Well, sorry about the super-late recap. I had to work over 13 hours in Akron the Sunday after the game and the rest of the week didn't go much better. After putting up one of the more dominate performances the Phantoms have shown us at home in recent memory, they faced the same team in a quick turnaround game that promised some fireworks, and not the kind on the Phantoms Fireworks shelves. After the worst beating in the Thunder's short team history, we all knew they wouldn't be heading back to Bloomington without trying to get something positive going and that the Phantoms would need to stick to their game plan to secure a weekend sweep. Neither team disappointed the Covelli crowd.

For the Phantoms, Vas Kolias would sit out the game serving a single game suspension for charging the Thunder's goalie in the previous game. He was lucky to get off with just that. He was replaced by Ty Farmer, who needs the ice time anyway. The Phantoms would also add James Winkler for a full 21 players on the bench. Collin DeAugustine would get the nod in goal, contrary to my predictions. The Thunder, with David Jaconbsen out, would have to rely on Logan Halladay again after he played most of the previous game. The Thunder would also sit Logan Lambdin and Tanner Salsberry in favor of Jalen Smerek and Joshua Shellman. 

If the rivalry between our Youngstown Phantoms and the expansion franchise Bloomington Thunder wasn't official before, then it is after last night. The Phantoms put a heavy beating on the Eastern Conference newcomers in a way that is sure to not sit well with the Thunder. Coming off of a weekend where they bounce back from a 5-4 loss in OT to a 6-0 win the next night in Dubuque, the Phantoms added another 2 points in the standings by knocking off the Thunder 6-1. The story of the night wouldn't be even strength scoring either. This was a match filled with a lot of penalties and special teams, and this season the Phantoms thrive on special teams. 

The first period started slow enough with only a handful of shots through the first 10:00 or so. The Bloomington defense was looking very solid and clogging up the neutral zone very effectively. The Phantoms were unable to generate much in the way of transition up ice and had some difficulty getting into the Thunder's end and generating attack zone time. The Phantoms even squandered a little 4-on-4 time, failing to get good rubber on Bloomington's starter, David Jacobsen. The Phantoms finally broke through on a PP, Ryan Lomberg blasting one from the point to make it 1-0 with just 0:32 left in the period. As a bit of foreshadowing, the Phantoms Connor Yau took a holding penalty :17 after and as the buzzer sounded to end the period, Ryan Lomberg and Matt Mendelson matched each other's  minor penalty in a little rough play that was called cross-checking and unsportsmanlike conduct respectively. Colin DeAugustine stopped all 14 shot of the period, this his second consecutive start.

It's another late recap, I apologize. Between the horrible streaming quality coming out of Dubuque and a very busy weekend I figured it really didn't matter. This isn't going to be a really detailed analysis of the game anyway. This is just going to be a breakdown of what went right and what went wrong.

Friday's tilt in Dubugue started out good. Despite being outshot by a wide margin (17-9) and the Saints owning the terrirorial advantage most of the period, the Phantoms scored the first two goals in the first period with Kiefer Sherwood and Kevin Conley both lighting the lamp behind the Saints netminder Jacob Nehama. However, in the second period things started to go south for the Phantoms.  A little over the halfway mark of the period Brett Boeing, their leading scorer, took a bad clear and rifled a shot over Chris Birdsall, off the crossbar and in. The period would get a little chippy and Ryan Lomberg would take his first bad penalty of the season and second of the game. It looked to me like he left his position, it was hard to track,  and went to engage a Saint after some rough stuff prior to the play. Whatever the reason, he ended up with a checking from behind minor and a misconduct, removing him from the game for 12:00. Dubuque would match it up with a Shane Kavanagh minor at 18:55. in the ensuing 4-on-4, Max Letunov would take advantage of the room with Josh Melnick getting him the puck down low in the faceoff circle and Letunov buried it to put the Phantoms back up by a pair with less than a minute to go. Dubuque wasn't going to wait for the end of the period to regroup and with just 0:09 left in the period, Dylan Gambrell would intercept a pass and walked in alone on Birdsall to score and cut the lead back down to just a goal. Again the Phantoms were badly outshot, this time 13-5.