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  • Postgame: Albany 3, Phantoms 1

    Well, doesn’t this feel familiar?

    Exactly two weeks after losing in Albany the Phantoms have done so again, and once more coach Greg Gilbert was unhappy with the effort, the start in particular.

    Last time the Phantoms were outshot 16-10 in the first period. Saturday they were outshot 14-6 and allowed the first 11 shots. That prompted this reaction from Gilbert:

    “I’m very disappointed. Why should we sit back and have to weather the storm? Every time we play these guys. It’s ridiculous. Just mental preparation and taking the battle personally. We didn’t have enough guys tonight that did that.”

    While we’re on the effort theme, a couple more gems from Gilbert:

    On the offense, which had appeared to turn the corner with 10 goals in its last two games:

    “We didn’t do the things we were doing the other games. We went to war with half a battalion and weren’t willing to pay the price in the battles. We didn’t want to go to the tough areas and score goals like we have been.”

    On needing production from more than just Jon Matsumoto, who scored his team-leading sixth goal. Stefan Legein has four (two with the Phantoms) and Andreas Nodl has three. No one else has more than two.

    “We need everybody to step up. You can’t go into any game in any sport with half a crew that’s willing to pay the price, that take one-on-one battles personally and are disappointed when they don’t win them. We got guys who don’t even want to get into the battles, never mind winning it. You aren’t going to win many games that way.”

    Other tidbits:

    – Hard to play catch up when you spend as much time as in the penalty box as the Phantoms did in the third. The Phantoms took three penalties in the game’s final eight minutes. They killed each of them, but lose the offensive time.

    Gilbert didn’t quibble with the calls. Legein was flagged for boarding on a clear hit from behind and Logan Stephenson was whistled for interference.

    “They’re all straight forward penalties… It wasn’t the penalties and the penalty killing that killed us it was the five-on-five play in the previous 56 minute,” Gilbert said.

    – Defensemen Sean Curry and forward Krys Kolanos sat out their second straight games. Gilbert said both should be practicing full this week and “chances are” they’ll be in the lineup next weekend.

    – Probably not Johan Backlund’s best night. Of the three goals, two were ones he usually gobbles up. *It looked like the first goal, a shot from Bryan Rodney in the circle, surprised him. He wasn’t quite covered up to the short-side post and the puck went off him and into the net.

    The second one was a bleeder from the point that found a way in for Jay Harrison’s first goal of the season.

    But hard to blame Backlund. He kept them in it during a terrible first and has been so steady all season. Even with the six-goals against him in Syracuse, his goals-against-average is still 2.37 through eight starts.

    – Jerome Samson has four points (2 goals, 2*assists) in three games against the Phantoms this season.

    – The Phantoms will be practicing at the Fire Road Rink this week near the Glens Falls YMCA.

    – Tim



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