“Get about as oiled as a diesel train
Gonna set this town a’light
Saturday night’s the night I like
Saturday night’s alright alright alright, oh oh oh”
The Phantoms took it hard Wednesday night at home versus the Crunch of Syracuse. The 6-1 loss was the fourth in a row by our hometown hockey team. Both goalies allowed their fair share of goals–soft, fluky, shortie and otherwise. Recall that Sunday’s loss was to the Penguins affiliate of Wilkes-Barre, whom we play tonight.
They’re not winning.
I’m not happy.
Mark Alt was injured on a boarding pile driver late in Wednesday night’s game. His injury was quickly avenged by pair-mate Brandon Manning.
Meanwhile, in Philadelphia, a couple Flyers were lost for the season, and Brandon Manning was called up to the Flyers once again. Hopefully, they let him play this time. Here are some YouTube videos of his altercations Wednesday night:
And more action (“lowlights”?) from Wednesday’s game:
UPDATE: Word comes mid-day Saturday that Jason Akeson, Oliver Lauridsen, AND Mark Alt have been called up to the Flyers. Might wanna bring your skates tonight, too, as we’ll be a bit short with all that. Keep in mind that Darroll Powe is also unlikely to play with a possible concussion.
Zach Stortini had a hard boarding infraction versus Bobby Farnham from Wilkes-Barre on Sunday. It was called as a minor penalty and not reviewed by the league or up for suspension.
The Penguins are back in town for a rematch of the Sunday afternoon beat-down they put on us 3-0. They’ve had a couple roster moves as well, but unfortunately nothing that’s left them without a goalie, which is what we need at this point.
Game Time: 7:05PM Puck Drop; 6:00PM Doors; 3:30PM Chickie’s or BrewWorks if you want a table.
Traffic and Parking: Nothing new to report. Remember that the Arena North “Linden” garage is pre-paid only–purchase your parking online at PPLCenter.com if you wish to park there. Also remember to plan egress: I noticed that they closed off a bunch of streets near the arena as the game let out the other night.
Tickets: Tonight’s game–as well as tomorrow afternoon’s–are “SRO” already. Please purchase your tickets before coming downtown.
Broadcast: The Usual Suspects: TV-2, AM-1470, FM 89.9 (arena)
Promotion: It’s “Faith Night” as Christian Rock and Worship band “Kutless” will perform a concert following the game. The concert is included with your hockey ticket.
What To Watch
- Watch for the new guys: Bardreau (9) and Luukko (41) and see how they do. Bardreau had a nifty pass in the first period on Wednesday, but no one was home to connect with. Later in the game I thought perhaps he was trying to do too much with the puck–but with the deficit and lackluster play, perhaps he was just looking to get something going.
- Watch to see if we can get some improved play out of our goalies–and as much as I like the Zepper, is it time to get Stolie some regular ice time?
- Watch to see who starts in goal for the Pens. The rookie Murray owned us the other night, but Zatkoff‘s no slouch either.
- Watch the Pens’ Bobby Farnham and Stortini. Much hand-wringing on the interwebs about the hit Storts put on Farny the other day, but only a minor penalty and no league review or suspension. Will they settle it on the ice tonight? Maybe not “Fyten” on Saturday night, but “Fighting.”
Back at it tomorrow for “Legend’s Night” (Brian Boucher) and a post-game “skate with the players.” Bring your skates and get up town early as we’re in for a 3PM puck drop.
Then the Phantoms go on the road to Norfolk, Binghamton and Wilkes-Barre for a week, before returning on April 8 for the Pens again in the last “happy hour” game on “SteelHawks Night.”
I’ve had lots of nice feedback on these previews I’ve been doing for every home Phantoms game all season long. They get lots of hits every game. I’d like to thank the readers out there and the folks who’ve had nice words for me around the arena. But I gotta say, it’s getting harder to write them up with the way the team is playing this late in the season. I’m not gonna quit: I’ll try to get the information I have out to you for the final six games, but perhaps a bit more abbreviated. I will…
…See you at the arena,