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Catching up with the Phantoms

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  • Catching up with the Phantoms

    Sorry for the lack of blog posts over the weekend. The State Boys Basketball Tournament was at the Glens Falls Civic Center, and those of you in the area know it’s an all consuming effort here. In three days, I saw 15 games and spent about 30 hours watching hoops.* The tournament, which returns again this weekend, is also the reason for the Phantoms’ road trips.

    There’s plenty of news to come out of Tuesday’s practice:

    – Johan Backlund is in Philadelphia, but as of Monday he was still not taking shots in practice because of his groin injury. Until Backlund is ready to assume the backup duties, Duchesne stays in Philly. I’d say it’s 50-50 Duchesne is back for Wednesday’s game.

    – If Duchesne isn’t back for Wednesday, the starter will be either Kris Mayotte or Michael-Lee Teslak. Carter Hutton, a star in a win over Hershey on Sunday, is not available midweek for the rest of the season because he’s still in college at UMass-Lowell and has a seminar he can’t miss on Wednesdays. If that last sentence doesn’t sum up where the Phantoms are with goalies right now, nothing does. Hutton will be around on weekends.

    – David Laliberte skated after practice. He did not participate in the main portion and is not ready to return from his oblique injury. According to the Philadelphia Daily News, the Flyers were interested in calling up Laliberte to replace the injured Jeff Carter. Obviously, he’s not able to go. Stefan Legein is another candidate. He practiced full and*Greg Gilbert*said he’s over a minor injury he suffered a couple of weeks ago.

    – Marc-Andre Bourdon and Matt Clackson are out two weeks with injuries. Logan Stephenson is day-to-day after taking a hard hit on Saturday. He was a healthy scratch Friday night. Josh Beaulieu was hit with a shot on Friday and is out with a bruised foot. X-rays showed no break.

    – With all the injuries, the Phantoms signed Matt Clackson’s brother, Chris, and Union forward*Mario Valery-Trabucco to amatuer tryout contracts. Chris Clackson, like*Matt, played at Western Michigan University. He scored 19 goals in 129 games, or 15 more than his brother. Valery-Trabucco scored 23 goals and had 22 assists in 38 games with Union this season.

    – Tim