The Phantoms went 2-1-0 this weekend which brings them to 7-6-1 on the season.
It’s hard to overstate just how good Sam Ersson has been during the month of November. He stopped 30 of 32 shots on Friday and 25 of 27 shots on Saturday, both victories, that brings him to five straight wins. His numbers at face value (2.48 goals against average, .919 save percentage) are still a little pedestrian, but that’s thanks to a few rough games at the start of the season. Ersson has found his stride and provides hope of another exciting player between the pipes in Philly in the very near future.
After ending up in John Tortorella’s doghouse throughout the early part of the season, Laczynski was returned to the Phantoms where he’s had three points in his first two games as well as scoring a goal in the shootout on Saturday. He didn’t play on Sunday, which could be a sign he’s getting recalled to the NHL after Scott Laughton’s injury, maybe the brief burst of offense can positively impact his confidence upon his return.
Attard scored just a single assist through six games from late October through early November, but now he’s has recorded two goals and two assists over his last four games. He’s certainly serving the role as an offensive defenseman working well on both sides of the puck and continues to be a beacon of hope on the right side of the defense.
It’s hard to tell where Jackson Cates falls in as a prospect these days, but he’s been playing well and has been tasked with elevating the play of youngsters like Zayde Wisdom, Olle Lycksell and Tyson Foerster. Cates has been shifting back and forth from center to left wing, but considering the lack of center depth at the NHL level, it’s quite possible he could get recalled at some point to plug a depth hole.
Foerster had a three points, one in each game, over the weekend. The goal and two assists bring him to three goals and ten points on the season. It’s nice to see some points roll in on a consistent basis for the 20-year-old, who seems to finally be heating up after a hit and miss start to the season.
York didn’t have the offensive explosion that he did last week, racking up just a single assist, but he continues to serve as the team’s top defenseman and playing well despite the silence on the scoresheet.
Lycksell hasn’t played in any of the Phantoms’ last four games. It appears he’s dealing with some kind of injury, which is too bad because he was putting together a solid season to this point.
By: Dan Esche (@DanTheFlyeraFan)