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Phantoms drop third straight, lose to Hartford 4-2

Phantoms dropped their third straight in front of 8,114 fans tonight in their last home game for two weeks.

The Phantoms need to regroup.

After three-straight losses and a two week road trip on the horizon, Lehigh Valley has some team bonding to do.

The Phantoms lost 4-2 to the Hartford Wolf Pack, Saturday, falling to 4-3-1 this season.

After their poor performance earlier this week against the Penguins, the players didn’t have much to say other than they need to be better. With a similar feeling in the locker room tonight, players said the road trip couldn’t have come at a better time.

The Phantoms started the night off scoring just 28 seconds into the game, but the Wolf Pack would score four goals after the first period excitement. With two minutes remaining Nick Cousins attempted to revive the Phantoms, as he netted his third goal of the season, but the score would remain 4-2, advancing Hartford to 5-2-1 this season.

  • After being switched to the first line, Kevin Goumas, Darroll Powe and Brandon Alderson used their first shift to make an impact, if only it lasted. Alderson sent a pass behind the net which was intercepted by Powe at the goalies right shoulder; he quickly flipped it to Goumas in front of the net who sent the shot--while falling--past Skapski just 28 seconds into the game.
  • Prior to tonight’s game, Mackenzie Skapski was the No. 1 ranked goaltender in the league with a 1.000 save percentage after 67 minutes of ice time this season. That percentage was cut in half in the first 28 seconds of the game after Goumas scored on the first shot of the night. Skapski ends the game saving 27-of-29 with an overall save percentage at 0.958, ranked second.
  • After that goal, however, the Phantoms had trouble keeping momentum and moving the puck. Hartford matched the Phantoms' offense well and kept big moves to a minimum.
  • Rob Zepp has been something of a constant on the team, making big stops no matter what the score differential is. Terry Murray said Zepp continues to give the team the opportunity to win. He saved 27-of-31 versus the Wolf Pack, but fell to 4-1-1 with a 2.74 GAA after the 4-2 loss.
  • With three defensemen out of the lineup already, the Phantoms faced a tough game-time decision when they scratched Steven Delisle from the lineup, leaving just five available d-men for the matchup. Terry Murray confirmed that Delisle sustained an upper body injury during the team's morning skate. He did not confirm how long the injury will keep Delisle out of the line up.
  • Shayne Gostisbehere will return to the Phantoms Saturday night or Sunday morning after spending two weeks with the Flyers. Ghost will be ready for practice Monday morning and will (hopefully) help aid the team in much needed cohesion on its upcoming four-game road slate.
  • Jay Rosehill will return to the lineup on Wednesday for the first of the four-game road trip after serving a three-game suspension for an illegal hit on Bears defensemen Patrick Wey last week.
  • In the preseason the Phantoms went 0-8 on the power play against Hershey. On Wednesday, the team bested its worst man-advantage performance, going 0-9 versus the Penguins. Tonight the teams had just nine penalty minutes each, both 0-2 on the night.

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