Third period: Phantoms 3, Bears 1
Munroe was the hero of the third period. The Phantoms spent most of the frame in their defensive zone and Munroe came up big.
After the first nine minutes passed with only one shot from each team, the Bears ripped off seven in a couple-minute span. Munroe kept the Phantoms in it, and helped stave off three power plays.
Couturier ensured that Munroe's efforts paid off with an empty-netter with 25 seconds to play to seal the Phantoms' third straight win. Adirondack is now above .500 for the first time since opening night.
Second period: Phantoms 2, Bears 1
Tyler Brown put the Phantoms up 2-1 with his first goal of the season. Danny Syvret took a shot from the slot and with no Bears around, Brown corralled the rebound, made a small move on Sabourin and tucked the puck inside the right post.
Once again, the Phantoms dominated the second period, out-shooting the Bears 15-7. The second frame has been a good one for the Phantoms the past three games.
First period: Phantoms 1, Bears 1
Yet again, Harry Zolnierczyk had a few good opportunities in the first period. He had a mini-breakaway about six minutes in, but Dany Sabourin made the save. Seconds later, Zolnierczyk tried again but still couldn't get though.
The Bears immediately turned around and raced down the ice. Zach Hamill took a pass from T.J. Syner at the near face-off circle and beat Scott Munroe just inside the post 6:30 into the game.
When that happened immediately after a Tye McGinn bid at Albany two weeks ago, the Devils stole the momentum and the Phantoms could never quite catch up again. This time, however, it seemed to be motivation.
Brayden Schenn set McGinn up with a perfect shot with 3:12 to play. The two entered the zone together and Schenn pulled defensemen Tomas Kundratek and Kevin Marshall and Sabourin to the right side of the net. He then slid the puck over to McGinn who had a shot on a wide open net.
The Phantoms had another chance about 1:30 later. Zac Rinaldo took a shot and Sabourin managed to make a save, but Rob Bordson grabbed the rebound. His shot went just wide of the net and the period ended in a tie
The Phantoms take on the Hershey Bears for this first time this season. The Bears are 6-9-1 and enter the game having lost five of their last six. The 8-8 Phantoms are on a two-game winning streak and have a chance to get above .500 for the first time since the season opener.
Matt Ford is back in the lineup against his former team after being a healthy scratch the past four games. Ford has played the Bears once since being traded for Kevin Marshall about halfway through the season last year. He had a goal and an assist in that game.
Phantoms defensive pairings:
Phantoms goaltender: Scott Munroe
Phantoms scratches: Shane Harper, Eric Wellwood, Zack FitzGerald, Jeff Dimmen, Matt Mangene (injury)