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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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.