Wolfpack Chase Phantoms, 4-2

The 18-21-1-5 Lehigh Valley Phantoms played their final game before the AHL All- Star break.

7th place Lehigh Valley went into the XL Center in Hartford, CN to battle the first place Wolfpack (25-10-4-5).

Lehigh Valley struck first with Max Willman picking up his third of the season when he picked up a bounce off the end boards and fired it toward the net. 

The puck went off the skate of Hartford netminder, Igor Shesterkin and with 5:39 played, the Phantoms were spooking the ‘Pack.

It took all of thirty one seconds for the lead to double with Greg Carey nailing his third with the assist going to Cal O’Reilly who picked up his 601st point as a Phantom and Lehigh Valley seemed to be settling in.

Starting Phantoms netminder, JF Berube gave up the proximity goal off a long range shot from the right corner that Darren Raddysh fired and at the 9:49 mark, the Wolfpack cut it to 2-1.

At 10:58, Ryan Gropp picked up his first of two on the night to knot it up at 2-2.

Phantoms Coach, Scott Gordon opted to yank Berube in favor of Alex Lyon.

The teams battled with both goaltenders all but standing on their heads and no further goals were scored in the remainder of the first nor the second period.

No goals until Cropp picked up his third of the season with 9:01 gone in the final stanza.

Lehigh Valley turned up the heat but could not find the equalizer. With the LV net wide open in favor of an extra man, Phil Diguiseppi scored his 13th with 7.7 seconds to seal the deal on the 4-2 Hartford victory.

The teams are now 2-2-0 against each other.

Igor Shesterkin stopped 28 of 30 Lehigh Valley shots.

Berube allowed two goals on the four shots he faced while Lyon stopped 20 of 21 in his 46:39.

The Phantoms Morgan Frost left to fly to Ontario, California to represent The Phantoms in the AHL All Star festivities on Sunday and Monday.

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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