To prepare for their third game in four days, head coach Terry Murray told his team to rest and get "something good to eat" to prepare to take on the St. John’s IceCaps today at 7:05.
After a game like last night, the team deserved it.
Lehigh Valley (7-6-1) shutout the Worcester Sharks 4-0 yesterday with an outstanding performance by rookie goaltender Anthony Stolarz in his first pro win in his home debut.
Stolarz denied 36 shots in the dominant win over the then-second place Sharks. Since, Worcester dropped to fourth place in the Atlantic Division.
- Lehigh Valley sits in third place in the East Division with 17 points. The Ice Caps (6-8-4-1) are in last place in the Atlantic Division, also with 17 points.
- St. John’s is tied with the Penguins for the most games played in the league with 19. The Phantoms have played just 15 games, tied for the second fewest games in the AHL.
- The IceCaps have forced extra time six times this season, losing four of six in OT, and are 1-1 in shootouts.
- The Phantoms have experience in overtime this season, especially at home. Three of seven home games have been decided in extra time, with four of five wins coming in either OT or from scoring in the third period. Phantoms are 2-1 in OT at home, including one shootout win, and are 3-1 in OT overall.
- Last night’s win advanced the Phantoms to 5-6-1 and are in the midst of a three game winning streak. The team has an obvious advantage at home, with a 5-1-1 record in the PPL Center.
- Like the Phantoms, the IceCaps are on a hot streak of their own, going 3-0-1 in their last four games.
- Home ice advantage comes in part from the fans who travel to see the team in their new arena. In seven home games, the team averages 7,926 fans per game, with three standing-room only sellouts so far this season.
- Lehigh Valley comes out of the locker room ready to score. Five of the last six periods have begun with a goal in under three minutes from the Phantoms.
- Four different Phantoms netted a goal in last night’s win, with three coming within two minutes after the start of each period.
Last night’s Three Stars:
- Antony Stolarz—The rookie saved 36-for-36 last night with some incredible stops playing two-men down in the last minute of play. It was a special night for the 20-year-old Jackson, NJ native as his family was able to watch his first home start, first pro win, and first shutout of his professional career.
- Blair Jones— On loan from the Flyers, Jones exploded onto the scene in Allentown Wednesday, just hours after arriving in the city for the first time. In his first two games for the Phantoms the center has had three assists (two last night) and a game-winning shootout goal. Last night Jones looked confident against the Sharks—not like a player who had sat on the bench in Philadelphia for three weeks.
- Robert Hagg— Last night Hagg netted a shorthanded goal for the Phantoms (assisted by Jones). The goal was his second of the year, and the second shorthanded goal for Lehigh Valley. The defenseman also had an assist and a plus two rating in the 4-0 win.