Phantoms Get Revenge, 4-2

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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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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