Phantoms top Amerks in Goaltending Battle

By Jim Segrest

Neil Little stood tall in the Phantoms season opener, with an overtime shutout win over the Rochester Americans. Little faced 29 shots and 10 Amerks powerplays for the win. The game winning goal was scored with 29.8 seconds left in the overtime period when John Slaney carried the puck into the zone fed it over to his power play defensive partner Harlock who fed Greig on the half boards who burried the puck past Miller. Both goaltenders played excellent hockey turning away a combined 49 of 50 shots in 64+ minutes of play.

Top 5 plays of the game

5.Greig blasting a shot past Miller that hit the post(1:45 of overtime)
4.Little turning away a break away by Ratchuck(3:40 of overtime)
3.Little making a side to side save on a 2 on 1 in overtime(4:04 of overtime)
2.Break away by Denis Hamel that was turned away by Neil Little(11:49 of 3rd period)
1.Game winning goal by Mark Greig in overtime(4:30 of overtime)

Prospect Performances

Bruno St.Jacques– Played a pretty poor game made some pretty bad decisions in the defensive zone.

Jack Baker- Created a large percentage of Philly’s scoring chances with his speed. Seems to have enough grit to make up for his lack of size.

Guillaume Lefebvre– Played a solid game did not do much offensively but was a key part of killing all 10 Amerks powerplays.

Jim Vandermeer– Played a very solid game and got the better of Andrew Peters in an old time toe to toe slugfest.

Wade Skolney- Played a very good physical defensive game.

Stars of the Game

3.Mark Greig- Created half of the Phantoms scoring chances on his own.

2.Ryan Miller– Turned away everything the Phantoms sent his way through the first 64+ minutes before Greig scored in overtime.

1.Neil Little- Was equal to everything Rochester sent his way including 29 shots, 10 powerplays, 2 breakaways and 5 odd man rushes.