Phantoms and Match.com Connect to Create Love at First (Hockey) Fight
Friday, December 6, 2002
By David W. Unkle
In a repeat of last April's successful Break the Ice promotion, the Philadelphia Phantoms and internet dating service Match.com joined forces again to unite singles in the Delaware Valley for a pre-game party and a hockey game between the Rochester Americans and the hometown Phantoms. Last April, over 200 singles turned out in search of that special someone with this years total approaching 250 for a Thanksgiving eve game.
A short-handed goal by Jason Botterill and a tally by Radoslav Hecl closed the score to 3-2 before Eric Betournay's empty-netter with under a minute to play made the score 4-2.
Antero Niittymaki made 22 saves on the night.
I did speak with one couple in between periods of the game. Kevin Byrne of Boyertown, PA and Jen Walsh of West Chester, PA met at the pre-game party and seemed to be enjoying themselves throughout the game.
Not initially a member of Match.com, Byrne came to the event with his friend, George Sigley of Sassamansville, PA. After meeting Walsh, he may not become one either.
A big hockey fan, Walsh organizes a group of girls to go to hockey games all the time. It's a great way to meet people says Walsh as Byrne is smiling by her side.
Others such as South Jersey's Susan Vona not only got to see her first Phantoms game but also netted a date for Thanksgiving.
Everyone seemed to have fun either making new friends and enjoying the game and for some maybe meeting their perfect match.
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