The Bridgeport Sound Tigers bring their seven-game winning streak into the Civic Center to face the Phantoms, who lost forwards Ben Holmstrom and Tom Sestito to call-up before the game.
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POSTGAME: The message from the Phantoms after this one was that they felt like they wasted the first two periods. They were thrilled with their third period, but felt like that was the pressure they could have been applying all game.
They outshot the Sound Tigers 17-8 in the third.
Bridgeport scored its two goals in the second, and not surprisingly, Joe Paterson thought that was the Phantoms' worst period. He said they spent too much time hemmed in their own zone. Both goals came as a result of the Phantoms being unable to clear.
Phantoms right back at it tomorrow with Binghamton, who has given them fits all year, winning all four meetings. Robin Lehner is scheduled to start.
FINAL: Bridgeport 2, Phantoms 1. 37 saves for Anders Nilsson. Should be No. 1 star for sure.
Jon Kalinski got one back for the Phantoms with less than 10 to play, but the Phantoms couldn't find the equalizer. Phantoms outshot the Sound Tigers 17-8 in the final period.
Back with more in a bit.
END 2 (2-0 ,Bridgeport): The run of play is fairly even here (Phantoms lead in shots 21-18), but Bridgeport was twice opportunistic around the net.
Casey Cizikas took advantage of some confusion in the Phantoms' zone to score the first goal by jumping on a loose puck. Tomas Marcinko made it 2-0 by deflecting a puck out of mid-air in front of Leighton.
The Phantoms had nearly back-to-back power plays at the end of the period created by some nice zone posession, but they didn't really come close to scoring on the power plays.
END 1 (0-0): The Phantoms had few shots in the early going, but turned it up late and ended with 11 for the period. Bridgeport had 12. Anders Nilsson has made two very good saves. He robbed Mike Testwuide from his back, reaching up with his stick to bat away a shot by the crossbar. He also made a sliding save on Tye McGinn on the power play late in the period.
With the late call-ups, Eric Wellwood is playing center and Blake Kessel is at wing on the fourth line. Here's how those lines look:
Lines: McGinn/Wellwood/Testwuide; Hamel/Kalinski/Harper; Brown/Roe/Akeson; Kessel/Pither/Row.
Defensive pairs: Marshall/Bartulis; Manning/Walker; Jancevski/Lauridsen.
-- Michael Leighton (14-13, 2.66 GAA, .912 sv.%) goes for Phantoms in goal against Anders Nilsson (8-6-1, 2.93, .908).
-- Bridgeport scratches: Tony Romano, Calvin de Haan, Scott Howes, Chris Langkow, Brett Gallant, Trevor Gillies.
-- Phantoms will go with seven defensemen and 11 forwards. Garrett Klotz (lower-body) the only scratch.
-- If you missed it above, Ben Holmstrom and Tom Sestito called up because of injuries during the Flyers game.