Whenever the Phantoms play the Crunch it’s brutal. A few times this season their games have led to overtime periods. Last night’s game was no different.
The difference between last night’s game was that the Phantoms were not taking as many penalties as they usually do when they play the crunch. But there was a fight in the first period between Gudas and Dinman. No surprise there.
The phantoms were relentless in the first period scoring three goals, one from Zolnierczyk and two from Akeson. Goaltender Heeter managed to keep the Crunch out of his net for the first period to give the Phantoms a much needed lead.
In the second period Heeter wasn’t as lucky. The Crunch shut the phantoms out of their zone and scored on Heeter twice in the period to try to break the scoring gap. Panik got the power play goal early on and later in the period Killorn scored.
The third was the Phantoms chance to win the game in twenty minutes, but unfortunately the Crunch had other plans. On a power play opportunity Johnson took the shot and tied the game with eight minutes left. The Phantoms couldn’t get another goal before the period ended.
They went to a five minute period and no one still scored so the game had to go to a shootout. The Phantoms won the shootout 4 to 3.
The Phantoms play again tonight and it will be broadcasted on CSN Philly.