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Sunday, November 23, 2008

Phantoms at Bridgeport 11-23-08: Second Period

We've had to get some sharp goaltending early on. Muny makes a nice stop on a cockeyed shot that came off the heel of a Bridgeport stick. So far, neither team has managed to get a sustained offense going. That could change, however, as the Phantoms are about to go shorthanded for the first time in the game. Guenin will sit. The Sound Tigers are also a team with a solid PP, so we'll have to have our wits about us. So far, we've done well with clearing the puck. It took until about 13 seconds left in the PK before the Sound Tigers generated a huge chance, and not surprisingly it was off Sillinger's stick.

Now that the teams are back at even strength, we are back to seeing a lot of end-to-end action, with very little time spent at either end. Hallelujah, we finally tied the game, and it came off a rush. Danis went out of the crease to play the puck, but the first player to the disk was Laliberte. Danis raced back into the crease, but never quite got set and a Phantom managed to put it in. The Brigeport play-by-play guy thinks it was Ross, but the goal was credited to Szwez

Unfortunately, the arena announcer wasn't finished calling the Phantoms goal when the freaking Sound Tigers got their one-goal lead back. :headdesk: I can't describe what happened because my flipping video is goofed up again. The audio's fine, but the video is coming up like a slide show full of still pictures. The long and short of it is that the score is now Bridgeport 3, Phantoms 2. Time for us to get that goal back. (Again.)

We have a fight in progress. Chase Trull, one of our new guys, is going with Morency. I didn't realize just how big Trull actually is, at least compared to his waltz partner. Both guys got in some nice shots, but I think I'd give Morency the edge here because he got more of them and got the takedown as well.

Now we might be able to do something in the Bridgeport zone.. Danis has frozen the puck and we're getting an offensive-zone draw. We do need to win this faceoff, but maybe this will let us do something that STILL hasn't happened much in this frame: get in position and get a shooting-gallery going. No dice. When we came back from the radio ad (and the ad on the arena screen), play was in the *Phantoms* end with Munroe freezing the puck. Now it's the Sound Tigers' turn to face off in OUR end, and they lose it.

Unlike Friday's game vs. Hershey, during all this river-hockey that's going on, we don't look like we're running around disorganized. Unfortunately, we also don't look like we're getting Bridgeport running around disorganized either. I'd like to see us getting them off their game, but that's not happening so far.

The second period is over. We're still down by one, but the score is now Bridgeport 3, Phantoms 2.

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