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Sunday, January 18, 2009

Phantoms vs. Albany River Rats 1-18-09: Third Period

Nodl got the period off to an interesting start, with a breakaway, but the THUD of a puck hitting goalie pads signalled that we have yet to score during this contest. Nice try, though. Feel free to do it again. :)

FINALLY!!! SCORE!!! Nodl took a hit in the slot (I have the pic of him on his back), but he made the play that tied the score! Asssts to Briere and Ross. Welcome to a Brand New Game! NOW the Phantom are playing with a lot of spring in their step, and the crowd is buzzing.

YES!!! Keep this Giroux/Matsumoto/Laliberte set together! Matsumoto just scored, assisted by Giroux ad Syvret! Boy, Matsumoto is en fuego lately! Keep up the great work!

On the next shift, Parent goes for hooking, however, leaving us with our PK to defend the lead. Ross, Briere, Syvret, and Curry are first up. Briere got a brekaway, but couldn't get a goal, dang it. Saaaay... It crosses my mind that we have not had a PP since the first period. On the other hand, the ref has been equally lenient on both sides, since there hasn't been a parade to the sin bin tonight, so I won't get too cranky about the calls just yet.

The penalty is over, we have 4:45 left in the period, and the SOG are Albany 29, Phantoms 15. Briere is leading another rush, and he has THREE guys draped on him. This is the kind of thing that I think helped us blow out the Sharks on Wednesday: extra coverage on Briere means other Phantoms are wide open.

Yikes -- Bartulis slams hard into the boards after a River rat commits a hookng infraction. Oskars is back on the bench (with his helmet off) getting his senses back together, and we are on a PP for the first time in a while. (There goes another thing that was rectified soon after I wrote a comment about it. Should have muttered to myself about the lack of a PP sooner, too I guess. ;)

The penalty has expired, and Albany has called timeout. With a minute and a half remaining, they are going to pull their goalie and go with the extra skater. We have Briere, Ross Giroux, Syvret, and Parent on the ice. ROSS makes them pay, with 38.8 seconds remaining, with an empty net goal! 3-1, good guys! Hs 19th goal of the year, with Syvret assisting.

Phantoms win 3-1 I'm headed down o watch the jersey auction now.

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