Flyers Country: It’s the goalie shuffle

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Phlex, the longtime mascot of the Phantoms, will be retiring in January. (Adirondack Phantoms)

Phlex, the longtime mascot of the Phantoms, will be retiring in January. (Adirondack Phantoms)

The Flyers stunned everyone by placing goaltender Michael Leighton on waivers Monday afternoon. Leighton only played in one game, which was a win against the Los Angeles Kings. He cleared Tuesday and will now be with the Phantoms.

The Flyers sent defenseman Erik Gustafsson back down to the Phantoms on Monday.

The Flyers called up Danny Syvret from the Phantoms Thursday afternoon. He was sent back Saturday.

Flyers defenseman Chris Pronger was cleared to skate by doctors. He is still a few weeks away from returning.

After the win Saturday, Flyers head coach Peter Laviolette will be one of the coaches in the All-Star Game.

Phantoms goaltender Brian Stewart was named the Reebok/AHL Player of the Week on Monday for his 3-0-0 performance with a 1.34 goals-against average and .939 save-percentage.

The Phantoms sent Nic Riopel back to the Road Warriors Tuesday night.

Stewart, who led the Phantoms to four consecutive wins, was sent down to the Bakersfield Condors of the ECHL to make room for Leighton Wednesday.

The Phantoms’ mascot, Phlex, announced his retirement from the organization after spending 15 seasons with the organization on Wednesday. A Phlex Retirement Celebration will take place at the Phantoms’ home game on Jan. 15. A new mascot will be revealed in the upcoming weeks.

The ECHL announced Tuesday that Greenville head coach Dean Stork was named as one of two coaches to the All-Star Game.

Greenville’s Dov Grumet-Morris was name the ECHL Goaltender of the Month for December.

PUCK ROUNDUP

PHILADELPHIA FLYERS
The Flyers finished their western trip with a 3-2 win over the Detroit Red Wings Sunday night after going 22 years without a win at Joe Louis Arena. Brian Boucher continues to be strong in net, seemingly grabbing over the No. 1 position for the team. The Flyers jumped out to a 3-0 lead, but the Wings battled back and made quite a game out of it in the third. Boucher stood tall and made several huge saves and the Flyers have a chance to finish the road trip on a high note.

Scoring:
00:51 of the 2nd: PHI James van Riemsdyk (9) – Assists: Andreas Nodl (7) & Mike Richards (24)
05:32 of the 2nd: PHI Daniel Carcillo (2) – Assists: Andrej Meszaros (13) & Matt Carle (17)
14:24 of the 2nd: PHI Scott Hartnell (10) – Assists: Sean O’Donnell (9) & Danny Briere (12)
00:51 of the 3rd: DET Valtteri Filppula (10) – Assists: Johan Franzen (14)
12:28 of the 3rd: DET Henrik Zetterberg, PPG (14) – Assists: Tomas Holmstrom (10) & Nicklas Lidstrom (26)

Goaltending:
(W) PHI Brian Boucher (8-4-2): 25 saves on 27 shots – 60:00 TOI
(L) DET Jimmy Howard (20-7-3): 24 saves on 27 shots – 40:00 TOI
DET Chris Osgood (4-3-2): 5 saves on 5 shots – 18:54 TOI

The Flyers end the five-game road trip with a 3-2 record after their 4-2 win over the New Jersey Devils Thursday night. After a slow start, Scott Hartnell was able to get the momentum to swing their way and the Flyers rolled on to the win. Danny Briere became the first Flyer to reach the 20-goal mark this season.

Scoring:
11:37 of the 1st: NJD Dainius Zubrus (5) – Assists: Anton Volchenkov (2) & Patrik Elias (19)
15:46 of the 2nd: PHI Scott Hartnell (11) – Assists: Ville Leino (18) & Matt Carle (18)
17:40 of the 2nd: NJD David Clarkson (5) – Assists: Andy Greene (10)
18:54 of the 2nd: PHI Scott Hartnell (12) – Assists: Ville Leino (19) & Kimmo Timonen (16)
02:48 of the 3rd: PHI Danny Briere (19) – Assists: Ville Leino (20) & Matt Carle (19)
11:34 of the 3rd: PHI Danny Briere (20) – Assists: None

Goaltending
(W) PHI Brian Boucher (9-4-2): 18 saves on 20 shots – 60:00 TOI
(L) NJD Johan Hedberg (5-9-1): 16 saves on 20 shots – 58:46 TOI

The Flyers domination of the Devils continued in a Saturday matinee game and swept the home-and-home series. They finished the week with a 2-1 victory over the last place team, leapfrogging the Pittsburgh Penguins once again for the lead in the Eastern Conference. Boucher had another strong performance, making it harder for Sergei Bobrovsky to get a game in.

Scoring:
08:13 of the 1st: PHI James van Riemsdyk (10) – Assists: Jeff Carter (18)
14:41 of the 1st: PHI Danny Briere, PPG (21) – Assists: Claude Giroux (20) & Kimmo Timonen (17)
08:07 of the 2nd: NJD Andy Greene (3) – Assists: None

Goaltending:
(W) PHI Brian Boucher (10-4-2): 34 saves on 35 shots – 59:45 TOI
(L) NJD Johan Hedberg (5-10-1): 8 saves on 10 shots – 14:41 TOI
NJD Martin Brodeur (5-18-1): 19 saves on 19 shots – 44:00 TOI

ADIRONDACK PHANTOMS
The Phantoms make it 2-for-2 in 2011 with their third consecutive win, this time in a shootout to the Rochester Americans Sunday. Rochester held to a 2-0 lead, but the Phantoms stormed back in for 2 goals one minute apart just past the halfway point of the third.

Scoring:
09:47 of the 2nd: RCH Jeff LoVecchio (4) – Assists: Scott Timmins & Clay Wilson
09:45 of the 3rd: RCH Kenndal McArdle (9) – Assists: Chris Taylor & Michael Duco
11:44 of the 3rd: ADK Denis Hamel, PPG (12) – Assists: Luke Pither & Danny Syvret
12:44 of the 3rd: ADK Michael Ryan (5) – Assists: Eric Wellwood & Ben Holmstrom

Shootout:
RCH AJ Jenks – No Goal
ADK Michael Ryan – No Goal
RCH Michal Repik – Goal
ADK Greg Moore – Goal
RCH Bates Battaglia – No Goal
ADK Luke Pither – Goal
RCH Bill Thomas – No Goal
ADK Eric Wellwood – No Goal
RCH Kenndal McArdle – No Goal

Goaltending:
(W) ADK Brian Stewart (3-5-0-0): 32 saves on 34 shots – 65:00 TOI
(L) RCH Jacob Markstrom (11-13-1-1): 29 saves on 31 shots – 65:00 TOI

The Phantoms are riding a high as they win their fourth consecutive win. For the second straight game, the Phantoms secured the win in a shootout, 3-2, over the Albany Devils. Deuces were wild in the game as Stephen Gionta of the Devils and Michael Ryan both scored 2 goals. In the four wins, Stewart has a 1.46 goals-against average and .944 save-percentage.

Scoring:
07:43 of the 2nd: ALB Stephen Gionta (5) – Assists: Chad Wiseman & Michael Swift
14:56 of the 2nd: ADK Michael Ryan (6) – Assists: Eric Wellwood & Jon Kalinksi
00:55 of the 3rd: ALB Stephen Gionta (6) – Assists: Michael Swift & Chad Wiseman
04:55 of the 3rd: ADK Michael Ryan (7) – Assists: Logan Stephenson

Shootout:
ALB Michael Swift – No Goal
ADK Michael Ryan – Goal
ALB Chad Wiseman – Goal
ADK Greg Moore – No Goal
ALB Matt Anderson – Goal
ADK Luke Pither – No Goal
ALB Adam Henrique – Goal
ADK Erik Wellwood – Goal
ALB Alexander Vasyunov – No Goal
ADK Ben Holmstrom – Goal
ALB Patrick Davis – No Goal
ADK Danny Syvret – No Goal
ALB David McIntyre – No Goal
ADK Jon Kalinski – Goal

Goaltending:
(W) ADK Brian Stewart (4-5-0-0): 26 saves on 28 shots – 64:54 TOI
(L) ALB Jeff Frazee (9-19-0-3): 20 saves on 22 shots – 65:00 TOI

Leighton received his first start in his return to the Phantoms Friday night in a shootout loss, 3-2, to the Abbotsford Heat. The Phantoms battled back in the third period to tie the game with just 23 seconds remaining in regulation. This was the first loss for the team in 2011, but have gained at least one point in the last five games.

Scoring:
14:38 of the 2nd: ABB Lance Bouma, PPG (8) – Assists: Jon Rheault & TJ Brodie
12:01 of the 3rd: ABB Cam Cunning (7) – Assists: Keith Seabrook
16:07 of the 3rd: ADK Jon Kalinski, SHG (5) – Assists: None
19:37 of the 3rd: ADK Michael Ryan (8) – Assists: Jon Kalinski & Kevin Marshall

Shootout:
ABB Bryan Cameron – No Goal
ADK Michael Ryan – No Goal
ABB Matt Keith – Goal
ADK Greg Moore – Goal
ABB Greg Nemisz – No Goal
ADK Luke Pither – No Goal
ABB Mitch Wahl – Goal
ADK Ben Holmstrom – No Goal
ABB Jon Rheault – Goal

Goaltending:
(L) ADK Michael Leighton (1-3-0-1): 32 saves on 34 shots – 64:33 TOI
(W) ABB Leland Irving (16-12-1-1): 19 saves on 21 shots – 65:00 TOI

Johan Backlund made his first return to the net since his injury that sidelined him back on Nov. 27 in another 3-2 shootout loss to the Heat. It is the third straight game that has gone to a shootout and the sixth straight game the Phantoms have gotten at least one point. Unlike the night before, this time the Phantoms got off to the 2-0 lead in the game and the Heat battled back. Ryan continues his goal-scoring streak with at least 1 goal in the last five games.

Scoring:
01:58 of the 2nd: ADK Michael Ryan, PPG (9) – Assists: Ben Holmstrom & Erik Gustafsson
06:30 of the 2nd: ADK Mike Testwuide (2) – Assists: None
15:15 of the 2nd: ABB Ryan Stone (2) – Assists: Jon Rheault & Brendan Mikkelson
01:29 of the 2nd: ABB Matt Keith (13) – Assists: Cam Cunning

Shootout:
ABB Bryan Cameron – No Goal
ADK Michael Ryan – No Goal
ABB Matt Keith – Goal
ADK Greg Moore – No Goal
ABB Greg Nemisz – No Goal
ADK Luke Pither – No Goal
ABB Jon Rheault – No Goal
ADK Eric Wellwood – No Goal
ABB Cam Cunning – No Goal
ADK Ben Holmstrom – No Goal

Goaltending:
(L) ADK Johan Backlund (3-10-2-1): 28 saves on 30 shots – 64:50 TOI
ABB Leland Irving (16-12-1-1): 7 saves on 9 shots – 26:30 TOI
(W) ABB Jean-Philippe Lamoureux (2-0-0-1): 12 saves on 12 shots – 38:30 TOI

GREENVILLE ROAD WARRIORS
The Road Warriors skates over the Wheeling Nailers Sunday and walked away with a 5-1 win. Wes Cunningham scored his first goal of the season and Lee Baldwin scored his first goal  in only his second game since joining the team. Jimmy Kilpatrick had 3 assists on the night.

Scoring:
01:49 of the 1st: GRN Wes Cunningham (1) – Assists: Jimmy Kilpatrick & Mark Voakes
08:34 of the 1st: GRN Blake Parlett (5) – Assists: Jimmy Kilpatrick & Chris Chappell
10:03 of the 1st: GRN Marc-Olivier Vallerand (14) – Assists: Sean Berkstresser & Blake Parlett
06:30 of the 2nd: WHL Dan Henningson (3) – Assists: Sebastien Bisaillon & Joey Haddad
07:35 of the 3rd: GRN Lee Baldwin (1) – Assists: Jimmy Kilpatrick & Connor Shields
19:16 of the 3rd: GRN Sean Berkstresser (3) – Assists: TJ Reynolds & Blake Parlett

Goaltending:
(W) GRN Dov Grumet-Morris (15-4-0-1): 28 saves on 29 shots – 60:00 TOI
(L) WHL Patrick Killeen (13-7-0-0): 24 saves on 29 shots – 60:00 TOI

The Road Warriors began their three-game tilt with the Gwinnett Gladiators Thursday night with a 3-1 loss. The game was only Grumet-Morris’ fifth loss of the season as he has been stellar between the pipes for Greenville.

Scoring:
19:30 of the 1st: GWT Dan Kissel (8) – Assists: Aaron Bendickson
03:12 of the 2nd: GRN Chris Chappell (3) – Assists: Jimmy Kilpatrick & Brandon Wong
07:33 of the 2nd: GWT Paul Flache (4) – Assists: Tim Miller & Michael Forney
15:53 of the 2nd: GWT Tim Miller (14) – Assists: Paul Flache & Michael Forney

Goaltending:
(L) GRN Dov Grumet-Morris (15-5-0-1): 26 saves on 29 shots – 57:57 TOI
(W) GWT Chris Carrozzi (8-9-0-3): 23 saves on 24 shots – 60:00 TOI

The Road Warriors’ comeback fell short Friday night with a 4-3 loss to the Gladiators. Greenville fell behind 3-1 but was able to tie the game in the third before Gwinnett took the lead back just past the halfway point of the period and held off the Road Warriors for the win. Riopel made his first start with the team since being sent back down from the Phantoms. Grumet-Morris’ streak of starting 15 consecutive games ended when he did not play for personal reasons.

Scoring:
02:46 of the 1st: GWT Tim Miller (15) – Assists: Pat Galivan & Michael Forney
14:25 of the 1st: GWT Michael Forney (7) – Assists: Aaron Bendickson
03:53 of the 2nd: GRN Connor Shields (8) – Assists: Sam Klassen & Brandon Wong
16:52 of the 2nd: GWT Tim Miller (16) – Assists: Pat Galivan
02:14 of the 3rd: GRN Chris Chappell, PPG (4) – Assists: Mark Voakes & Blake Parlett
03:45 of the 3rd: GRN Connor Shields (9) – Assists: Brandon Wong & Wes Cunningham
13:52 of the 3rd: GWT Michael Forney (8) – Assists: Tim Miller & Pat Galivan

Goaltening:
(L) GRN Nic Riopel (6-3-1-0): 24 saves on 28 shots – 58:39 TOI
(W) GWT Chris Carrozzi (9-9-0-3): 22 saves on 25 shots – 60:00 TOI

The Gladiators swept the weekend series with a 3-2 win over the Road Warriors Saturday. The skid has now hit three straight losses for Greenville. It also allowed the South Carolina Stingrays to gain within 4 points and the Utah Grizzlies of the Western Conference to tie them for the most points in the league.

Scoring:
13:08 of the 1st: GWT Justin Milo (3) – Assists: Ian McKenzie & Andy Brandt
19:48 of the 1st: GWT Justin Milo, PPG (4) – Assists: Paul Flache & Drew Paris
08:23 of the 2nd: GWT Tim Miller, PPG (17) – Assists: Pat Galivan & Sam Roberts
11:32 of the 2nd: GRN Marc-Olivier Vallerand (15) – Assists: Brandon Wong & Connor Shields
00:24 of the 3rd: GRN Sam Klassen (1) – Assists: Marc-Olivier Vallerand

Goaltending:
(L) GRN Dov Grumet-Morris (15-6-0-1): 36 saves on 39 shots – 58:46 TOI
(W) GWT Chris Carrozzi (10-9-0-3): 28 saves on 30 shots – 60:00 TOI

THE WEEK AHEAD

After a brief stop at home, the Flyers hit the road once again with a game against the Buffalo Sabres Tuesday, Boston Bruins Thursday and Atlanta Thrashers Friday.

The Phantoms have a short week with only two games at home. The Hershey Bears come to town Friday and the rival Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins on Saturday.

The Road Warriors have a four-day break before a home-stand against the Florida Everblades Thursday, Gladiators Friday and Kalamazoo Wings Saturday.

STANDINGS

Philadelphia Flyers
26-10-5 – 57 pts (1st in Atlantic Division, 1st in Eastern Conference)

Adirondack Phantoms
11-25-2-2 – 26 pts (8th in East Division, 15th in Eastern Conference)

Greenville Road Warriors
23-10-1-1 – 48 pts (1st in South Division, 1st in Eastern Conference)

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