October 09, 2018
By: Kristi Fulkerson
A lot has happened over the last week for the Lehigh Valley Phantoms hockey team, highlighted by a season-opening victory Saturday against Bridgeport 6-3. The Phantoms seemingly picked up where they left off last season, playing with a familiarity that comes with the return of more than half the team. Of the 18 skaters in the lineup Saturday, 13 spent the majority of the season with Lehigh Valley in 2017-18, and 15 guys played in at least a game. Rookie German Rubtsov scored his first professional goal, while Nic Aube-Kubel and Greg Carey each produced three points (2 goals, 1 assist) and Phil Varone added an empty netter to round out the scoring. The Sound Tigers had a decent lineup with the offseason additions of Mike Sislo and Chris Bourque offensively. The former Hershey Bear, Bourque, assisted on Bridgeport’s first power play goal. Up next for the Phantoms is a Friday night tilt against Springfield.

After an early morning practice Monday, members of the Phantoms took part in the team’s annual Phantoms Charities Golf Classic at Saucon Valley Country Club. Members of the organization’s team and staff joined in on the fun, battling for bragging rights and a shiny trophy. A new champion was bound to be crowned with each of the previous winners not in attendance (Jay Rosehill - 2014, Nick Cousins - 2015, Corban Knight - 2016, Phil Varone - 2107).  Starting with some practice on the putting green and driving range, it seemed Greg Carey and T.J. Brennan were deemed the most likely contenders. The avid golfers played in different groups but both alongside members of the tournament's title sponsor, SEAL, and sure enough by day's end they claimed 1st and 2nd place. That’s now their fourth victory in five years of the Golf Classic — Service Electric is the only other sponsor winner after claiming victory in the inaugural event with the help of former forward Jay Rosehill. You can see a full recap of the even on our season debut of LV Phantoms Breaking the Ice this Monday October 15th.

On Tuesday of last week, four Phantoms made their way around the Valley deliver season tickets to a handful of lucky fans. Taking part in the tradition this season were rookies Carter Hart and Connor Bunnaman, plus second-year Phantoms James DeHaas and Phil Myers. While some of the younger fans were speechless, another called it ‘the best thing you could ever do for me as a season ticket holder’ — aside from winning the Calder Cup, of course. Myers had a chance to explore a black and orange bedroom and each sushi, while Hart caught some kids the midst of a street hockey session. For a look back at the event, visit www.tv2sports.com/pro-sports/phantoms