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Accidental Sport

Allentown Phantoms 1, Syracuse Crunch 6

We went to a fistfight and a hockey game happened by accident.

Man, what an ugly game.

OK, it’s farm league. AAA, or the Minors, or whatever the puck slappers call it. The Juniors. AHL, actually. So maybe you don’t expect too much in the way of quality precision play, but you have a good time. And we did.

And the brand new Allentown PA PPL arena is one of those just right buildings, the perfect size for a minor league hockey team. It holds maybe 9,000 folks. And it’s right downtown. Cross the street, in the front door, up the escalator, walk across the lobby and into the arena, and your seats are right there. Plenty of bathrooms and plenty of vendor points for food, drinks, and stuff. Plus a Tim Horton’s right inside. Public parking garage just a block away, $6 for the evening. But just a quick 3 blocks from the arena is another parking garage, same price, which is perfectly situated for a fast escape, even if you’ve been drinking if you don’t know the area. Leave the garage, turn left. And 8 blocks later you’re at the highway. Could not be easier.

But man, what an ugly game. We had seats almost right behind and a bit above the goal, so we got to see all the slams into the glass behind the net and all the dirty stuff that goes on back there. It was awesome. Goal seats are the best for hockey.

8,000+ Fans for 7th Straight Tilt in Downtown Allentown

March 25, 2015

Lehigh Valley, PA – In a chippy, physical affair that featured 91 combined penalty minutes, the Syracuse Crunch topped the Lehigh Valley Phantoms 6-1 Wednesday evening in front of 8,197 fans at PPL Center. The rough and tumble tilt boasted three fights, including two from Phantoms’ All-Star Brandon Manning, as the Phantoms skated in front of their seventh consecutive crowd to feature more than 8,000 supporters.
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With the Phantoms down by just a single goal, Brett Hextall sparked some energy into both his teammates and the crowd when he dropped the gloves with the Crunch’s Jean-Philippe Cote a little over six minutes into the middle stanza. Hextall got in several solid swats before the linesmen intervened but continued to rev the PPL Center crowd pumping his arms on his way to the penalty box.
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Syracuse 1 2 3 – 6
Lehigh Valley 0 0 1 – 1

1st Period-1, Syracuse, Mormina 4 (Kunyk), 11:46 (SH). Penalties-Laughton Lv (hooking), 1:27; Witkowski Syr (high-sticking), 4:27; served by Straka Lv (bench minor – too many men), 8:30; Lynch Syr (hooking), 11:00; Mormina Syr (unsportsmanlike conduct), 19:50; Lauridsen Lv (unsportsmanlike conduct), 19:50.

2nd Period-2, Syracuse, Marchessault 20 8:45. 3, Syracuse, Koekkoek 5 (Martindale, Gourde), 10:56. Penalties-Delisle Lv (hooking), 1:59; Cote Syr (fighting), 6:11; Hextall Lv (fighting), 6:11; Kunyk Syr (major – boarding, fighting, game misconduct – boarding), 17:33; Manning Lv (instigating, fighting, misconduct – instigating), 17:33.

3rd Period-4, Syracuse, Marchessault 21 2:19 (SH). 5, Syracuse, Courtnall 7 (Vermin), 4:47. 6, Syracuse, Martindale 11 (Courtnall, Dotchin), 8:12. 7, Lehigh Valley, Jones 7 (Comrie, Gordon), 9:22 (PP). Penalties-Ashton Syr (unsportsmanlike conduct – helmet violation), 5:26; Ashton Syr (tripping), 8:50; Hextall Lv (slashing), 13:28; Comrie Lv (hooking), 16:35; Richard Syr (roughing, fighting), 18:04; Manning Lv (fighting, game misconduct – third major/second fight), 18:04.



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Phantoms mascot Melvin fires up the crowd with his t-shirt gun. It’s PA, so open carry is fine.


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