In the first of five Phantoms games to be broadcasted on TCN, the Phantoms dropped the game to the Manchester Monarchs. The game ended in a close 3-2 final score with the Monarchs getting the last goal late in the final period.
There were no goals in the first period, but that did not mean that the first twenty minutes were uneventful. In less than a minute after the puck dropped, Phantoms Zac Rinaldo dropped the gloves and gone after Clune. There’s the Rinaldo we all know and love.
Neither team even got on the board until the midway point of the 2nd period. The Monarchs got there first when Vey scored on Heeter assisted by Toffoli and Pearson. The Phantoms struck back not too much longer with a goal from Testwuide assisted by Dinmen and Brown. The tie gave them good leeway for the rest of the game. Which was even better later in the period when Brown again was at the forefont by scoring the second goal on the power play assisted by Konan and Syvret.
Going into the last period they were looking good, but unfortunately the Phantoms weren’t making enough moves to get past Mannino. About eight minutes into the 3rd period, Pearson was at Heeter’s net again this time as the goal scorer. His goal assisted by teammates Campbell and Vey was enough to tie the game and give the Monarchs the extra momentum they would need to win the game.
Try as they might, The Phantoms just could not get past Mannino. There wasn’t even a opportunity to get the game to a over time tie breaker scoring chance. Monarch Voynov made certain of that in his late 3rd period goal where he took on goalie Heeter by himself.
This second loss in a row forced the Phantoms to drop down in the rankings. They are now the 5th seed.