This past weekend proved that the Phantoms are ready to contend for the Calder Trophy with three wins in a row. We also saw the return of Jason Akeson from the Trenton Titans. He proved his worth in returning by getting three assists in Wednesday night’s game.
On Wednesday the Phantoms crushed the Bridgeport sound Tigers 5-1. Neither team scored in the first. The Phantoms scored their first three goals in the second period. The Tigers scored their lone goal in the second.
In the last period the Phantoms held off the Tigers and scored twice more to secure their 5-1 win. They played well, but it wouldn’t be a Phantoms’ game without some necessary roughness. This game was much like the others with a fight in both the second and third periods. This time, unlike their other games the fights did not impede their victory.
The Phantoms played against the Norfolk admirals and were led to another victory on friday. This game was decidedly more rough than Wednesday’s with no scoring in the first period and a few fights (in the first and second). There was also unsportsmanlike like conduct penalties in the final period.
But despite these offenses the Phantoms managed to make it out on top in the second period where they scored two goals and the admirals only got one. Like the first period, there was no scoring in the third.
The two game winning streak kept on going into the rest of the weekend when they won a third straight game against The Hershey Bears. There were some key elements to this game that allowed the Phantoms to earn this victory. They relied more on their strengths as goal scorers rather than their strength of intimation. The major difference between this game and the games they have been playing as of late is that for once there were no fights.
Despite the Bears getting the first goal early in the first, the Phantoms were able to tie the game before the second started. From there the Phantoms dominated their rivals while also making sure goaltender Munroe had help in the Phantoms’ zone. Brown scored the lone goal in the second period for the Phantoms to give them the lead. Late in the final period Couturier scored the final goal on an empty net to really secure the much needed win.
The Phantoms up and down season so far still keeps them relevant for the post-season, but they still do need to focus more on actually scoring goals than fighting their opponents.
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