Flyers prospect report: The goalies are leading the way
The Phantoms win streak was snapped at eight games, but Alex Lyon looks great in goal.
Phantoms winning streak ends, but Lyon remains impressive
- 4-1 WIN vs. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins
- 4-3 OT WIN vs. Providence Bruins
- 5-2 LOSS vs. Bridgeport Sound Tigers/
It was seven wins in a row for the Phantoms as they rode another superb performance from goaltender Alex Lyon (30 saves) who was also the 2nd star to the game on Wednesday. The first star, Corban Knight, got LHV on the board in the 2nd period with his 4th goal of the season, with assists coming from Radel Fazleev and Danick Martel. Greg Carey (8), Taylor Leier (4) and T.J. Brennan (4, empty net) rounded out the scoring.
The Phantoms rode their PP in Friday's game, cashing in on 3 of their 4 opportunities on the man-advantage. Alex Lyon (33 saves) held strong being down 3-1 entering the 3rd period that allowed the Phantoms to rally to tie the game and force OT. Maxim LaMarche (1), and Greg Carey (9, 10) scored the regulation goals for LHV, while Scott Laughton (2) scored in under 3 minutes in OT to give LHV the victory, their 8th win in a row.
All good things must come to an end eventually, as Lehigh Valley's winning streak was snapped on Saturday. Despite only facing 23 shots (19 saves), Alex Lyon didn't have his best game. Maxime Lamarche (2) and T.J. Brennan (5) scored the only goals for the Phantoms, both on the PP. LHV is 10-4-1 this season, but are 0-3 vs. the Tigers.
Travis Sanheim (D): 2 assists, 10 shots, 2 PIM
2014 1st Round Pick, 17th overall
Sanheim picks up a pair of assists this weekend, giving him 8 this season in 15 games played. This is all largely without any real power play time.
Scott Laughton (C): 1 goal, 1 assist, 6 shots
2012 1st Round Pick, 20th overall
Laughton has 8 points in 8 games and has surely showed in his short time that he is an NHL player. Sadly, it looks like it will take a major injury on the Flyers to make this happen anytime soon.
Taylor Leier (LW): 1 goal, 3 assists, 7 shots
2012 4th Round Pick, 117th overall
One player clearly benefiting from having Laughton as a linemate is Leier, who has 9 points (4 goals, 5 assists) since Laughton's return from injury.
Alex Lyon (G) 3 GP, 8 GA, 82 saves
Undrafted Free Agent
While his overall GAA (2.84) and SV% (.910) don't look pretty, he has been quite good since a disastrous start to the season. Discounting his first two games, he has a .935 SV% in his last 5 games.
Notable Canadian junior performers this week
Connor Bunnaman (C/LW), Kitchener Rangers (OHL)
2016 4th Round Pick, 109th overall
After a monster start to the season, Bunnaman has just 1 goal in his last 11 games. Despite that, he still sits at 14 points in 20 games this season.
- 11/15 - 2 shots, 2 for 3 FOW
- 11/18 - 3 shots, 2 PIM, 2 for 5 FOW
- 11/19 - 3 shots, 2 PIM, 1 for 2 FOW
- 11/20 - 3 shots, 1 for 5 FOW/
Anthony Salinitri (C), Sarnia Sting (OHL)
2016 6th Round Pick, 172nd overall
His 4th season at Sarnia is shaping up to be Salinitri's best. He has 22 points (10 goals, 12 assists) in 21 games, good for 3rd on the team.
- 11/18- 2 shots, 2 PIM, 5 for 8 FOW
- 11/19 - 1 goal, 3 shots, 2 for 5 FOW
- 11/20 - 3 shots, 4 for 9 FOW/
Carter Hart (G), Everett Silvertips (WHL)
2016 2nd Round Pick, 48th overall
Carter Hart is flat out dealing right now with a 1.86 GAA and .928 SV% through 18 games. That puts him in line for 1st and tied for 2nd in the league in each category, respectively.
- 11/15 - 1 GA, 27 saves
- 11/17 - 2 GA, 21 saves
- 11/20 - 2 GA, 22 saves/
Carsen Twarynski (LW), Calgary Hitmen (WHL)
2016 3rd Round Pick, 82nd overall
Twarynski picks up a pair of assists last week, giving him 10 points (6 goals, 4 assists) in 17 games played. Carsen hasn't scored a goal since an 11/4 game against Edmonton, but is still on pace to score a career high in goals. He had 20 last season.
- 11/16 - 1 assist, 2 PIM
- 11/17 - 2 PIM
- 11/19 - 2 PIM
- 11/20 - 1 assist/
Philippe Myers (D), Rouyn-Noranda Huskies (QMJHL)
Undrafted Free Agent
Myers wound up scoring the eventual game-winning goal in the Huskies 8-2 win on Saturday, a power play goal. He also added an even-strength goal in the 3rd period. After spending more time in Flyers training camp/pre-season AND battling a concussion, Myers has 11 points (6 goals, 5 assists) in 12 games this season.
- 11/18 - 2 shots, 4 hits
- 11/19 - 2 goals, 1 assist, 4 shots, 2 PIM, 1 hit/
Samuel Dove-McFalls (C), Saint John Sea Dogs (QMJHL)
2015 4th Round Pick, 98th overall
Dove-McFalls pots his first goal in 6 games. He has 4 goals and 10 assists in 21 games this season. However, 10 of those points have come in the last 12 games.
- 11/18 - 1 goal, 1 assist, 3 shots, 2 for 6 FOW
- 11/20 - 1 shot, 2 for 3 FOW/
CHL Notes: Pascal Laberge remains out of the Victoriaville lineup since October 15 because of a concussion.
Notable European performances from this week
Felix Sandstrom (G), Brynas IF (SHL)
2015 3rd Round Pick, 70th overall
Sandstrom gets his first start in goal since 11/12, when he pitched a shutout. His 2.14 GAA and .914 SV% are both 10th best in the SHL.
- 11/15 - DNP
- 11/17 - DNP
- 11/18 - 1 GA, 35 saves/
Oskar Lindblom (LW/RW), Brynas IF (SHL)
2014 5th Round Pick, 138th overall
A surprisingly quiet week for the 20 year old as he falls behind in the SHL scoring race and dips down to tied for 5th with 17 points. He is just 5 points off the league-lead.
- 11/15 - 3 shots, 15:11 TOI
- 11/17 - 2 shots, 19:11 TOI
- 11/18 - 1 shot, 18:02 TOI/
Linus Hogberg (D), Vaxjo Lakers HC (SHL)
2016 5th Round Pick, 139th overall
Hogberg is unfortunately the 7th defenseman on the team and is getting minutes to reflect that. He has just 1 assist in 18 games.
- 11/15 - no shots, 7:21 TOI
- 11/17 - no shots, 2:43 TOI
- 11/19 - no shots, 4:48 TOI/
David Bernhardt (D), Djurgardens IF (SHL)
2016 7th Round Pick, 199th overall
Another defenseman that is getting low minutes for his hockey club and is essentially a bottom-pairing defenseman.
- 11/15 - 2 shots, 2 PIM, 10:10 TOI
- 11/17 - no shots, 11:16 TOI
- 11/19 - 1 shot, 9:19 TOI/
German Rubtsov (LW/C), Russkie Vityazi Chekhov (MHL)
2016 1st Round Pick, 22nd overall
As Rubtsov finishes up his time in the CHL/Russia Series, his time with his MHL team could be coming to a conclusion. Alex Appleyard summarized it best in a Sons of Penn article last week. It remains to be seen what is going to happen.
Mikhail Vorobyov (C), Salavat Yulaev Ufa (KHL)
2015 4th Round Pick, 104th overall
Vorobyov only saw 7 shifts all game on Friday. He has 9 points (3 goals, 6 assists) in 29 games played this season.
- 11/17 - 3 shots, 6 for 7 FOW, 8:58 TOI
- 11/19 - 1 shot, 3 for 3 FOW, 5:03 TOI/
Ivan Fedotov (G), Toros Neftekamsk (VHL)
2015 7th Round Pick, 188th overall
Fedotov finally plays! After 21 games, Fedotov finally gets to prove himself and goes 1-1, with the loss being in overtime.
- 11/17 - 1 GA, 21 saves
- 11/19 - 1 GA, 22 saves/
Euro Notes: David Kase remains out of the lineup for KLH Chomutov with an undisclosed injury.
Notable college performances this week
Mark Friedman (D), Bowling Green State University
2014 3rd Round Pick, 86th overall
A great weekend for Friedman who picks up 4 assists to give him 7 on the season. All were primary assists at even strength. He has 11 points in 13 games.
- 11/18 - 1 assist
- 11/19 - 3 assists/
Wade Allison (RW), Western Michigan University
2016 2nd Round Pick, 52nd overall
Allison adds to his goal total (6), which puts him 2nd on the team behind Blackhawks prospect Matt Iacopelli (12).
- 11/18 - 1 goal, 5 shots
- 11/19 - 1 goal, 6 shots, 2 PIM/
Merrick Madsen (G), Harvard University
2013 6th Round Pick, 162nd overall
Harvard beat out No. 3 ranked Boston College on Friday behind Madsen's fine performance. Madsen has a 1.85 GAA and .924 SV% in 7 games.
- 11/18 - 2 GA, 33 saves/
Tanner Laczynski (RW/C), Ohio State University
2016 6th Round Pick, 169th overall
Laczynski with his 4th and 5th goals of the season. He has 18 points in just 13 games, leading Ohio State in scoring. His goal on Saturday was the game-winner and played center after a few games on the RW.
- 11/18 - 1 goal, 1 assist, 2 shots
- 11/19 - 1 goal, 1 assist, 3 shots/
Terrance Amorosa (D), Clarkson University
2013 5th Round Pick, 132nd overall
Since returning from an early season injury, Amorosa has 4 points (1 goal, 3 assists) in 5 games.
- 11/18 - 3 shots
- 11/19 - 1 assist, 2 PIM/
NCAA Notes: Matej Tomek (G) continues to sit for University of North Dakota behind starting goaltender Cam Johnson, who has been playing quite well. Cooper Marody (C/RW) was deemed academically ineligible and won't be able to play this fall, missing roughly half the season. Look for updates on Marody this spring.