Lehigh Valley Gets Bitten by Bears, 3-1

The Lehigh Valley Phantoms (11-12-1-4) the AHL affiliate of the Philadelphia Flyers, capped off three games in three days weekend with a trip to the Giant Center to wrestle the Hershey Bears (14-9-2-3) on a blustery Sunday in Hershey, PA.

It took 18:20 for Axel Jonson-Fjallby to redirect a Martin Fehervary shot past Alex Lyon and the opening period closed with Hershey in front, 1-0.

The lead would be doubled just twenty seconds into the middle stanza when Garrett Pilon (3) beat Alex Lyon on a low shot.

Lyon would be yanked after allowing the two goals on just ten shots. J..F. Berube took over and fared much better

The Bears Tyler Lexington was whistled for Roughing at 2:36 and it took only :13 for Andy Andreoff to snap the Hershey penalty kill streak at 29.

The Bears salted it away on Bobby Nardello’s first career AHL and the horn sounded on the 3-1 contest.

Blue Lines: Hershey killed off 5 of 6 Lehigh Valley chances on the man advantage.

Shots on Goal favored the visitors, 30-21 with Hershey goalkeeper, Vitek Vanecek stopping 29.

Hershey is undefeated in the month of December and has reeled off six consecutive victories.

By: Kevin Neibauer

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Gary Groob
Gary Groob

Gary Groob has been involved with Lacrosse for the majority of his life, whether playing, coaching, or covering the sport for the media.

An avid fan, with a real drive about helping to “grow the game”, Gary became part of podcasts about the game in 2010. Through the podcasts, Mr. Groob was given an opportunity to write about lacrosse, and the rest as they say, is history.

Through many miles (flying and driving) Gary has made inroads with the National Lacrosse League, Major Series Lacrosse League, the Ontario Lacrosse Association, as well as the Arena Lacrosse League, covering the leagues, their teams, and players, working for, and in concert with all of them.

In the year 2020, Mr. Groob was made the media person for the Arena Lacrosse League, voted onto the board of directors of the Brampton Excelsiors Lacrosse Club, as well as being made administrator of the Lacrosse page “Global Lacrosse” with a membership of 9000 members in over 90 Countries. Gary was also made an administrator of Lacrosse History Past Present and Future in 2022.

Mr. Groob co-hosts a weekly Lacrosse show on Spanglish Sports World, and ZingoTV channel 250, as well as writes a weekly lacrosse column for La Portada Canada News (both in print, and online).

Gary also hosts a Lacrosse talk show and podcast for The Edge of Philly Sports Network, seen live Sunday nights at 9pm (ET), and archived on the Edge of Philly YouTube page, as well as Spotify.

Mr. Groob’s other sports interests include Hockey, Football, Boxing, Wrestling, and Baseball, competing competitively in Boxing and Wrestling for many years.

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