The Philadelphia Flyers suffered an embarrassing loss on Wednesday night in Buffalo, but their farm team was having a blast. The Lehigh Valley Phantoms beat the Hershey Bears 4-1 with 2020 first-round pick Tyson Foerster stealing the show.
Foerster had a hand in all four Phantoms goals with two goals and two primary assists. It was the first multi-point game of Foerster’s career and he made it one to remember with a whopping four points.
Tyson Foerster on fire for four
Foerster got the scoring started for the Phantoms with a snipe. He walked into the zone, took advantage of a defenseman giving him some space, and wired a shot into the back of the net.
Foerster is touted as a good shooter and he showed why on this shot.
Just 26 seconds later, the Phantoms were on the board again. This time, Foerster picked up the primary assist.
The 19-year-old rookie hustled to the wall to win a battle and passed it back to Derrick Pouliot. The defenseman threw it on net and it deflected past Zach Fucale.
The Phantoms had two goals in 26 seconds and Foerster wasn’t done. Less than three minutes after that, Foerster was back in the goal column on the power play.
Foerster set up in the circle and blasted home a juicy rebound to put the Phantoms up 3-0.
The puck was there for Foerster and he was in perfect position to slam it home.
The tally capped off a scoring barrage of three goals in 3:18 for the Phantoms to jump all over the Hershey Bears.
The Phantoms took that 3-0 lead into the third period when the Bears finally got on the board with a power-play goal. That was all they could muster, though, and the Phantoms iced the game with an empty-net goal.
Foerster took the puck up ice with the goalie pulled and, rather than trying for the hat trick with a 3-1 lead, passed it to Ryan Fitzgerald for the easier look.
Fitzgerald got the goal, but he wasn’t happy with Foerster’s unselfish play.
"He told me I should have shot it. He's mad at me now. When I had it like at the red line, he said I should've let it go."
— Tony Androckitis (@TonyAndrock) April 1, 2021
To be fair, Foerster getting a hat trick for the first multi-point game of his professional career would be pretty cool. But, alas, Foerster showed that he is a team player and still picked up primary points on all four goals in the 4-1 win.
Tyson Foerster finding his game
Foerster played in the Phantoms’ season opener on February 6th but then missed nearly a month with a fractured shinbone. He returned on March 3rd and has been heating up as of late. In total, he has nine points (four goals, five assists) in 11 AHL games, with all of those points coming in his last nine games.
Since March 14th, Foerster has points in five of six games. He has four goals and four assists for eight points in that span.
Foerster is starting to find his game in the AHL as a 19-year-old rookie.