The Phantoms have been having a rough time in their past couple of games. Last night they were defeated again, this time by the Rochester Americans 3-1.
The first period was the only period where they were able to get on the scoreboard. The Americans got there first early in the first period but Sean Couturier was able to tie it up moments later. The rest of the period was a struggle and neither team was able to score before the buzzer sounded.
While the Phantoms are gradually learning that taking too many penalties is bad, a bad roughing penalty from Dinman early on in the second allowed the Americans to score a second goal. The Americans proved that they were up for the challenge as they scored a third time when the Phantoms were on the power play.
The last period was scoreless, which was not surprising as the shots were lower in the last period at 7-5. In the last period, both defensive teams were able to keep each other out of their crease. There was also a few roughing penalties but these power play opportunities did not lead to goals for either teams.
Although the Phantoms lost, they are showing maturity by not taking as many penalties and putting up more shots on goal than their opponents (42-21). When it comes down to it, the Americans were just better at getting their shots past The Phantom’s goalie Scott Munroe.
The Phantoms are still maintain their spot as the 4th seed with 18 points and a record of 9-12-0-0. They’ll attempt to improve that record at home tonight against the Syracuse Crush. If it’s anything like their last game against the Crush, there will be some fights and it will be a nasty game. Just like we like it.
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