Phantoms sweep the weekend series, Sanheim scores his first goal of the season
Cole Bardreau not only got the scoring started on Wednesday against Syracuse, but provided the only goals for the Phantoms. Bardreau’s first goal of the game (3) got LHV on the board and his second goal (4) tied the game at 2-2 midway through the 3rd period. Alex Lyon let up the go-head goal with 2:35 left in regulation. The Crunch scored an empty net SH goal to put the game away in the final minute. Alex Lyon stopped 30 of his 33 shots overall.
The Phantoms channeled their “inner-Flyers” to battle back down 2-0 to win Friday’s contest against Rochester. Travis Sanheim delivered his first goal of the regular season via a breakaway coming out of the penalty box in the first period. LHV followed it up with 3 straight goals in the second from Greg Carey (11), Andy Miele (2, PP) and Chris Connor (5, PP). Alex Lyon was once again in net and earned his 9th victory, stopping 21 of 24.
Saturday’s finale saw the Phantoms take an early lead and never relinquish it. Nicolas Aube-Kubel opened the scoring with his 4th goal of the season less than a minute into the game. Radel Fazleev (2), Jordan Weal (10) and T.J. Brennan (8, PP) all with goals as well. Alex Lyon had his best effort of the week, turning away 25 of 27 shot attempts.
Jordan Weal (C): 1 goal, 1 assist, 8 shots, 2 PIM
2010 3rd Round Pick, 70th overall
Weal added to his team-leading point total with 26 in 23 games. That is just four off the league-lead. His 10 goals are tied for second on the team behind Carey and Colin McDonald, who both have 11.
Nicolas Aube-Kubel (RW): 1 goal, 1 assist, 6 shots
2014 2nd Round Pick, 48th overall
This was Aube-Kubel’s first goal since 11/11 and in that time he’s had a couple healthy scratches. Recently he’s been on LHV’s 2nd line with Weal and Danick Martel that should be paying more dividends on the scoresheet.
Travis Sanheim (D): 1 goal, 7 shots, 2 PIM
2014 1st Round Pick, 17th overall
Obviously a huge weight came off Sanheim’s shoulders with his goal on Friday. The effort to get his first of the season hasn’t been without persistence, as he has 47 shots on goal in 25 games this season. Here is a cute interview after the game.
Notable junior performances this week
Connor Bunnaman (LW/C), Kitchener Rangers (OHL)
2016 4th Round Pick, 109th overall
Make that 14 goals this season for Bunnaman, who is now just 2 away from tying his OHL-high set just last season. His 23 points are tied for 4th on the team.
- 12/7 - 1 goal, 3 shots, 7 for 9 FOW
- 12/9 - 1 shot, 9 for 15 FOW
- 12/11 - 3 shots, 3 for 10 FOW
Anthony Salinitri (C), Sarnia Sting (OHL)
2016 6th Round Pick, 172nd overall
Salinitri’s hot streak continues and he now has points in 4 of his last 5 games. Overall on the season he has 28 points (13 G, 15 A) in 29 games.
- 12/7 - 1 goal, 2 assists, 3 shots, 9 for 11 FOW
- 12/8 - 2 shots, 13 for 18 FOW
- 12/10 - 1 goal, 8 shots, 2 PIM, 8 for 14 FOW
Carter Hart (G), Everett Silvertips (WHL)
2016 2nd Round Pick, 48th overall
Good news and bad news. Hart didn’t have a great week, allowing 8 goals in his only 2 games. For some perspective, he hadn’t allowed 8 goals TOTAL in his last 7 games. The good news is those DNP doesn’t mean he is injured, but rather he has joined Team Canada for the WJC camp.
- 12/7 - 4 GA, 16 saves
- 12/9 - 4 GA, 17 saves
- 12/10 - DNP
- 12/11 - DNP
Carsen Twarynski (LW), Calgary Hitmen (WHL)
2016 3rd Round Pick, 82nd overall
Not a bad week for Twarynski who aside from the first couple weeks of the season has been very consistent. Overall he has 16 points in 27 games, but 15 of those points have come in his last 21 games.
- 12/6 - 1 goal
- 12/7 - 1 assist
- 12/9 - 2 PIM
- 12/10 - no points (-3 in the game)
- 12/11 - 1 assist
Philippe Myers (D), Rouyn-Noranda Huskies (QMJHL)
Undrafted Free Agent
Only two games for Rouyn-Noranda this week and Myers wasn’t even there for one of them. He was selected and is participating in Team Canada’s WJC camp this week.
- 12/9 - 3 shots, 2 hits
- 12/10 - DNP
Samuel Dove-McFalls (C), Saint John Sea Dogs (QMJHL)
2015 4th Round Pick, 98th overall
4 assists last week gave Dove-McFalls 20 points (5G, 15A) in 30 games this season. He has been on fire since 10/28, collecting 15 points in his last 18 games.
- 12/7 - 2 assists, 3 shots, 2 PIM, 1 for 6 FOW
- 12/8 - 1 assist, 2 for 4 FOW
- 12/11 - 1 assist, 3 shots, 4 for 9 FOW
Pascal Laberge (RW/C), Victoriaville Tigres (QMJHL)
2016 2nd Round Pick, 36th overall
Laberge returns after being sidelined a couple games last week with what I’m assuming were the return of concussion symptoms. He is a talented forward and its a shame to see him miss time. Laberge had a minor scare in Friday’s game where he engaged in a fight, took a tough punch and didn’t return. Thankfully, he was in the lineup on Sunday and scored his 3rd goal of the season. He has 8 points in 12 games.
- 12/8 - 2 assists, 4 shots, 2 PIM, 0 for 1 FOW
- 12/9 - 5 PIM
- 12/11 - 1 goal, 5 shots, 1 for 4 FOW
Notable European performances this week
Felix Sandstrom (G), Brynas IF (SHL)
2015 3rd Round Pick, 70th overall
Sandstrom continues to improve as the season goes on. The 19 year old netminder has 2.00 GAA and .919 SV% in 11 games.
- 12/9 - DNP
- 12/10 - 2 GA, 26 saves
Oskar Lindblom (LW/RW), Brynas IF (SHL)
2014 5th Round Pick, 138th overall
Big news for Lindblom who was named to the Swedish senior national team for the Channel One Cup in Moscow, Russia. His 25 points is 2nd in the SHL, behind 28 year old American, Brock Little.
- 12/9 - 1 shot, 17:49 TOI
- 12/ 10 - 1 assist, 1 shot, 17:33 TOI
Linus Hogberg (D), Vaxjo Lakers HC (SHL)
2016 5th Round Pick, 139th overall
Who would have thought with improved ice time that Hogberg might be able to succeed? His 3 assists last week were 2 more than he’s had total all season.
- 12/8 - 1 assist, 15:39 TOI
- 12/10 - 2 assists, 2 shots, 4 PIM, 17:12 TOI
David Bernhardt (D), Djurgardens IF (SHL)
2016 7th Round Pick, 199th overall
Bernhardt scored his 2nd goal of the season, giving him 7 points in 21 games.
- 12/8 - 1 goal, 1 shot, 17:39 TOI
- 12/10 - 9:35 TOI
German Rubtsov (LW/C), Vityaz Podolsk (KHL)
2016 1st Round Pick, 22nd overall
Rubtsov got one game in last week before he shipped off to Team Russia’s WJC training camp. While his TOI slight improved for the 3rd straight game, news is that he is ever closer to joining the QMJHL once the World Junior Championships are over. Alex Appleyard has more details here among other Euro prospect updates.
- 12/8 - 2 PIM, 0 for 3 FOW, 9:38 TOI
- 12/10 - DNP
Mikhail Vorobyov (C), Salavat Yulaev Ufa (KHL)
2015 4th Round Pick, 104th overall
Vorobyov was another forward selected to participate for Team Russia in the WJC. His one game this week was a non-factor given he only saw 5 shifts all game.
- 12/8 - 1 shot, 2 PIM, 1 for 2 FOW, 3:53 TOI
- 12/10 - DNP
Euro Notes: Ivan Fedotov (G) did not get the start in Toros Neftekamsk’s only game this week. David Kase remains sidelined due to a chest injury. Team Czech Republic is hoping Kase is healthy enough to participate for them in the WJC.
Notable college performances this week
Mark Friedman (D), Bowling Green State University
2014 3rd Round Pick, 86th overall
No points for Friedman this weekend. According to Bob Herpen, he was a minus 2 and had 4 shots on goal.
- 12/9 - no points
- 12/10 - no points
Wade Allison (RW), Western Michigan University
2016 2nd Round Pick, 52nd overall
This Wade Allison kid might be good. He has 14 points (9G, 5A) in 16 games this season, which is good for 2nd on the team.
- 12/9 - 1 assist, 1 shot
- 12/10 - 2 goals, 1 assist, 5 shots, 2 PIM
Terrance Amorosa (D), Clarkson University
2013 5th Round Pick, 132nd overall
Just one game this week for Clarkson as they battled against St. Lawrence. The 22 year old Amorosa still sits at 4 points in 10 games this season.
- 12/9 - 2 shots 2 PIM
NCAA Notes: Tanner Laczynski and Merrick Madsen are both off until the last weekend in December. Matej Tomek remains the odd man out at North Dakota, sitting on the bench every game this season. Cooper Marody is out of the University of Michigan lineup until he returns from academic ineligibility next spring.