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Road report: Lowell 5, Phantoms 3

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  • Road report: Lowell 5, Phantoms 3

    Wednesday night in Lowell, the Phantoms had eight power plays. During that time, Lowell outscored the Phantoms, 2-1. You can’t win many hockey games that way and it was the difference in a 5-3 loss to the Devils.

    The last two games, the Phantoms offense has rebounded into better shape. The power-play has not. The Phantoms were on an 0 for 23 skid in their last four games before Wednesday. Now they’re 1 for 31 and have allowed more shorthanded goals during that time than they’ve scored with the man-advantage.

    Not everything was gloom and doom coming out of the game, there were a few encouraging signs:

    – The seven goals combined*in back-to-back games is the most the Phantoms have scored since Nov. 1/2.

    – Danny Syvret*is making an impact. He had three assists, his first points with the Phantoms this season in his third game. That comes after being plus-4 against Hershey on Sunday.

    – Jon Matsumoto, David Laliberte and Stefan Legein each scored in consecutive games. Nice to see some consistency.

    OK, back to the doom and gloom for a second. A couple of less than positive notes:

    – Tough night for the Trent Daavettila line. He centered Krys Kolanos and Rob Bellamy. Daavettila was a minus-2 and Kolanos and Bellamy were minus-3.

    – Two or three times the Phantoms lost a potential power play by retaliating while they were trailing. I’m*all for sticking up for your teammates,*but sometimes you need to write a name down for later and try to win the game.

    Did you notice?

    – Kevin Marshall was scratched for the first time this season. Didn’t hear whether it was healthy or an inury, but Marshall was minus-3 in Hershey the other night. David Sloane played instead.

    – Nic Riopel made his second straight start. Just a night off for Johan Backlund*to start a busy stretch, or something more? Backlund has been good all season, but he was not at his best in his last two starts.

    – *Interesting tidbit from Jon Matsumoto on the between-periods radio show on Q-101.7 FM. Matsumoto said it’s harder to have a sproadic schedule than it is a busy one. He said he’d rather play the third game in three nights than once in a week.

    – Tim