We’re trying out a new theme up in here. Hope to have things cleaned up and organized soon. In the meantime…
The Phantoms got a much-needed win and the two corresponding points last night in Wilkes Barre thanks to a 5-4 Shoot-Out win. Taylor Leier had the game-winner in the fourth round of the SO. Petr Straka also had a shootout goal in the first round.
It was a back-and-forth game, which the Phantoms ultimately tied in the third period on a key power-play goal from Jason Akeson on helpers from Nick Cousins and Brandon Manning. Those three had one just like it in the second period. Taylor Leier had opened the scoring at the start of the game, and Adam Comrie chipped in with a laser-shot off a Penguins turnover, also in the first.
But the bigger news that came through yesterday was that Forward Scott Laughton had been loaned back to the Phantoms by the Flyers. It was somewhat unexpected, but the now-healthy Laughton should add some scoring-kick for the Phantoms, and should clear a little bit of cap space for the returning Kimmo Timonen. For Scotty, he’ll get a chance to return to a top line and rack up some minutes and (hopefully) some goals before he returns to Philadelphia at some juncture. He didn’t make it to Scranton in time for the game yesterday (due to weather, I’m told–no word on whether Hector Luna is his driver or not) but will join the team in Springfield for this afternoon’s tilt. As far as I know, everyone has made it in safely overnight, despite the storm coming through New England.
Another nice surprise in last night’s game was the return of D-man Mark Alt. Last I had heard, he had yet to be cleared for contact. It’s great to have him back. After spending Friday night on the fourth line, another recent returnee Darroll Powe, took up residence on the top line. As folks get healthy, look for lines to solidify. I’ll have more on my recommended lineup in the next ‘Hockey Night’ post, due Wednesday, and we once again welcome the Binghamton Senators to the PPL Center.
See you at the arena,