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Phantoms Snap Winless Streak With 6-2 Victory In Hershery
Sunday, November 2, 2003
By Al Cohen
Kirby Law's four-point night led the Philadelphia Phantoms past the Hershey Bears at the Giant Center, 6-2, snapping their winless streak at six games.
Down 1-0 early, the Phantoms' offensive explosion doubled their previous season-high goal output (3) to notch their first win since Oct. 12 vs. Norfolk. Six Phantoms had multiple-point games, and Antero Niittymaki stopped 28 Bears shots for his first win of the year.
Law finished with two goals and two assists, while rookie defenseman Randy Jones notched three assists for Philadelphia, which ended a five-game losing streak when playing in Hershey. The Phantoms' next two games are also vs. the Bears - next Friday and Saturday.
Sheldon Keefe and Brett Clark scored for Hershey, which fell to 1-2-0-1 on its current five-game homestand. Peter Budaj stopped 38-of-44 shots before being pulled in favor of Tom Lawson, who turned aside all three shots he faced to end the game.
The Bears struck early when Keefe scored 18 seconds into the game after taking a pass from Steve Brule. Then the Phantoms exploded with three unanswered goals to close out the period.
Mike Peluso evened the score at 4:28 by putting in the rebound of a Peter White shot after a scramble in the crease. Mark Murphy had the other assist on Peluso's second goal of the year.
Philadelphia took a 2-1 lead at the 9:56 mark, when Dennis Seidenberg put the rebound of a Law shot past Budaj for his second tally of the season. Jones assisted on the play, as well as on Murphy's goal on the first power play of the game, with 26.3 seconds left in the period. White got his second assist of the night on the goal.
The Phantoms padded their lead to 4-1 at 8:26 of the second stanza, as Ben Stafford scored his second goal in as many nights by swooping in on a loose puck that had eluded Budaj. Law and captain Boyd Kane assisted.
Law got right back at it 34 seconds into the third, scoring his first goal of the year on the first shot of the period. Kane added his second assist, as the Phantoms took a 5-1 lead. Law wasn't finished yet as he added his second goal at the 8:52 mark, with the helpers going to Stafford and Jones, who had his first three-point game as a pro.
Hershey capped the scoring at 17:28 when Clark scored a power-play goal, which Pascal Trepanier and Shane Willis assisted on.
The Phantoms return to the Wachovia Spectrum this Friday, Nov. 7 at 7:05 p.m. to play the Bears before heading back to Hershey on Saturday night. The Phantoms then host the Bridgeport Sound Tigers on Sunday at 6:05 p.m.
Phantoms Notes: The Phantoms broke this year's record for most shots in a game (32) less than halfway through the game and finished with 47 ... Philly also established season highs for shots in a period (22), penalty minutes (45) largest victory margin ... Seidenberg played in his 200th game as a pro ... White played in his 600th AHL game ... Joey Hope, Wade Skolney, B.J. Abel and Jeff Smith were the Phantoms' scratches.
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