The Adirondack Phantoms took on the Bridgeport Sound Tigers last Saturday, and came out of it with a 4-1 victory.
The biggest change to this game over their previous defeat at the hands of the Binghamton Senators, was that Brian Boucher was in the net. The former NHLer who has bounced between the Flyers and the Phantoms, is once again back with the AHL organization.
Interestingly enough, he was not the only former NHL goaltender to be in net and sent down into the minors. The Sound Tigers are an affiliate of the New York Islanders, who put their always injured goalie Rick DiPietro down into the minors.
DiPietro was pretty vocal about how much he disapproved of this move. In an interview he said he “felt like his heart was ripped out of chest” and at times he wanted to “drive his car off the Throgs Neck Bridge into a tree.”
So the Phantoms were in for an interesting game to say the least, and with the backing of Boucher, they were able to defeat DiPietro.
It wasn’t just a battle between the two ex-NHL goalies, but a literal battle between the skaters in front of them. Almost immediately Cullen Eddy and Brandon DeFazio were dropping the gloves in the first period.
The momentum from the fight certainly riled up the Phantoms’ Kyle Flanagan who scored his first goal with the Phantoms a few minutes later.
Since Eddy got into a fight earlier, it was only natural for Zack FitzGerald to join in on the fun. The frequent fighter dropped the gloves with Nathan McIver.
Again the fighting amped up the Phantoms who dominated the second period with three more goals. Goalscorers were Derek Mathers, Jon Sim and Marcel Noebels.
DiPietro was pulled at the start of the third period after letting four goals in and Kenny Reiter went in his place. DeFazio thought he could revive his team in the last period, but it was the only goal the Sound Tigers would get past Boucher.
There was one more fight in this game towards the end of the final period between Brandon Manning and Joe Diamond. It’s didn’t really do much for either team. The Phantoms were still victorious with a 4-1 win.