December 07, 2018
By: Kristi Fulkerson
December is bound to be a whirlwind of a month for the third-place Phantoms as they continue a stretch of 6 games in 9 days this week. Over the weekend, the team strung together their first 3-game win streak with victories in three different Canadian cities — Laval (Quebec), Belleville (Ontario), and Toronto (Ontario). Head Coach Scott Gordon called the team’s effort their most consistent of the season, one they had hoped to build on with four straight games in Allentown to follow. The team will play a season-high 8 home games this month.

On Wednesday, Lehigh Valley’s return to PPL Center ended in favor of the visitors as the Cleveland Monsters made their first appearance at PPL Center a winning one, claiming a 5-1 victory. The Phantoms’ PK unit allowed their first power play goal since November 23rd. The Monsters won’t be gone for long, returning Saturday on Teddy Bear Toss Night to conclude the Allentown portion of the season series. The Phantoms will first host Hershey on Friday, looking to extend their home winning streak against the Bears to 8 games dating back to last season.  As always, our coverage of all home games begins at 6:30pm on TV2/502HD. 

Off the ice, the Phantoms have been pretty busy as well. Last week, 8 players (all sporting a traditional November mustache) tended bar at Chickie’s & Pete’s to raise awareness and funds for men’s health. The guys raised over $1500 in tips to contribute to the Movember Campaign which focuses efforts on testicular/prostate cancer and mental health/suicide prevention. In total for the month, the team raised over $4700 dollars for the cause. (You can see the full story of the players’ bartending effort at http://www.tv2sports.com/pro-sports <http://www.tv2sports.com/pro-sports>.) 

Kudos to the PPL Center & Phantoms staffs as well, which hosted a pretty impressive Thanksgiving dinner last month for families of Valley Youth House. They prepared and served a delicious meal to close to 200 people who may not have otherwise enjoyed a holiday dinner.