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Phantoms drop Game 4, memorable season ends in Conference Final

Lehigh Valley suffers 3-1 loss to Toronto to end 2017-18 season

by PhiladelphiaFlyers.com @NHLFlyers / http://www.philadelphiaflyers.com

The Phantoms took a 1-1 tie after 40 minutes, but an early goal in the third period gave Toronto a 2-1 lead which was enough to eventually walk away with a 3-1 win and seal the Eastern Conference Finals series over Lehigh Valley, 4 games to 0.

Below are news & notes from the game, series and the 2017-18 Season:

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Aube-Kubel Aiming for More

Flyers 2nd round pick growing into impact player for Phantoms

by Bill Meltzer @billmeltzer / http://www.philadelphiaflyers.com

Over the course of the 2017-18 season, second-year Lehigh Valley Phantoms forward Nicolas Aube-Kubel flew under the radar as one of the most improved players at any level of the Flyers' farm system. Aube-Kubel, who turned 22 on May 10, played well enough to put his name in the mix of players who could compete for an NHL roster spot, either out of training camp or as an in-season call-up, if his improvement continues at the same rate. 

At a quick glance, Aube-Kubel's production during the regular season this year may not jump off the page. He posted 18 goals and 46 points in 72 games. Put in context, however, it was an impressive campaign. 

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MEMORIAL CUP UPDATE: Rubtsov in Championship game

Strome, Bulldogs play in semifinal on Friday

by PhiladelphiaFlyers.com @NHLFlyers / http://www.philadelphiaflyers.com

Despite no Flyers prospects playing in last night's round robin finale, the result paved the way for the Acadie-Bathurst Titan and German Rubtsov to advance straight to the Championship game of the Memorial Cup on Sunday.

The host city, Regina Pats, defeated the WHL Champion, Swift Current Broncos, by a 6-5 score and won the right to face off in the semifinals with the Hamilton Bulldogs. Puck drop in that game is Friday at 10:00 p.m. ET, which can be seen on the NHL Network.

Matthew Strome has two assists in the three games for Hamilton, who has gone 2-1-0 in the Memorial Cup. In the OHL playoff series, Strome helped the Bulldogs win the J. Ross Robertson Cup by posting four goals and 14 assists for 18 points and a plus-5 rating in 20 games.

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Phantoms suffer Game 3 loss to Marlies

Lehigh Valley will look to bounce back on Friday night

by PhiladelphiaFlyers.com / http://www.philadelphiaflyers.com

Things didn't go the Phantoms way in their return to Lehigh Valley as they took a 5-0 loss in Game 3 to the Toronto Marlies on Wednesday Night. The Phantoms are now down 0-3 in the Eastern Conference Finals series.

Below are news & notes from the game:

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Friedman hitting his stride as Phantoms return home for Game 3

Flyers defense prospect taking advantage of Calder Cup run in rookie season

by Bill Meltzer @billmeltzer / http://www.philadelphiaflyers.com

peedy, feisty and brimming with two-way self-confidence, Mark Friedman was a standout in camp for the Flyers and Phantoms. Spending several weeks at practice with the Phantoms late last season after turning pro following his junior year at Bowling Green University helped him grasp the basics of the Lehigh Valley system. 

During a bag-skate drill in camp, Friedman gained a full lap lead ahead of much of the field. He starred in the Rookies' Game at the Wells Fargo Center against the New York Islanders' prospects and made a solid impression overall before he was assigned to the Phantoms.

Once the 2017-18 AHL regular season began, however, Friedman went through the normal ups and downs that most rookie defensemen experience. Dressing in 12 of the Phantoms first 13 games of the season, Friedman posted two assists and was minus-10 at even strength.

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PROSPECT CHECK-IN: Memorial Cup Underway

German Rubtsov, Titan off to a perfect start

by PhiladelphiaFlyers.com @NHLFlyers / http://www.philadelphiaflyers.com

A pair of Flyers prospects kicked off the Memorial Cup over the weekend with 2016 first round pick, German Rubtsov, and 2017 fourth round pick, Matthew Strome, battling for the historic trophy as major junior champions.

GERMAN RUBTSOV: ACADIE-BATHURST TITAN

Rubtsov and the QMJHL Champion Acadie-Bathurst Titan are off to a 2-0-0 start after wins on back-to-back nights.

In their opener, the Titan earned a 4-3 comeback victory in overtime against the Western Hockey League Champion, Swift Current Broncos. With the team trailing in the third period, Rubtsov tallied a shorthanded assist, which was the primary helper on the game-tying goal in the final frame to force overtime.

In a wild second game, Acadie-Bathurst earned an 8-6 victory over the host city, Regina Pats. The Titan held a 7-2 lead early in the third period, but the Pats came charging back to bring it to a one-goal game (7-6) with 1:57 left in regulation. Acadie-Bathurst tallied an empty-netter with one second remaining to hold Regina off.

Rubtsov tallied another assist in the game, this time on the power play, to bring his Memorial Cup total to two assists, and a +2 rating, in the two outings.

The Titan will look to advance straight to the championship game with a win on Tuesday when they face off directly with Strome and the OHL Champion, Hamilton Bulldogs. 

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Phantoms drop Game 2 in overtime

Lyon's 44 saves not enough as club returns to Lehigh Valley on Wednesday

by PhiladelphiaFlyers.com @NHLFlyers / http://www.philadelphiaflyers.com

Phantoms goaltender Alex Lyon withstood a barrage of shots through 70 minutes of hockey, including 20 in the first period, but the Marlies scored 11 minutes into overtime to walk away with a 3-2 win at Ricoh Coliseum in Toronto on Sunday evening and take a 2 games to 0 lead in the Eastern Conference Final.

Below are news & notes from the game:

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Phantoms edged in Game 1 at Toronto

Myers' two-point night not enough as Marlies take 4-3 win in opener

by PhiladelphiaFlyers.com @NHLFlyers / http://www.philadelphiaflyers.com

The Phantoms erased an early two-goal deficit to take a 3-2 lead in the second period, but fell victim to back-to-back Toronto Marlies goals to drop the opening game, 4-3, in the Eastern Conference Finals of the Calder Cup Playoffs.

Below are news & notes from the opening game of the series:

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MELTZER: Vecchione valuable in Phantoms playoff run

Flyers prospect proving to be an experienced rookie in the big moments

by Bill Meltzer @billmeltzer / http://www.philadelphiaflyers.com

A Hobey Baker finalist last year who chose a contract offer from the Flyers among multiple offers from National Hockey League teams, Phantoms rookie forward Mike Vecchione has spent his first full pro year making the transition from collegiate to pro hockey. He made his NHL debut in the final week of the 2016-17 season and spent this season in Lehigh Valley.

At age 25, Vecchione is older than most skaters who are classified as National Hockey League prospects. He's two months older than his good friend and former Union College teammate Shayne Gostisbehere, who will enter his fourth NHL season come October. He's a year older than Flyers center/left winger Scott Laughton, who was the organization's first-round pick back in 2012.

The positive side of Vecchione being older than most rookies: nothing overwhelmed the late-blooming forward, and he understood that development is a long-term process.

"I've been working on the details of my game," Vecchione said back on Oct. 24. "I think it's going well. Things we've talked about here are things I know that [Flyers general manager Ron Hextall and head coach Dave Hakstol] put value on up at the next level. Getting to the right spots. Being responsible. Back pressure, helping the D below the dots. Making reads, like if there's a chance to work the puck down low or if there's a low-to-high play to make."

 

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Flyers Make First GotAED Overtime Challenge Device Donation

Wissahickon Charter School Receives First Flyers-Donated AED As a Result of New Simon's Heart Initiative

by PhiladelphiaFlyers.com @NHLFlyers / http://www.philadelphiaflyers.com

As a result of the Flyers GotAED Overtime Challenge, a new initiative launched this season in partnership with the non-profit Simon's Heart that pledges to donate an AED device to local youth organizations with every Flyers sudden death overtime win during the season, the Wissahickon Charter School received a new AED device on Thursday, May 17. Members of Flyers Alumni and Community Relations staff were on hand to assist with the donation and training.

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