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Philadelphia Flyers prospects: Cousins honored, juniors players progressing

It was a rocky start to the second half for the Phantoms, but the Flyers top prospects are still on the right path.

Nick Cousins, seen here controlling the puck in a November game, was named the AHL Player of the Month for January.
Nick Cousins, seen here controlling the puck in a November game, was named the AHL Player of the Month for January.
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A spooky start to the second half

The Phantoms hoped to use the break to their advantage and springboard themselves into the playoffs, but that was not the case. The Albany Devils came into Lehigh Valley and stole two points quite handily from the Phantoms. Albany truck just minutes into the game and then scored two more in the second period before the Phantoms could manage a goal of their own. Rob Zepp got the start for the Phantoms after being sent down due to the return of Steve Mason and stopped 28 of 31 shots in the 4-1 loss. However the Phantoms could not let this loss linger, as it was the start of a 3-in-3 stretch for the club.

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The PPL Center was hopping again Friday night as the Phantoms hosted the rival Hershey Bears. Unfortunately, this game didn't end up any better. Hershey scored just a few minutes in then added another later in the first. The Phantoms struck back two minutes later with Taylor Leier scoring thanks to assists by Nick Cousins and Jason Akeson. That was the high point of the game, and it all went downhill from there. Anthony Stolarz got the start, but played just 35 minutes as he allowed four goals on 22 shots before being pulled. Zepp didn't fare much better, allowing two goals on 13 shots in just over a period of play.

Things were looking dismal for the Phantoms as they headed on the road to face another rival team, the Penguins.

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The Phantoms went into Wilkes-Bare and smoked the Penguins by a score of 6-2 to salvage one win during the weekend. Like any good game with the Penguins, this one featured a total of 150 penalty minutes (93 Penguins, 67 Phantoms). It was a nice overall team effort for the Phantoms who has six different goal scorers and nine different players tallying points.

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Lehigh Valley will play host to the Worcester Sharks tonight before going on the road this weekend to play in Binghamton against the Senators on Saturday then back against those Bears in Hershey on Sunday.

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Nick Cousins honored

Nick Cousins was selected as the AHL player of the month for January. Cousins lead the league in points with 17 (7 G, 10 A) in 13 games.

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January Juniors Jamboree

League Player Position Games Goals Assists Points
QMJHL
Nicolas Aube-Kubel
RW
Last 5 Games 5 4 2 6
January 11 10 8 18
Season 43 25 28 53
WHL
Radel Fazleev
LW
Last 5 Games 5 3 1 4
January 14 5 5 10
Season 50 16 23 39
WHL
Tyrell Goulbourne
LW
Last 5 Games 5 2 4 6
January 13 3 8 11
Season 43 17 17 34
QMJHL
Samuel Morin
D
Last 5 Games 5 1 5 6
January 8 2 8 10
Season 20 4 15 19
WHL
Travis Sanheim
D
Last 5 Games 5 0 8 8
January 12 0 16 16
Season 46 10 37 47

All of the top prospects for the Flyers are progressing well. Sanheim and Fazleev led Calgary  to two blowout victories over the weekend. Aube-Kubel and Goulbourne have each produced at over a point per game pace recently, with Aube-Kubel up to nearly two points per game in January. Samuel "The Next Pronger" Morin is still playing like he should for his squad as well.

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NCA-eh?: College Updates

Michael Parks is enjoying his senior season at the University of North Dakota. After scoring 12 goals and adding 18 assists for 30 points in 42 games last year, Parks is scoring at a point per game pace with 9 goals and 18 assists in 27 games played.

Reece Willcox (Cornell) and Mark Friedman (Bowling Green) are both playing well in their defensive-defenseman roles. Wilcox leads the team with 32 blocked shots in just 18 games while Friedman is 2nd on his team with 44 blocks in 26 games. Watch out Grossmann, these guys are coming for you.