- Written by Justin Irwin
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The Phantoms came out last night to play a physical game, it was obvious from the start. When the Phantoms lead with the Needham, DeLuca, and Amonte line, they probably mean to throw some checks. Unfortunately, we forgot to play the skilled shooting game and now have to win tonight and tomorrow night to stay alive.
I guess it should have been a sign that 0:40 into the game, Tristian Amonte took a checking from behind penalty. We put him out there to hit people, I guess that's to be expected. The first frame was pretty uneventful outside of that. The Phantoms were outshot 11-4 but neither side put up any goals.
The Phantoms did jump out to a lead in the second. After a Matthew Barnaby goal was waived off for interference earlier in the period, Brett Murray capitalized on a misplayed puck by the Dubuque defense. On a simple play where Jeppe Urup sent a pass up the boards and Brett Murray tipped it into the zone where in came to Saints' defenseman Luke Robinson in the corner . Robinson tried to push the puck back up ice one handed as he turned but ended up settling the puck for the charging Murray with his back turned to the oncoming Phantoms' leading scorer. Murray wasted no time in scooping the puck up and putting a sharp angle shot on net from the goal line that surprised Saint's netminder Matthew Thiessen for a goal at 10:21.
- Written by Justin Irwin
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Well, here we go. It's the "second season" and you can pretty much hit the reset button. The Phantoms (0-0) did not get the help they needed this weekend from Central Illinois (R.I.P.) or Muskegon, so they finish in third place in the Eastern Conference with no bye in the first round.
This means we face the 6th place team, the Dubuque Fighting Saints (0-0). We've played the Saints four times, dropping the first one at the Fall Classic, but beating them the next 3. We havn't faced them since December 30th, so a lot has changed since then.
The Saints are an odd team. Despite being one of the biggest teams in the league, 2nd in average weight at 187lbs and 1st in average height at 6'2", a lot of their damage is done by smaller players. Matias Maccelli is their top scorer by far, leading the team in both goals and assists, 31 and 41 respectively, which tied him with Erik Haula as the top scoring Finnish player to have played in the USHL. The 5'11", 165lbs winger is a projected 3rd round NHL Draft pick, can stick handle in tight spaces and has a great shot.
Keeping with the trend of smaller forwards is the line that is probably the most exciting to watch outside of our 3M line, the lineup of Reise Gaber (22g, 28a), and the Jackson twins, Dylan (13g, 31a) and Ty (15g, 25a). The line averages 5'8" and 151lbs but use their speed and agility to drive teams crazy.
They do have some larger forwards that will contribute in their own way. Derick Contessa (11g, 9a) and Cooper Haar (6g, 11a) can grind players down on the boards, both are 6'3" and 205+ lbs. Willie Knierim, who left Ohio State after 2 seasons there, is the big guy to watch at 6'3", 206lbs. However, he has also put up 18g and 29a and also leads the team in PIMs with 140, double the next guy in line.
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