Well the Phantoms Pattern of winning one and then losing one has occurred once more. (Did I create some time flux in which now this has to happen?) After a win against the Americans, the Phantoms met with the Albany Devils once again, and one thing is for certain, these two teams do not like each other. Even with seven power plays and goaltender Munroe stopping 29 out of 31 shots, it was not enough since the Devils defeated them 2-1.
The first period was scoreless, but not uneventful. All but one penalty was assessed to the Phantoms which showed a lack of discipline to their game. In the first twenty minutes they were solid by keeping their opponents out of the crease but not for long.
Things got ugly really early in the second period with three separate slashing penalties in the first 7 minutes. It was in the 8th minute that fans could really see that again these teams DO NOT like each other. Phantoms’ Manning and Bourdon both had roughing calls within two minutes of each other. The man advantage didn’t seem to help the Devils at first, but minutes later Butler scored the first goal of the game. A few minutes later Wellwood was able to even the score unassisted. Right before the period ended more indication of animosity between the players was shown through Devils Sestito’s misconduct penalty of unsportsmanlike conduct.
While in the third period no fights broke out, the Phantoms were still taking on too many penalties, and even though the Devils were giving them opportunities they couldn’t follow through to get the puck down the slot. The game was ended for the Phantoms within the first five minutes of the last period when Anderson scored the second Devils goal. Since the Phantoms could never tie it up to even get the chance to comeback they were left in the Devils’ dust.
So has the AHL always been this rough? Or are these young players just as frustrated with the NHL lockout as us fans?
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