Tokarski brilliant as Phantoms blank Penguins

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - Dustin Tokarski turned in a stellar 39-save performance and five different Lehigh Valley Phantoms found the back of the net Wednesday evening as the Phantoms used a total team effort in earning a 5-0 win over the rival Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in front of a standing room-only sellout crowd of 8,592 fans inside PPL Center.

With the win, Lehigh Valley improved to 14-7-1-2 overall this season as the Phantoms increased their Atlantic Division-leading standings points total to 31. Lehigh Valley is now 3-1-1 on their current home stand with the finale of the six-game stretch in downtown Allentown set for this Friday, December 8 against the Hershey Bears. With Wednesday's victory, the Phantoms improved to 7-3-1-1 at PPL Center this season.


Tokarski's effort produced Lehigh Valley's first shutout of the season as the 28-year-old netminder denied all 39 of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton's shots, including 14 in the third period, en route to his sixth win of the season. The 39 denials marked a season-high for Tokarski who improved to 6-1-2 with Wednesday's win.

Corban Knight (5th), Oskar Lindblom (5th), Tyrell Goulbourne (4th), Matt Read (3rd) and Mikhail Vorobyev (3rd) all found the back of the net in support of Tokarski. Knight and Read's goals were part of multi-point efforts as they each tallied a goal and an assist while Goulbourne's conversion was the club's fourth shorthanded goal this season.

Lehigh Valley's penalty kill also continued its exceptional play of late as the Phantoms thwarted all five of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton's power play opportunities. With Wednesday's result, Lehigh Valley hasn't allowed a power play goal in each of its last five straight outings and has now successfully killed 20 consecutive man-advantage opportunities

Wednesday's game was skated in front of a raucous crowd of 8,592 patriotic fans as the Phantoms enjoyed their second straight standing room-only sellout following a packed house last Saturday for the club's annual Teddy Bear Toss. Wednesday's tilt not only marked the fourth capacity crowd this season but it's the team's 66th regular season standing room-only sellout since PPL Center opened its doors in the Fall of 2014.  

The Phantoms are now 2-2-1 against the Penguins this season and have garnered five of a possible six standings points (2-0-1) in three head-to-head meetings at PPL Center.

The Phantoms conclude their season-high six-game home stand this Friday, December 8 when they welcome the rival Hershey Bears back to PPL Center.

Game information courtesy of the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. 


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