Hershey, Pa–If there were any lingering effects from a 9-1 shellacking on Saturday night for the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, they didn’t show on Sunday night at GIANT Center when they faced Atlantic division foe Hershey. In a game they were solid in all phases of the game, Greg Carey registered his AHL-leading 22nd goal, Andy Miele had three assist, and Alex Lyon made 25 saves to lead the Phantoms to a 5-1 victory.
In a game that was 2-0 in favor of the visitors through two periods, the score was misleading. Hershey, who lost their fourth consecutive game, has been out of sorts for awhile, and the Phantoms were able to take advantage.
Hershey had 9 shots in the first, but very few qua;lity chances, their best opportunity came around the nine minute mark on the power play. With Mark Zengerle off for goaltender interference, Phantom killer Travis Boyd found Chris Bourque for a one-timer in the right circle, but Lyon came over to make the stop.
Carey’s goal came with two and half minutes left on a man-advantage. After taking a feed down the wing from T.J. Brennan, Carey cut to the slot, and shot across his body, beating Bears goalie Joe Cannata inside the right post.
Lehigh Valley struck again 31 seconds later when, while driving the slot, Colin McDonald buried a juicy rebound of a Taylor Leier shot. While being down on the scoreboard, they went to the dressing room with a shot lead of nine to eight.
Things got worse for Hershey in the second, as it took them nearly 14 minutes to put the puck on Lyon. For as poorly as the period went, if not for the Phantom rookie netminder, the game could have gone tied headed into the third.
Stanislav Galiev nearly finished off a nice sequence from Nathan Walker and Chandler Stephenson, but Lyon flashed his right pad to make the stop. Then, with just over a minute left, Galiev made a sharp pass of his own to Liam O’Brien, but Lyon also shut him down to keep the chocolate and white scoreless.
Undisciplined play by Hershey put the game away in the third, as Lehigh Valley struck on back to back power plays in the first 10 minutes. After Chris Conner’s 10th at 8:02, Jordan Weal deflected a Brennan shot from the slot with a well executed screen on Cannata. That gave Lehigh Valley 2 goals in 1:15.
Scott Laughton would take a pass in the left circle from Andy Miele on the half wall and he went upstairst for the Phantoms final marker of the night. The only remaining question was Alex Lyon get his fourth shutout of the year. The savvy veteran that is Chris Bourque, he made sure the answer was no. Bourque one-timed a puck that beat Lyon five-hole to give the Bears a consolation prize on the evening.
Notes: Reece Willcox and Radel Fazleev returned to the lineup, replacing Mark Alt and Boyd Gordon, respectively. The unknown injury that hobbled Anthony Stolarz on Saturday persisted on Sunday, as Mark Dekanich served as Lyon’s backup for the second consecutive night.
3 Stars: 3) LV-Andy Miele (Three Assists)
2) LV-Alex Lyon (25 Saves)
1) LV-Greg Carey (Goal, Assist)
Up Next: The Phantoms return to the PPL Center on Wednesday, when they begin a home and home set with the Binghamton Senators at 7:05
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