The Philadelphia Flyers are falling, but the Lehigh Valley Phantoms are flying. The Phantoms beat the Binghamton Devils in Newark on Friday night by a final score of 3-2. All three goals were scored by Tanner Laczynski for his first professional hat trick.
Laczynski scored a goal at even strength, on the power play, and while shorthanded. It was quite the night for the Flyers prospect.
Laczynski got the Phantoms on the board to tie the game at one in the second period. He picked up a pass from Chris Bigras and fired a shot that found twine through traffic in front.
It was a perfectly-placed shot by Laczynski for his first goal of the night.
The Devils took a 2-1 lead a few minutes later and maintained that through the end of the second period.
The Phantoms started the third period with some carryover power-play time and Laczynski made the most of it.
Playing on the left side, Laczynski took a pass from Isaac Ratcliffe and stepped into a shot. He wired it past the glove of Gilles Senn.
Laczynski had another great shot, this time on the power play.
That tied the game at two and Laczynski finished off the hat trick with a shorthanded goal. Not just a shorthanded goal, but a beauty of a shorty at that.
Max Willman stole the puck at the blue line and passed it up to a speeding Laczynski. Laczynski raced down the ice and made a tremendous between-the-legs move to complete the hat trick.
Yeah, we’re going to need to see that one again.
An absolutely filthy finish by Laczynski. Watch this one on loop over, and over, and over again.
The Phantoms held onto their 3-2 lead with Alex Lyon making 20 saves on 22 shots for the win.
Laczynski was named the first star of the game and he’s been hot recently. He had his first two professional goals, including the game-winner, in an overtime victory on Sunday. Two games later he one-upped himself with his first career hat trick.
Laczynski has only played in 12 AHL games, but he already has nine points (five goals, four assists). All nine of his points have come in his last 10 games, with seven of them coming in his last seven games.
This is Laczynski’s first pro season after an impressive four years at Ohio State. He had 143 points (48 goals, 95 assists) in 138 games during his four-year college career.
At 23 years old with that experience under his belt, Laczynski could be one of the first Phantoms called up to the Flyers. The Flyers certainly need a jolt and a call-up could spark something. Laczynski is a great option for the Flyers to have if they try to mix things up or end up selling at the trade deadline.
For now, Laczynski is enjoying his time in Lehigh Valley. The Phantoms are a fun team to watch this season and a breath of fresh air after consistent uninspiring efforts from the Flyers.