The Phantoms are back on top. Well, for now.
The Lehigh Valley Phantoms went down to Charlotte to take on the Checkers in Game 3 on Tuesday night, and they came away with a big win to take a 2-1 series lead. After an embarrassing loss at home in Game 2, the Phantoms came out firing in Charlotte en route to a 5-1 win in Game 3.
The Phantoms got it going early on.
Vecchione picked up a puck in the slot and fired a shot on net. His first shot was blocked, but he got the loose puck and backhanded it into the net.
A heads-up play by Vecchione to open the scoring just over three minutes into the game.
Then less than two minutes later, Danick Martel struck. He got the puck in the offensive zone, weaved into the slot and buried a great goal.
A great individual effort by Martel to give the Phantoms a 2-0 lead less than five minutes into a very important Game 3.
The Phantoms took that 2-0 lead into the locker room after the 1st period.
Charlotte got one back early in the period, but less than two minutes after that the Phantoms reestablished their two-goal lead.
Chris Conner took a lead pass from Vecchione, skated into the zone, and sniped home a goal.
A perfectly-placed wrister by Conner from the circle.
Then they ot their first (and only) power-play goal of the game later in the period.
Lindblom camped out in front of the net and jammed home a loose puck.
He had great position at the top of the crease and scored an uncontested goal.
That gave the Phantoms a 4-1 lead in the 2nd period, and they would keep it that way until late in the 3rd period.
Alex Lyon played a big role in keeping that 4-1 lead intact. He made 19 saves in the 3rd period, and none were bigger than this one.
Lyon got a piece of the shot with his glove to deflect it off the post and cover up.
That came with the Phantoms up 4-1 in the latter half of the 3rd period, and they put it away with an empty-netter a few minutes later.
Greg Cary chased down a loose puck, and had the empty net in front of him, but he was tackled down. He would’ve been awarded a goal, but Lindblom was right behind him to clean up the garbage.
You can’t do that.
10 different Phantoms recorded points in the game, with Lindblom (two goals), Vecchione (goal, assist), and Carey (two assists) leading the way.
It’ll be a quick turnaround for the Phantoms and Checkers, as they’ll play Game 4 tonight in Charlotte in a back-to-back. The Phantoms will look to build on their momentum to take a 3-1 series lead.
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