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The Phantoms veteran players celebrate last seasons Eastern Conference championship as they raise the banner.
The Phantoms Hoist the Eastern Conference Championship Banner - The Phantoms veteran players celebrate last seasons Eastern Conference championship as they raise the banner.
The Phantoms Hoist the Eastern Conference Championship Banner - The Phantoms veteran players celebrate last seasons Eastern Conference championship as they raise the banner.
The Phantoms were back at home last night and in need of a win on friendly ice. With the Dubuque Fighting Saints in town to avenge their loss at home to us last Friday, a team we almost always have an exciting game against win or lose, you knew this would be a good test of the team and a fun one for the fans to watch. And it certainly lived up to the billing.

The Phantoms would build a lead in the first period and never look back. With the Saint's Verners Egle in the box for a high-stick penalty, Connor MacEachern would send a shot from the point on net with big Brett Murray screening in front of the Saints netminder, Matther Thiessen, that easily found the twine at 7:51. A few minutes after that, a Joseph Abate shot would get kicked aside by Thiessen, but Dalton Messina would be right on the doorstep to shovel it through the crease behind the netminder for Matthew DeMelis to forhand to backhand into the net as Thiessen tried unsuccessfully to slide back over at 10:38. The Phantoms would increase their lead once again on a MacEachern powerplay point shot, again with Murray in front of the netminder at 16:17. The Saints would get one back quickly, 0:25 after, with defenseman Michael Feenstra sending a shot on net from just outside the left faceoff circle with Willie Knierim screening Jon Mor. The Saints would take a 8-6 shot advantage into the first intermission but the Phantoms would have the 2 goal lead.

Trevor Kuntar would get his first goal of the season early in the third. Dalton Messina would dig the puck off the boards and Kuntar would find the lose puck in the left faceoff circle, spin and fire a rocket at 3:50. The Saints would get it back to only a 2 goal difference after Cooper Haar hit Ty Jackson coming through the neutral zone. Jackson would push the puck passed Mor but the refs, after a lengthy review, called it no goal due to the net being dislodged before the puck crossed the line. However, Brett Murray was called for a slash giving the crafty forward a penalty shot, and he deked and went high glove side for the goal at 10:34. The 4-2 score would last the rest of the frame and shots were 10-9 in favor of the Phantoms.

The Phantoms would push the lead back to 3 on a 4 on 4, MacEachern springing Jack Malone and Gianfranco Cassaro on a 2 on 0 rush, the pair would pass the puck a few times before Cassaro would finish it off on a helpless Thiessen at 7:47. The Saints would get the deficit back to 2 for the last time, Mattias Maccelli with a nice wrist shot from the left faceoff circle at 11:15. Craig Needham would add an empty net goal at the end for a final of 6-3. The Shots were 10-9 for the Phantoms in the final frame and 26 total for both squads on the evening.

This was a solid win for the Phantoms. After we got the lead we never looked back and the Saints did not get any closer than a 2 goal deficit after we went up by 3. With powerplay goals in our last 3 games now, I feel a lot better about our special teams. The PK was 4 for 4 as well. The crowd could have been better but it's still high school football season and the weather is starting to get cold so that was sort of expected. And best of all, I have some highlights!

 

Connor MacEachern scores a PP goal!

 

Dalton Messina to Matthew DeMelis!

 

Jack Malone and Gianfranco Cassaro torture the goalie!