5W, no. 5; newsletter by h.s.)
Our 10pm game turned-out to be more like an 11pm game due to a shattered panel in the previous game (kudos to Russ & Roger for their technical expertise in getting it replaced). Once we finally took the ice with a full, 10-man roster we were doing a great job of moving the puck. The Phantoms did get on the board first, however, and then added a weird angle shot with a 1:00-minute remaining that I'm still not sure how it ended-up in our net.
The 2nd period was full of good action (and tremendous second efforts by our forwards to prevent odd-man rushes for the Phantoms. Finally, Russ bobbed-and-weaved through just about the entire Phantoms line-up and put a shot, high glove-side with time running-out in the 2nd to get us within a goal, 2-1.
The 3rd period saw Brian Newcomb put in his second of the season (feed from Scott Miller to extend his point streak) and tie things up at 2-2. We killed-off yet another powerplay on a Russ cross-check of John Arena in front of our net (it seemed like we were on the penalty-kill most of the evening), but with 3:46 left the Phantoms capitalized on a breakaway that dribbled by (another goal that I have no idea how it got in). We continued to press and added the extra skater with 1:25 left, but even with Scott Miller laying on their goalie's back, we couldn't put one in. Downey got hold of the puck with a minute left for the empty-netter, and then we spent the last :60 seconds on the penalty kill again (enough said).
1) CHRIS GOIONE
For end-to-end great skating and numerous feeds, fastbreaks and 2-way play.
2) ALLEN SNYDER
For great second and third efforts, including his famous one when he knocked the puck away from a Phantom while being prone on the floor (as the team chanted Allen, Allen! from the bench).
3) CHRIS THE REF
For his tremendous, unbiased, job of calling the game. Bravo, Chris!