Flyers Country: Phantoms lose games and player

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Patrick Maroon was sent home, pending re-assignment, from the Adirondack Phantoms. (Philadelphia Flyers)

Patrick Maroon was sent home, pending re-assignment, from the Adirondack Phantoms. (Philadelphia Flyers)

Big news happened for each of the three teams this week:

Flyers goaltender Michael Leighton skated for the first time Saturday since he had surgery back on Oct. 11. Leighton told philadelphiaflyers.com:

“I felt pretty good. The back pain is gone, so that’s a good sign,” said Leighton. “I still have a little bit of a weakness in my foot and that’s just something that’s going to go away in time. It’s gotten better than what it was before the surgery. My flexibility is better. It’s really improving.”

Phantoms top-scorer Patrick Maroon was sent home Wednesday where he will await a trade to another team or be sent down to the ECHL. Maroon had behavioral issues that spread into the locker room. Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren released a statement to Philadelphia writers that the removal of Maroon was “in the best interests of the organization.”

The Road Warriors made their second trade of the season Thursday. They acquired left wing Chris Morehouse from the Cincinnati Cyclones in exchange for future considerations.

PUCK ROUNDUP

PHILADELPHIA FLYERS:
In a game that head coach Peter Laviolette described as “mindless hockey without any energy or any passion,” the Flyers fell to the Columbus Blue Jackets, 2-1, Monday night in their first of two back-to-back games this week. The Flyers never showed up in the game until over half way through the third period when Ville Leino ended Mathieu Garon‘s bid at a shutout, but the shift after saw them revert back into nothingness. During the postgame press conference, Laviolette said, “It’s completely frustrating and we got exactly what we deserved tonight.”

Scoring:
12:19 of the 1st: CBJ Kyle Wilson (1) – Assists: Chris Clark (4) & Marc Methot (5)
09:57 of the 2nd: CBJ Derick Brassard, PPG (2) – Assists: Rick Nash (1) & Jakub Voracek (3)
14:59 of the 3rd: PHI Ville Leino (2) – Assists: Danny Briere (1) & Scott Hartnell (2)

Goaltending:
(L) PHI Brian Boucher (1-2-1): 23 saves on 25 shots – 58:29 TOI
(W) CBJ Mathieu Garon (2-0-0): 28 saves on 29 shots – 60:00 TOI

The Flyers put on thrilling and nerve-racking game Tuesday night against the Buffalo Sabres. After taking a 5-1 lead and playing calm and controlled hockey in the second, let the Sabres take hold of the game in the third. The Sabres came back to make a game out of it by scoring two goals to pull within two. But with the help of Sergei Bobrovsky, the Flyers were able to hold off the Sabres and Andreas Nodl scored the empty netter for his first of the season. Once again, Laviolette changed up two lines: van Riemsdyk-Richards-Zherdev, Powe-Giroux-Carter

Scoring:
08:54 of the 1st: BUF Thomas Vanek, PPG (4) – Assists: Steve Montador (5) & Derek Roy (5)

15:15 of the 1st: PHI Danny Briere, PPG (6) – Assists: Jeff Carter (2) & Chris Pronger (2)
04:42 of the 2nd: PHI Nikolay Zherdev (2) – Assists: Scott Hartnell (3) & Braydon Coburn (2)
11:44 of the 2nd: PHI Darroll Powe (2) – Assists: Claude Giroux (3) & Jeff Carter (3)
14:36 of the 2nd: PHI Claude Giroux, PPG (4) – Assists: None
00:38 of the 3rd: PHI Jeff Carter, PPG (3) – Assists: Mike Richards (6) & Danny Briere (2)
07:10 of the 3rd: BUF Tyler Myers, PPG (3) – Assists: Derek Roy (6)
12:32 of the 3rd: BUF Steve Montador (1) – Assists: Tim Connolly (3) & Michael Grier (3)
19:24 of the 3rd: PHI Andreas Nodl, EN (1) – Assists: Blair Betts (2)

Goaltending:
(W) PHI Sergei Bobrovsky (3-2-0): 32 saves on 35 shots – 59:58 TOI
(L) BUF Ryan Miller (3-5-1): 28 saves on 33 shots – 59:00 TOI

For the first time this season, the Flyers won two games in a row, defeating the rival Penguins, 3-2. Claude Giroux was big, scoring a power play and shorthanded goal. The big news before the game revolved around Nikolay Zherdev being a healthy scratch.

Scoring:
08:12 of the 1st: PIT Kris Letang (3) – Assists: Evgeni Malkin (6) & Mike Comrie (5)
05:20 of the 2nd: PHI Claude Giroux, SHG (5) – Assists: Mike Richards (7)
13:34 of the 2nd: PHI Daniel Carcillo (1) – Assists: Matt Carle (4) & Blair Betts (3)
10:43 of the 3rd: PHI Claude Giroux, PPG (6) – Assists: Ville Leino (5) & Kimmo Timonen (1)
19:15 of the 3rd: PIT Tyler Kennedy (2) – Assists: Sidney Crosby (7)

Goaltending:
(W) PHI Sergei Bobrovsky (4-2-0): 26 saves on 28 shots – 60:00 TOI
(L) PIT Marc-Andre Fleury (1-5-0): 21 saves on 24 shots – 59:03 TOI

The Flyers’ Halloween game Saturday night came just shy of a couple of tricks, but was not short on treats for the fans. The Flyers came out strong in the opening minutes of the game and continued throughout the game. Eleven different players on the team registered at least a point in the 6-1 win over the New York Islanders. This was the first game of the season that a defenseman scored a goal, and by the end, the defense registered 6 points (3G, 3A). Jeff Carter and Chris Pronger both tallied two goals each, but neither could find the net a third time for a hat trick. Bobrovsky started a third consecutive game and played arguably his best game of the season. The lone goal he allowed came from a penalty shot awarded to Frans Nielsen. Nodl and Andrej Meszaros both left the game due to an upper body injury. No further information has been released on either of them.

Scoring:
02:36 of the 1st: PHI Kimmo Timonen (1) – Assists: Scott Hartnell (4) & Ville Leino (6)
17:19 of the 1st: PHI Jeff Carter (4) – Assists: Claude Giroux (4) & Andrej Meszaros (2)
02:55 of the 2nd: PHI Jeff Carter (5) – Assists: Darroll Powe (3) & Claude Giroux (5)
04:32 of the 2nd: PHI Chris Pronger, PPG (1) – Assists: Kimmo Timonen (2) & Ville Leino (7)
08:09 of the 2nd: NYI Frans Nielsen, SHG-PS (2) – Assists: None
09:21 of the 2nd: PHI Chris Pronger, PPG (2) – Assists: Kimmo Timonen (3) & Mike Richards (8)
15:02 of the 2nd: PHI Andreas Nodl (2) – Assists: James van Riemsdyk (4) & Jeff Carter (4)

Goaltending:
(W) PHI Sergei Bobrovsky (5-2-0): 30 saves on 31 shots – 60:00 TOI
(L) NYI Rick DiPietro (2-2-2): 23 saves on 29 shots – 60:00 TOI

ADIRONDACK PHANTOMS:
The Phantoms continued their string of losses as they fell to the Hersey Bears for the second night in a row, 4-2. Adirondack jumped out to an early 2-0 lead, but the Bears fought back and scored four unanswered goals. The Phantoms have now lost five straight games.

Scoring:
04:43 of the 1st: ADK Patrick Maroon, PPG (5) – Assists: Joonas Lehtivuori & Erik Gustafsson
09:14 of the 1st: ADK Jon Kalinski (2) – Assists: Patrick Maroon & Mike Testwuide
11:26 of the 1st: HER Andrew Gordon, PPG (5) – Assists: Keith Aucoin & Lawrence Nycholat
18:56 of the 2nd: HER Andrew Joudrey (1) – Assists: Boyd Kane & Ashton Rome
13:49 of the 3rd: HER Andrew Gordon, PPG (6) – Assists: Keith Aucoin & Kyle Greentree
17:20 of the 3rd: HER Ashton Rome (3) – Assists: Brian Willsie

Goaltending:
(L) ADK Brian Stewart (0-2-0-0): 30 saves on 34 shots – 58:08 TOI
(W) HER Braden Holtby (4-0-0-1): 27 saves on 29 shots – 60:00 TOI

The Phantoms went into the game Friday night with top-scorer Maroon a healthy scratch. Adirondack faced the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins and fell 4-1 to them. David Laliberte scored the only goal for the Phantoms, which was also his first for the season.

Scoring:
02:02 of the 1st: WBS Ryan Craig (1) – Assists: Robert Bortuzzo & Brian Strait
18:17 of the 2nd: WBS Carl Sneep (1) – Assists: Nick Johnson & Andrew Hutchinson
03:23 of the 3rd: WBS Jesse Boulerice (1) – Assists: Geoff Walker & Zach Sill
05:04 of the 3rd: ADK David Laliberte (1) – Assists: Erik Gustafsson & Oskars Bartulis
15:58 of the 3rd: WBS Nick Johnson, PPG (3) – Assists: Andrew Hutchinson & Dustin Jeffrey

Goaltending:
(L) ADK Johan Backlund (2-5-1-0): 16 saves on 20 shots – 60:00 TOI
(W) WBS Brad Thiessen (4-0-0-0): 17 saves on 18 shots – 60:00 TOI

The Phantoms continues their losing streak Saturday when the lost to the Rochester Americans, 5-3. They have now lost seven straight games. Some hope that the loss of Maroon may turn the season around for the team.

Scoring:
00:38 of the 1st: RCH Bill Thomas (2) – Assists: None

02:00 of the 1st: ADK Andrew Rowe, PPG (3) – Assists: Jon Kalinski & Stefan Legein
04:58 of the 1st: RCH Kenndal McArdle, PPG (4) – Assists: Joe Callahan & Mike Kostka
10:29 of the 1st: ADK Andrew Rowe, PPG (4) – Assists: Jon Kalinski & Stefan Legein
08:49 of the 2nd: ADK Jon Kalinski, PPG (3) – Assists: Andrew Rowe & Marc-Andre Bourdon
18:12 of the 2nd: RCH Colby Robak (1) – Assists: Eric Selleck
07:58 of the 3rd: RCH Colby Robak, PPG (2) – Assists: Clay Wilson & Bill Thomas
19:13 of the 3rd: RCH Bill Thomas, EN (3) – Assists: Evgeny Dadonov & Keaton Ellerby

Goaltending:
(L) ADK Johan Backlund (2-6-1-0): 21 saves on 25 shots – 59:01 TOI
(W) RCH Jacob Markstrom (4-4-1-0): 31 saves on 34 shots – 59:44 TOI

GREENVILLE ROAD WARRIORS:
The Road Warriors opened their three-game stand against the South Carolina Stingrays Sunday night with a loss, 4-2. Andrew Carroll scored the two goals for Greenville, both coming in the first period. The Stingrays took over from there and scored three unanswered goals before Matt Scherer sealed the game with an empty netter.

Scoring:
08:58 of the 1st: GRN Andrew Carroll, PPG (2) – Assists: Cullen Eddy & Brad Cole

03:27 of the 2nd: GRN Andrew Carroll, PPG (3) – Assists: Mark Voakes & Justin Bowers
07:26 of the 2nd: SC Josh Godfrey, PPG (1) – Assists: Pierre-Luc O’Brien & Bryan Schmidt
12:47 of the 2nd: SC Nikita Kashirsky (3) – Assists: Dylan Yeo & Trent Campbell
01:47 of the 3rd: SC Nikita Kashirsky (4) – Assists: Josh Godfrey & Tommy Goebel
19:33 of the 3rd: SC Matt Scherer, EN (1) – Assists: Maxime Lacroix

Goaltending:
(L) GRN Nic Riopel (1-1-1-0): 30 saves on 33 shots – 59:29 TOI
(W) SC Jared DeMichiel (1-0-0-0): 27 saves on 29 shots – 60:00 TOI

The Road Warriors faced the Stingrays for the second time in the week and won the game, 4-1. After a Stingray power play goal with one second remaining in the first period, the Road Warriors charged back in and scored three unanswered goals in the second and added one more in the third.

Scoring:
19:59 of the 1st: SC Patrick Cullity, PPG (1) – Assists: Grant Farrell
04:00 of the 2nd: GRN Anton Kharin (1) – Assists: Matt Schepke & Sam Klassen
11:48 of the 2nd: GRN Cullen Eddy (1) – Assists: Brendan Connolly & Marc-Olicier Vallerand
12:37 of the 2nd: GRN Julien Broiullette, PPG (3) – Assists: Wes Cunningham
16:48 of the 3rd: GRN Andrew Carroll (4) – Assists: Justin Bowers & Mark Voakes


Goaltending:
(W) GRN Nic Riopel (2-1-1-0): 23 saves on 24 shots – 60:00 TOI
(L) SC Jared DeMichiel (1-1-0-0): 36 saves on 40 shots – 60:00 TOI

The Road Warriors finished their three straight games against the Stingrays Saturday night and won 5-2. They took two of the three games from them. They finish the month of October with only one loss in regulation.

Scoring:
08:21 of the 1st: GRN Julien Brouillette, PPG (4) – Assists: Justin Bowers & Mark Voakes
12:22 of the 1st: GRN Andrew Carroll, PPG (5) – Assists: Justin Bowers & Julien Brouillette
18:52 of the 1st: SC Josh Godfrey, PPG (2) – Assists: Maxime Lacroix
02:34 of the 2nd: GRN Justin Bowers, PPG – Assists: Andrew Carroll &Wes Cunningham
11:38 of the 2nd: SC Josh Godfrey (3) – Assists: Zach Jones
17:35 of the 2nd: GRN Andrew Carroll (6) – Assists: Justin Bowers & Wes Cunningham
18:02 of the 2nd: GRN Connor Shields (1) – Assists: Shane Harper

Goaltending:
(W) GRN Nic Riopel (3-1-1-0): 28 saves on 30 shots – 60:00 TOI
(L) SC Jared DeMichiel (1-2-0-0): 38 saves on 43 shots – 60:00 TOI

THE WEEK AHEAD

The Flyers start off the month of November Monday against the Carolina Hurricanes and continue at home Thursday playing the rival New York Rangers for the first time this season. The Flyers travel up to Long Island Saturday to face the New York Islanders.

The Phantoms enjoy a five-day layoff before hitting the road to face the Portland Pirates Friday and Binghamton Senators on Saturday.

The Road Warriors also have a five-day layoff before their home-and-home with the Gwinnett Gladiators Friday and Saturday.

STANDINGS

Philadelphia Flyers
6-4-1 — 13 pts (1st in Atlantic Division, 3rd in Eastern Conference)

Adirondack Phantoms
2-8-1-0 — 5 pts (8th in East Division, 15th in Eastern Conference)

Greenville Road Warriors
3-1-1-0 — 7 pts (3rd in South Division, 5th in Eastern Conference)

If there are any questions you would like answered or other aspects you would like to see covered in the weekly column, please e-mail Candice at cmonhollan@cwgap.com.

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