After a disappointing loss over the weekend, the Phantoms came back with a vengeance last night with the help of familiar Flyers rookie Brayden Schenn. Schenn led the team to victory over the Manchester Monarchs earning his second career hat trick in a 4-1 hockey game.
Although the Monarchs got the first goal half way into the first period, Schenn was right behind him as he tied the game up a few minutes later with help from Holmstrom. Other than tying the game not too much happened in the first twenty minutes.
The teams took one penalty each, and judging from the amount of penalty minutes the Phantoms have been racking up in the past, they are starting to smarten up.The second period was pretty uneventful with again only two penalties split between the two teams and no goals scored.
The last period was where the action on the ice started to heat up. Within twenty seconds of the puck dropping at center ice, Schenn scored the second goal of the night assisted again by Holmstrom and also from Wellwood. The Phantoms didn’t want the Monarchs the chance to tie the game up to force an overtime, and five minutes later Schenn scored unassisted to give him a hat trick.
What was more exciting than the hat trick was the fact that the Phantoms just kept going, to make sure that this victory was slated for them. A few minutes after the third Schenn goal, Monarchs player Vey was called for hooking. The Phantoms took advantage of the power play almost immediately. Roe scored the fourth and final goal assisted by Ford and Bourdon.
While the Phantoms aren’t the No.1 seed, they are still playing solidly as the 3rd seed of their conference. Not only did they play well last night, but they played a more disciplined game. They rarely took penalties and there were no fights this time, unlike their last two games. While fights always can make a game more entertaining, sometimes they can hurt a team in the long run. Phantoms can still play their tough and gritty style, they just need to be more disciplined on how they go about doing it, and last night they showed that they can find that level ground.