What a night for Nicolas Aube-Kubel! His primary assists on three-straight goals in the first and second periods helped the Phantoms capture a 5-4 win over the Hershey Bears, moving them up in the standings.
It all started thanks to some physical play from Danick Martel and Aube-Kubel. Martel’s hit along the side board at the blue line forced a turnover in the offensive zone. Aube-Kubel picked up the loose puck and dished it over to Adam Comrie, who sniped home the goal.
Aube-Kubel talked about his physical play and ability to do multiple things on the ice following the win.
“We always have good chances offensively, sometimes we score a lot and we have slumps,” he said. “It happens with every line. Right now we’re feeling good. Since (Cole Bardreau) is out, we need a guy that can finish bodies and hit more and bring momentum to the game. I’m trying to do that this year.”
Aube-Kubel then connected with Mike Vecchione with a cross-zone pass, allowing Vecchione to get an angle shot. Vecchione was able to connect from an awkward angle with a filthy shot to the top corner of the net.
The pass was great, but the shot was even better.
Aube-Kubel’s third-straight primary assist came on the team’s fourth goal of the game. Aube-Kubel skated into the zone and, through a defender, dished it to Phil Varone, who made it 4-1 and gave the Phantoms tons of momentum heading into the final frame.
An emphatic end to his night on the scoresheet.
The Phantoms would go onto win 5-4, giving up goals in the final four minutes of regulation as Hershey clawed their way back into the game. Oskar Lindblom recorded a secondary assist, Tyrell Goulbourne connected with a shot from the circle to extend his point streak to a career-high four games, and the Phantoms did not allow a power play goal for the sixth-consecutive game.
Head coach Scott Gordon talked about Goulbourne’s play this season and how he’s vastly improved in every aspect of the ice.
“There’s been a lot of changes including his commitment and his ability to bring it every shift,” Gordon said. “He had a hard time finding consistency the previous two years. This year, he’s found a way to get ready to play. He knows what he needs to do. Now the things that we’ve talked about game to game, he’s doing. He’s putting himself in a better position to play more.”
Lehigh Valley hasn’t allowed a power play goal since November 24 at Springfield and have successfully killed off 23 consecutive power play opportunities. Lindblom, Vecchione, and Aube-Kubel saw some time on the penalty kill this evening, with Lindblom nearly creating a shorthanded chance for Matt Read.
The Phantoms improved to 15-7-1-2 this season, including 9-1-1-1 when scoring first this season. They return to the ice Saturday evening in Hershey to face the Bears once again. It’s sure to be a good one. Great signs moving forward as young prospects for the Philadelphia Flyers make an impact once again in Lehigh Valley.
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