The Phantoms got a little bit of a break while the AHL hosted their all-star game, but they came back to win 2-5 against the Norfolk Admirals on Friday.
The Phantoms have had a pretty rough season, and with all the Flyers injuries and NHL call ups their roster has been suffering. They do still have some great talent on the ice, if only they would stop taking so many penalties. In this game, this didn’t appear to be too much of a problem, as they were able to outsmart the Admirals’ defense.
Matt “Red” Mangene got the Phantoms on the board early with a man advantage, showing why he was a good ECHL call up and why he was invited to the Flyers trial on the isle this summer.
The Phantoms didn’t hold the lead for long. In the second period they took a penalty which gave Norfolk the man advantage. Peter Holland took the shot and tied the game. The Phantoms were right behind them when Rob Bordson scored again to give the Phantoms the lead.
The back and forth continued as a few minutes later the Admirals scored again to cut the Phantoms lead. It was Norfolk’s Dan Sexon who managed to tie it up again.
That may have been the only goals scored in the second period, but not the only thing to happen. Of course it’s a Phantoms game so of course someone has to fight. Shortly after the Sexon goal Brandon Manning and Brandon Kurtz got into a fight.
They were tied at 2 going into the last period, but the Phantoms came out on top by scoring three goals in the last period and not allowing any pucks into their own net. Jason Akeson scored to break the tie, Bordson got another goal, and Shane Harper scored to seal the Phantoms win.