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Saturday, January 31, 2009

Phantoms vs. Albany River Rats, 1-31-09: Second Period

BEAU starts the second period off with a bang! :) A few minutes after Guenin came inches from assisting on a goal in his first game back, Beaulieu took a rebound and fired it past a prone Manzato to open the scoring. Assists went to Jared Ross and Boyd Kane. Then we nearly made it 2-0 on the following shift. It looks like we started this frame by coming out with guns blazing, and that's never a bad thing. Eeee, Munroe just had to make a diving poke check, but at that point a delayed penalty against us got called, and Sean Curry went to the box for hooking.

Nice pad save by Munroe. SOG prior to the penalty had been 14-14; now they're 17-14 in favor of Albany. Matsumoto charges up ice and, despite the two Abany D trying to cover him, attempts to take a SH shot on goal. As the River Rats start skating the puck back into our nd, Curry's penalty expires and we are back at even strength. Another bullet dodged. SOG remain 17-14.

Here comes another penalty kill with 4:52 left in the period. SOG are Albany 18, Phantoms 16, and Rob Bellamy was flagged for holding.

Guenin and Syvret are our D pair out with Ross and Kane. Next are Parent and Bartulis with Matsumoto and Laliberte. Interestingly, next is Ross and Raduns, Parent and Syvret. The penalty is now killed, and we only gave up one shot on goal. Nice work.

With 1:20 left in the period, we're going on the PP. At least the ref's being relatively even-handed with the calls so far. Ross Kane, Laliberte, DeSantis, and Syvret are out, and oooooo, one of Albany's defenders came THIS close to closing his hand on the puck just outside the crease. Thou Shalt Not do these things, and it seems he realized just in time and put his wrist over the loose disk. Everyone hacked at the puck for a few more seconds before the ref finally blew play dead.

The period is ended. The Phantoms will have 40 seconds of PP time remaining at the start of the third period. The SOG are Albany 19, Phantoms 17.

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