Phantons' Unbeaten Streak On The Line Friday Versus Bridgeport
Team hasn't lost in over a month, spanning 12 games
Thursday, December 6, 2001
By Al Cohen
Philadelphia Phantoms Correspondent
The Philadelphia Phantoms' franchise-record 12-game unbeaten streak will be put to the test on Friday at the First Union Spectrum when they face off with the East Division-leading Bridgeport Sound Tigers at 7:05 p.m.
The Phantoms have six wins and six ties since their last loss on Nov. 4, a 1-0 overtime decision at Houston. Philadelphia (14-4-6-1) leads the American Hockey League with 35 points and can establish a league season high for longest unbeaten streak on Friday. The team currently shares the league mark with Bridgeport, which went 9-0-3 from Oct. 20-Nov. 23.
Thanks to their own unbeaten streak, the Sound Tigers (13-5-4) reside atop the East Division with 30 points. This is the second meeting between the teams, as Vaclav Pletka registered three points and Neil Little made 26 saves in a 4-1 Phantoms victory on Oct. 10 in Bridgeport.
Little is currently on recall to the Flyers, but the Phantoms haven't missed a beat with goaltender Maxime Ouellet, who was named the AHL Rookie of the Month for November after totaling four wins, five ties and a 2.20 goals-against average over nine games last month. John Slaney has been hot lately with a seven-game point streak (5g,7a), and leads all AHL defensemen in total points (32). Rookie forward Pavel Brendl is also coming off a strong weekend, as he scored his first AHL goal in Saturday's win at Wilkes-Barre and collected two goals and two assists in Sunday's victory over Syracuse.
The theme of Friday's game, which will be televised live on CN8, is Ladies Night. Fans can take part in the second annual bachelor auction by placing a bid for the chance to go on a date with one of eight single Phantoms players. Bids will be accepted at the Phantoms Wives table on the concourse through the second intermission, with all proceeds going to the Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund. The ever-popular Cows on Ice contest will take place during the first intermission and the first 1,500 women in attendance will receive a rose courtesy of Kremp Florist. The Phantoms are also offering a special 2-for-1 ticket deal the day of the game.
Tickets to all Phantoms home games are $12, $16 and $17 for adults, and $8 for all children 14 and under, and are available now at the First Union Center box office and all Ticketmaster locations throughout the Delaware Valley. Tickets can also be charged by phone by calling (215) 336-2000 or (856) 338-9000 or online at www.ticketmaster.com. Contact the Phantoms office at 215-465-4522 for information on group discounts, birthday packages and the Family Four Pack.
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