There seems to be a pattern to the Phantoms game, wherein they have trouble winning back to back games. It also doesn’t help when they play the Syrcuse Crush, a team that they have a fierce rivalry with. The weekend before Halloween, the Phantoms were able to come out on top against the Crush, but last Friday night their roles had been reversed. The Crush took it to the Phantoms’ home ice and beat them 4-1.
Despite some good shots and seven power play opportunities for the Phantoms, the Crush proved that having good goal tending is always important for a team to win. You need the defense to back it up and Crush goaltender Dustin Tokarski proved his worth by only letting in 1 out of 24 shots. The Phantoms defense was good at keeping out shots but the Crush’s offense was better at getting past Heeter.
The Crush got the first leg up with the first goal in the first period by Conacher. This followed the lone Phantoms goal scored by Zolnierczyk. The Crush scored twice in the second period and one final goal in the last period to seal their victory.
But the Phantoms did not go down without a fight. Quite literally as two fights broke out in the first two period. In the first period Gudas and Eddy got into a fisticuffs and then at the end of the second period Nielson and Lauridsen got into fights as well.
The Phantoms were able to pick themselves back up after the loss on Friday to win against the Albany Devils. The win was more exciting as goaltender Scott Munroe achieved his 19th AHL shutout win. Shutouts are always exciting and it also shows an improvement in the defense. Which means that the Phantoms were trying to make up for their mistakes from the previous night. So much that they won 4-0.
Couturier scored the only goal in the first period, but this did not mean that the period was boring. Eddy was at in again as he participated in another fight this time against Devils’ Zajac. In the second period there was minimal penalties but the Phantoms got lucky on a tripping power play opportunity which gave Holmstrom the ability to score their second goal of the game.
There was quite a bit of penalties in the last period, indicting the Devils frustration with not getting a goal past Munroe yet. On another power play Gustaffson scored and then Harper rounded out their 4th goal win over the Devils with only a few more minutes left in the game.
It looks like the Phantoms have been taking a look at the Broad Street Bullies past, because they have shown their unwillingness to back down from a fight this past weekend. Around the Harper goal another fight broke out between Gustaffson and Corrente. Corrente even got penalized for game misconduct and instigation. Phantoms Bourdon also got a game misconduct during the scuffle for an unsportsmanlike conduct.
Suffice to say the Phantoms play rough, and for nostalgic Flyers fans that’s just the way we like it.
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