Lehigh Valley Outlast Wilkes Barre- Scranton, 5-3

The Lehigh Valley Phantoms (22-22-6) made the short trip to scenic Wilkes Barre-Scranton to battle the American Hockey League’s Penguins (24-18-3) in a Saturday evening battle.

The Junior Flyers opened the scoring with Ivan Ratcliffe getting his 4th of the season with assists dished to Gerry Fitzgerald and Tyler Witherspoon.

The Pens answered fifty-four seconds later courtesy of the 9th of the season from Kevin Roy.

Lehigh Valley stormed back with markers from Maxim Sushko (8th and 9th) a minute and fifty seconds apart to close the opening segment with a 3-1 Phantoms edge.

Lehigh Valley recorded the only second-period goal thanks to Kyle Criscuolo at 11:59.

The visitors were in the proverbial catbird seat with twenty minutes to play but kept the pedal to the metal to move it to 5-1 when Mark Friedman set the plate for Gerry Fitzgerald’s sixth of the season and with16:02 to play, the Phantoms went into cruise control.

The Baby Pens had no quit and Myles Powell and Jan Droog lit the lamp, but it was too little too late and the curtain closed on an impressive Lehigh Valley 5-3 victory.

Dis and Dat: The Pens actually outshot their guests. 41-32.

Lehigh Valley goaltender, Kirill Ustimenko stopped 38 shots while counterpart, Emil Laramie turned aside 27 of 32 Lehigh Valley offerings.

Kevin Neibauer
Kevin Neibauer

Kevin has followed and promoted the game of lacrosse since May 19, 1974.
The same day the Philadelphia Flyers won the Cup, the Philadelphia Wings were introduced to Neibauer and Philadelphia.

Kevin has covered many sports, including baseball, football, basketball, and.. lacrosse. A former licensed football referee and baseball umpire, Kevin brings a unique insight to his game coverage.

A published writer in JustHockey Magazine, Kevin covered the American Hockey League as well as a monthly story on a pugilist where Kevin used the pen name, The Rink Rat. Neibauer turned his attentions to lacrosse for a few years and does his part, whether podcasting or writing to grow the game. Kevin branched out to his roots and currently provides insight for all Philadelphia teams for Edge of Philly as well as his full-time duties with LaxPhilly.