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A Howlin' Good Game

Postby exussum » 23 Jul 2012, 20:15

The Phantoms opening match up of the 08 - 09 season against the Streatham Nightwolves ended in a victory for the southerners who were visiting Deeside for the first time. The Nightwolves proved to be a strong, well drilled team and a real challenge to the Phantoms. With less than a minute gone the first period the visitors took a 2 minute minor for checking and, although a man down, still managed to keep pressure on the Deesiders. Paul Morris then returned the favour for the Phantoms also getting a minor for checking, putting the home side on the penalty kill. The Phantoms weathered the storm successfully killing the penalty without conceding a goal although most of the play was at their end of the ice. The Nightwolves continued to control the game after the penalty ended and eventually got the first goal at 6.27. The next 6 minutes went badly for the home side as the visitors netted a futher couple of markers putting them 3 - 0 up and, without some excellent work by Jamie Scarratt between the pipes, it could have been more. Thankfully the Phantoms got to grips with the task in hand during the closing minutes of the period and though they didn't score it looked more like they were part of the game.
The second period got off to a great start for the Phantoms. With only 35 seconds on the clock Mal Singleton slipped the puck to Jaro Bartos in front of the visitors net who jammed it past their puckstopper for the Phantoms first marker. Scoring so early in the period set the tone for the rest of the second. The boys form Deeside had a lot more possesion and put some great scoring chances together only to be denied by the visitors netminder or pipes; they even killed another 2 minor penalties without giving up a goal. The Nightwolves were far from finished though, picking up another marker with just over 2 minutes of the second left and ending the period 4 - 1 in their favour.
The final period, like the second, was fairly evenly matched with chances on both sides and mainly end to end hockey. It was the Nightwolves that broke the deadlock half way through the period netting their fifth goal which was shortly follwed by the sixth about 4 minutes later. The final honours went to the Phantoms with 2 minutes later when Paul Morris buried the puck in the visitors net, something he'd come close to doing several times during the game; Phil bide getting the assist.
For the Phantoms it was a hard game against a good team which, with a bit of luck in the first period, could of ended closer than the final 6 - 2 win for the Nightwolves. That said, everyone of the guys on the Phantoms roster enjoyed the match in spite of the result.

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