We said that the Phantoms game against the Syracuse Crunch was going to be rough, and we were right. Quite literally as the teams took a lot of roughing penalties in this game. These two teams do not like each other, which is also evident by a fight that occurred prior to all the roughing penalties. The Phantoms were determined to not drop another game to their opponents as they fought for the 4-3 win all the way to a second over time shootout victory.
The first period was a struggle to score and only the Crunch were able to get through late in the period with a lone goal by Brett Connolly assisted by J.T. Brown. The Phantoms got an ample scoring opportunity early in the second period when Radko Gudas was hit with a 4 minute double high-sticking penalty. Tye McGinn took the shot at net assisted by Sean Couturier and Brayden Schenn to score the first Phantoms goal on the power play. This also tied up the game.
Schenn was active on the board throughout the second period when he scored the second Phantoms goal five minutes into the second period. Couturier was again on the assist of yet another power play goal along with Erik Gustafsson. This gave them the early lead but not for long, as later in the period Pierre-Cedric Labrie assisted by J.T. Wyman tied the game for Syracuse.
It was shortly after The Crunch tied the game that a fight broke out between Gudas and Cullen Eddy. Two minutes later Labrie and McGinn got two separate two minute roughing penalties each. It was in this period that the majority of the penalties occurred, but unlike the last game it did not lose the Phantoms the game.
Instead Schenn was quick to get to the net a few minutes later assisted this time by Jason Akeson. Again the Phantoms had the game in one, but the Crunch wasn’t about to let that happen. Cory Conacher scored a late third period goal for the Crunch to tie the game once again. He was assisted by teammates Keith Aulie, and Brown.
By the third period both teams were desperate for a tie breaker. Despite the Phantoms out shooting the Crunch 11-6 neither team was able to get it across the blue area. Due to this the game went to five minutes of overtime. The players were getting anxious to win as even Phantoms’ goalie Scott Munroe had a roughing penalty. (unfortunately no goalie fight in this game).
The Crunch shot more in the five minutes but Munroe held them off, which meant that the game had to go into a shootout overtime period. Here was where Schenn proved once again why he had made the Flyers team last season, where he would be this season if it wasn’t for the lockout.
Conacher was first to go up but he could not score on Munroe. Schenn went up and did score. Both Connolly and Akeson could not score on their respective goalies. Which was the same for Syracuse’s Richard Panik and Couturier. Ondrej Palat scored the first Crunch goal in the shootout, which could have been bad news for The Phantoms had Garrett Roe not scored a second shootout goal. The Crunch was given one last chance to score on the shootout, but since Tyler Johnson could not score. The shootout ended 2-1 Phantoms which meant they won the game 4-3.
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