Sunday, October 18, 2009

Phantoms @ Bridgeport Sound Tigers, 10-18-09, Second Period

Early on, Ross tried to check someone only to find that the ref feels the puck was too far away. He gets whistled for interference. Coach Gilbert begs to differ, but the call stands.

So we do the PK thang with Matsumoto, Laliberte, Mormina, and Marshall.

Shortly after we return to full strength, Jason Ward gets banged up during a check. The trainer checked him out, but it appears he is staying on the bench. His shoulder or his arm appeared to be the issue at the time. Here's hoping it's nothing to be concerned about.

Beaulieu, Klotz, and Clackson are a line now that we are dressing 12 forwards. In the gaes when we have dressed 11 forwards, Klotz and Clackson have been combined with the centers from the other three lines.

Boucher is looking good, particularly given the fact that he hasn't played in weeks, nor in a Real Game since last season.

The Phantoms are about to get a PP, though for a few moments nobody knew who was headed to the sin bin. Both penalty box doors were opened at one point. But in any event, here we go on th man advantage. Ward, Kolanos, and Ross are out. So far we have given up two SH rushes, but we took the puck back and SCOOOORE Ward! Looks like his arm and shoulder are good, eh? That was his 100th career AHL goal. WTG! 3- Good Guys! Assists from Ross and Ratchuk. I Spy with my Little Eye a multi-point game for Ross. Nice!

Kalinski, Kaspar, and Nodl are the other forward line. And they are working hard to get the puck out of our end. Finally, they succeed and we can get a line change. Ross's line is buzzing the B'port net in a big way. I don't know how Lawson managed to freeze the puck, but if we hadn't, Ross was right there waiting for the rebound.

Now we're having another "is there a penalty?" moment. Long story less long, Joensuu goes to the box and the Phantoms get a PP. Bridgeport is doing a great job of clearing the puck out, and the Sound Tigers kill the penalty. At the end of the period, we had Beaulieu out with Kalinski and Kaspar, prompting the radio announcer to wonder if Nodl has been moved to the fourth line. We'll see what happens in the next frame, though, as the second period is now over.

The Phantoms lead 3-1. SOG are Phantoms 25, Sound Tigers 20.

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