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Road report: Syracuse 5, Phantoms 0

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  • Road report: Syracuse 5, Phantoms 0

    Just when you think the Phantoms take a step forward, there’s a big two back. I left the arena Friday feeling that they were making progress after a solid win over a first-place team, but then things came unglued Saturday, giving up five goals in the third to the Crunch.

    If you didn’t watch or listen to the game, you’d never know that the Phantoms outplayed and outshot the Crunch through two periods. But they missed scores of chances, including going 0 for 6 on the power play. Then Syrcause scored twice in the first 3:30 of the third and three times in the first 12.

    Here are a few ugly statistics:

    – The Phantoms were outshot 22-3 in the third.

    – The power play fell to 2 for 29 over the last eight games and 25 for 228 for the season.

    – In John Grahame’s 10 starts (2-8) the Phantoms have scored 13 goals.

    – The Phantoms have lost all three games in Syracuse this season by a combined total of 16-3.

    What else can you say? The win was the sixth straight for Syracuse and moved the Crunch into a fourth-place tie with the Phantoms (50 points).


    – Stefan Legein returned after missing the last two games with a stomach flu. But the bug is spreading. Joonas Lehtivuori, David Sloane and Matt Clackson were out with illness. Ryan Dingle was a healthy scratch and Krys Kolanos remains out with a long-term injury.

    – Legein did not rejoin the Jared Ross line. The Phantoms left together the line of Andreas Nodl/Ross/Mika Pyorala that had been playing well the last two days.

    – Tim