VOORHEES, N.J. -- The Phantoms' lineup for the AHL Outdoor Classic is nearly set after the team went through a practice Thursday afternoon at the SkateZone. Injuries haven't left coach Joe Paterson with many options.
Forwards Tom Sestio and Tye McGinn are both confirmed out with injuries, giving the Phantoms 12 healthy forwards. The only decision remains on defense, where the Phantoms have seven players to choose from.
Here's how the lineup looks:
Forwards (12): Jason Akeson, Andy Bohmbach, Tyler Brown, Denis Hamel, Shane Harper, Ben Holmstrom, Jon Kalinski, Garrett Roe, Andrew Rowe, Luke Pither, MIke Testwuide, Eric Wellwood.
Defensemen (7): Cullen Eddy, Erik Gustafsson, Dan Jancevski, Blake Kessel, Oliver Lauridsen, Brandon Manning, Kevin Marshall.
Injured scratches: Forwards -- Garrett Klotz, Tye McGinn, Tom Sestito. Defense: Oskars Bartulis.
Faced with the same options, Manning was the final scratch on Wednesday night. Paterson said he hadn't made a decision for this game as of Thursday afternoon.
It's not the greatest picture, but a while back, Phantoms Executive Vice President Chris Porreca shared a photo of the special Phantoms jerseys for the game on his Twtter page. You can check it out by following this link.
If you weren't pumped yet for the game, check out this video promo from Rogers Sportsnet in Canada. They will air the game live Friday at 7 p.m.