Earning three out of four possible points in two games, the Lehigh Valley Phantoms had a successful weekend. The Phantoms took on the Charlotte Checkers in a two-game series in Charlotte, North Carolina. Eventually falling in a seven round shootout, the Phantoms put up a good effort in their 3-2 loss on Friday night. The following night, the Phantoms bounced back in a thrilling 3-2 win against the Checkers on Saturday night. After this weekend, the Phantoms’s record improved to 3-1-3. The standout players of the weekend included Alex Lyon, Morgan Frost, and Greg Carey; here’s how they helped:
Alex Lyon: Lyon got the start between the pipes on Friday night, a crucial factor in helping the Phantoms earn one point in their shootout loss. Making 35 saves on 37 shots, Lyon earned a .946 save percentage, allowing only two goals. His 35 saves were a season high, and making his record this season 2-0-1; Lyon is still going strong without a regulation loss thus far. Besides making the routine saves, Lyon also stayed strong during some more unique chances, including denying Charlotte’s Janne Kuokkanen on the penalty shot attempt. Furthermore, Lyon stayed strong in the shootout, which lasted seven rounds, stopping six of them. Lyon’s efforts on Friday night helped keep the Phantoms point-streak alive at five games.
Morgan Frost: Frost kept up his impressive start to the season throughout the entire weekend, tallying one goal and one assist in two games. Frost’s efforts this weekend extended his point-streak to four games, making him tied for the longest point-streak of the season so far. Throughout the four games, he has registered two goals and four assists for a total of six points. Frost was one of the assisting players on Greg Carey’s first goal of the season and tying goal of the game on Saturday night. Frost’s consistent offensive efforts remain crucial to the Phantoms’ success, and keep him as a top contender to be called up to the Philadelphia Flyers this season.
Greg Carey: Carey got on the board on Saturday night for the first time this season, further proving his status as a key veteran forward in the Phantoms lineup. Carey’s tying goal on Saturday was his 89th career goal as a Phantoms, which is the most of any Lehigh Valley Phantom. This does not come as a surprise, as Carey has been a leading goal scorer for the Phantoms over the past three seasons. He totaled three shots on goal Saturday night, and his efforts paid off on the power play when he tapped the puck in the net initiating the Phantoms comeback.
The Phantoms are back in action on Friday, November 1, 2019 against the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins. Puck drop is set for 7:05p.m. at the PPL Center in Allentown, Pennsylvania.
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