Bethlehem Press

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Phantoms win after ‘embarrassing’ loss

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

The Phantoms reached the halfway point of their season with what Phil Varone called an “embarrassing” performance in a 6-2 loss to Springfield Saturday night. Lehigh Valley came out with a good first period, but that was about all it was able to put together as the Thunderbirds scored four unanswered goals to waltz out of the PPL Center with a win.

Varone scored his 100th career AHL goal in the game, but was more focused on the weak effort that the team put on the ice.

Hurricanes continue to build

Thursday, January 11, 2018 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

As a young team, Liberty is taking a pretty good beating from their opponents this season, but it’s not all without development. While the Lady Hurricanes are 0-8 in the EPC and 0-11 overall, first-year coach Andy Wescoe is proud of the way that his players are responding.

Coaches often talk about how playing better teams give their players a good gauge as to how they’re developing and actually makes their team better even though they take their fair share of losses along the way.

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Thursday, January 4, 2018 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

Goaltender Alex Lyon earned the win in goal as he returned to the Lehigh Valley crease for the first time since Dec. 1 after spending most of the month with the Philadelphia Flyers. The key to Lyon’s success may have been the overall sharp play of the Phantoms defense, which held the AHL’s second-highest scoring offense to just 29 shots, 28 of which were turned away by Lyon in Lehigh Valley’s 3-1 win against the Charlotte Checkers.


Wednesday, December 20, 2017 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

Corban Knight is in one of those streaks where everything he does looks almost effortless, but turns out to be good. Take for example, the play he made Sunday in Bridgeport when he was literally on his stomach behind the goal, but still was able to flip the puck to Danick Martel, who was stationed in front of the net for a go-ahead goal.

Phantoms get strong PK

Friday, December 15, 2017 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

Killing off penalties is one of the best things a team can do to help themselves. It’s tough enough to play at even strength, but when short, especially in tight games, that’s where you need the penalty killing unit to step up and make big plays.

On Saturday night in Hershey, the Bears were able to break through with a power-play goal against the Phantoms, capitalizing on a penalty by Danick Martel. That goal snapped a streak of 24 straight penalty kills for Lehigh Valley.

BML finals knotted at one game apiece

Thursday, August 17, 2017 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

The Iron Financial Orioles know all about coming from behind. When they fell behind Martins Creek 5-0 Sunday in game two of the Blue Mountain League Championship Series, it was just another day on the ball field for them. Unfortunately for the Orioles, there wouldn’t be a comeback in the offing this time and they fell to Martins Creek 7-4, evening the series at one game apiece.

Liberty wins a wild one

Thursday, June 1, 2017 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

The old baseball adage is that you play for a tie on the road and play to win if you’re the home team. It looked like Liberty was going to have to be content to have tied Emmaus again in the 11th inning, just as they had done in the 10th.

Instead, fate or the Baseball Gods or something intervened and a fly ball that should have been the third out of the inning went untouched and was followed by a hard-hit ball that found open spaces in the Emmaus outfield leading to the winning run in a 4-3 contest.

Deppe Classic held for a good cause

Wednesday, June 15, 2016 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

The 31st Annual Deppe All-Star Classic was played on June 4 at Fegely Stadium in Limeport, pitting high school seniors from the Colonial League against seniors from the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference to benefit the American Cancer Society. After the EPC battled from behind to take a lead, the Colonial League stars battled back only to have the game end in a 5-5 tie after nine innings.