Fresh off a 4-0 whitewashing at the hands of the Hartford Wolfpack (16-4-2-5), the Lehigh Valley Phantoms (10-11-1-4)returned to the PPL Center for the back end of a home and home.
Chris Brigas converted a nifty passing play from Kurtis Gabriel and Nate Presser for his second of the season at 1:22.
Lehigh Valley doubled the lead at 15:57 when German Rustev and Tyler Wotherspoon assisted on Nicolas Aube-Kubel’s fifth of the season.
The first would come to a close and the defense of both clubs took over and we would witness a scoreless second period.
Finally, after a 26:25 scoreless spell, Hartford made it interesting with the first goal of the season from Ryan Groff.
At 11:38, Gerry Fitzgerald (2) converted a set up from Reece Wilcox and T.J. Brennan to get the two goal cushion back for the home team, 3-1.
Hartford was not going home just yet and with 3:27 remaining Vinni Lettieri picked up the game’s only man advantage goal to seize momentum for the Wolfpack.
With Hartford netminder Adam Huska pulled, Maxim Bushko (4) hit the yawning cage to give Lehigh Valley the 4-2 victory.
Dis and Dat: Phantoms defenseman, Tyler Wotherspoon played a strong game and added two helpers.
Hartford’s Adam Huska turned aside 29 of the 32 shots he faced and Jean-Francois Berube kicked out 26 of 28 Hartford chances.
The Power Play saw Lehigh Valley put up a goose egg on 4 chances while Hartford lit the lamp on 1 of 5.
The victory moves the the Phantoms to a record of 8-3–1 at the PPL Center.
By: Kevin Neibauer
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