Rolling to a break: Lehigh Valley postgame

“It’s easier to stay on a roll than to get on a roll,” Ben Holmstrom said after the roll extended to seven games, tied for the seventh-longest this team has ever had. Earlier in the season, he said, they talked about not getting some bounces; now, they’re getting a few. He had a few other things to say about the first half-plus, too, that are in the gamer.

“We came out and put together a pretty good 60 minutes,” Holmstrom said.

It was, a fine defensive effort against a team that comes at you in waves. Scott Laughton, Jordan Weal, Andy Miele and Boyd Gordon down the middle? That’s respectable.

They blocked shots; Brent Thompson had a laundry list of players who did so, right down to Steve Bernier in the final few seconds. They worked, but that’s been the M.O. all year. They got opportunistic.

It wasn’t all that long ago the top four seemed to be running away from this team. But now the second-place Phantoms are closer than the sixth-place Thunderbirds.

The mythical second half starts Friday.


They’ll practice Thursday coming out of the break. Reminder that the skills contest is Sunday night at 7:30 (MSG Plus, NESN), and the “game” is Monday (same TV).

Win 134 for Brent Thompson. It was a team win, he said. “I’m really proud of the effort level,” he said.

They stayed even with Hershey. Parker Milner got the start in Springfield, where he more or less briefly won the backup job in relief on New Year’s Day 2016. Aaron Ness has been ill.

Prescout. The Amerks spotted Albany a three-goal lead, then scored five in a row.

Sonny Curtis, writer of the best song ever, on writing the theme to the Mary Tyler Moore Show.

More Monday, most likely.

Michael Fornabaio