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Phantoms beat Hershey Bears outdoors

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

Years ago, the great John Facenda, the voice of NFL Films, used his legendary voice to refer to “the frozen tundra of Lambeau Field,” as he talked about the Green Bay Packers and their historic field. It wasn’t quite that dramatic, but the Lehigh Valley Phantoms and Hershey Bears took to the ‘frozen tundra of Hersheypark Stadium’ recently, with Lehigh Valley skating to a 5-2 win over Hershey.

Phantoms win after ‘embarrassing’ loss

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

The Phantoms reached the halfway point of their season with what Phil Varone called an “embarrassing” performance in a 6-2 loss to Springfield Saturday night. Lehigh Valley came out with a good first period, but that was about all it was able to put together as the Thunderbirds scored four unanswered goals to waltz out of the PPL Center with a win.

Varone scored his 100th career AHL goal in the game, but was more focused on the weak effort that the team put on the ice.

Two Phantoms make all-star team

Thursday, January 11, 2018 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

When you talk about the best players on the Lehigh Valley Phantoms this season, there isn’t much debate. Defenseman T.J. Brennan and winger Danick Martel would be the consensus best of the best for Lehigh Valley. Both were recognized by the AHL when they were named to the Atlantic Division All-Star Team. This year’s AHL All-Star Classic will be played in Utica on Jan. 29, with the skills competition taking place the day before the game.

Phantoms split a home-and-home series

Thursday, January 4, 2018 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

Goaltender Alex Lyon earned the win in goal as he returned to the Lehigh Valley crease for the first time since Dec. 1 after spending most of the month with the Philadelphia Flyers. The key to Lyon’s success may have been the overall sharp play of the Phantoms defense, which held the AHL’s second-highest scoring offense to just 29 shots, 28 of which were turned away by Lyon in Lehigh Valley’s 3-1 win against the Charlotte Checkers.

Phantoms get strong PK

Friday, December 15, 2017 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

Killing off penalties is one of the best things a team can do to help themselves. It’s tough enough to play at even strength, but when short, especially in tight games, that’s where you need the penalty killing unit to step up and make big plays.

On Saturday night in Hershey, the Bears were able to break through with a power-play goal against the Phantoms, capitalizing on a penalty by Danick Martel. That goal snapped a streak of 24 straight penalty kills for Lehigh Valley.

Boys continue their search for offense

Thursday, October 12, 2017 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

Northampton boys soccer coach Adam Bastidas looks nothing like actor Bill Murray.

He may feel a bit like him though, especially considering Murray’s role in the movie Groundhog Day, where Murray keeps waking up and repeating the same day over and over. For Bastidas, the day goes wrong when his team gives up a goal and then inevitably gives up another and sometimes, another in quick succession.