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Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Phantoms vs. Binghamton Senators 12-17-08: First Period

Teslak is in goal, as Scott Munroe has accompanied the Flyers on their trip to Montreal. Jeremy Duchesne has been called up to back him up. Randy Jones is with the Phantoms, wearing his Flyers number 6.

Matt Clackson fought with Carkner two seconds into the game, literally. Carkner got the upper hand and won by a pretty generous margin, but props to Clackson for going. I've noticed that Clackson can find a willing partner in just about every game in which he drops the gloves. I think it's because even though he's a rookie, he plays the right way and doesn't act like a dumbhead on the ice. So he gets a level of respect from more established tough guys that other rookies might not be granted this early in their careers.

Jones assisted on the Phantoms' first goal, which was from Claude Giroux. We were getting outshot by a margin of 4-1 at the time that we scored it. Our second goal also came from a rookie --Jonathan Kalinski That was our 4th shot of the game.

Jeff Szwez got into a fight with Fata -- I couldn't see over some fans for the early part of the bout, but toward the end it appeared to me that Szwez had avenged Clackson's loss nicely.:)

BWAHA. Poor Jeremy Duchesne. It's clear that they didn't have a jersey ready for him in advance... He's standing in the tunnel with a misspelled name across his shoulders. Ladies and Gentlemen, say hello to Mr "Duchense". ;) I presume that they will have that nameplate replaced or repaired before his next outing in a Phantoms uniform.

Oh, how I hate PKs at the end of a period. Bartulis has been dispatched to the sin bin. Our first PK pairing of Ross and Giroux held the fort for the final 50 seconds of the period. At the end of the first period, the Phantoms led the Senators 2-0, and the SOG are Phantoms 4, Senators 5.

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