Last 2 Weeks: 2-1-1-1
The Phantoms fell to second in the overall AHL standings behind the Toronto Marlies, but were able to clinch a playoff spot in the process. They hold an 8 point division lead over the Providence Bruins and are well on their way to clinching the Atlantic Division.
Nicolas Aube-Kubel – RW
3 GP, 1 A, + 1
It was a quiet week for NAK who’s been stellar for the Phantoms this season. He was dealt a 2-game suspension after an illegal hit to the head against Providence last Saturday, It’s Aube-Kubel’s second suspension in a less than a month for an illegal hit. He’s now got 42 points (18 G, 24 A) in 64 games this year.
Philippe Myers – D
5 GP, 1 G, 2 A, – 1
An exciting 3 point week from the young blue-liner and he capped it off with this sweet snipe in what was an embarrassing 6-1 loss to the P-Bruins. Myers is going to have to battle for a shot in the NHL, but he’s contributing more offensively for the Phantoms in the absence of Travis Sanheim.
Danick Martel – LW
5 GP, 2 G, 2 A, + 2
Another good string of production for Martel. 2 and 2 and able to stay in the + category in what was a less than successful 2 week span for the team as a whole, not to mention this filthy shot form the top of the circle against Springfield. Martel has 37 points (23 G, 14 A) in just 52 AHL games this season.
Mikhail Vorobyev – C
5 GP, 3 A, + 1
Not quite the monster production we saw from Vorobyev at the beginning of the month, but he’s still making things happen for the Phantoms. Vorobyev’s development is going to be one to keep an eye on.
Anthony Stolarz – G
1 GP, 0-1-0-0
Yikes. Not the way Stolie wanted to return from his lengthy injury. He had some success with Reading posting a .902 sv % and a 1-1-1 record. He started in that nasty 6-1 loss against the P Bruins and as the scoreline will tell you, it was less than ideal. 29 saves on 35 shots with 6 GA and a .829 sv %, The 24-year-old netminder has some work to do to get back to his old form.
David Drake – D
Drake has yet to play a game yet, but he signed an ATO with the Phantoms on Tuesday. Drake had 25 points in 124 career games at UCONN. The 2013 7th rounder will likely get a shot to prove himself with Lehigh Valley this season as the Phantoms have already clinched a playoff birth.
Other Phantoms News
Sam Morin – Remains sidelined with an injury
Mike Vecchione – Out injured since 3/11
NA Juniors Prospects Playoff Update
The NCAA and Junior leagues all started their playoffs this past weekend. If you want to see how they ended their regular season check out the regular season review and playoff preview here.
Carsen Twarynski – LW (Kelowna Rockets, WHL)
2 GP, 1 G, 1 A, – 4
the – 4 jumps out as the Rockets have fallen down 2-0 in their wild-card round match up against Tri-City. Twarynski netted the rockets 7th goal in game 2 which put them up 7-6 but TC came back to win 9-7. Overall, not the start Twarynski wanted after earning his ELC.
Carter Hart – G (Everett Silvertips, WHL)
3 GP, 2.28 GAA, .925 sv %, 2-0-1-0
Everett lives and dies by Carter Hart, he was absolutely stellar in games 1 and 3 allowing just a goal in each, and stopping 33 of 34 in game 3 (not to mention a nice 10 minute game misconduct penalty). In game 2 he allowed 5 goals on 33 shots and Everett lost. He can carry them all the way to the Memorial Cup if he stays at the top of his game, because WHL teams can’t seem to score on him when he’s on his game.
Morgan Frost – C (Sault St. Marie Greyhounds, OHL)
3 GP, 2 G, 4 A, + 2
Soo is up 3-0 and currently embarrassing Saginaw. 5-2, 8-0, 7-3 were the scores of each of the first three games, and the SSM train, conducted by Frost, looks like it’s going to easily roll through the first round of the playoffs. Here’s the second of Frost’s 2 goals in game 2.
Matthew Strome – LW (Hamilton Bulldogs, OHL)
3 GP, 1 G, 5 A, + 5
Hamilton is up 2-1 and baby Strome has played a big part in getting them there. His lone goal came at the end of a sweet passing play by Hamilton. Those are the type of goals Strome scores, in tight, using his size to create space in front and a tidy finish.
Isaac Ratcliffe – LW (Guelph Storm, OHL)
3 GP, 1 G, 3 A, – 4
Guelph is down 2-1 but Ratcliffe has done his part offensively, creating chances like this one that was finished off by Garrett McFadden. Kitchener has been assaulting the Guelph net with 14 goals in the first 3 games so far, but Ratcliffe stepped up huge with each of those assists coming in Guelph’s game 3 win.
Anthony Salinitri – LW (Sarnia Sting, OHL)
2 GP, 1 G, + 1
Devastating week for Anthony Salinitri. Salinitri left game 2 with what is likely a broken collarbone. He missed game 3 and his chance of getting an ELC from the Flyers is likely over.
Maksim Shushko – RW (Owen Sound Attack, OHL)
3 GP, 1 G, – 1
Not a great start to the playoffs for Shushko individually, but Owen Sound has taken a 3-0 series lead, which means we’re most likely going to get the chance to see more of Shushko in these OHL playoffs.
Connor Bunnaman – C (Kitchener Rangers)
3 GP, – 3
No points for Bunnaman through Kitchener’s first 3 games despite the team scoring a total of 14 goals in those three games. Needless to say, not a great start for C-Bunns.
Pascal Laberge – C (Quebec Remparts, QMJHL)
2 GP, 1 G, 3 A, + 2
Quebec is tied 1-1, and their offense has ran directly through Pascal Laberge over the first 2 playoff games. He sniped a nasty slap shot from the top of the circle in game 2, and it looks like Laberge’s late season form has carried over into the playoffs.
German Rubstov – C (Acadie-Bathurst Titan, QMJHL)
3 GP, 1 A, – 1
Rubstov was listed as the third star in Acadie Bathurst’s game 1 win, but has been silent since then. BAT is up 2-1 in the series, but hopefully Rubstov can get something going soon.
NCAA Playoff Update
Tanner Laczynski – LW (Ohio State University)
3 GP, 1 G, 3 A, + 5
Laczynski has been huge for Ohio State once again leading them to the Frozen Four. They’ll face Minnesota Duluth in the semi’s and will take on the winner of Notre Dame-Michigan in the finals.
Other NCAA News
Cooper Marody – ICYMI, the Flyers traded Marody’s rights to Edmonton for a 2018 3rd round pick.
SHL Playoff Update
Linus Hogberg – D (Vaxjo Lakers)
5 GP, 1 A, +/- 0
Whenever Hogberg can make an impact it’s good news. Tallying a playoff point in his first playoff series is a big step forward for Hogberg playing in Sweden’s top league.
Felix Sandstrom – G (HV71)
1 GP, 3.12 GAA, .885 sv %
Sandstrom added to the goalie logjam this week with an ELC from the Flyers. This means the Flyers will have Carter Hart, Neuvirth, Elliott and now Sandstrom under contract for the 2018-19 season.