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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Phantoms at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins 3-18-09: First Period

The Phantoms are playing in Wilkes-Barre tonight, and as always, we need these points from our divisional rivals, I wondered for a few moments what was the matter with my screen, as the colors seemed a tad strange on the uniforms, Then I realized that the Penguins have green St. Patrick's Day jerseys on. LOL. First day with the new eyes. ;)

The Pens got started with shots on goal early. They had at least three shots before the Phantoms sent any pucks in the direction of Curry-the-goalie, So far the goaltenders have withstood all onslaughts, DeSantis is back in the lineup on D, since Syvret is still up with the Flyers.

The Phantoms are on the game's first PP, but we have had a really hairy moment. Munroe stopped a puck from a shorthanded attempt by the Pens; however, Kukkonen lost an edge and slid into his own goalie. Munroe got shoved most of the way into the net, but the referee ruled "no goal". It was hard to tell from the camera angle whether the puck went across the goal line
along with the goalie. Either Charron (the referee) had a better angle of observation from behind the net, or else he decided to err on the side of caution, Either way, that was a break for the Phantoms.

Whew... the Phantoms, according to the announcer, are embarking on a schedule of 5 games in 25 nights. Yikes. Our stretch run to attempt to reach a playoff seeding is going to be more like a marathon, or maybe a decathlon.

Munroe just made two excellent stops, but we couldn't seem to get control of the puck at any point during a goalmouth scramble. The end result was a Penguin goal. 1-0 Bad Guys.

Matsumoto and Laliberte created a scramble of their own, late in the period, but Curry-the-goalie found a way to keep their point-blank attempts out of the net, Not long afterward, the announcement was made that there is one minute remaining in the period.

The first period is over, The score is 1-0 in favor of the Penguins. The SOG are Penguins 10, Phantoms 6.

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