So despite my joking that the Phantoms playing in Glens Falls, NY is the reason that they suck this season, there are a lot of things wrong with this team right now. They have this problem where they just want to fight everyone and they take too many penalties, which seems to be something that the Flyers have been doing too. So bringing up all the young kids from the minors might actually be hurting the already struggling Flyers.
Now onto the Phantoms game on Saturday night, they lost another one and this time in a shutout to the Hershey Bears.
Brandon Manning started the game off on the wrong skate, by doing what he does best and that’s fighting with the opponent. Less than five minutes into the period he had an altercation with Bears’ Matt Clackson.
The Bears proved to be the better team on the penalty kill, as their first goal late in the first period was a shorthanded goal from Patrick McNill. It’s never a good thing when the offending team scores while you are on the power play. That’s just a bad omen in hockey.
The Bears continued to do well at finishing a period, as all of their goals were late in the periods. With 15 minutes on the clock the Bears increased their lead to two in the second period. There was another scuffle on the ice immediately afterwards, but it did not lead to a fight. Surprisingly Jason Akeson, a player who rarely take penalties, and Steve Olesky were both handed unsportsmanlike like conduct, but only Akeson got a 10 minute misconduct added on.
The Phantoms couldn’t get a goal in at all in the game and the Bears managed yet another later power play goal in the third to get the 3-0 victory.
The Phantoms PIMS were significantly greater than the Bears (29, 15). That is a lot of time where the player are sitting in the penalty box sulking rather than trying to get a breakaway on the opposing team. There is still a good two months left in the season, but it doesn’t seem likely that the Phantoms will be able to pull themselves out of this rut they are in.