(vol. 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).

LOST 4-2


For end-to-end great skating and numerous feeds, fastbreaks and 2-way play.

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).

For his tremendous, unbiased, job of calling the game. Bravo, Chris!