ALLENTOWN - The Lehigh Valley Phantoms produced a jaw-dropping 44 shots on goal Friday evening, including a season-high 25 in the third period, but the visiting Hartford Wolf Pack were able to hang on for a 3-2 decision in front of 8,520 fans at PPL Center.
Mark Alt (1st) and Scott Laughton (12th) found the back of the net for the Phantoms as they moved to 32-16-2 overall this season and remained in sole possession of second place in the tightly-contested Atlantic Division.
All told, the Phantoms out shot the Wolf Pack 44-18 in the game and absolutely dominated the final 40 minutes of Friday's contest outshooting Hartford 36-8 in the final two periods. Lehigh Valley's 44 shots were good for the fourth-most shots on goal the Phantoms have produced this season.
For Alt, he became the 21st different Lehigh Valley skater to find the back of the net with Friday's conversion. Meanwhile, Laughton returned to the Phantoms' lineup after missing the last two games due to injury and continued his torrid scoring prowess of late converting his ninth goal and 13th point over his last 16 games.
Friday's game marked yet another PPL Center standing room-only sellout as the Phantoms skated in front of their 10th capacity crowd this year. Phantoms fans have turned out in droves of late producing standing room-only sellouts in each of the last three straight home outings and eight of the Phantoms' last 11 home tilts.
The Phantoms continue this week's action on Saturday when they welcome Hartford pack to PPL Center for a 7:05 p.m. showdown.
Game information courtesy of the Lehigh Valley Phantoms.