The comeback kids!
Down 2-0 in the series, and down their two starting goaltenders, things were looking bleak for the Lehigh Valley Phantoms just a week ago. But they have battled back. A 2-1 overtime win on Wednesday night set up another must-win for the Phantoms tonight in the best-of-five series, and they dominated the Bears.
The Phantoms scored late in the first period and never looked back. They outshot the Bears 12-3 in that first stanza, and ended up outshooting them 38-28 for the game.
Danick Martel opened the scoring off a slap-pass from Andy Miele.
The Bears threatened early in the second period as they controlled the game, but Martin Ouellette had all the answers. Ouellette even made a nice stop on a breakaway chance.
Great positioning and an even better save by Ouellette.
Minutes later the Phantoms struck again. This time it was Mark Zengerle sniping one with Travis Sanheim picking up the only assist.
Celly game strong.
The Bears scored late in the second period to make it a one-goal game after two periods of play.
But Scott Laughton put the Phantoms up by two again with a great move.
He split the defense then roofed the puck.
And the celly.
Ouellette made a few great saves on a late Bears’ power play to keep the Phantoms up by two.
Then Laughton iced it in the final minute with an empty netter.
Eight different Phantoms picked up points in the game, with Laughton (two goals) and Sanheim (two assists) leading the way. Ouellette made 27 saves on 28 shots for the victory.
The Phantoms and Bears will play a winner-take-all game five on Sunday evening at the PPL Center. Puck drop is scheduled for 5:05.
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Sons of Penn Radio (January 23rd)
On this week of SOP Radio, we celebrate a thrilling overtime victory, discuss Dave Hakstol’s coaching decisions, and forecast potential trade opportunities and prospect development.