The Phantoms sweep the weekend, have a 6-game winning streak
Alex Lyon got his first professional win on Friday, stopping 26 of 27 shots. The Phantoms PK unit was perfect, going 5 for 5 in front of him and even adding a short-handed goal via Reese Wilcox (1). Corban Knight opened the scoring with his 3rd goal of the season. Colin McDonald added his 6th goal and Nicolas Aube-Kubel rounded out the scoring with a penalty shot in the 2nd period, his 3rd.
Anthony Stolarz was back in net for the Phantoms on Saturday, allowing 2 goals on 24 shots. The Phantoms PP went 2 for 5, getting goals from Greg Carey (7) and Jordan Weal (4). Taylor Leier scored two goals (2 & 3) and was setup via an excellent takeaway and pass from Scott Laughton. Cole Bardreau (2), Colin McDonald (7) and Radel Fazleev (1) rounded out the scoring. This should be Stolarz last game with the Phantoms for awhile with Michael Neuvirth out for the Flyers for the next 4-6 weeks, unless of course we sign Ray Emery or Michael Leighton for the 10th time.
As mentioned above, Alex Lyon will be getting a ... lion's share (I'm sorry) of the starts for the next few weeks. Though if its starts like the one on Sunday, we should take no issue with that. Lyon made 35 saves en route to his 2nd victory of the weekend. Chris Connor (3) and Reese Wilcox (2) with 2nd period goals that kicked off the goal-scoring. Will O'Neill (1) added a late PP goal in the 3rd with under a minute remaining.
Robert Hagg (D)
2013 2nd Round Pick, 41st overall
Hagg unfortunately took a puck to the visor/face last Saturday and remained out of the lineup this weekend. According to Head Coach Scott Gordon, he is getting better.
Travis Sanheim (D): 5 shots
2014 1st Round Pick, 17th overall
Another quiet weekend for Travis as he failed to get any points in the scoring frenzy. He remains at 6 points (all assists) in 12 games this season.
Radel Fazleev (C): 1 goal, 2 assists, 3 shots, 2 PIM
2014 6th Round Pick, 168th overall
A great weekend for Fazleev as he finally finds the back of the net for his first AHL goal. In 3 seasons for the Calgary Hitmen, he racked up 42 goals in 168 games. Fazleev has mostly been centering the 4th line to start the season.
Jordan Weal (C): 1 goal, 2 assists, 10 shots
acquired in 2015 trade for Vincent Lecavalier, Luke Schenn
#FreeWeal. The talented 24 year old has 15 points (4 goals, 11 assists) in 12 games this season. You have to hope that Weal is considered among the top potential call-ups when space opens in Philadelphia.
Taylor Leier (LW): 2 goals, 1 assist, 5 shots, 2 PIM
2012 4th Round Pick, 117 overal
Leier is definitely benefiting of the addition of Scott Laughton to the Phantoms lineup.The winger is up to 10 points (3 goals, 7 assists) in 12 games.
Notable Canadian junior performers this week
Connor Bunnaman (C/LW), Kitchener Rangers (OHL)
2016 4th Round Pick, 109th overall
Bunnaman ends his goal-less drought, scoring his 8th of the season. It was his first goal since 10/21 against Hamilton. His 14 points are good for 4th best on the Rangers. Connor was playing on the 3rd line after spending most of the season in the top-6.
- 11/11 - 1 goal, 2 shots, 2 for 6 FOW
Anthony Salinitri (C), Sarnia Sting (OHL)
2016 6th Round Pick, 172nd overall
Salinitri's goal on Friday was his 9th goal and his 3rd goal in his last 5 games. The 18 year old has 21 points (9 goals, 12 assists) in 18 games.
- 11/11 - 1 goal, 1 assist, 5 shots, 5 for 12 FOW
- 11/12 - 1 shot, 2 PIM, 9 for 18 FOW
Carter Hart (G), Everett Silvertips (WHL)
2016 2nd Round Pick, 48th overall
Hart split the weekend with a win and loss. The loss on Saturday came via OT, though the winning goal given up was on the PP. Hart's GAA (1.90) and SV% (.927) are good for 1st and 4th in the league, respectively.
- 11/11 - 1 GA, 23 saves
- 11/12 - 3 GA, 30 saves
Carson Twarynski (LW), Calgary Hitmen (WHL)
2016 3rd Round Pick, 82nd overall
Carson's two helpers on Friday were his first of the season. With his 6 goals, it gives him 8 points on the season. It's been a slow start for Twarynski, who had 20 goals in 67 games last season. It should be noted that the Hitmen have only scored 36 goals in 15 games this season.
- 11/11 - 2 assists, 2 PIM
- 11/12 - 2 PIM
Philippe Myers (D), Rouyn-Noranda Huskies (QMJHL)
Undrafted Free Agent
Myers goal on Friday was his 4th of the season. Here is a sexy GIF of Myers penetrating the zone through his effortless skating to create a scoring chance.
- 11/9 - 2 PIM, 2 hits
- 11/11 - 1 goal, 2 assists, 5 shots, 2 hits
- 11/12 - 1 assist, 2 shots, 1 hit
Samuel Dove-McFalls (C), Saint John Sea Dogs (QMJHL)
2015 4th Round Pick, 98th overall
Dove-McFalls remains red hot, with points in 5 of his last 7 games. In that stretch he has 1 goal and 6 assists.
- 11/11 - 1 assist, 2 shots, 2 PIM, 5 for 11 FOW
- 11/12 - 1 assist, 6 shots, 3 for 7 FOW
CHL Notes: Pascal Laberge remains out of the Victoriaville lineup since October 15 because of a concussion.
Notable European performances this week
Felix Sandstrom (G), Brynas IF (SHL)
2015 3rd Round Pick, 70th overall
Sandstrom's first shutout of the season! It brought his save percentage just back up over .900 (.901 to be exact). Felix still has some things to improve on this season.
- 11/10 - DNP
- 11/12 - 0 GA, 25 saves
Oskar Lindblom (LW), Brynas IF (SHL)
2014 5th Round Pick, 138th overall
The Lindblom train continues to roll with another pair of points. He is tied for the team in scoring and is just 2 points off the league.
- 11/10 - 1 assist
- 11/12 - 1 goal, 2 shots
Linus Hogberg (D), Vaxjo Lakers HC (SHL)
2016 5th Round Pick, 139th overall
Hogberg returns from the U20 tournament to a dip in ice-time with Vaxjo. He was their 7th defenseman and didn't see a shift after the 2nd period on Saturday.
- 11/11 - no shots, 8:34 TOI
- 11/12 - no shots, 5:19 TOI
David Bernhardt (D), Djurgardens IF (SHL)
2016 7th Round Pick, 199th overall
Bernhardt is still seeing less ice time than his fellow Djurgardens defensemen. He remains at 3 points (1 goal, 2 assist) in 10 games this season.
- 11/10 - 2 shots, 9:43 TOI
- 11/12 - 2 shots, 12:22 TOI
German Rubtsov (LW/C), Russkie Vityazi Chekhov (MHL)
2016 1st Round Pick, 22nd overall
While Rubtsov participates in the CHL/Russian Series (and scored twice on Thursday), rumors swirl that he may not return to his Russian team following the tournament. If true, he would be joining the Chicoutimi Saguenéens out of the QMJHL. Cross your fingers folks.
Mikhail Vorobyov (C), Salavat Yulaev Ufa (KHL)
2015 4th Round Pick, 104th overall
Vorobyov getting drowned among the sea of forwards that Salavat dresses each game. He wound up dressing for the 11/12 game, but didn't see a single shift on the ice.
- 11/8 - 5 shifts, 4:28 TOI
- 11/10 - 1 shot, 3 shits, 2:15 TOI
- 11/12 - DNP
Euro Notes: Ivan Fedotov (G) has yet to see the ice as his VHL squad is packed to the brim with goalies. The 2015 7th Round Pick hasn't seen the ice since the 15-16 MHL playoffs last season.
Notable college performances of the week
Mark Friedman (D), Bowling Green State University
2014 3rd Round Pick, 86th overall
Friedman picked up his 4th goal and 3rd assist this weekend. He is 3rd among his team in scoring and tied with fellow defensemen Sean Walker and Alec Rauhauser.
- 11/11 - 1 assist
- 11/12 - 1 goal
Wade Allison (RW), Western Michigan University
2016 2nd Round Pick, 52nd overall
Allison's assist was his 3rd this season. His 4 goals are still good for 2nd on the team.
- 11/11 - 1 assist, 2 shots
- 11/12 - 2 shots
Merrick Madsen (G), Harvard University
2013 6th Round Pick, 162nd overall
Madsen got his fourth win on Friday and was saddled with his first loss on Saturday. He has a 1.82 GAA and .919 SV% in 6 games this season.
- 11/11 - 2 GA, 27 saves
- 11/12 - 3 GA, 17 saves
Tanner Laczynski (C) Ohio State University
2016 6th Round Pick, 169th overall
Lacyznski leads his squad in assists (11) and is just one off the team-lead in points (14).
- 11/11 - 2 assists, 3 shots
- 11/12 - 4 shots
Terrance Amorosa (D), Clarkson University
2013 5th Round Pick, 132nd overall
The 22 year old junior has come back from injury firing on all cylinders. His goal on Saturday was his first of the season and he now has 9 shots in his first 3 games.
- 11/11 - 1 goal, 5 shots
- 11/12 - 4 shots, 4 PIM
NCAA Notes: Matej Tomek (G) has yet to play a game this season for University of North Dakota and has sat for each game behind junior Cam Johnson. Cooper Marody was deemed academically ineligible and won't be able to play this fall, missing roughly half the season. Look for updates on Marody when he returns this spring.