3W, no. 2; newsletter by h.s.)
On a high from the 'unveiling' of our Championship patches on our jerseys (made possible by Chris going to the printer and picking them up for us right before the game!), we might not have been ready for the Phantoms coming at us with so much offense. We took care of many of their attacks at the blueline (Glen Chambers blocked a great shot and Roger put his body on the line a couple of times too). We generated a lot of offense towards the end of the period with Chris, Glen and Scott feeding the slots and owning the boards). Still the first goal came with just over a minute remaining, when one of their defenseman had a low slapper through a screen from the point. The Phantoms took the 1-0 lead into the first break.
The second period was more of the same, but a faceoff in our zone proved deadly when they got it to their point (that same huge defenseman who got their first tally) and he blasted a shot top corner for the 2-0 lead. We took it up a notch up later that period during an unbelievable offensive burst around their crease. Brian Newcomb got the credit for the goal although we had about 4 guys right there digging away and helping out.
The 3rd period began as a 1-goal game, and although our 'D' wouldn't allow the Phantoms to get inside (Big Jim Crowley & Dave Matthews led the way), they did find the net again on another long, low shot. Fortunately our offense was tenacious and Russ scored on a delayed penalty call (when they pulled down BB) on a feed from Brian Newcomb. With 1:20 remaining and a 3-2 game, we put the extra skater on the ice and BB scored on a scramble after the face-off in their zone. Unbelievable!
1) BRIAN KLEIMAN
For the score that gave us the tie (and his first of the season).
2) BRIAN NEWCOMB
For his goal and two assists.
3) GLEN CHAMBERS
A great effort he was flying around the boards and seemed like he was everywhere.