Providence Bears Down, and Spook the Phantoms, 4-3

The Lehigh Valley Phantoms (18-29-1-5), the American Hockey League affiliate of the Philadelphia Flyers, went into Rhode Island to take on the Boston Bruins affiliate, the Providence Bruins (29-16-2-0) in Friday night action.

This contest was all about special teams. But in the case of Lehigh Valley, not so special.

Things started well for LV with Cal O’Reilly lighting the lamp for the fourth time this season and with just 1:57 played, the visitors were up.

Peter Cenlarik was whistled for a slashing minor at 10:23 and Lehigh Valley was primed to stretch its lead.

The first of two short-handed Bruins goals by Karson Kuhlman (8) just fifty-three seconds later, brought it even,1-1.

It took all of 1:12 for Mikael Vorobyev to net his eighth and put the Phantoms up, 2-1.

The first twenty minutes would come to a close with the visitors holding the edge.

Before the stanza closed, Tren Frederic for Providence was whistled for a high stick with just 23 ticks on the clock.

LV started the second on the advantage but, suffered a case of Deja Vu when banged his second short-handed goal behind Phantoms netminder, Alex Lyon at the :57 mark to get it back to square one.

At 3:34, Brendan Gaunce tallied for the 11th time and The P-Bruins finally had a lead at 3-2.

Neither team could light the lamp until Ryan Fitzpatrick doubled the Providence lead at the 12:24 mark.

Lehigh Valley was not going down quietly and closed it to 4-3 on an Andy Andreoff man-up goal with 2:34 remaining.

That would mark the end of the goal scoring for the remainder of the contest and Providence prevailed by a 4-3 score.

Icings: Alex Lyon, on recall from the Flyers due to the All-Star break stopped 32 of 36 shots in his 58:23 for Lehigh Valley.

Counterpart, Dan Vladar was slightly better with 27 stops on 39 Phantoms chances.

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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