As a hockey fan in the southeastern corner of Virginia, I’m one of the few. The Anaheim Ducks AHL team, the Norfolk Admirals, play just 20 minutes from my house. Every year the Adirondack Phantoms come to town twice and my family and I head to the Scope to watch the up and coming Flyers. In years past we have seen players like Jeff Carter and Erik Gustafsson. This year, my brother and I headed down for warm-ups and watched the likes of Tye McGinn, Kris Newbury, and Oliver Lauridsen skate around. Bruno Gervais skated over to my little brother (who is 12 years old), pointed to him, and tossed him a puck over the glass. Even if the Phantoms had lost 10-0, my brother’s night was made.
In the Phantoms two games this weekend, they won the first game 5-4 and lost the second game 3-1. Cal Heeter started both games in goal for Adirondack due to an injury to the more experienced Yann Danis. Here are five things that stood out to me over the course of the games.