The Phantoms turned things around and beat the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders 3-1 to get the weekend split.
Phantoms Earn the Split. - The Phantoms turned things around and beat the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders 3-1 to get the weekend split.
Phantoms Earn the Split. - The Phantoms turned things around and beat the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders 3-1 to get the weekend split.
We were told by team sources to expect a much different team effort Saturday night over Friday night's awful performance. While it would be hard to be much worse, the question remained: would it be enough to right the ship against a struggling team in the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders? Once again, the 'Riders only dressed 15 skaters. With only 9 forwards, 6 defenseman, and an '03 goalie whose first game was the game on Friday. 

The Phantoms got on the board first in the first period. This was compliments of a Ben Schoen pass from the high slot to Josh DeLuca knocking on the back door, who tipped it in behind netminder Nick Simo at 13:24. Shots were 14-14 Phantoms after the first period.

Jayson Dobay made it a 2-0 game, scoring in back-to-back games for the first time in his USHL career. The mobile defenseman jumped up into a 2-on-2 rush to make it a 3-on-2 and buried a shot from the slot at 16:40 of the second frame. Shots were 7-6 'Riders in the middle frame.

Trevor Kuntar pushed the lead to 3 with a powerplay goal at 13:09 of the third, a one-timer from the high slot off a pass from Georgi Murkulov along the goal line.

A stretch pass from Alex Gagne to Tyler Rollwagan sprung a 2-on-1 with Rollwagan putting a pass across the crease to Jack O'Leary to direct into the net at 15:50, with Aiden Gallacher unable to get a stick on to defend, ending Dominic Basse's shutout bid. But that was all for the 'Riders. They gave a good push at the end, but fell short. Shots were 12-9 'Riders in the third and 32-29 'Riders overall.

We got a split out of the weekend keeping the glass half full. Friday's loss muddies the waters a little going forward in regards to playoff positioning. With 2,467 in the stands for Military Appreciation night, we had a good crowd to see the Phantoms get a win, and in specialty jerseys no less. Yeah, we have a superstition going about third and specialty jerseys being a curse but the white with orange camo seems to have avoided the bad juju. Next week will be green Irish themed sweaters, and we'll be facing Dubuque. Those jersey's will need a lot of luck to share the same fate. Maybe these highlights will bring us some.

Josh DeLuca scores on the backdoor play!

 

 

Trevor Kuntar does it again!