Battle on Hamilton: September 27, 2014


The puck officially dropped at the PP&L Center in Allentown, PA on September 27, 2014. In the first-ever hockey game at the new arena, a scrimmage was held with members of the Philadelphia Flyers and the newly relocated Lehigh Valley Phantoms. Members of each team were melded into two teams: Team White and Team Orange so that each team had members of the NHL and AHL clubs respectively. Team Orange wore the Flyers Orange jerseys while Team White wore the Flyers White jerseys.


The game began at 5:00 PM and the first period was a low scoring event with no penalties, and of course, no fights. Team White was the first to strike when former Reading Royals player, Brett Flemming, scored the first goal of the game. The two teams went into the first intermission with Team White holding the lead but that soon changed when Michael Raffl hit the back of the net to tie the game for Team Orange. Moments later Team Orange took a 2-1 lead when Jason Akeson scored the go ahead goal. Petr Straka took the game’s first penalty in the second period when he was called for tripping. Team White managed to kill the penalty but later in the period Taylor Leier scored to give Team Orange a 3-1 lead which they took into the second intermission.


The third period had quite a bit of action as Brnadon Alderson scored for Team Orange to give the team a commanding 4-1 lead. Straka then struck for team White to cut the lead to 4-2. Flemming scored his second goal of the game for Team White to cut the lead to 4-3. Howver Chris VandeVelde sunk the puck into the empty net to give Team Orange the lead and the final of 5-3.


It was a great night and I’m looking forward to the hockey season this year. Our seats are in section 101 and we look out on the tunnel which is how I was able to capture some of the great pictures of the players taking / coming off of the ice.