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Road report: Rochester 3, Phantoms 1

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  • Road report: Rochester 3, Phantoms 1

    Whatever the momentum the Adirondack Phantoms took into this weekend after going into the all-star break on a three-game winning streak has completely evaporated. The Phantoms lost all three games this weekend, though they did get a point for going to a shootout in Binghamton on Friday. They started the weekend in third place and end it in fifth.

    For extensive in-game and postgame analysis check out the great work by Kevin*Oklobzija at the Democrat and Chronicle in Rochester). Here are a few quick hits from my view in front of a computer:

    – Sean Curry turnovers*led to*the first two*Rochester goals (the last was an empty-netter).* On the first, he had a pass picked off behind his own net. Looked like Johan Backlund had his hand up for an icing that was waved off*and it confused Curry, who didn’t get a lot on the pass. On the second goal, David Brine sweep checked the puck away from Curry at the point and created a shorthanded breakaway.

    –**Goalie Johan* Backlund*lost in regulation for the first time*since Dec. 5 against Albany. Since then he is 6-0-1. Six wins and an overtime loss.*

    –**Trent Davettila recalled from the Kalamazoo Wings of the ECHL*earlier in the day. This is second tour of duty with Adirondack after playing 11 with the Phantoms earlier in the season. He centered the checking line of Garrett Klotz and Matt Clackson so the Phantoms didn’t have to play with seven defenseman and 11 forwards as they had the past two games. Good to see Daavettila get another chance here.

    – Joonas Lehtivuori, who scored a brilliant goal Saturday night, was a surprising scratch with an injury I didn’t see occur on Saturday. Josh Beaulieu missed his second straight game and Kyrs Kolanos was out for a third. Beaulieu is day-to-day; Kolanos’ injury may be more serious. We’ll know more Tuesday.

    –*Stefan Legein had a shorthanded 1-on-1 breakaway in the third and all-star goalie Alexander*Salak made a great save.* Legein is in his longest dry spell as a Phantom. He hasn’t scored in his last eight games. His last goal was the overtime game-winner in Albany on Jan. 8

    – Jason Ward had*five points (4G, 1A this weekend).

    – Tim