Phantoms win second shootout

2012-12-22T04:46:00Z 2012-12-22T10:53:09Z Phantoms win second shootoutBy Diana C. Nearhos Glens Falls Post-Star
December 22, 2012 4:46 am  • 

The Syracuse Crunch have the best record in the AHL, but when it comes to shootouts, they have one of the worst at 0-3.

The Phantoms have been responsible for two of those shootout losses, including Fridays 4-3 shootout victory.

Garrett Roe, the hero of the previous shootout win over the Crunch, was the first shooter. He approached down the middle of the ice and fired a shot low glove-side.

Matt Taormina was up first for the Crunch and he took a similar approach to Roe, but sent a shot low blocker-side, making it past Cal Heeter.

Sean Couturier took the Phantoms' second shot. He attempted to beat Dustin Tokarski five-hole, but the netminder made the save.

On the other side of the ice, Tyler Johnson tried to go high blocker-side, but Cal Heeter made the save.

Brayden Schenn scored his second of two shootout shot attempts in the third round. He made a move to freeze Tokarski and roofed a shot at the right post.

Ondrej Palat matched Schenn's goal as he utilized some nice stick handling while approaching the net and then beat Heeter.

Jason Akeson scored his third goal of the game in the shutout. He faked a slapper and then tipped the puck low past Tokarski. 

"I just tried to make the goalie bite and he did," Akeson said via text. "Then I slid it five hole."

Mark Barberio was next up for the Crunch and made a couple of moves while approaching the net, but ran out of room to get a shot off.

Matt Ford had a chance to seal the victory for the Phantoms, but Tokarski made the save.

It then came down to Richard Panik with the Crunch's fifth shot. He tucked the puck inside the left post to beat Heeter and carry Syracuse into extra rounds of the extra time after the overtime.

Eric Wellwood was the Phantoms' sixth shooter. He made a couple moves as he came into the zone, but didn't have enough space to take a quality shot and Tokarski made an easy save.

Brett Connolly tried his trademark spin move on Heeter, but the netminder made the save.

Danny Syvret was the Phantoms' seventh shooter - and the first defenseman. He beat Tokarski five hole.

"I just did something I've been trying here and there at practice," he said via text. "I tried to make it obvious that I was shooting it high, but disguised it and shot five hole."

Cory Conacher was the final Syracuse shooter. Heeter made a kick save, his fourth on Conacher at short-range in the game, and secured the victory for the Phantoms. 

"We had a great showing in the shootout by our forwards and I was happy to see Syvret win it for us," Heeter said via text.

The Phantoms have played in the second-least shootouts in the AHL at two, but they have won them both - against the Crunch.

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