Remember when the Flyers’ AHL affiliate played right next door at the Spectrum? It was a good time to be a hockey fan in the city of Philadelphia, since we essentially had two teams to root for. Then we were more interested in our rookies because we had watched them while they were playing in the AHL.
Unfortunately the Spectrum is now the Xfinity Live Center, and the Phantoms are no longer that Philadelphia Phantoms. When I started on as the AHL contributor on Broad Street Buzz, I found myself accidentally keep typing the Philadelphia Phantoms instead of the Adirondack Phantoms. And on a site note why is Adirondack the hardest word to pronounce? So it’s weird to have them no longer in Philly, but they returned on Friday night to play the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins at the Wells Fargo Center during the Flyers’ night off.
The Phantoms got off to a good start in the first when Marcel Noebels scored on the power play half way in. Phantoms goalie Cal Heeter managed to keep the Baby Pens out of his net up until the very last period. Bobby Farnham saved the game for the Pens by scoring late in the third to tie the game. With a few minutes left all the Phantoms needed to do was hold on until an OT or score to seal the deal, but unfortunately they could do neither.
Brian Gibbons scored to give the Pens the lead which they kept despite there being at least five more minutes left in the game. The Pens took the game, as the Phantoms continue to drop in the rankings this season.
The game was a pretty good one for the Phantoms. Maybe up-state New York just isn’t where they need to be to do well. Wearing their retro jerseys and playing in their old city, just looked right for the Phantoms. Will they play as well when they change to electric blue and orange when they move to Allentown, PA in a few seasons?