Prior to Saturday’s game the Flyers organization suffered yet another setback. After leaving the game in the 3rd period after crashing into the boards, it was announced on Saturday that Shayne Gostisbehere would be out indefinitely with a torn ACL.
Gostisbehere had a cup of coffee with the big club, playing just two games and scoing no points. In 5 AHL games this year he registered 5 assists. There is no doubt that the development cycle of Gostisbehere will be delayed, but it isn’t a total loss. GM Ron Hextall wants Gostisbehere to view both the AHL and NHL game from the press box to help his learning curve, much like Samuel Morin did after his jaw injury.
Hours after learning that one of their top defensemen would be missing for a period of time, the Phantoms took to the ice in Portland against the Pirates. That didn’t go much better for them. The Phantoms were outshot 40 to 27 and although Rob Zepp made 37 saves, the Phantoms went 0 for 5 on the power play and were shutout in a 3-0 loss. Scott Laughton managed just 1 shot and was on the ice for both even strength goals against in a tough day all around for the Phantoms organization.
The Phantoms will get back on the ice on Friday at the Penguins then back at the PPL Center on Saturday to face the Toronto Marlies.
After losing to the Fort Wayne Komets Friday night, they went right back at it Saturday night to try to get revenge on the Komets. After a 7 goal game (4-3 loss) on Friday, that was topped by a 7-6 game on Saturday, unfortunately the Royals were on the losing end again. The Royals had a two-goal lead three times in the game, but just couldn’t hang on.
The Royals have a busy weekend coming up, with a two-game set in Kalamazoo before a Sunday matinee in Toledo.
Ryan Gilbert is a contributing writer for Flyerdelphia and can be found on twitter @RiskyBryzness.