand.

LAST TIME
Friday, January 20, 2023

Phantoms 5 – Penguins 2
Tyson Foerster (12th, 13th) scored a pair of goals for the Phantoms while Wyatte Wylie (2nd), Bobby Brink (4th) and Jordy Bellerive (4th) also tickled the twine in a dominating win at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. Cal O’Reilly’s assist on Wyatte Wylie’s goal in the first period propelled the Phantoms’ captain into elite company with is 700th career point as he became only the 25th AHL player to achieve the milestone. The Phantoms blew away the Penguins with a season-best four-goal outburst in a single period basically putting away the game in the impressive second period. Sam Ersson returned to the Phantoms and racked up 28 saves in his first game back with Lehigh Valley. The two rivals got feisty in the third period with four separate fights including Bobby Brink’s first career pro fight and Hayden Hodgson’s heavyweight tilt against Jamie Devane.

SAM IS BACK!
Goaltender Sam Ersson is back with the Phantoms after a successful and memorable stretch with the Philadelphia Flyers over the past month. Ersson made his NHL debut (December 23 at Carolina), posted his first NHL win (December 29 at San Jose) and his first career shutout (January 9 at Buffalo) while accumulating a perfect 5-0-0 record with a 2.37 GAA and .918 save percentage. With the Phantoms this season, Ersson has now gone 10-8-1, 2.76, .911 in 19 games.

 

PHANTOMS RECORD BOOK
Lehigh Valley players with two overtime goals in one season. All four are defensemen!
Brandon Manning (2014-15)
T.J. Brennan (2018-19)
Andy Welinski (2019-20)
Louie Belpedio (2022-23)

NCAA LEADERS
Lehigh Valley’s Bobby Brink was the NCAA scoring champ with the University of Denver racking up 14-43-57 in just 41 games…

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