The puck beats Colin Purcell but bounces off the post and out as the Phantoms beat the Sioux Falls Stampede 4-2 at the Covelli.

The Phantoms knew they would have to be a little better last night than the night before to earn the full 2 points against Sioux Falls. The good news is, they were just that - a little better. Good enough to earn a regulation win in front of a decent crowd on Hockey Fights Cancer night.

The first period looked a lot like Friday night. The Phantoms came out strong and without some scrambling in net by the Stampede netminder, Grant Adams, could have run up the score pretty quick. They did score first, the first shorthanded goal for the Phantoms this season. The Stampede's Chase Foley misplayed a puck that sprung Matthew Cassidy, who carried the puck with John Beaton on a 2-on-1. Foley left himself in no-man's land, unable to defend the pass or shot, and Cassidy laid the puck onto Beaton's stick. Beaton extended his point streak to 5 games, ripping the puck short side, beating the stick and blocker of Adams at 13:28. Shots were 13-3 Phantoms in the first period and they led 1-0.

Dominic Basse covers the puck up in a 3-2 OT loss to the Sioux Falls Stampede.

Well, for the second time this season, the Phantoms played the worst team in it's division and left the second point on the table by dropping the game in OT. Last night, the Phantoms barely managed to skate into the extra frame, and lost in the 3-on-3.

The Phantoms came out with a lot of energy and looked dominant through the first half of the first period. At one point the shots were 6-1. The Stampede got some life on a Phantoms penalty and with Garrett Dahm in the box for a hook, Gabe Temple put a point shot through traffic and behind a well screened Dominic Basse at 12:59. The Stampede seemed to swing momentum their way for much of the rest of the frame. Shots would end up tied at 7 a side after the first 20:00.

The Phantoms tied the game at 1 all early in the second. Matthew Cassidy dug the puck out along the neutral zone boards and fed it to John Beaton at the blueline. Beaton held off and snapped a shot from the slot that beat netminder Grant Adams at 4:18. The Phantoms owned much of the middle frame and outshot the Stampede 13-5. 

One of many pucks gets behind Colin Purcell in a 10-3 blowout.

Well, on Sunday we stole a point by clawing our way into overtime. Heck, we could have won the game but the way we were outshot and outplayed, we were pretty lucky to get a point. The hope was that we would regroup, make the necessary changes to our game, and come out competitive. What we got was almost the exact opposite. This won't be my typical recap since I don't want to relive the trauma. This will be more of what went wrong.

The Steel scored early. A John Spetz shot through traffic. Despite not having much in the way of offense the Phantoms managed to tie when Cade Lemmur kept the puck in the zone on a Steel clearing attempt. The puck found the stick of Garrett Dahm who fired it home for his first USHL tally, beating Steel goalie Ian Shane near the mid part of the frame. The tie didn't hold long, less than 4:00 after the Dahm goal we were back down a pair of goals by Sam Colangelo and Gunnerwolfe Fontaine.

Maatieu De St. Phaile made it a 3 goal lead early in the second. Artyom Borshyov got us back to within a pair 0:26 later, putting a shot through traffic that trickled through Shane. Hey, the Steel were doubling us up on shots, but we were still in it at that point. It even looked like we might have some life left in us but that faded fast. Towards the end of the frame, Liam Devlin and Brendan Brisson added goals in a 1:12 span. De St. Phaile added a pair in the third and Dawson Pasternak and Owen Power added one each. Arseni Smeknhov scored a goal to save a little face with just under a minute left but at that point the Phantoms seemed more about taking penalties than scoring goals.

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